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Anyone had an NXS fail on them (tracking wise)?

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Old 12-13-2010, 04:03 PM
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Anyone had an NXS fail on them (tracking wise)?

Dear all

Just wondered if anyone had heard of an NXS not tracking properly or had any experience of this?

Just shooting at the weekend and I need to check my set up when I get back but I was way out on my come ups in terms of actuals vs ballistic programme.

I am not saying it is the Nightforce (I love their scopes) but just trying to diagnose what it can be. The bummer is I will prob have to wait until the weekend due to day light hours at the moment.

ANyway any experiences that you would like to share would be v appreciated.


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Old 12-13-2010, 05:55 PM
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Re: Anyone had an NXS fail on them (tracking wise)?

Did you happen to give NightForce a call and run your situation by them? They are great people to work with.

Having said that...I did have a problem with a NightForce BR scope several years ago. Talked with the fine people at NF...they said send it in. It happened to be a problem with some bedding material for some lens. They fixed it...put a new battery in and sent it back second day air. The scope was gone for @ 4-5 days total.

If you've ruled out all other possibilities...Give NF a call...IMHO.

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Old 12-13-2010, 06:11 PM
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Re: Anyone had an NXS fail on them (tracking wise)?

Only once, which is pretty good considering. An 8x32 NXS crapped out on me. Customer service was pretty quick. I guess when you do not have thousands of scopes breaking every day timelyness is a easy to obtain.
I admit that I know just enough to be dangerous.....but dangerous at ever extending distances.
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:50 PM
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Re: Anyone had an NXS fail on them (tracking wise)?

Originally Posted by Jon2 View Post
Dear all

was way out on my come ups in terms of actuals vs ballistic programme.

I'm assuming nothing as a given:

Was the scope fine with the same load before ?
Are the mounts and rings ok ?
Nothing wedged under the barrel by mistake ?
Have you chrono'd your loads ?

I consistantly find actual real world performance does not equal expectations garnered from 'paper'. Admittedly I use a cheap chrony and free on-line ballistics soft ware.

The only way to ever know exactly what your rifle will shoot like, is to shoot it.
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:37 PM
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Re: Anyone had an NXS fail on them (tracking wise)?

I currently have an NXS 8-32X56 that is not tracking properly. I have contacted NF and they gave me the procedure for sending it in, I just have not done it yet. They were very professional when I talked with them on the phone.

When I dial the scope up, say from my 100 yard zero to 20+ moa for 1000 yards, then back to 100 I end up 1/4 to 1/2 moa high. I thought I had ring slipage, either the scope in the rings or rings to the base, or even the base slipping. After using double rings and pinning the base to the reciever the problem did not go away. I eventually took an identical scope from another rifle and mounted it up and the problem went away.

So, yes you can have a NF that does not track, but as "code4" pointed out there are many other possibilities.

If you are simply going by what your ballistic program says your dial up "should be" I doubt very seriously it is the scope. You might check the archives, there has been a lot of discussion on this site about why ballistic programs often do not match up with the real world.

I assume your problem is vertical?? You can test by shooting a group at 100, then dial your scope 20 or 30 moa up, then back to zero. Shoot it again and see if your shot goes into the same group. Do that several times and if you are seeing your shots start to drift high or low then you may have a problem with the scope or mounting system. If it keeps putting shots into the same group then you do not have a problem with the scope or mounting system.
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:42 AM
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Re: Anyone had an NXS fail on them (tracking wise)?

Or try a box test: One shot at each corner of a 1" block at 100 yds. With 1/4" adjustments, move reticule four clicks to each corner. Fifth shot should return to the first shot position. But your rifle must be accurate in the first place.

Several years ago, I bought a used NF 12-42 BR model. It would not track. Called NF and told them I bought it used. The nice lady told me to send it in for inspection. About a week later, the brown truck made delivery to my front door. No charge, and NF paid the shipping. The scope works fine now, but I do not know what repair was made. Great service!!
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:14 PM
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Re: Anyone had an NXS fail on them (tracking wise)?

I suspected my NXS last week in a attempt to hit a 2inch rock at 300yrds. With 200yd zero I dialed up 2.5MOA. The wind was blowing pretty good but it was a sheltered ravine. First 2rds were off by over a 6+inches high??? 3rd drilled it.

Mounted it in on a new base and rings took it out this morning. First round was 1.5 low at 25. Perfect. Target reset at 200. First round was 17inches low. Went up 8.5MOA. Next round was 1.75in high. Down three clicks... Next round was 2 inches low??? Next one was right next to it. Went up 1MOA and put 2 more rounds and they all clustered a nice .5 group with the previous 2rds??

Its going back to NF Monday. Previously I have dialed this scope from 200-1000-600-1000-200 and been right back on target.

Setup is:

Remington 700 308 Tactical with HS stock.
NF NXS 5.5-22x56 with mildot.

46gr Varget, Lapua brass, CCI LR, Hornady 168Amax.
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