Posted 03 December 2010 - 10:23 AM
I can well understand the reasons for you wanting such a scope as you describe. And with the ranges you describe, as we know.. large magnification is not necessary. A scope I think you might want to look into would be the Nikon Pro Staff 2-7x32mm Shotgun Scope. The scope has some of the best glass I have ever used. It is tough as nails, and a life time warranty. Also it has a 75 yard parallax. The thing I really like about this scope. Even though it has a 32mm Objective Diameter, I find it is perfect for hunting woods. When stalking I set it on 2x. When sitting in a blind 5x. When on the edge of a field 7x. It is a do it all scope. We do not take snap shots with a muzzleloader. A 32mm gives you more then enough field of view 33.4-9.5@75 yards depending on the power you use. Also this scope has better light gathering abilities then a 40mm lens. And because of the quality ranks very high in light filtering. It is fog proof, water proof, and has Nikon anti - reflective multicoating on the lens. Not to mention the Nikon life time guarantee. I have these on four different rifles. They are not all that expensive, but I would put them up against any other scope out there. Also Eye Relief (in): 3.9-3.8. Anyone that shoots muzzleloaders and wears glasses will appreciate that kind of eye relief. It was funny. I shop at a little gun shop near where I live. The owner of the shop is a competition target shooter. I took my White Ultra Mag up there, scope shopping. I wanted this muzzleloader "special" and told him I wanted a great scope for the rifle. What would he recommend. He smiled and said, I could sell you a lot of scopes. Some of them very expensive. But the scope I would put on that rifle is the Nikon Pro Staff. He then explained why (basically what I told you). As he said, I sell a lot of these scopes, but none of them ever come back for repair or resale. They are just that good of a scope. Look through one at a sporting goods store if you can. I think you will be impressed with the quality and the price.
Two other scopes I use are the Nikon Omega 3-9x40mm and the Bushnell 3200 2-7x32mm both of them are excellent as well. If you want a cheap scope and think you can break it, the Simmons Pro Diamond 4x32mm costs around $40.00 and have a 50 yard parallax. They are a shotgun scope. I have them on several rifles and even though they are inexpensive, I have not been able to break or shake one apart yet.
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