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Old September 10, 2019, 21:46   #5
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I would avoid a $149 scope on a repeating centerfire rifle even from Vortex and would not even consider that price range in a Nikon. BDC usually means it's calibrated in one cartridge for one weight bullet or two cartridges each in a single weight bullet. Testing a new scope that the BDC is spot on with 77 grain 5.56 and 175 grain 7.62. Its a 1-10x almost $600 retail unit and has depth of field issue from 8x through 10x but that is expected. Always some compromise with small scopes that have wide magnification range. Put it in a $149 scope and check the lense edges at higher powers, depth of field, durability in an extreme use situation and what round its BDC is calibrated for, some have some fudge factor.

Own a lot of Vortex scopes such as the Strike Eagle (under $300), Viper (low as $399), Viper PST or up but would avoid the Crossfire and Diamondback if rifle may be something want a lifetime of use from or to make that low light shot at something important. Burris has some solid models in the $200 to $300 range if read reviews on model your interested in as since they went from all U.S. made to mix of made everywhere have a few that suffer from trying to compete with others sub $200 scopes.

Took me a long time before purchased a Vortex as don't say "Made in USA" then tried the Strike Eagle and realized a usable scope with lifetime warranty for under $300 on sale. Cost Leupold a lot of lost sales on the entry level VX3's. Friends don't let friends buy BSA....
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