Building a dedicated cross canyon rig for hunting here in Colorado. Some shots could be less than 50 yards(same side of canyon in heavy brush) but most will be 300 yards to 700 yards. Going on a heavy 7mm Rem Mag. I can have either a 4.5-14x50 or 6.5-20x50. Kind of leaning duplex on 14x and TMR on the 20. Any experiences with these two scopes and which you would run for this application are appreciated. Thank you
I am using the 8.5-25x50 MK4 w/TMR on my 338RUM pictured below, I also just received the brand spanking new MK4 M5 Locking Turret Leupy (6.5-20)which features mil/mil adjustments, FFP & 34mm tube. This scope is an absolute BEAST, I can't wait to get swapped out on my RUM.... Anyway, the adjustments on the MK4 are solid thus far, repeatability is a non-issue, works just fine. On your particular rig, I would probably recommend the 4.5-14 although, once bitten by the LRH bug, you are going to want to stretch it's legs a bit, the 6.5-20 is IMHO a more viable option once you start to get out to the 1k range... There are a lot of folks who use the 14x with good results at 1k, but I can't make myself comprehend why they limit the ability to "reel" that target/critter in... As the old saying goes..."when you need it & don't have it, you'll sing a different tune..."
While I don't have a Mark 4 with exposed turrets, I do have a Leupold Mark 4 Precision rifle with covered turrets its a 4.5-14x40mm. I had to do it on a budget and my rifle (.30-06 Ackley Improved) is a mid to long range rig (out to 800yds) with most shots being between 200-500yds. I'm also on a budget, and this fits it. However if I can ever get a heavy/ large caliber long range riflle, I'd love to get one with exposed turrets.
Here are some photos of my rig..
I highly recommend this scope for guys on a budget, as well as the VX-III Long range target scopes as well.
Also in my experience the lighted reticle wont work for hunting. Once it was too dark to see the reticle and i turned on the lighted reticle it made my pupil dialate and I could not see the deer in the backround.
but thats just me.
I can see everything I need to see WELL past legal shooting light without it.