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Old 10-31-2008, 07:56 PM
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shepard scopes

Does anyone use a shepard scope? If so can you tell me how you like it..My thoughts are that I would rather use one instead of paying 500 or 600$ for a long range rangefinder.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:53 PM
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Re: shepard scopes

My shooting partner sold off his 3-4 Shepards, and I had two custom reticles (Premier converted Leupolds) for a couple of my own long range rifles that proved to be inappropriate for really long range and I got rid of the one that I had hoped to use for really long range. I kept the one that matches my .22-250 because I use that at closer ranges and it's fine.

Assuming you have one that matches your trajectory curve correctly and you're inside 500 yards or so, where altitude density effects on trajectory are less severe, they're fine and you can't beat the Shepards for speed. Beyond that, air density plays such a critical role in bullet drop, and animal size variations are so important to range estimation, they lose their advantages, and I'd much rather laser and dial/holdover.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:56 PM
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Re: shepard scopes

i havent personally had one but my cousin put one on a .308 build about three years ago and now the scope has been replaced and is sitting alone in the safe by itself.they only compensate out to around 8-900 max if i remember right.i would say if you arent going to shoot any farther than that go agead and get a $250 bushnell or something if money is the issue.if you don't shoot much and shooting is limited to deer then go for it,but i just believe that a couple years down the road you will be wishing u had that rangefinder!
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:46 PM
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Re: shepard scopes

I have one on a 308 Winchester. I like the Idea of the reticle but the distance has to be ranged with the leica. The problem is the thing is sensitive to abuse, it easily loses zero. You can not put it in a saddle scabord. As a truck gun it is fine, I have reticle number three, and shoot 180gr. nosler bt or accubond at 2500fps. Very fun to play with busting rocks. As a guide I have witnessed this gun kill elk at impressive ranges, in the hands of others. Most were cripples when the ol' magnum was putting up too much of a beating, or out of lead.
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:23 PM
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Re: shepard scopes

its easy for those of us owning rangefinders to be giving advise to those who dont.
ive owned a barr&stroud for many years. recently, ive been using a swaro. lazer also.
both are fine rangefinders. however,depending on how you hunt, it would be easy to get by without any rangefinder.
especially, if you are a stationary hunter. simply go to the locations you intend to hunt. draw a scetch of the area you will be shooting at. pick out some prominant rocks etc. and mark their location on the scetch.
guess the yardage, and shoot at each one untill you hit it. mark down the elevation, and your set.
it takes some effort, but the experience is good. it will give you a very close estimate of anything from that location.
we have numerous spots weve marked just that way with the barr&stroud. we carried it in there just 1 time.
keeping the distance down is also very important.
3 years ago at age 70, i got my first pa. black bear using that method. using a 7x300 wby. custom sporter, we used a nearby reference to establish the distance. 700 yds. and he dropped on the first shot. any luck involved? sure there was, but that scetch, made it all possible.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:04 PM
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Re: shepard scopes

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its easy for those of us owning rangefinders to be giving advise to those who dont.
ive owned a barr&stroud for many years. recently, ive been using a swaro. lazer also.
both are fine rangefinders. however,depending on how you hunt, it would be easy to get by without any rangefinder.
especially, if you are a stationary hunter. simply go to the locations you intend to hunt. draw a scetch of the area you will be shooting at. pick out some prominant rocks etc. and mark their location on the scetch.
guess the yardage, and shoot at each one untill you hit it. mark down the elevation, and your set.
it takes some effort, but the experience is good. it will give you a very close estimate of anything from that location.
we have numerous spots weve marked just that way with the barr&stroud. we carried it in there just 1 time.
keeping the distance down is also very important.
3 years ago at age 70, i got my first pa. black bear using that method. using a 7x300 wby. custom sporter, we used a nearby reference to establish the distance. 700 yds. and he dropped on the first shot. any luck involved? sure there was, but that scetch, made it all possible.
yobuck,
We had our dis-agreements on a previous thread, I thought it was just because you were the "distance Police" or a malcontent trying to stir the pot, after reading this post and a few similar I realize that I misjudged you and I apologize. I understand now that you are just a lunatic a couple curly fries short of a value meal, you really need to have your great grand son edit your reply's before you submit them or quit a fifth of vodka earlier.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:28 AM
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Re: shepard scopes

yea im going to have to agree with unc on that one.the deer i hunt don't usually hang around when shots start flying.if u have your deer in a high fence where they dont have the choice of leaving when u are practicing shooting rocks and drawing them on paper then i guess that would be okay if that is the best idea u can think of.spend a little money get a rangefinder.way more versatile.u arent limited to hunting in places where u have already drawn out ur landscape on paper.
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