FT Scope...for poor people

Discussion in 'Hunter (HFT) & Field Target (FT)' started by pjp61, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. pjp61

    pjp61 New Member

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    Firstly, apologies for bringing up a subject which has no doubt been done to death, exhumed and reburied numerous times.

    I can't afford £700 for a Big Nikko, or £450 for a T50 - at present.

    Is there ANY scope available which can rangefind in the 45-55 yard area to an adequate degree to allow a shooter to be competitive?

    Up to approx. £300

    I am leery of going down the used scope route, as there are many horror stories, and you have no comeback from a used scope.

    Obviously something in this price range would not be good, but are there any which are passable?

    Many Thanks
     
  2. Doberman1979

    Doberman1979 Not so senior member

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    I did this last year. I got a Hawke Sidewinder 8-32x56 and TBH I struggled. I could range a target at 45 to 55 3 times and get 3 different results....Bought a Nikko at the start of this year and my scores have jumped (just won NEFTA B grade winter league and just gone up to A grade) am using the same gun and pellets, only difference apart from the extra 12 months practice is the Nikko :D

    Honest advise? Stretch to £370 and buy the Nikko MK1 that Warrens got up in the sales section?

    Simon
     
  3. Lee67

    Lee67 Dink ! ...****'

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    Aye and they still aint tested simons Pee :D
     
  4. DeanB

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    I sold a Nikko and let the buyer try it for a month or so before they bought it. If you can do that on a 2nd hand deal then it can be better than buying new, in my opinion.
    DeanB
     
  5. Lavant_Lad

    Lavant_Lad Old Git.

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    Good advice, there are no short cuts Im afraid.
     
  6. Yorkshiretea

    Yorkshiretea B Grade Bandit

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    Absolutely second what Simon is saying, wait and save more, sell the kids on ebay because that's where your cheap scope will be in 6 weeks.

    Get a Nikko/Falcon/Sightron. Like Simon my scores have doubled since getting the right the scope, don't waste your time and get the extra £150 and give yourself a better start because it's a better feeling than walking off a course having scored 8 because you can't range over 45yds.
     
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    Scope

    You could always get a bushnell 8x32 berry good range finder .
     
  8. hw100kt

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    Have a look at a MTC viper x32 good starter scope and easy to sell on when the funds are there to upgrade
     
  9. luddite

    luddite I Love HFT

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    Or a Burris 8-32x44 RA which banana good rangefinder as well. :)
     
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  10. Welsh Wizard

    Welsh Wizard FT: You Give, You take! Staff Member

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    Falcon t35 about £200 2nd hand. Best value starter ft scope out there
     
  11. mr dink

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    Yep I second that I sold my big niko because it was too heavy for me and bought a t35 and enjoying my shooting again.
     
  12. BDL

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    MTC viper may be worth a look for the 300 mark

    Bri
     
  13. mk3 lover

    mk3 lover ETL FTC

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    I'd look out for a custom shop 10-50 you'll pick one up for less then £300 or a big BSA platinum for around £300 - £350
    Good range finders but if you can try before you buy
     
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    You can get a t50 for less than 300 i sold one not long ago for 280!
     
  15. Nick G

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    I had a side winder to begin with, then moved on to a T50, then on to a Big Nikko, the Nikko is the best, but the sidewinder isn't far behind, and they are good value on the second hand market, I believe they have a 10 year guarantee, I still have all three,
     
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  17. holly

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    New there is only the ZOS that is really cheap .from china between £ 75 to £ 150 on flea bay . secondhand look out for a FTX1 . same price £ 75 £ 80 ??? HOLLY
     
  18. Adam

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    Another vote for the Bushnell Elite 8-32x40, just about in your budget (used).

    The thing is with scopes, they vary and buying new you're not guaranteed "a good 'un" either. Warranty is no use in this case, only if there's something demonstrably wrong like a loose reticle or a jammed parallax. Try explaining to customer services that it's fine, but it's just a bit vague above 50 yards. :)

    The other thing with FT scopes is that you rely absolutely on it being good at something that with very few exceptions, it just wasn't designed to do, i.e rangefind. Using depth of field via the parallax adjuster. Consistently and repeatably under all conditions. To the yard preferably.

    The best way is to buy a "known good" scope owned by someone you know, who has used it successfully for a while. Then ask why they're moving it on if it's so good. :) Or, get an extended trial if possible. On a rifle. Ranging actual targets with it.

    Even then it might have suited them but for reason it's just not good for your eyes. Until you've tried several of each type you don't know.

    In essence you're buying a pig in a poke whether new or used.
     
  19. pjp61

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    So it would seem - thanks lads - Peter, not that I doubt what you've already told me - just gathering info :)
     
  20. pjp61

    pjp61 New Member

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    Sorted!

    Well I took the advice of those wiser than myself and bought that mk1 Big Nikko off Warren Edwards, paid him Sunday evening, arrived at my door 10am today.
    I have never seen a package so professionally and safely wrapped, took me 20 mins to get to the scope, God knows how long it took him to pack it.
    What a lovely bit of kit, centred, mounted and zeroed to 10y
    Can't wait to get to the range with it.
    Warren Edwards Top Lad!!
     

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