Scopes That No One Likes To Admit They Own

billt

Private
Full Member
Minuteman
Oct 23, 2007
276
350
69
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Who has invested in a cheap scope that has worked out better than you thought it would? Let's be honest, we all don't mount $3,500.00 scopes on all of our rifles. I know I've purchased a few cheap models, (Tru-Glo, Bushnell, and more recently Sniper, (made by Presma Inc.), over the years. And I have to admit, all of them have worked out much better than I expected them to.

Perhaps I've been lucky. But I've run into others that have purchased several of the Presma models, and most all of them rave about their performance. (Presma Inc. is one of the largest optics manufacturers in Asia). I have to admit, for the price, the clarity and repeatability of their scopes is pretty amazing.

How about you guys? What inexpensive scopes have you purchased that have pleasantly surprised you? And which one's have turned out to be nothing but a POS, that ended up at a garage sale for 2 bits on the dollar?
 
  • Like
Reactions: rottenruger

forthehunt

Sergeant of the Hide
Full Member
Minuteman
Jan 12, 2022
287
330
Location
Cheap good scope? Vixen 44mm. Bought it on impulse for my farm gun but I like it so much, I transfered it to my daily plinking gun.

I don't mind saying I own it. I have always found Japanese optics to be top notch for a cheapie.
 
  • Like
Reactions: billt

Fx51LP308

Gunny Sergeant
Full Member
Minuteman
  • Apr 8, 2021
    693
    938
    Tampa Bay, FL
    For me, a Bushnell 3x12 40mm SFP MOA scope, mounted on my AR Carbine. Not bad, but not an FFP.

    For my 2nd build, I went with:

    Monstrum G2 6-24x50 First Focal Plane FFP Rifle Scope with Illuminated Rangefinder Reticle and Parallax Adjustment​


    71ZASvPF3GL._AC_SL1500_.jpg
     
    • Like
    Reactions: OHBowhntr

    db2000

    Supporter
    Supporter
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Supporter+
  • Mar 27, 2020
    2,959
    2,143
    The 4x32 that came on a Barnette crossbow. No idea what Chinese company makes it but it’s held up and held zero year after year. It’s not been in downpours but has been wet and snowed on. Never fogged up which surprised me. Illumination is pretty solid.
     

    gopherslayer

    Private
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Mar 9, 2008
    628
    750
    WI
    Tru-Glo 6-24 Chinese Special. I’ve had 2 for 14 years. Paid $50 each on closeout from Natchez. I was told by another member on a forum that, according to his wife who works for Natchez, they were the highest return rate for scopes that they had. Mine must have been made on fried rice day instead of white rice day because they are still kicking along. Same deal with a Simmons 8 point 3-9 that sat atop a 30-06 loaner rifle. That scope is 16 years old and I paid $40. Those 3 scopes are the only shit scopes I have but they don’t die for some reason.
     

    Bakwa

    Prophetic Marksman
    Supporter
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Supporter+
    Mar 22, 2017
    965
    600
    FL
    Cheapest I'll buy on purpose is SWFA.
    I have a Nikon Monarch that came on a rifle I bought off a guy that I'm not unhappy with. For whatever reason I just can't bring myself to like any cheaper scopes.
    I'm not wealthy by any means but over the past decade I've grown into being a major scope snob.
    Having experienced good glass, solid mechanical designs, and ergonomic features, I just can't bring myself to tolerate most cheap scopes I get behind without feeling somewhat disgusted by them.
     

    fxdwgkd

    Private
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Dec 9, 2013
    227
    310
    NE Indiana
    Have a bsa 3-9 mildot on my muzzleloader. Admittedly i do not dial the turrets, but she has never come iff zero. That is even after going down some cement stairs into my dads basement with it slung across my back when his dog took my legs out. Landed square on my back on the rifle and scope. Knocked one turrret cap loose, several scratches on scope and stainless barrel. Was nit a happy camper as i had not even hunted with it yet and was night before hunting season opener. Shot next day and was still on zero
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Cuephoric1

    DukeGSP

    Gunny Sergeant
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Supporter+
    Jun 28, 2019
    720
    364
    Vanstarry opticxs it's been on my 10/22 for a few years now and it won't be getting removed anytime soon. amazon special.
     

    billt

    Private
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Oct 23, 2007
    276
    350
    69
    Lake Havasu City, Arizona
    Tru-Glo 6-24 Chinese Special. I’ve had 2 for 14 years. Paid $50 each on closeout from Natchez.......

    I have that exact same scope mounted on an older Marlin Model 60. It has been an excellent scope. The lower pic is a Marlin 783 in .22 Magnum that wears a Tasco 3-9X Variable. That scope and gun is going on close to 50 years old.

    HGrzrgb.jpg


    xqvlgXl.jpg
     

    00jabo

    Squeeze slow
    Minuteman
    Nov 25, 2017
    13
    6
    Birmingham, AL
    SWFA Super Sniper are a good if not great value. Can’t remember the details but SUPER SNIPER purchased the technical specs or patents from some high end optic company back some time ago (70’s -90’s???). Their products are built like tanks, have above average Glass, and function properly. I own 2 SS’s. They don’t have all the bells and whistles like zero stop but I like KISS concepts. They do their job and do it well.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Bakwa

    gopherslayer

    Private
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Mar 9, 2008
    628
    750
    WI
    I have that exact same scope mounted on an older Marlin Model 60. It has been an excellent scope. The lower pic is a Marlin 783 in .22 Magnum that wears a Tasco 3-9X Variable. That scope and gun is going on close to 50 years old.

    HGrzrgb.jpg


    xqvlgXl.jpg
    1 of Mine is on a Marlin 60 SS laminated stock from a whitetails unlimited banquet. Good spot for it. I have the other on my Savage heavy barrel laminated thumb hole 22lr. Shooting sun 1” 10 shot groups at 100 is fun as hell at a public range. I get the weirdest looks but it’s a great way to get into the groove shooting. Some day the Savage will get a decent scope.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: billt

    Lange Carabine

    Jesucristo es el Senor
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Dec 13, 2011
    859
    1,689
    Not of this world
    I picked up a 1st gen Riton RT-S Mod 5 2-7x32 off flea bay 3ish years ago and put it on a Cetme C just to see how long it would survive.
    To my surprise it held up just fine for 1500 rounds or so on the Cetme and i ended up moving it to a 6.5 Grendel upper i cobbled together recently.
    It tracks about as close to perfect as it can get, and the glass IMO is on par with the Nikons i own, not great but not bad at all for a cheap chinesium scope.
    That said i dont think id buy another one though.
    20210813_070014.jpg
     
    Last edited:
    • Like
    Reactions: billt

    WindstormSCR

    Sergeant of the Hide
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Jun 28, 2021
    318
    224
    Maryland
    A Barska 1-4x LPVO that lives on top of my AR. It's surpised me with box test results, and the 1x is actually better than several higher-end LPVOs I've used with nearly zero fish eye or abberation. The mount it came in wasn't great, but once I stuffed it in a burris pepr mount I've had no reason to replace it.
     

    st1650

    Private
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Aug 13, 2009
    1,353
    1,356
    36
    I’ve got a VX-R on a BCM under my desk as a footrest.
    VX-R are great for what they are.
    also have a Mark ar 3-9 mil/mil with illum and a Weaver 1.5-6x32 that are used as spare
     

    flyfisher117

    Professional Milk Jug Hunter
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Sep 25, 2010
    710
    325
    Idaho
    Define cheap.

    Shit I hate to mention that I even own a Vortex PST II anymore. Before I know it I'll be told I won't be able to see targets. It won't track true. And it will fail, not if but when, and that "best warranty you WILL use"
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Bluedog82 and lash

    rottenruger

    Sergeant of the Hide
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    May 31, 2020
    445
    196
    Who has invested in a cheap scope that has worked out better than you thought it would? Let's be honest, we all don't mount $3,500.00 scopes on all of our rifles. I know I've purchased a few cheap models, (Tru-Glo, Bushnell, and more recently Sniper, (made by Presma Inc.), over the years. And I have to admit, all of them have worked out much better than I expected them to.

    Perhaps I've been lucky. But I've run into others that have purchased several of the Presma models, and most all of them rave about their performance. (Presma Inc. is one of the largest optics manufacturers in Asia). I have to admit, for the price, the clarity and repeatability of their scopes is pretty amazing.

    How about you guys? What inexpensive scopes have you purchased that have pleasantly surprised you? And which one's have turned out to be nothing but a POS, that ended up at a garage sale for 2 bits on the dollar?
    I bought a $325 Sightron scope a few years back that is every bit as good as my $600 +/- Vortex scopes. Very nice scope with a nice reticle.
     

    nikonNUT

    The "Peter Hathaway Capstick" of small game
    Supporter
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Supporter+
  • Oct 6, 2019
    1,547
    3,112
    50
    Somewhere in Arkansas
    Way back in the day I had a Tasco World Class Plus 36x50. Think I gave 250.00 for it and wish it was still in my possesion. Danm good piece of glass!
     

    M4orturnate

    Sergeant of the Hide
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Jun 27, 2021
    123
    108
    Cleveland Ohio
    Primary arms glx hud dmr. If the reticle wasnt so bad it would be a decent cheap scope. Bought it before i new anything about long range
     

    hlee

    Sergeant
    Full Member
    Minuteman
  • Jul 14, 2012
    7,692
    9,846
    44
    TX
    I have a bushnell sportview scope that was bought 30 something years ago at Walmart, and it topped the Marlin 30-30 that I carried while deer hunting during the formative years of my life. I would never trust it to track, but it has always held zero. It’s not worth selling, but it has been on nearly every rifle I’ve ever owned. Other than me being a borderline pack rat, I can’t say why it hasn’t been put in a dumpster. Then again, it has served as a passable fill in when I had a new rifle and no other optic.
     

    Glassaholic

    Send it!
    Supporter
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Supporter+
  • Nov 30, 2012
    6,131
    5,831
    Panhandle, FL
    I have been boycotting China (or CCP really) pretty hard the past couple years, but I needed a good MPVO scope with 42mm objective for a comparison I needed to do, the only thing decent I could find that had low enough and high enough mag was the Athlon Helos BTR2 2-12x42 and I've got to say I am super impressed with this scope optically. Mechanically the turrets have some slop but aren't horrible and have a nice distinctive click that scopes 3x its price would benefit from (I like to hear my clicks). I highly recommend the 2-12x42 to anyone looking for a nice MPVO without wanting to break the bank.
     

    FuhQ

    Unreconstructed
    Full Member
    Minuteman
  • Aug 26, 2013
    3,012
    2,209
    Your Wife's Pussy
    Arken……
    I have 4 of them... For the money, they're impressive scopes.

    SWFA is another one that is an excellent value for the money.

    If you can find an old Bausch & Lomb Elite series 30mm tube scopes before it got bought out by Bushnell, then you have a great scope. I used to have one of the Firefly reticle models, and it was an amazing scope.

    The old Simmons Whitetail scopes made in Philippines were not terrible. Same with the Nikon Monarchs...Surprisingly clear for the money.

    Some expensive scopes I've NOT been impressed with for the price: S&B PM-II (glass), Bushnell's upper end (value for the $$$), Leupold (all models), Swarovski (the glass is great, just not a lot of features for the money), Konus (terrible build quality & QC), any NF scope over $2,500 (not worth the price), and I'm sure there's a few others I'm just not remembering off the top of my head.
     

    FuhQ

    Unreconstructed
    Full Member
    Minuteman
  • Aug 26, 2013
    3,012
    2,209
    Your Wife's Pussy
    @Huskydriver You're only laughing because you know I'm telling the truth. The people who dispute things like this are the ones ashamed they spent so much, to gain so little. Everything is overpriced these days, and optics have gotten retarded. No rifle scope should cost over $2,000...Period. The manufacturer's profit margins keep getting fatter every year, while they refuse to pay their employees any more money with inflation. The same thing is happening in the construction industry... How do I know? Because I work in it everyday for a company that does the same bullshit. "Uhhhh, uhhhh, uhhhhh but COVID.....Broke.....Can't afford to give you a raise.... Blah blah fuckin' blah..." Every business has been playing that bullshit card for 2+ years. But yet, they survived the 'RONA by being "essential", and kept making money, and got all that sweet sweet government money...And yet, none of us peons that kept working and making them the money, instead of getting $1,000 a fuckin week on unemployment like some lazy pieces of shit (which is more than we make working after taxes), kept working, and we never saw a fuckin extra dime. 🤔
     

    CO00Z

    Private
    Minuteman
    Jul 7, 2013
    70
    45
    Denver, CO
    I've got a Swampfox Tomahawk 1-10 on an AR. I really like it. There's a Sig Tango 4 4-16 that we ordered for someone who never picked it up. That scope has been used on every stray rifle in the shop for the last 4 years. Now it's on my Sig Cross until the scope I ordered gets here. I also have a Diamondback Tactical 5-25 on my Kidd 10/22.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: lash

    st1650

    Private
    Full Member
    Minuteman
    Aug 13, 2009
    1,353
    1,356
    36
    I have been boycotting China (or CCP really) pretty hard the past couple years, but I needed a good MPVO scope with 42mm objective for a comparison I needed to do, the only thing decent I could find that had low enough and high enough mag was the Athlon Helos BTR2 2-12x42 and I've got to say I am super impressed with this scope optically. Mechanically the turrets have some slop but aren't horrible and have a nice distinctive click that scopes 3x its price would benefit from (I like to hear my clicks). I highly recommend the 2-12x42 to anyone looking for a nice MPVO without wanting to break the bank.
    It’s on my list ... just wish it was 5-6 oz lighter