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Nightforce 3.5-15 or 5-22X 50

 
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:37 AM
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Nightforce 3.5-15 or 5-22X 50

Hi guys,
I am getting ready to put a new Nightforce NXS W/ NP R2 reticle on a 300 WSM. Mainly use for longrange target and hunting large open fields. I was wondering if it would be ok to stick with the 3.5-15 or should I go ahead and get the 5-22X 50. What do you guys recommend for LRH.
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:46 AM
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Re: Nightforce 3.5-15 or 5-22X 50

I have the 5.5-22x50 with the NP-R1 on my 338 Edge, and I love it. For the relatively small difference in cost I would go with the 5.5-22x50.
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Old 09-28-2008, 09:27 AM
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Re: Nightforce 3.5-15 or 5-22X 50

I just switched from a Leupy VX3 4.5-14 to the NXS 5.5-22 and the difference in shooting at distances up to 1K is amazing. Go with the 5.5-22 and don't look back. Their a little bigger, but unless you're doing a lot of hiking it won't matter.
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:54 AM
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Re: Nightforce 3.5-15 or 5-22X 50

I use them both and find the 3.5-15x50 my favorite field scope for hunting and long range. The 5.5-22 is superb, particularly with the larger 56mm lens. For some reason, purely personal, I prefer the 50mm in the 3.5-15 and the 56mm in the 5.5-22. Need slightly taller rings with the 56 if your barrel contour is pretty thick at the chamber area even with sloped bases. Not much difference in size and weight. I rarely use 22 power, leave the bigger scope on 15-16 most of the time.
Good luck with your choice and your shooting.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:43 AM
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Re: Nightforce 3.5-15 or 5-22X 50

Thanks for the help. Where do you guys recomend buying nightforce products?
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:56 PM
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Re: Nightforce 3.5-15 or 5-22X 50

The glass quality is so high with the NF scopes that you could easily get by with the 3.5-15 but, my philosophy is that I can always turn the 22 down but I can't turn the 15 up any higher.;) There are a lot of times when I'll turn the 22 down to gain field of view, less boil etc. etc., but at looooong range the 22x sure can come in handy at times.

If it is a dedicated long range rig and the size won't matter then, if it was me, I'd go with the 5.5-22. I've been 100% happy with mine and wouldn't go smaller on my dedicated long range rig.

One thing to consider is that if you go with the 5.5-22 and the NP-R1 reticle, you will have the 1moa increments at 22x but if you drop it to 11x you will have the 2moa increments which is the same as the NP-R2 reticle. It's also a given that you should check this with your own scope but mine has been spot on.

Also, if it was me, even though there are several vendors around here that sell them, I check with Bill and Steve at: Link--> Shooting Supply - Buy Guns and Optics Online at our firearms store.

They're great guys with great service and prices. They have been around here a long time and a lot of the guys on LRH are 100% happy with their dealings with Bill and Steve.

Good luck with whichever you choose and let us know how it comes out.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:38 PM
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Re: Nightforce 3.5-15 or 5-22X 50

I have the 3.5-15 on a .308 and it is a great scope. Be aware that they ain't small or dainty; on a stalking gun, it would not be good for balance. Also, the knobs can grab stuff while traveling through thick brush.


In my humble opinion, there is no better deal in long range rifle optics. It is no S&B, but close enough for 1/2 the price (or less.)
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