If it is to be a true big game rifle I would go with the 3-15 NF. For deer or even coyotes the 15 power will be more than enough for shooting out to 1k. If you are gonna shoot little varmints, pdogs and chucks, I would go with the 5-22 NF. The extra magnification will be helpful for those small suckers or if you really wanna show off and pop that pdog that is showing you only his head at 400yds!!! You will sacrifice some bottom end power on the scope but that is important only to personnal opinion.
You will never look back if you buy the NF. I have several in stock but there are a lot of other dealers out there so go where ever you want, you wont be dissapointed.
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I have 4 loopies (two 4.5-14x50 and a pair of 3-9x50) and three NF - all with NP-R2 reticules, all with 56mm Bells. 3.5-15, 5.5-22 and 8-32
The 8-32 is a BR scope with 1/8 MOA turrets. It also has an finger adjustable Illuminated Reticule(The NF scopes need tools to change illumination level).
I'll have to disagree with the 50 to 56mm causing any problem. The Radius (which is all your scope mount is concerned with) is only 3mm more. But because of PI R^2, the light gathering grows as the square of the radius increase. The cost diff between the 50 and 56 is minimal.
>> teensy bit thin for me for hunting early and late , illuminated reticle notwithstanding .
I couldn't disagree with that statement more, it must be a typo. (unless your Illumination level is adjusted too low). The NP-R2 reticle is too small for me EXCEPT at dawn/dusk with the IL lites up. The tiny NP-R2 reticle seems to be the perfect BR reticle and as useful for hunting as the french are when it comes time to chase the bad guys. I will say with a lot of practice you can get accustomed to the tiny NP-R2 reticle. I shoot with my Loopies too much and get spoiled by the fat reticle. The gossamer NP-R2 is far superior for paper tho.
With such a low opinion of NF, consider they're easy to unload with minimal depreciation.
I had a 717 yard kill last year at dusk with a heavy cloud cover. My Kirby/Lilja 300 RUM was wearing the 3.5-15x56. I don't think any of my Loopies would have been able to resolve the critter at the exceptionally low light level. During daylight hunting, I wish I had mounted my 5.5-22x56 for some the the 700 - 900 yard game I was watching.
Everyone seems to miss the biggest advantage of the NP-R2 - you get lines every 2 MOA so you only have to adjust elevation at most 1 MOA.
I don't think acquiring a NF is ever a mistake. About the only thing the 50 BMG community agrees on is that NF is the best 50 BMG scope. (5.5-22 #1 choice by a wide margin).
Sorry BigBore , I didn't explain why it is that way for me with fine crosshairs . Due to excessive floaters that gather at my point of focus early and late there is not sufficient light for me to see through the floaters When attempting to see fine crosshairs. In addition the lit reticles compound this problem , I see only the reticle then and not the target . That is why I said " for me " concerning the reticle thickness .
My apologies for leaving that out ,my typing skills are nonexistent so I tend to shorten when I shouldn't . [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]