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    With a budget of about 5 - 6k, what are your scope recommendations? Rifle used mostly for FT, but also general plinking, etc.. Saw the following two which are actually below my budget, and it's something in the line of what I'm looking for. Only thing is I'm not I'm not familiar with the brands:


    DISCOVERY Scope VT-3 6-24X50 SFAI,FFP RFT ANGLE -INDICATOR - Pellet Gun


    Marcool Evolver First focal plane scope 6-24x50SF - Pellet Gun
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    Find a 2nd hand BigLynx.
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    What he said. Those two are no good for FT.
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    What Mark and Cor said.

    You can also consider adding a few rand and getting a Big Nikko MK3, if you can find a decent one. I had both and preferred the Nikko slightly. The upside of the Lynx is that Lynx Optics in Gauteng still service and repair the Big Lynx, should you ever need it.
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    As per those that have already replied, the Discovery and Marcool WILL NOT work for FT and you will waste your money if you are serious about the main use being for FT.
    Go with the trusted brands and models, the school fees have been paid by others already, no need to bump your head too
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    scope that will work for FT is a 10-40 X 50 or a 10-50 X 60 side focus
    a few names for scopes is Nikko stirling, Lynx, Falcon or a Hawke
    a 8-32X56 side focus is a very entry level scope for FT
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiaanduToit View Post
    What Mark and Cor said.

    You can also consider adding a few rand and getting a Big Nikko MK3, if you can find a decent one. I had both and preferred the Nikko slightly. The upside of the Lynx is that Lynx Optics in Gauteng still service and repair the Big Lynx, should you ever need it.
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    Thanks all for the feedback! I see Rashaad has got a Hawke 8-32X50 available at the top end of my budget. Would that be an acceptable compromise/entry point? The rifle certainly isn't a dedicated FT rifle, and I would like it to fill multiple roles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RomeoOscarYankee View Post
    Thanks all for the feedback! I see Rashaad has got a Hawke 8-32X50 available at the top end of my budget. Would that be an acceptable compromise/entry point? The rifle certainly isn't a dedicated FT rifle, and I would like it to fill multiple roles.
    Rather wait for a used Lynx or Big Nikko or even Falcon T50. You can use the Hawke, but believe me very soon you will realize it is not enough glass and you will then have to upgrade. You will loose a lot of money.
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    Ever heard the saying "Jack of all trades and master of none"
    Put out a wanted add and see what comes up.
    If you don't want it dedicated to FT, then just go the SFT route from the start.
    That is the whole purpose of SFT as I understand it
    Trying to do FT half baked will be very frustrating and will probably end up costing you more money in an already expensive sport/hobby

    Quote Originally Posted by RomeoOscarYankee View Post
    Thanks all for the feedback! I see Rashaad has got a Hawke 8-32X50 available at the top end of my budget. Would that be an acceptable compromise/entry point? The rifle certainly isn't a dedicated FT rifle, and I would like it to fill multiple roles.
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    Once again guys, thanks for the feedback. Rather learn from your previous experiences and not have to pay the school fees again.

    Getting lost in the acronyms though, please remind me what SFT stands for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith T View Post
    Ever heard the saying "Jack of all trades and master of none"
    Put out a wanted add and see what comes up.
    If you don't want it dedicated to FT, then just go the SFT route from the start.
    That is the whole purpose of SFT as I understand it
    Trying to do FT half baked will be very frustrating and will probably end up costing you more money in an already expensive sport/hobby
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    FT - Field Target
    SFT - Sporter Field Target

    See saftaa.co.za for more detail and have a look at the setup section and rules where you can get a very good idea on the technical differences and why you need the stuff as explained above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RomeoOscarYankee View Post
    Thanks all for the feedback! I see Rashaad has got a Hawke 8-32X50 available at the top end of my budget. Would that be an acceptable compromise/entry point? The rifle certainly isn't a dedicated FT rifle, and I would like it to fill multiple roles.
    If you intend to shoot FT purely on social level then it will do, however if you intend to shoot competitively at club level and beyond you will have yourself at a disadvantage against the top end 10-50 scopes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RomeoOscarYankee View Post
    Thanks all for the feedback! I see Rashaad has got a Hawke 8-32X50 available at the top end of my budget. Would that be an acceptable compromise/entry point? The rifle certainly isn't a dedicated FT rifle, and I would like it to fill multiple roles.

    I started FT with that same scope. You can use it however 40m+ becomes a problem to range accurately. I would rather look for a Big nikko or Lynx as been said previously if you want to be competitive in FT.
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