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Nightforce 12x42 NXS

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Unread 12-13-2007, 12:20 PM
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I'll add that you should get the 50mm version of 5.5x22.
This mounts lower, reducing level sensitivity.
Or if you care to save a few bucks buying a better scope, get a 8.5x25Mk4/M1 from Leupold custom.
It's lighter and has the superb Alumina flip-ups/filters.

I figured out the hard way GH hunting this year, that level is critical, and that it is not a natural condition to detect in the hills.
Mind your level just prior to the squeeze.
Get a 'ScopeLevel' on a lowest mounted scope.
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Unread 12-13-2007, 12:23 PM
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If you already have the scope and you do not wanna sell it and buy something along the lines of what everyone above has said then YES you will need a canted rail base.
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Unread 12-13-2007, 12:44 PM
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I feel like a total beginner when asking this question, however I am not what I would consider a beginning shooter...it will just be the most money I have laid out for optics and I want to make a good decision.

I have had Mueller's and Tasco's and BSA's up to this point. My Mueller and Tasco have been the best for me so far and I have two confirmed one shot groundhog kills at 480+ yards, one was 480 and one was 485.

That is using a mil dot scope, doing the math, using a mil dot master and gettin er done off of a Harris bipod, laying along the edge of a cornfield. I want to have my .308 capable farther than my 243 has done so far...and just want to get the most bang for the buck when I get a scope for my .308, one that will be around for a while and get er done.

Thanks to ya'all for your words of wisdom, I really do appreciate it. Maybe I should have done a search or something before I just blurted out a NXS Nightforce...but anyway. Thanks again guys. I appreciate your help.
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Unread 12-13-2007, 02:45 PM
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The only dumb question is one that's not asked.

That's a bunch of money to lay out and not be happy.

Most of us have been there and done that, and learned from our mistakes.
That's the beauty of this place....
Type a few sentences, ask a few questions.. and get your answer.

If you go with a NightForce, buy the 5.5-22 and you'll be a happy camper.

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Unread 12-13-2007, 03:12 PM
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it will either be the 5.5x22 or the 8.5-25 Loopy Mark 4 ...and with that in mind, I am open to suggestions about which one would work best for my application. Thanks
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Unread 12-13-2007, 03:31 PM
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I suggest Leupold because for a walking varminter, the Mk4 is perfect.

I'm currently down to 2 NXS scopes(22x & 32x) that I use for long range competition guns. These finished guns are heavy though at ~17lbs(1KBR & a T2K).
For GH hunting I use either a Browning eclipse rebarreled in 6BR, or a Cooper M21 in 223. Both have 8.5x25Mk4 scopes with custom reticles.

You won't go wrong with either. They will both git-r-done, and are backed by excellent service if needed.
If you're like me, you walk & setup as opportunities present. You might cross fence lines, ditches, climb hills, or lay in dung if needed.
Well, forgot what I was gonna say.. Damn I wish I was out there today.

You gotta get a good scope man.
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Unread 12-14-2007, 10:46 AM
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This is basically the same setup I use for all my varmint rifle...not really a walking varminter.

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