Once upon a time, the idea among many hunting and shooting enthusiasts was that to get a high-end scope atop your rifle, you’d have to open the wallet up and shell out a lot of George Washingtons. Meaning, if you wanted top-shelf performance, you were almost certainly going to pay a top-shelf price.
On the other end of the spectrum were bargain-basement products, scopes that while pocketbook friendly, only had so many hunts or bench sessions in them due to lesser quality components and shortcuts in construction. Eventually doomed to fail from exposure to inclement weather, handling and travel within a harsh environment, or the simple punishment delivered by high-powered ammo loads, these scopes had to be cheap, since they were going to be replaced frequently.
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