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Nightforce 3.5X15 or 5.5X22

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Unread 12-13-2007, 11:12 PM
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Nightforce 3.5X15 or 5.5X22

Well I am about to bite the bullet and get a Nightforce. Bear Basin says they are going up in January on there website. For you guys that have owned both, which do you like? I will never be able to shoot over 1000 yards, we just don't have that kind of open land around here. I've been shooting out to 700 with a 10X with no problems but would like a little more power. How much more critical is the head position on the 22x over 15x? I'm planning on getting the NP-R1 reticle. I'm leaning toward the 15x but haven't made up mind yet. Any pros or cons of each scope that you might think of?
Thanks David
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Unread 12-13-2007, 11:52 PM
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I just set one of the 5-22 x56 scopes up and found thatthe eye relief from 8 right through to 22x didn't change much for me. Most scopes I have had to creep up on when the power goes up, but not this one. I also had a adjustable c/piece put on which helps dramatically with head position.

Keeping in mind its only new, but I'm impressed with it !!


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Unread 12-14-2007, 12:48 AM
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I like the 3.5X15X50 for the distances that you are speaking of.. I own both
range it,check the wind, dial in correction, aim and only one shot
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Unread 12-14-2007, 07:19 AM
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If you are fixing to part with your money then send Bill Bailey an email and he will fix you up if he has it in stock.
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Unread 12-14-2007, 08:45 AM
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I shot with the 5.5 to 22 for years but put the 3.5 to 15 on my long range handgun this fall. Very please with the decision.
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Unread 12-14-2007, 12:18 PM
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The 5.5x15x50 is the way to go. I have one and have no problem shooting out to 1000yds. The 15x is perfect for the 600yd range. If you get the NPR-2 Reticle it ranges at 15X. If you get the 22X it ranges at 22X.
The 15x will be much more user friendly for hunting at the distances you will be hunitng.
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Unread 12-14-2007, 12:20 PM
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I have both and use them a lot, would suggest the 3.5-15x50 for your purpose. By far my favorite of the four options. NPR-2 is also the way to go, NPR-1 is also nice but the PR-2 seems a little quicker to use in the field - simplicity.
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