I am new to this forum...someone from gunbroker referred me here, with regards to this question. I am in the process of having my first "real" 1000 yard gun built. I plan to put a Nightforce scope on it. I cannot decide whether I should get the 8-32 or the 12-42 power scope. It's my understanding that the higher magnification will cause more heat mirage and distortion...so is it kind of a waste to go for the higher powered scope...or does the higher magnification still outweigh less distortion? My other question is what reticle would you recommend for the 1000 shooting. I've been considering the CH-3 and the NP-1RR. This will be my first 1000 yard gun and I have no experience in shooting at the 1000 yard competition level, so any helpfull advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
Probably need to consider where and when you might shoot. I have two of the 12-42's and find myself at 35-42X quite often. Couldn't do that with an 8-32X. We start shooting at 8am and mirage is not a factor. Our matches in CA are a lot smaller (20-25 shooters) than back east, so even if I'm on the second relay, it's not that hot out and I'm generally at 30X or so. Personally, I'd go for the higher power, you can always turn it down. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
For "stricly" 1000 yard competitions, If your set on a Nightforce, I would get the CH 2 or CH 3 without a doubt.
The R 2 is really not a good reticle for benchrest shooting.
Check the reccomendations from Nightforce and you will see the CH is the one they suggest for Benchrest shooting.
The R2 is more of a hunting style reticle and fills your sight picture with "several" lines which is "NOT" what you want for target work.
The Benchest style or model will get you to your 1000 yard mark and be about $400.00 less then the NXS. The 12X to 42X will work on days that the mirage is not to bad but, you do have the option to turn the power up or down as needed.