Re: Scope advice and suggestions needed
ARTJR338WM, I also have one of my long range guns (300RUM) set up with the Premier Reticle dots out to 800yds. and its worked great for years. I have two other long range guns that I twist turrets on and once my hunting season is over I will send both scopes to T.K. Lee to have dots installed out to 800 yds on them also. I will leave the target turrets on these scopes and will twist turrets for any distance further than 800yds. The reason I will send them to T.K. Lee is that Premier Reticle no longer will install dots in Leupold or Sightron scopes. All of these guns are sighted in for 300yds, I adjust my hold for 400yds, and I have dots for 500,600,700, and 800yds. The cost will be less than $150. to have this done. If you already have your load worked up, and thats the load you'll always use, I think its the easiest, fastest, and simpliest solution to shoot long range - especially if your only going to 600yds. Why not keep the scope you have, install dots out to 600yds and put the rest of that $750. in your pocket, or use it to buy reloading equipment or just more ammo to practise with. Here's another thought, you could send that scope back to Leupold and for $130. they could install M1 target turrets and you could twist turrets if you decide you want to reach out further in your shooting or if the dots don't appeal to you.
Can't give any advice on the Kahles scopes, never looked thru one before. The Shepherd scope I can comment on as I have a buddy that used to have one - I didn't like it at all, too cluttered for my taste and way to subjective in how its used to range animals. An example of what I mean by being too subjective is lets say at you spot an elk at 500yds, is it a large cow, a smaller younger cow, or maybe its a calf or even a bull. Their not all the same size, you'd be guessing whether their 16" or 30" from the top of their back to the bottomof their brisket, so basically your guessing at the distance they are from you. Instead of spending $750. on a new scope I'd install dots, or target turrets, or both on the scope you have, and the rest of the money could be spent on a rangefinder so you'll know the exact distance the animal is away from you. If you've already got one - ammo, reloading equipment, etc. or just put the money you'll save in the bank.