Would like some feedback on choosing between these 2 scopes:
Leupold 4.5x14 50mm LR M1 turrets w/ Illuminated duplex reticle
Nightforce 2.5x10-32mm w/ target turrets NP-R2 or NP-1
The scope will go on a light 30 cal carry rig for elk out to 7-800 yards. I will be dialing elevation for ranges past 400yds, so repeatability is crucial.
They both way about the same, and cost the same within $ 150.00 of each other. My question is do I go with the Nightforce, for known quality on repeatabilty, and give up alittle bit of magnification ? I am leaning toward the Nightforce, but would like others opinions on weather 10x is enough for elk to 800 yards.
Nightforce! But can you get a bigger objective, 32 seems small ? I always think in sellability in case I ever wanted to sell to buy something different. If you don't think NF hold's their value, try to buy a used one. There must be a reason for that.
If I go to a bigger object, like their 3.5x15-50 NXS or 5.5x22-50 NXS models, the weight goes up to 2 pounds just for the scope, then add on for rings and base and your at 3# for the optics. I am trying to stay with a lighter set up that will give me reliable turrets and a lighted reticle. I am somewhat concerned about the 32mm objective for light gathering abilities. No one in my area stocks these scopes, so I do not have the opportunity to see one in low light conditions. Maybe someone will chime in who has experience with the new Nightforce scope in respect to low light and such.
Am I correct in thinking these two scopes are within $150.00 of each other with an illuminated reticle and M1 turrets on the Leupold ? If the price is that close, I am going with the Nightforce. My two concerns with that choice, however, is 10x enough for elk to 800 yards, and will the 32mm on the Nightforce gather enough light in low light conditions ? The only reason I am looking at the 2.5x10-32mm Nightforce ,instead of the 3.5x15-50mm, is it weighs 19oz. and I am trying to keep the weight down on a carry rifle, but want exceptional quality too.
i was kinda doing this very thing today. gun store had a Super Sniper, 10 x 42, and i had it out front trying to get a feeling about the clarity. of course this is tuff to do because you're holding it with your hands and it's seemingly bouncing all over the place. there was a 1 quart plastic jug sitting on the back of a guys truck, which i guessed was around a 1/2 mile. i felt that i could have made an accurate shot with the 10 power.
this topic is being discussed on another thread about how much scope magnification is needed. i think it's an individual thing and depends on the quality of the scope and the shooters eyes. i say get a scope with 10x capability and look at some objects of known size at the distances in question and see what you think.