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Unread 08-14-2004, 02:53 PM
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Re: long range shooting optics

DMCI, I agree. The USO variables are out of the gentlemans budget of $1000. I thought maybe he would concider a fixed power from USO. Which would be in his price range.

Which poses an interesting question.
1)Go with a fixed USO ST-10??

2)Or get a variable power by anougher scope maker, such as IOR??

Certainly more options with the variable.

But, a lot of people that have the fixed USO's seem content. And the ST-10 or SN-6 is a great scope!! Probably the best fixed power scopes in the world.

I don't mean to take over bkite's post.
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Unread 08-14-2004, 03:32 PM
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Re: long range shooting optics

Well, here's an option at the far end of the scale from the U.S. Optics glass...

the infamous SS series of scopes, as sold by SWFA.com. Formerly made by Tasco, hoping for a military contract (there had been some buzz at one point about Leupold discontinuing the Mk IV lineup back then), they come in fixed powers of 10x, 16x, and 20x. Heavy, 30mm tubes, 42mm objectives, large tactical/target turrets, mil-dot reticle, 110 MOA windage and elevation adjustment (10x model).

I've had one of the 'early' SS10x42 models (circa 1998 or so) that I've abused a fair amount on coyote and prairie dog rifles, target rifles, etc. Had a variety of Leupold LR/T scopes, always ended up back w/ this one as a 'control'. Ended up getting another one (SS16x42) earlier this year. Most people I've talked to that that have these and have used them a lot like them. These scopes (16 & 20x models) have been used to win the Canadian Long Range championships several times, so they ain't shy on capability, as long as you can get over have a 'cheap' scope on your gun.

Price: $299

Not a U.S.O. scope, but they work well enough for me. Someday I hope to save up $$$ and maybe get a NightForce NXS for the variable power, but for now... the SS16x42 seems to work pretty well.

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Unread 08-14-2004, 06:25 PM
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Re: long range shooting optics

I'm a Nikon fan. They make several models in the Monarch class, 6.5-20x44, 5.5-16.5x44, 4-12X40, or 3.3-10x44 all in the AO. I believe all of these scopes are under $500. They also make two Tactical models 2.5-10X44 or a 4-16X50 both with side parralax adjusment. These will run you $800-$1000.

I have a few of the monarchs and am very pleased, repeatable, clear etc...and I have the 2.5-10 Tactical. The Tactical is a great scope, clear, good turrets, and very tough. I don't think you could go wrong buying any Nikon in the Monarch or Tactical series.
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Unread 08-18-2004, 11:05 PM
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Re: long range shooting optics

I wouldn't want to miss a chance to put a plug in for IOR. I've used 4 of them, plus a set of bino' over the years and feel they are a super value in top end optics. I am also quite impressed with the Zeiss Conquest I am using. Another great value IMO, but with the one inch tube a sloped base may be needed for looong range shooting.
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Unread 08-24-2004, 11:48 PM
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Re: long range shooting optics

I have been very satisfied with my IOR 2.5-10 with illuminated MP8 so would not hesitate to recommend an IOR, though some months back I heard of a few complaints of metal shavings inside one of the new models, 4-14x 50mm, IIRC.

As Sakofan suggested, consider a fixed magnification scope to reduce cost. You might even gain a little ruggedness and will eliminate any possibility of POI shift as the magnification is changed.
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Unread 08-25-2004, 08:27 PM
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Re: long range shooting optics

I would recommend the nightforce benchrest models if weight is not a problem as they weigh a little more than the NXS models.They are also a little longer which helps clarity as any time you shorten a scope resolution suffers even if its just a little shorter.I would forget the fixed power scopes unless you are only shooting targets as the small field of view really sucks as you won't be able to recover from your first shot as fast.
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