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My Ruger #1B in 30.06 is currently without a scope. Thinking of taking the Conquest 4x32 off the .17 hmr bolt action and putting it on the Ruger.
If I do that, what would be a good scope <$250 to put on the .17 hmr? Will be using the rifle for squirrels, small varmints and targets out to about 200 yards.
Any recommendations?

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I have a Leupold 3-9x33 EFR on my .17hmr hunting rig and absolutely love it.  The competitor Ultra RM is very similar and can be had for around $230.  I've been able to easily take squirrels at ranges from 10 to 100+ yards with the 3-9.  On longer shots, especially at the range or from a prone position, higher magnification would be useful but most hunting shots are not way out there and you will benefit much more on a hunting scope to have a lower powered low end with a wider field of view than a high powered top end.  
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I picked up a used .17HMR that has a 3-9x40 on it. I thought about replacing the scope, but after I started to use it I decided there was no need to. It's a cheap scope, and I have no idea what brand it is, but it has a mil dot reticle, which is handy when shooting golf balls past 100yds. One of these days I might use a different scope on the .17, but I don't need to now.
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The Weaver V10 2-10x38 has become a well-loved bargain scope. Purchased them as low as $130 but well worth in excess of $200 IMO.  The Leupold 2-7x28 VX2 Ultralight is going EOL I think and is being discounted. Good scope for small rimfire platforms and firing off-hand at 8.5oz.   I run one on a small ruger compact .260. It's still rated for 5k impacts at 750g (=375 H&H Mag).   Those would be my top 2 picks.  The Bushnell 3500 is worth a look.  If you agreed with a fixed 4x, these mag ranges should be OK.  I avoid Nikon (bad experience and it stuck) and while a Vortex fan the lower tier offerings never compared well IMO to other similar price-point options. I'm sure there are other great options available.






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