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Old 04-04-2011, 08:40 PM
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what power scope?

Just bought a DPMS lr-308... probably gonna be taking this gun out to 600yds (maybe a little more) on paper , coyotes and ground hogs.


I'm leaning towards a mark4, but also looking at zeiss conquest, and Sightron III... what power do you guys suggest? do you think a 14 power is enough to shoot paper and groundhogs at 600yds+???

our should I buy something along the lines of a 6.5-20?
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:20 PM
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Re: what power scope?

I would recommend the 6.5x20 for smaller targets like ground hogs, 4.5x14 for larger game is what I use (deer, antelope and elk).
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:33 PM
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Re: what power scope?

I'd run around a 3.5-10x. I've shot lots of woodchucks from 600 and in with 3.5-10x's scopes. Farthest witnessed kill was a woodchuck at 980 with the same 3.5-10x40 Mark4 on my 243AI.

I do a LOT of shooting with 10x scopes and I don't find them a handicap on MOA sized targets to 1000yds. Hand that same 10x to a guy used to running high X glass and he'll just look at you funny.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:06 PM
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I'd run around a 3.5-10x. I've shot lots of woodchucks from 600 and in with 3.5-10x's scopes. Farthest witnessed kill was a woodchuck at 980 with the same 3.5-10x40 Mark4 on my 243AI.

I do a LOT of shooting with 10x scopes and I don't find them a handicap on MOA sized targets to 1000yds. Hand that same 10x to a guy used to running high X glass and he'll just look at you funny.
980yrds w/10 pwr that was one very large ground hog not to be covered by the cross hairs at that range. Very good 400 was about all I could see w/12 pwr redfield w/a fine hair.If you want to have fun try a 6x32x50 and you can watch their nose wiggle
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:07 PM
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980yrds w/10 pwr that was one very large ground hog not to be covered by the cross hairs at that range. Very good 400 was about all I could see w/12 pwr redfield w/a fine hair.If you want to have fun try a 6x32x50 and you can watch their nose wiggle
Getting on a 1.5-2.0MOA target at any range with a 10X scope isn't some kind magic.

The mil-dots subtend just .2MIL which is ~7.5" at 980yds. The actual crosshairs subtend half that. So pasting a reticle on a target that is 4-6 times larger than your crosshair just isn't that difficult. Now can you count hairs, no. Can you put a round on target, yes you can, and that's not a guess. (grin)

I run my 6x scopes out to 5 and 600yds on MOA sized targets and larger. You don't need a target to fill your field of view to make well placed hits. I couldn't imagine not being able to shoot a 'chuck at 400yds with a 12x scope. Though not all glass/reticles are created equal and YMMV.

I don't know where you're from but we are talking woodchucks here.....and they ain't that little.

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Old 04-06-2011, 04:06 PM
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Re: what power scope?

If one of your uses will be coyote killing I would sugest the 3.5 x 10 Leupold. My main carrey gun for coyotes is a RR AR with a 3 x 9 Leupold on it. I have killed several coyotes past 200 yrds. and a couple right at 300 with it and have yet to kill a coyote with the scope set on anything but 3X. When shooting at running coyotes field of view is far more important than magnifaction.
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Just bought a DPMS lr-308... probably gonna be taking this gun out to 600yds (maybe a little more) on paper , coyotes and ground hogs.


I'm leaning towards a mark4, but also looking at zeiss conquest, and Sightron III... what power do you guys suggest? do you think a 14 power is enough to shoot paper and groundhogs at 600yds+???

our should I buy something along the lines of a 6.5-20?
14-16x should be more than adequate.

Buy the best quality glass you can afford and get a mil dot reticle or perhaps the zeiss with the varmint reticle and you'll be a very happy camper.

I shoot prairie dogs out to 400-500yds with a 3.5-10x44 conquest with a 204 Ruger(CZ 527 varmint), and pretty much anything I want from coyotes on up out to 1000yds with a 4.5-14x44 conquest on my 7mmSTW (Custom 700).

I went with the conquest 6-20x50mm on my new LR-260 project gun that I'm building right now because I fully intend to try to maximize it's long range capabilities on everything.

Check the classifieds here for optics and watch E Bay and you can find some very reasonable deals on high quality glass.
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