What is your guys' opinion of Simmons Rifle scopes? I like that they are made here in the USA, but that doesn't mean they are necessarily good.
Looking for optics for my new Weatherby Vanguard in .308 to be used this fall for deer/elk.
I don't think I would buy another, because the quality seems to be inconsistemt, but I was lucky to buy a Barska scope that is 10-40x and it hasn't had any issues, holds zero well and works great on my AR-15, so I do have to say, I like the variable zoom scopes, 6.5-20x or 6-21x:
Nikon or redfield are the only 2 budget scopes that get my approval in hunting scopes. Simmons are a missed trophy waiting to happen
I only buy "used scopes" from people I know and trust. Any bought on line or in store are a gamble at best... Even high end scopes
The older I've gotten the stranger I've found that we buy a weapon,even so called budget firearms, and then handicap them by putting a sighting system on it because of lack of funds. The sighting system is the building block. The weapon is only the mortar that holds it together
Simmons is about like any other scope in that you are getting what you paid for. I had one about 15 years ago that I was happy to get rid of.
Now having said that, I'll say this. The manufacturing machinery of today is capable of very close tolerances (if materials and operating procedures are selected accordingly). That can lead to a surprising decent value in a lower cost scope. However, "Let the buyer beware". They cost less for a reason.
I was going to suggest a Millet LRS, but I just noticed that the prices have gone up on them. I have 2, bought knowing full-well they were budget scopes and with low expectations, but have been extremely pleased with them.
CI, may I ask what type of hunting you will be doing? If you are deer hunting on the plains a 6-20 may be fine, but in the woods / thicket 6x will be like looking through a toilet paper roll.
Also, unless you are buying at least a mid grade scope, the 6 may be fine, but the 20 is going to look horrible on a cheap scope. Granted the banner is a nice scope, just a little bulky for my taste.
I would suggest keeping it down to maybe 4-12x40 or 4-16x44, just that there are companies that offer better glass and coatings for the same amount of money as a cheap 6-20.
Redfield revenge, Vortex Diamondback, even Nikon prostaff or Buckmaster.
Dont forget that Vortex, Leupold, Redfield (revolution) all have lifetime transferable warranty, so if you buy used you can still send it in if needed. The Nikons have a 20 year, or something like that.
Just another suggestion. My Bushnell was in the $150 range and has heldup on my 30-06. Its and XLT model that is a cut above the Banner line. Nice to get a bargain as long as it does its job and holds together.
I9 use to have a Simmons on a 22 Magnum I had Years ago ( dont know why I sold It) Worked great and never had a problem with it . was so impressed with it I bought a simmons White tail classic for My winchester model 70 . Was like night and day . Had to sight it in everytime I went to the range.
Have about 6 Simmons scopes that were purchased over last 3 or so years. They are mostly ProHunter models in 6-18X power range, one 44 mag 6-21x44. Think all of mine were made before Meade sold Simmons to Bushnell.
I've no complaints about mine. Glass is decent and turrets are acceptable to me.