Originally Posted by sheepdog1988
As you can see from the title I am what some might refer to as a noob. I've been shooting for a few years now, but never further than 600 meters. I got a Remington 700 SPS in .308. So I had a few questions?
What's a good scope for 1000+ m, for around $1000? I was thinking a Leupold MK4.
How do I learn how factors are effecting my bullet, i.e. humidity, temp, pressure, and wind? Do I just sit out with a note pad and a thermometer, shoot, and figure it out?
As far as scopes go there are a plethora of them out there that will do fine out to 1000yds in that price range.
How much magnification you need is dependent upon your own skill level and the size of the target.
The Mark 4 4.5-14x50 or 6-20 will certainly get you there. You can find both used in very good condition at or below that price. Frequently you can the former at between 750-900 if you watch Ebay and the classifieds here and at Sniper's Hide.
Choice of reticule matters too. I do not like duplex reticules and certainly not heavy duplex. I do like a mildot or tactical milling reticule along with the conquest Rapid z reticules.
Most long range hunters here seem to prefer a target dot or fine crosshair, but I find both too easy to lose in low light and/or heavy cover.
The conquest's can be had in the same magnification ranges as above around 800.00-900.00 at the same sources.
Another great scope are the old Mark 1's in fixed 16x but they are rare and harder to find and usually priced around 900-1,100.00.
As for how to learn about all those factors that apply, read, read, read, study, study, study, shoot, take notes, shoot, take notes, shoot and take notes.
Ballistic computers and weather stations can solve problems for you but they can't make you understand why all of the variables matter or how much. Basically they give you data, you plug it in, and dope your scope according to what the program spits out. For a relative novice shooter the technology is a godsend but again, it doesn't really teach you anything or help your understanding.
Welcome and good luck.