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Unread 07-21-2010, 05:16 PM
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scope or muzzlebreak

so i cant figure out which is more important to get first. i have a cheap scope on my new 300 win mag.... but it cant handle the recoil. i can handle the recoil but i want to shoot alot to be a capable of shooting out to 500-600 by the time my elk hunt comes around in october. i no i am perfectly capable as i nailed mine last year at 580... but i dont want to be shooting alot and learning the gun and develop a flinch, so should i get a scope or muzzle break first? and is it worth the difference in money to get a vortex viper over a vortex crossfire? thanks in advance. (and im gunna get the muscle break from lrh )
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    Unread 07-21-2010, 06:57 PM
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    Re: scope or muzzlebreak

    Get the best scope you can afford. The recoil from a 300 WM can be tolerable.

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    Unread 07-21-2010, 07:10 PM
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    Re: scope or muzzlebreak

    +1 on kcebcj 's advice ... the muzzle brake can come later. Keep your eyes on some very good deals here. I got a very nice Burris FFII 4.5-14x42 (Made in the US not in Southeast Asia) with BP reticle for $250 and now sets atop my .338 WM.

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    I purchased my first .300WM in 1992. It had a Bushnell Sportsview 4-12x40 (?) and had 11 successful hunting seasons before I had any upgrades. I replaced the Bushnell with a Leupold VX-II 3-9x10 and installed a Holland MB in 2003. BTW, the Bushnell scope still works and is on another rifle.

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    Unread 07-21-2010, 09:11 PM
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    Re: scope or muzzlebreak

    The scope is an investment in your system more so than the brake especially when you can handle the recoil. Rifle $ = Scope $ is a reasonable balance except when you can do as FEENIX.

    The brake is next gains importance when recoil is a factor or when you wish to spot your own hits.

    The brake is a no brainer, at least for me, when pushing any projectile over 200 grains at high velocity out of any rifle weighing less than a hundred pounds.
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    Unread 07-21-2010, 09:32 PM
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    Re: scope or muzzlebreak

    I agree, go ahead and get a good scope now and the brake later. I have a 300WM without a brake and it is tolerable to me as long as I limit my shots per session. Having said that, the next purchase I make will be a good muzzle brake for this rifle as I am to the point where I am shooting this rifle more.
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    Unread 07-21-2010, 09:37 PM
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    Re: scope or muzzlebreak

    I vote for the scope, but not a Vortex, at least on the one I've shot the eye relief is really picky. And it cost more than my NF or Leupolds. More than twice what my Leupolds sold for and I don't think I would swap, not on a hunting rifle.
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    Unread 07-21-2010, 09:41 PM
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    Re: scope or muzzlebreak

    Based on what you said it sounds like the scope will break before you do. get the scope, I agree w/kcebcj and get the best you can afford...can always be moved to another rig in the future.
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