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Old 10-19-2006, 08:52 AM
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Opinions / Help with Schmidt & Bender Scope ??

I am looking to put a S&B Classic 3-12X42 scope on my Sako rifle. I have a concern that the S&B will not have enough windage/elevation adjustment to work on my set-up.

I will be using the Opti-Lok scope mounts (until Near gets some rails finished) and they do not have any elevation/windage adjustment built into them. I have heard that the S&B scopes are limited in adjustment??

This is a hunting rifle and most shots will be 350 yds or less. I will probably zero the rifle at 200 yds - Will I have enough adjustment to do this with the Clssic scope? I would really like to keep the scope close to its optical center.

Please help or give me your opinions / experiences.

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Old 10-19-2006, 01:53 PM
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Re: Opinions / Help with Schmidt & Bender Scope ??

The needed adjustment depends on your caliber and distance you want to shoot. You will be fine out to 400yds with a flat base and most any cal. S&B recommends a 25-30moa base to take advantage of ALL the elevation the scope has to offer and to get a .308 out to 1000yds you need all you can get. You will get the most out of your windage adjustment when the scope is centered as well. The further you shoot the more you will need to compensate for windage. Ideally if you were to shoot 1000yds you would want your scope close to center at that distance just incase you need to dial a bunch for wind. With a good base and ring setup and a shooting distance of 100-400 yds you could live with the scope not being optically centered if need be because you shouldn’t need much windage.

What you need to do is figure out how much adjustment you will need for your shooting conditions (distance, caliber, windage) and see what the chosen optic has to offer. With a flat base you will more than likely be in the middle of the adjustment range for a 100yd zero. If the scope has 100 MOA of total adjustment you may end up with around 50 (+/-) moa of travel to play with from your 100yd zero.

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Old 10-19-2006, 02:06 PM
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Re: Opinions / Help with Schmidt & Bender Scope ??

Glen,
Thanks for the great information!!

Here's what I will be shooting:

Sako 75 v action in .300 Win mag - 180 grain Triple Shock or Accubonds. I will be using the Sako Opti-Lok mounts until I can get something better. The bases fit the dovetail on the receiver, and the rings are squared to the bases. Scope will be leveled in the rings.

Will zero the rifle for 200 yds (2 inches high at 100 yds). Most shots I will take will be 350 yds max and some much less. The Classic 3-12X42 by S&B has 15.7 " of adjustment in either direction.

I just want to make sure that this scope will work on my hunting rifle - especially when they cost about $1600!!

Thanks again !!!
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Old 10-20-2006, 07:54 AM
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Re: Opinions / Help with Schmidt & Bender Scope ??

I've got a .300 Win mag Sako 75 and can assure you, you won't have any problems shooting out to 350 yards with the setup you're talking about. I do it with a 3-9x40 Zeiss Conquest on mine in Optilock mounts.
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:05 AM
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Re: Opinions / Help with Schmidt & Bender Scope ??

15" total movemnt at 100yds? thats only about 15moa. If i was going to spend that kind of money for a scope I would weigh my options and think into the future as far as i could see. Will you ever want to take that rifle past 600yds? or even to 1k? I know when i started that 300yds was a long ways and we never shot further than that. Within a couple years we were looking for targets past 600. S&B build quite a few scopes. I would look HERE and see if i could find another scope around the same price that has more adjustment. Even with a canted base you are only going to have very little adjustment.
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Old 10-20-2006, 08:56 AM
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Re: Opinions / Help with Schmidt & Bender Scope ??

Glen,

That 15.7" would be doubled for a total of 31.4" of adjustment. Like I said before, this is a hunting rifle - I don't ever plan on taking the scope off, and most shots will be 350 yds and under.

I was told by S&B that I should have no problems, but they like to sell their products - as does every company/manufacturer in the world!!

I am looking for real experiences with this type of set-up.

Glen - Do you make any type of bases / rings for
Sako 75 actions?
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Old 10-20-2006, 04:35 PM
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Re: Opinions / Help with Schmidt & Bender Scope ??

300 MAG, have you already bought the scope??? If not I may have abetter alternative for you at asimilar price, the 3-12x50 precision hunter with optional windage turret. I am selling one currently, it is in fab condition, can email pics if necessary.
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