What scope to buy for a big bore?

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Horns

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Getting a CVA Scout 2 for a woods deer gun and for hogs. What scope would you put on it and why? I’m not a rich fella now mind you
 

GregoryB.

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I would think something in a 2x7 power would be plenty. VX Freedom will probably cost around $200 . I have several of this power scopes on guns I use where shots are 100 yards or less.
 

Stroker

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I've got two 3x9x40 Bushnell Banner Dusk to Dawn scopes, one on my .444 and another on a 742 30-06. No problems with either in over 10 years. You can buy the for about $100 + tax.
 

Lilly001

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I'm partial to a 1x4 power. And I like an illuminated reticle of some type.
Mount it low to the bore and kill some critters.
There are a lot of choices out there for 100-300$.
Better glass=better low light=more meat in the freezer.
 

fishtail

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Regular ole Burris Fullfield II with the Ballistic Plex reticle in 3x9x40.
Comes in silver or black
Usual cost is less than $200.

Because I already have one on my 45-70.
And 30'06
.308
7mm Rem mag
...you get the picture
 
For hogs and possible shooting in very low light, I only use scopes with illuminated reticles now. As long as you can see the hog, you can place a well aimed shot on that very dark target. Even very good scopes will lose regular crosshairs against a dark target in very low light.

A very good friend found that out on a big Georgia boar a few years back. He was using a Zeiss Conquest 3-9×40 on top of a .35 Whelen. He could see the hog clearly enough in very low light, but kept losing the Z-Plex reticle when taking aim.

An inexpensive low power scope with IR (#4) that I own and have used on deer and black bear on top of a .444 is the Vortex Crossfire II in 1-4×24 (30mm). An internet search should get you one at ~ $200. While the added magnification is not needed, there is another rather inexpensive scope with IR that I also own, a Sig Sauer Whiskey 3 in 3-9×40 with Hellfire quadraplex. I found one of those just the other day for another forum member here for $210, delivered.

My favorite scopes with IR are the five Leupold VX-Rs I own, but they get a bit pricey and will run $350-$400. I have 3 of the 2-7×33 and 2 of the 1.25-4×20 and they are fantastic scopes.

The Sig is on the right there on a Model Seven. A great scope for the $$. 1006181159b.jpg
 
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Lilly001

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Model88_308 knows what he said about the utility of an illuminated reticle.
I once was about to give up on a shot at a buck in the last minutes of shooting time until I found a white area on his throat when he faced me.
Bummer for him.
 

Lilly001

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Regular ole Burris Fullfield II with the Ballistic Plex reticle in 3x9x40.
Comes in silver or black
Usual cost is less than $200.

Because I already have one on my 45-70.
And 30'06
.308
7mm Rem mag
...you get the picture
I used to swear by that scope. Until this year I couldn't pick up a doe, at last shooting minutes with it.
Might just be my eyes, but it was impossible to target a deer that I could see clearly in my binocs.
I have had that scope on my go to Encore 7mm mag for over 10 years. Now it has a leupold on it.
 
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Horns

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For hogs and possible shooting in very low light, I only use scopes with illuminated reticles now. As long as you can see the hog, you can place a well aimed shot on that very dark target. Even very good scopes will lose regular crosshairs against a dark target in very low light.

A very good friend found that out on a big Georgia boar a few years back. He was using a Zeiss Conquest 3-9×40 on top of a .35 Whelen. He could see the hog clearly enough in very low light, but kept losing the Z-Plex reticle when taking aim.

An inexpensive low power scope with IR (#4) that I own and have used on deer and black bear on top of a .444 is the Vortex Crossfire II in 1-4×24 (30mm). An internet search should get you one at ~ $200. While the added magnification is not needed, there is another rather inexpensive scope with IR that I also own, a Sig Sauer Whiskey 3 in 3-9×40 with Hellfire quadraplex. I found one of those just the other day for another forum member here for $210, delivered.

My favorite scopes with IR are the five Leupold VX-Rs I own, but they get a bit pricey and will run $350-$400. I have 3 of the 2-7×33 and 2 of the 1.25-4×20 and they are fantastic scopes.

The Sig is on the right there on a Model Seven. A great scope for the $$. View attachment 957425
I ordered the Whiskey 3 from OpticsPlanet with the hellfire quadreplex reticle
 
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I mounted my scope 2 weekends ago and sighted it in this evening. She’s ready for her first victim
 
I've got a Henry all steel 45/70 with a Leupold VX3 1.5 X 5 on it for just what you are asking. REALLY like it.

Picked up a Henry 45/70 a couple years ago. Recently bought a Leupold 1-4x20mm w/ heavy duplex reticle for it.

I think I'm going to like it.





I have a Bushnell Banner 3x9x40 on my Marlin 45-70. Been 3 seasons and perfect performance thus far...








Great results !!!!


Getting it done very nicely.
 
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