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Best $500 Long Range Scope

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Unread 11-28-2013, 12:53 AM
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Re: Best $500 Long Range Scope

Just my .02 but I decided to take one for the team and buy a vortex without any first hand experience or knowledge from close friends and I couldn't be happier. I went with a viper HS 4-16x44 and the clarity is wonderful, low light performance is amazing and it is truly repeatable. I originally questioned how consistent it would be so I decided I'd start doing a box test at the end of each range session. So far it's had 8 sessions and 200 rounds of .300wm and always returns to zero. It has been impressive enough that a friend replaced his swaro with a new viper... Just sayin.
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Unread 12-11-2013, 01:11 AM
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Re: Best $500 Long Range Scope

Originally Posted by grunt0311 View Post
please excuse my ignorance, but what are m1 turrets.
I just ordered a 6-18x40 leupold with fine crosshairs.could i get the reticle changed to mil dot? I am putting it on an 308 win semi-auto and was thinking of the mil dots. I know, I have put the horse ahead of the carrage.
I'd suggest looking them up on google, or trying the search engine in this forum, as that will give you the most information. But basically the M1 turrets are used on the tactical style leupold scopes and allow MOA adjustments without having to take off a scope cap.......
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Unread 12-16-2013, 01:59 PM
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Re: Best $500 Long Range Scope

I have been playing the value game myself. I have multiple long range hunting rifles and have tried to put glass on all of them.

twenty power is not enough for me after having 32X and 40X.

I would urge you to look at the "used" market.

The Millet 6-24X with either 30mm or 35mm tube is recoil stable and has a low return rate in the industry. I think the internal tube (that controls the light transmission) is the same on both, you just get more adjustment range with the 35MM tube.

I have a Bariska 10-32X42 one inch on a Browning B-78 that does not have a ring option. I have tried Conetrol, Burris and Leupold and only the issue (old Refield Jr) rings work on the factory drilled holes. The $125 Bariska was suggested by a fellow club member and it has been reliable with 6mm Remington loaded to 3400 fps with 90 gr Accubonds. The resolution is quite competitive with other one inch tubes. I have a Nikon 8-32X Monarch but I find the BCD recticle too coarse for the power. I have asked about an aftermarket recticle but have not had anyone say they would like the job of installing one.

I have a couple of Counter Sniper 10-40X 35 mm tube scopes. One is on a .204 Ruger with a 7 pound barrel. The reticle is conducive to varmint shooting. It has turret locks but it seems that if you adjust one direction you mess up the other direction. If you strike zero and lock it you will like it. These scopes sell for $420-460. 35 mm tubes provide a lot of light.
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Unread 12-16-2013, 02:55 PM
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Re: Best $500 Long Range Scope

Originally Posted by Camshaft View Post
Nikon Monarch, period.
So I take it you Don't shot a lot or very far ? u should try the monarch and see how well it adjust to long range got news for you I have several Nikon monarch, and they will not adjust with the 1/8 clicks like a 1/4... they are clear as all get get out they just want adjust for me... I had probs getting mone to adjust to 450 yards.... so I bought a leupold mark 4 I will adjust as far as I want to shoot and I purchased a vortex same there love it..
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Unread 12-17-2013, 08:40 AM
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Re: Best $500 Long Range Scope

my choise would be a nikon 4.5x14 or a leupold vx2 4x12 and spend the left over on a target turrent upgrade. Sure isnt going to compare to a swarovski or a nightforce but will work plenty fine for anyone short of a true competitor. After all this is the LONG RANGE HUNTING FORUM. Not the long range bench rest fourm and i seriously doubt if theres many here who are shooting deer at a 1000 yards.
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