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Scope for 500+ yards

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:50 AM
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Scope for 500+ yards

I'm having a .257 Weatherby Magnum built for hunting/targets. I will be using it on groundhogs, coyotes, and deer anywhere from 300 out and im trying to decide on the glass. I'm leaning towards a Swarvoski Z5 in 3.5-18x or 5-25x. What would better suit my needs?
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:50 AM
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Re: Scope for 500+ yards

Have you looked at Huskemaw? The glass is very clear and the turret system, when set up properly allows you to dial to the exact distance. It also has wind hold built into the turret. I've killed groundhogs out to 1200 yards. Dial and shoot! Len sells them here at the store.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:04 AM
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Re: Scope for 500+ yards

I have not. I had looked at burris blackdiamonds, leupold mark 4, and the swaro. The closest dealer to me that sells Huskemaw is 3 hrs away but next time I'm that way I'll check them out. Looks like their reticle is similar to the Swaro 4w reticle I was looking at. Gun won't be done till June :( so I have time. What kind of price tag?
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:19 AM
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Re: Scope for 500+ yards

Are you spending that kind of money because you want to or because you think you have to? May sound like a weird question but it doesn't take a whole lot of special in a scope to shoot out to 5-600 yards today. Lots of good options out there in the mid price range.

I will be honest, I am not a big swaro scope fan. I love their binos and spotters but their scopes are not as good as they should be especially for the price. Their glass on them is great but their durability and turrets are not. I know many are going to flip a lid when they hear me speak this heresy but look at the names that they are competing with in the $1500 price range. They are not up to the standards of their competition IMO.

With that flat shooting of a gun you could easily use a good graduated reticle for almost all of your holdovers. Even if you dial you are going to have minimum turret travel.

I would encourage you to come up with a list of features you want, ie, FFP or SFP, special reticle or duplex, zero stops, mag range, obj size, etc then start shopping accordingly. This will greatly narrow down your options.

As always I would put durability and turret repeatability at the top and glass near the bottom. In today's market it is really hard to get poor glass that will in any way affect your shooting experience or abilities.

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Old 03-10-2012, 12:13 PM
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Re: Scope for 500+ yards

Scot,

So are you saying a $900 burris blackdiamond 6-24x with a ballistic milldot reticle will do anything I want out to 1000? That was my first choice originally but thought i should put better glass on a custom gun...this will be my first custom gun so I'm new to 500+yard shooting
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:14 PM
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Re: Scope for 500+ yards

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Scot,

So are you saying a $900 burris blackdiamond 6-24x with a ballistic milldot reticle will do anything I want out to 1000? That was my first choice originally but thought i should put better glass on a custom gun...this will be my first custom gun so I'm new to 500+yard shooting
It likely would. The real high mags are often not usable anyway due to mirage so often times it isn't' a real benefit to pay more for a lot of extra power which usually comes with extra weight and length. That does depend on where you shoot though. But a lot of times that is the case for varmints.

I would look at the Vortex Viper, and Viper PST, Weaver grand slam, super slam and 3-15 tactical, Sightron, and Bushnell 4200, 6500 and tactical. The SWFA SS line has a fantastic 5-20x50 if you wanted a full tactical style. Their 3-9 is also very good but may be less power than you want. In the $1500 range there is the Vortex Razor (full tactical) which is a very, very nice scope. Some of these are FFP which may not be what you are looking for so keep that in mind.

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Old 03-11-2012, 01:03 PM
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Re: Scope for 500+ yards

Is the viper PST 4-16 FFP worth the money?
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