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Opinions on hunting weight of NF NXS Scopes

 
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:31 PM
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Opinions on hunting weight of NF NXS Scopes

Nightforce NXS 3.5-15x50 F1 ticks all of my boxes. The only thing I am concerned about is the weight. In general I prefer a heavier rifle for carrying in the bush. I like the way it tames the recoil and in general it just feels more stable to me.

That being said, are there any hunters that use the Nightforce scopes in a similar way to what I describe and do you mind the weight? Does the weight make your rifle 'top heavy' or do you find that it at least for you doesn't matter? Being that a NF scope isn't exactly cheap, it would be helpful to hear from views on both sides of the coin when it comes to hunting weights.

The Vortex Viper PST FFP in a similar power range is lighter, but I have heard mixed reviews of the glass. I suppose that I don't need optics made strong enough to run a Sherman tank over, so if I had a bit less weight that would be fine.

Thoughts? Opinions?

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Old 05-27-2011, 09:46 PM
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Re: Opinions on hunting weight of NF NXS Scopes

I'm having the exact same debate. My gun is not being built for light weight but I am hoping to keep it under 10# with scope. Adding an NXS adds 2# and will put me over the 10# mark but I want something tough and repeatable and the NXS certainly has that reputation.

I just don't know what other scope is equal to an NXS but without the weight.

Interested in hearing from others on this as well.
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Old 05-28-2011, 03:22 AM
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Re: Opinions on hunting weight of NF NXS Scopes

The only other scope that I know of is the Premier 3-15x50 Lightweight Tactical. I know very little about the company or the product.

On the other end of the price spectrum, I have looked at the Weaver Tactical - Weaver Tactical Rifle Scope 30mm Tube 3-15x 50mm 1/10 Mil Adjustments Side Focus First Focal Illuminated Enhanced Mil-Dot Reticle Matte - MidwayUSA My concern is durability. I don't expect my scope to be perfect after falling 1,000 ft off of a cliff, but I do want it to hold zero and track well despite the beating my magnum will give it. What good is a scope that doesn't hold zero or track well? I know the NF is famous for this ability.

I have Googled around on this topic. It is clear that there are hunters using the NF F1 similarly to what I do and don't mind the weight. I am considering going ahead and giving it a go. If it's too heavy, I'll sell it on or maybe put it on another rifle, though that means i need to find some more coin to buy another scope... which is what I am trying to avoid!
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Old 05-28-2011, 07:41 AM
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Re: Opinions on hunting weight of NF NXS Scopes

I use both the NF NSX 5-22x with a 56 mm objective and have switched to a 50 mm for weight. However, if you are really concerned with weight, Leupold makes a great Mark 4 6.5-20x Tac scope that is much lighter. I have several of these, and they work very well, but they don't have the zero stop, which I really like. If they had the zero stop, I might use these only.

The NF is built like a tank, but weight is a factor. I don't mind it for now and I walk a bunch while hunting. My rifles with this scope weigh in a little over 12 lbs with the NF. You can sure feel the difference with the rifles of equal weight that have the Leupolds on them.

Just my two cents.
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Old 05-28-2011, 07:52 AM
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Re: Opinions on hunting weight of NF NXS Scopes

Captain,

Many thanks for the advice. 12 pounds is about my limit, so this fits in my criteria. Additionally, I tend to carry a small day pack of hunting gear/survival stuff and a heavy revolver as well. So I'm not too weight sensitive. (probably not smart, but it doesn't bother me for some reason)

I have read a few claims that the NF makes the gun feel a bit 'top heavy'. As you don't mention it in your comments, I assume that you haven't seen it as a factor, but I thought I would ask just in case.

Many thanks again.
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Old 05-28-2011, 07:56 AM
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Re: Opinions on hunting weight of NF NXS Scopes

The main consideration for me was the toughness of the NF. I fully expect my rifles to be unaffected by roughs and bumps.

Way back when hunting chucks I fell. The rifle across my back prevented falling into a major crevice in the lava. Gouged the barrel, both ends of the stock and the end bell on the Leuy VX-II. Worried the squat out of me. Next shot opportunity was a 150 yd chuck. Bang-flop! Zero never changed.

I expect the same from the NF.
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Re: Opinions on hunting weight of NF NXS Scopes

I am running the 6-20x50 mark4, specifically because of weight saving 22 oz. So far very happy with mil,ffp,tmr scope. It has been on a 7 lb 338 norma for 160 rnds. I made it a zero stop, do a search on this site and there is a picture, took about 30 minutes and a allen scew I had kicking around.
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