BDC or Dial? Burris, Nikon, Bushnell?
So, I've got a 111 LRH in 7mm Mag on order (I sure hope it's here by Christmas) and I'm struggling with what scope to get.
My thoughts towards this rifle:
Will be a 600-700yd max "mid range" walking around rifle, using 168gr HSM Berger VLD, 154gr Hornady Superformance, or 160gr Accubond.
The following scopes are in my price range--
Burris XTR 4-16, or 6-24 with Ballistic Mil Dot
Bushnell 4200 Tactical 6-24, or Elite 6500 4.5-30 Mil Dot
Nikon Monarch 5-20x44 or 6.5-24x50 With BDC
What I'm struggling with:
I'm concerned that scopes with exposed "target turrets" such as the Bushnells and Burris could get spun too easily and have the wrong windage/elevation dialed if I pull the gun up to do a snap shot (under 200yds). Do any of you have any problems with this happening in the field? I have had it happen once with my Romanian PSL rifle on an antelope hunt, and it cost me one of the biggest bucks I've ever shot at.
Therein lies the attraction to the Nikon with BDC. Great power range (albeit crappy 1 inch tube) and according to Nikon's Spot on ballistic software, all 3 of those loads have very close corresponding drops out to ~700 with the BDC.
I'm not proficient with "dialing the dope" on a scope with target turrets, so I've leaned towards BDC scopes for a long time, and usually keep my shots at 500yds max. But I also think that turrets on a scope look SO MUCH COOLER. (sheepish grin)
What do you guys think about BDC vs. Dialing for mid range shots?
God Bless and Shoot Straight