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Posted: 07 February 2012 05:22 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hey fellow HO’ers.  I just bought a Savage Axis in 223.  I got the scoped package, because of the price and the fact that I wanted the stainless barrel.  All the reviews I had read were positive about the gun, but most had negative reviews on the premounted Bushnell scope.  I took it out for an afternoon shoot yesterday, and its not a bad scope, but i feel like a different scope could improve my accuracy to what Savage is known for.

So here’s my question:  What scope(s) would you guys suggest?  I’m looking to stay under 150, as I’m a college student balancing various payments, gas, and food LOL. But I’ve heard good things of Nikon, and they’re around 200, so if it resorts to that, I’ll have to save up a bit longer!  Thanks guys!

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Posted: 07 February 2012 09:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Id def save your pennies and get the nikon, I know of acouple other guys with the nikon on yote guns and are very happy with them….You made an AWESOME choice in a rifle also….Dead yotes walkin;)

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Posted: 07 February 2012 10:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I have a Nikon Coyote Special mounted on a Savage Axis 22-250. It is a super accurate setup and I love it. I would highly recommend the Nikon.

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Posted: 08 February 2012 09:04 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I have purchased quality scopes from ebay in the past and have done well.  I got a real nice Leupold from there once for real cheap.  Its been a great scope.  Its a risk, but it could be worth it.

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Posted: 08 February 2012 02:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I think you can get into the Nikon prostaff line for not too much more than $150.  I’ve read good reviews about them.  I have 2 Nikon scopes (Omega and Slughunter), and I like them both.

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Posted: 08 February 2012 02:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Murdy is the slughunter scope a 4power???Might be a good-en for the wifes new toy;)

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Posted: 08 February 2012 03:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Alright thanks for all the input guys, appreciate it!

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Posted: 08 February 2012 07:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I think I am going to get the Nikon ProStaff 4-12X40 scope. It has the Bullet Drop Compensator reticle, and Gander Mountain has it on sale for 149.  Good Reviews on it too.

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Posted: 11 February 2012 12:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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went to Gander Mountain, price on the 3X9 was 169.  went to Walmart, they actually had the same scope for 139!  Problem is, the mounts on my Savage are too far apart for the Nikon.  So I either have to get a set of extension scope rings, or a rail mount for the Savage Axis.  Found it ONE place online.  made by EGW.  Can’t wait to get it set up and sighted in!

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Posted: 12 February 2012 12:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Newbie, The 2011 Nikon PROSTAFF line has upgrades not found on previous model’s. Finger tip and zero reset turret’s which are very handy for two. If you found a nice PROSTAFF for under $150 that is great. I know sometimes the short action Savage’s will make scope mounting not as easy as it should be, Browning’s new X-bolt is the same way. For 2012 Nikon just came out with a P-223 line. Built on the PROSTAFF platform and patterened after the M-223 line this P-223 Scope has a BDC 600 reticle. It should be in store’s anyday and list’s for under $200. New., post a pic of your rig when you get it mounted up and then let us know how it shoot’s. I do suggest you get a couple of different brand’s of ammo to try out. My Savage like’s Winchester 55 gr. Silver tips and FMJ, which are a lot cheaper to shoot thank goodness.
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Posted: 12 February 2012 08:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Welcome to the site Bart…Great to see some new people posting…

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Posted: 12 February 2012 11:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Thank you O. I"ve done some looking around and a great site. Hopefully I’ll be able to spread a little information and answer some question’s as well.
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Posted: 13 February 2012 05:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Bart, thanks for the info! I found out exactly what you are talking about.  The scope I looked at in the case was the 2012 Prostaff line.  But the NIB scope I got was the 2011 model (found out when I got home).  I was really looking forward to the fingertip zero-reset turrets.  I haven’t mounted it on my Axis, because the mounting bases are too far apart for the body of the scope.  I am most likely going to take it back to see if I can get the 2012 model that I had wanted!  And by that time, hopefully my EGW Axis rail mount will be in, and THEN I can post some pics smile  Thanks again for all your insight and knowledge.  It’s good to have people like you on this website!

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Posted: 13 February 2012 06:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Happy to help out N. I’ll make sure to keep you guy’s posted on our upcoming Promotions as well, everyone likes to save some money. You can get the dimensions of the Nikon scope you are interested in at Nikonhunting.com, after you pick the scope, click Spec.‘s and it’ll help you out.
My pleasure and hopefully others will have questions as well in the future.

The SlugHunter comes in 2 configurations, Either a 1.65-5x36 BDC 200 or a 3-9x40 BDC 200.
I have personally used the 3-9 on a Browning 20 ga. slug gun and I was very impressed. I went 2 for 2 on deer kill shot’s at just under 150 yards and again at 96 yards. Long gone are the day’s when slug’s coming out of smooth bores were only accurate to 50-60 yards. I know some guys who use the 1.65-5 on their big bore carbines too. Using Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Program you can dial it in for whatever your needs are.

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