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Old 02-03-2011, 12:33 PM
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Re: tactical scope on a hunting rifle.

I agree with Steve, watch out for to much mag. if it is a all around hunting set up. There is also nothing wrong with the Ziess or Leupolds, it doesnt have to say Tactical, you are looking more for easy adjust turrets, and you might favor a reticle with more info, with as many posts as you have I would think you Know what is available.I have hunted for years with a Leupold 4-14x40 tact. This was a early model, which basically had capped target turrets,also mildot. The turrets now are exposed ,shorter, and easier to read. Had no problem shooting well past, distance you stated for shooting.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:07 PM
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Re: tactical scope on a hunting rifle.

You are on a site where many people are into tactical scopes so expect most here to lean towards tactical scopes. This isn't good or bad, just reality.

That said, there are a few questions that need answering before you pick a scope. First & foremost is, "What's your hunting range?". You need a scope that fits your hunting area.

If you get shots at 40 yards, a 6.5-20 is NOT a good option. You will need a lower power to get on target quickly. For most big-game hunting you want a lower power around 3x where you will keep your scope set as you hunt. This will give you the quick shot when game is suddenly "there". (For longer shots, there is almost always time to crank up the power since animals at a distance don't spook as quickly.)

A higher magnification of 9-10 power is enough for big-game hunting but I do like a little more if I'm stretching my range. I've never seen a situation where I had use for more than 14 power for big game.

3-9, 3.5-10, & 4.5-14 (where short range shots are unlikely) are the powers you should look at. WIth the Swarovski Z6 or Bushnell 6500 scopes you have more zoom range so you can cover these ranges and have more low-power or more high power for when you might like it.

The next issue is weight. If this is a light cary rifle, you don't want to put a 3 pound scope on it. If it's a heavy bench gun, there is no need for a light scope.

Then there is your budget. There are good $600 scopes & very good $3,000 scopes. Get the best optics you can afford. Don't plan on mastering long-range hunting with a Walmart scope.

I think your dad's friend was probably right. A Leupold VX-3 or a Zeiss Conquest 3-9 will do what you want. With the Leupold I would suggest ordering a 3.5-10 or 4.5-14x50 with the CDS turret (from the custom shop with 2 rounds of numbers) or a target turret. The Zeiss turrets are easily adjustable in their standard form. With either of these you will have quality glass (much better than the viper), a good warranty, and adjustments that will take you past 1,000 yards in a relatively light scope.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:25 PM
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Re: tactical scope on a hunting rifle.

I have a vxL 4.5x14x56 varmit reticle site in @ 2.5 inches high @ 100yds. N its dead on for each reticle out to 600yds. I love it for hunting n target
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:27 PM
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Re: tactical scope on a hunting rifle.

Buano: i understand where your coming from about the zeiss having better glass but i found the leupold to have worse glass then my Viper.

To everyone else.

the reason i ask is cause my ranges are from 50-600 yards. i have had longer shot opportunities but i think 600 yards really opens a hole new view to hunting. I have lost multiple animals when being spotted at 500-600 yards and trying to sneak closer and cant. So i would like a scope to help me out.

I figured i would like to later on extend target and long range hunting to closer to a 1000 eventually when get the money for a long range rig so i figured a light tactical from a good company like vortex would be the answer. relitively light, good glass, solid company, good turrets.
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:40 PM
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Re: tactical scope on a hunting rifle.

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Buano: i understand where your coming from about the zeiss having better glass but i found the leupold to have worse glass then my Viper.

To everyone else.

the reason i ask is cause my ranges are from 50-600 yards. i have had longer shot opportunities but i think 600 yards really opens a hole new view to hunting. I have lost multiple animals when being spotted at 500-600 yards and trying to sneak closer and cant. So i would like a scope to help me out.

I figured i would like to later on extend target and long range hunting to closer to a 1000 eventually when get the money for a long range rig so i figured a light tactical from a good company like vortex would be the answer. relitively light, good glass, solid company, good turrets.

Matt,

I do not know which Leupolds you are comparing against. The VX3 scopes have rated better than Vipers on every test I've seen, even my own eyes. Optically they are superior. Whether they have the features you want is something to decide yourself. Older Leupolds are just that, older scopes that were produced with older technology, and these were not as good as the current VX3s.

If you are only talking 600 yards, your simplest option would be a Zeiss Conquest scope with the Rapid-Z 800 reticle. That will get you very close on shots to around 800 yards (depending on your ballistics) and you could always use the turrets if you had time to fine-tume your shot. The same could be said for the Swarovski Z-5 with the BRX reticle. Of course, if those are beyond your budget it's time to look at lesser choices.


Then there is the response you will get from many, that learning how to get closer to game is a large part of what becoming a good hunter is all about. I'm on both sides of that argument, using long-range weapons in some situations & getting up close & personal in others. To me it's important that I was challenged by a hunt, whatever the range.
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Old 02-03-2011, 04:59 PM
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Re: tactical scope on a hunting rifle.

I've had a think and for what you want I'd go with a 3.5-10x40 leupold mark 4 with M3 turrets if you can afford it ? I have personally killed deer at 580m with this on a .308 and never felt under scoped ?
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Old 02-03-2011, 05:15 PM
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Re: tactical scope on a hunting rifle.

I like the idea of the Vortex PST 2.5-10x44, you can make a drop chart or use software for reticle holds up close but you have the turrets that can take you out as far as 10x is good for ya. For me I have no trouble shooting at 1000yrds with 10x.
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