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Unread 06-07-2009, 04:44 PM
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A Nightforce Experience

Was at the range yesterday doing some final tuning.

A fella shows up with a Savage F-Class factory rifle with a Nightforce 8-42 X 56.

The fella and his buddy were doing some shooting @ 100 yds. Hmmm, I figured a lot of scope for 100 yd work.

They were friendly and offered without my asking if I wanted to shoot it. (the tongue hanging out may have been a bit of an indicator)

I need a scope for a build and have been torn at the point where the money leaves the pocket. That now seems to be pretty much decided........I hope

First test. after setting it up for my good eye, was to crank it up to 42 power and be nicely surprised that it was just as clear at max power than any other power. I'm used things fizzling out above about 75 or 80 % of maximum. Other than the field of view shrinkage I found no fault with clarity change w/power change.

Next test was to determine if 22X would be sufficient for my needs. I cranked 'er to R which is where the reticle is calibrated. About the time I was looking through the scope a small local bird that is about 3/4 the size of a robin landed on a twig at something well over 1200 yards.

There was no problem whether to shoot at the head or body of the little bird. (Dream on Roy). The scope would certainly handle that job.

The only catch 22 is the reticle. It may well be perfect for shooting in day light, but may be a bit thin (for my good eye) as light dims. From the varied cloud cover of the day, I would guestimate if it were too dark to see the reticle it would be well beyond shooting time.

I shot at 100, 200 and 300. As I changed distances the owner cranked clicks. He knew his rifle. It was spot on at each distance. However, I'm not used to a 6 moa adjustment from 100 to 300 yards. (The 308 ain't quite a 270 AM).

Elevation graduation were 1 moa and 2 moa for windage. I'd think I'd be more comfortable with 1 moa windage stadia. I also don't think I'd have any problem descerning 1/2 or even 1/4 MOA elevation holds if it should become necessary.

Results of the evaluation is that even though two "just as good as" scopes can be had for the price of one NXS, the limited choice of reticles and a little personal queasieness is the deal breaker.

A little about that Savage. Pretty sweet and what a shooter. However, that nifty triggerand I didn't get along at all. The owner said it was set at 7 oz which would have been great, for me, without the two stage thing. The old Remmy 2oz trigger on the 40Xs are only a dim memory. This trigger is really great other than my not being used to it.
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Re: A Nightforce Experience

8-32 or 12-42? When it gets a little "dim" out I just use the illuminated reticle and it works just fine.

So you like the NF huh? Sure am glad some complete strangers could convince you that NF was the way to go cause none of us seem to have convinced you of it.

Just go out in the back yard and dig up a can of money and buy one, you'll like it.
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Re: A Nightforce Experience

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can I use your yard, mines out of money jars, don't think it was ever "in" of money jars! heck for a NXS I'll dig in anybody's yard!!!!!
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good luck diggin' up my yard I keep my money in the mattress.


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Re: A Nightforce Experience

Musta been the 12-42.

Geez an illuminated ret. Hmmmmmm,........ another dug up spot in the yard.

This couple of fellas were physicists. The older fella has been doing weapons design for the past 20 years. Not unusual for Los Alamos. These guys keep the stockpile fresh.

Here's a link to what they do for fun. Check it out. Seems that there are those out there that have some good ideas. Statshooting.com



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8-32 or 12-42? When it gets a little "dim" out I just use the illuminated reticle and it works just fine.

So you like the NF huh? Sure am glad some complete strangers could convince you that NF was the way to go cause none of us seem to have convinced you of it.

Just go out in the back yard and dig up a can of money and buy one, you'll like it.
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Re: A Nightforce Experience

C'mon Roy, surely you knew that the reticle was illuminated...

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C'mon Roy, surely you that the reticle was illuminated...
Hey, cut me some slack........jumping up to a Nightforce for me is similar to jumping into Lamborgini or some such. THe only things I'd recognize would be the brake, gas pedal and steering wheel. I'd probably need assistance getting out of the thing.
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