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Scope for a 500yd 6.5/284?

 
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Old 04-10-2008, 05:29 PM
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Scope for a 500yd 6.5/284?

Hey everyone,

I was wondering if anyone could give me their opinion on what scope I should use on my new 6.5/284 for shooting deer and antelope sized game here in New Zealand.

I am planning on using it out to around 500yds, but also want to be able to use it at closer ranges too (as close as 50yds) My two choices at the moment are a 3.5-10 Mark 4, or a 4.5-14 Mark 4.

I think the 3.5-10 would be better choice for the versatility (as I only own the one rifle) but is 10x enough magnification for 500yds?

Thanks in advance
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:06 PM
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I personally want more than 10x at 500 yards, although preferences vary. Why not a 4-16x?
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Old 04-10-2008, 06:55 PM
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Gota6.5, 10x is plenty for 500 yards. Your pick of scope is a good choice. I think very good resolution trumps magnification to some extent.
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:21 PM
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Thanks,

I have been thinking about a 3.5-15 nightforce, but am a little concerned about the weight of it. We climb some pretty steep mountains here, and every oz of weight counts.
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:29 PM
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why not a 6.5-25 schmidt and bender?
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:03 PM
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Yeah they are nice scopes, but I'm pretty certain that 6.5x will be too high a magnification for close work.

I'm trying tofind a balance between sufficient magnification for 500yds, and maintaining a reasonable FOV for close/snap shooting in the bush
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:28 PM
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I love the 3.5x10 ! I used to have one on a 300wm and I never felt like I didnt have enough glass. 10 power is plenty for 500 yards. US marines use 10 power out to 1000 yards so 15-25 power is not really needed IMHO. But to each his own. I am seriously considering building a 6.5 and I am almost certain I will be puting a 3.5X10 leupold on it for the same reasons you have. good luck!!
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