I couldnít resist putting in my 2 cents worth or maybe more like a dollars worth. Iíve shot through a couple of Nighforces that were $2,800 and $2,200 respectively. One was mounted on a AR-10 that belonged to one of the local SWAT team. He wanted to use my chrono to get data on their new pallet of ammo (yes I did say pallet). I of course had to make sure he was lined up and not going to shoot my chrono. That was one beautiful scope. The other is on a friendís Savage 260 Rem LRP.
Looking through either of these scopes is almost a religious experience. They are just so clear. It was all I could do to keep from reaching for my wallet. And not only are they clear but the clicks are dead on. My friend and I were shooting at 600 yards and spotting shots using my target cam. He fires a shot and misses right ĺ inch. He clicks his Nightforce one click left and puts one right in the center which of course with 1/8 moa clicks at 600 yards is just what should have happened. A scope (not to mention the rifle) that can correct ĺ inch at 600 yards is to say the least, impressive.
From what I can see a Nightforce will do what you need, do it while taking a beating, and look pretty while doing it. They are as good as it gets. If there is anything better, I donít care because I donít need it.
Having said all that, I can also do math. I have centerfire rifles in 22-250, 6mm Rem, 260 Rem, 270 WSM, 7mm WSM, 30-06, 300 RUM and 338 RUM. If I put a Nightforce on all of those, we are talking some serious dollars plus the cost of the divorce. I just flat can not afford that.
The best scope I have is a Bushnell Elite 6500 in a 4.5 X 30. The rest are all 6 X 24 tactical style Ospreys and Alpens except two of the Ospreys are 10 X 40. I paid around $130 for the Ospreys and $270 for the Alpens.
I have won a pretty decent lottery payout ($815) so it may not be surprising that all of these scopes have worked great for around 2,000 rounds total in all rifles. Groups at 600 yards run in the 3 to 6 inch range with most shots not more than 4 inches off dead center which is an important consideration since this is all about hunting for me. Some of these calibers will pound on a scope and I dial up for anything past 400 yards so these scopes have been tested. Iíve hunted cold and hot, high and low, dropped rifles on rocks and so on. So far I have gotten away with it.
Yeah some of these (not the Bushnell) get a little dim/fuzzy at high power and I can live with that as long as the clicks are on which so far they have been. If I was smart enough to have stuck with only one rifle, it would be wearing a Nightforce but I blew it and went and bought all those other rifles. Live and learn. And yes I am jealous of anybody who has a Nightforce on their long range rig.
I've looked through several Schmidt's that looked like crap...Not that all of them are, b/c I've looked through some that were amazing. But I'm not gonna pay $2,000 for a Schmidt that isn't as clear as it can be, when I could spend $2K on a NF that IS as clear as you can get.
That's just my opinion. Not putting down anyone's choices or scopes.
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Originally Posted by WildRose
The 284 is to the STW what a tricycle is to a Ninja.
I noticed on this forum the tendency for the use of high dollar glass. Either most here only have one rifle or two or are pretty darned wealthy. Ive got 18 centerfire bolt action and single shot rifles. I sure cant afford to put 2ooo dollar scopes on all of them. I also am not one that believes in putting 100 dollar scopes on ANY of them. Mostly anymore i buy leupold vx2s or 3s or nikon monarchs. Ive got 12 leupolds and 6 nikons right now and havent had a lick of problem with any of them. Ive probably owned another dozen leupolds over the years that got sold with rifles and only once did i use there warantee and that was a 2x7 that i dropped on the floor and even then they replaced it free of charge. Granted the glass might not be in nightforce territory and granted they might not track at a 1000 yards like a nightforce but for what i do with them the glass and tracking is just fine. two brands ive had the most problem with are bushnell and burris. No more of either of those for me and especially bushnell as there customer service SUCKS. I think there schooled in making up excuse why they shouldnt stand behind there warantee. Bottom line is its great to be able to afford high dollar glass and ill never argue that its wasted money but for 99 percent of what all of us do a good 500 dollar scope is all thats needed.