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Looking to spend up to $400 on a new scope that can take the recoil of a 300 win mag rifle without issues.

I would like it to have up to 12x magnification, and an objective lens between 42 and 50. I know $400 is not much, but for now I'm looking at the best glass and clearest image this amount can buy.

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https://samplelist.com/leupold-4-5-14x40-vx-3-rifle-scope-demo-b-1.html

https://samplelist.com/catalog/product/view/id/141276/

https://samplelist.com/sightron-3-12x42-sii-big-sky-riflescope-demo-a-1.html

https://swfa.com/redfield-4-12x40-revolution-rifle-scope.html

https://swfa.com/bushnell-4-16x40-elite-4500-rifle-scope-3.html  Thunbs Up

These are what I came up with out of this group for a hunting optic I think I would pick the Bushnell. I have an older Bushnell 4200 duplex that has very good glass considering the price range this one is the new improved version with a ballistic reticle but remember the ballistic reticles are only true at the highest power with these 2nd focal plane scopes where the reticle appears to remain the same size while you zoom the power ring.  The center X is true at all magnifications but when the width of the field of view changes as you zoom the marks below center represent something different. One can make notes and do a bit or work on the range and figure out what the marks below center represent.
Realizing that 6x will be the highest power that makes the image appear brightest in low light I would do a little work once it is zeroed to find what the marks below center represent. While at 16X those may represent 200, 300, 400, 500, 600. When you dial it down to 6x that first mark below center may be 350 yds which could be nice to know in low light.
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Usage and ranges you are going to shoot at?
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My favorite caliber, often a wise choice.

What you plan to do with it would be helpful information.

Glass quality trumps magnification every time.  Spend on good glass, more so than high magnification.

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Lots of great scopes in that price range. 

Sig sauer wisky 3 4-12x are $350 to $400
Nikon prostaff 7 3-12x for $350ish
Bushenll Elite 4500 4-16x for $400ish
Vortex Diamond back HP 3-12x for $330ish
Nikon prostaff 5 3.5-14x $400ish
Sightron S2 4-16x for $350ish
Weaver Classis V 4-16x for $330ish

You could even go all out and get a Barska SWAT 6-24x60.  Which has every bell and whistle made for around $330.  But it might only last 1 or 2 rounds.  Wink


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I'd give Meopta MeoPro 3-9x40 a close look.

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