I have several scoped rifles (and the ones that are not scoped were at one time or another). I have always had great luck with the cheaper Bushnell Banner scopes. On my main rifle, I have a Nikon Monarch 5-20X44,but I don't want to spend that kind of money again. It has more use than I need (although I do enjoy it).
I want to stay around the $100-125 mark on this purchase for my new .243. I came upon this number because that's the amount that my Overtime check will cover after the rifle is bought. (I only buy myself "toys" with OT money and leave the household budget alone). Of course, I thought of the Bushnell Banners, but then I ran across the Weaver Kaspa line. In particular, I was looking at this one that Midway has on sale: Weaver Kaspa Rifle Scope 3-12x 50mm Dual-X Reticle Matte
I already have spare rings for medium and high mounts, so I know I'd be set for that big objective.
The Bushnell scopes that go out to 12 or 14 power have a big ugly parallax adjustment ring on the objective. I don't like the looks and would rather stay away from that unless y'all say it is a really nice feature to have.
The price of the 4-12 or 4-14 power Bushnell Banner scopes are in the ball park of the on sale Weaver.
The only other scope I am considering of a lower power (regular 3-9X) is this one: Bushnell Trophy XLT 3-9x40 Riflescope Circle-X Reticle Matte - Natchez Shooters Supplies
. The reasoning behind this is that I really like the Circle X reticle. I'd like a bit more magnification, but they don't make one with that reticle in a higher power scope. I also don't know anything about the "Trophy" line of Bushnell.
I did consider a Simmons 44 mag 4-14X44 scope with side adjustable parallax; however, it seems that Simmons scopes are consistently getting bad reps (despite also being owned by the same parent company as Bushnell).
So, thoughts? Opinions? And no, I'm not going to spend the extra on a plinking rifle that I already shouldn't be buying. This is Overtime check money that I have allotted to this and I don't want to dip into the household budget on anything else. With the cost of the rifle, I have around $130 extra to play with and don't want to spend any more. I most likely will shoot a couple boxes of ammo though this gun and put it in the safe until my 1 year old gets old enough to hunt with me. At that time, I will likely upgrade the optics and relegate the cheap scope to my 17 hmr or a 22.