Scope Decision for 338LM - Poll
The final stage of my 338LM project is to put the right scope on it. Here's what I am looking for:
- Minimum of 20X on the top end magnification and good, clear, glass. I don't carry a spotting scope into the field and thus use my scope optics for rack evaluation, and more importantly to determine a cow elk from a spike elk from a branched antler elk on those special tags and seasons. Note that I only take a shot when I have identified the target 100%, the issue is how close I need to be to do that.
- Light weight and compact (for a 30mm scope w/ turrets that is). The rifle is already heavy enough, I don't want to add any more weight and bulk than is necessary. I often pack in some distance and like to go as light as possible.
- rugged, repeatable, dependable
- Able to hold up to 338LM recoil (the current Leupold VXIII, did not pass this test and had to be sent back for repairs).
- good warranty.
- Plenty of internal adjustment.
- A good milling or moa retical.
- Good positive turrets.
- Cost = A good value and the lower the $, the sooner I get to buy the scope... (my target is $1000 +/- $250)
I've narrowed the list down to three models so far (but am open to suggestions for alternates). They are the following; Leupold MK4 6.5-20x50 LR/T, Nightforce NXS 5.5-22x56, Sightron SIII 6-24x50. At the moment I am leaning towards the MK4. Here are the pros and cons, as I see them:
Pros = light weight (22oz), cost (vs Nightforce), good turrets, durable and battle proven
Cons = low magnification spread, lower top-end magnification, glass (verses comparison reports against Sightron and Nightforce)
Pros = Good reports on Glass quality, good magnification spread and top-end magnification, low cost (good value), repeatable, light weight
Cons = Don't like turrets with removable caps (100% sure I will lose them), An 'Unknown' to me as I havn't actually put hands on a Sightron SIII, That I know of not 'battle proven' (will it hold up to the sustained recoil of a 338LM and other hunting related abuses?)
Pros = Good magnification spread, Good reports on glass quality, 'bullet proof' reliability and battle proven, Great turrrets, the "Cool" factor, great reticals.
Cons = Cost, Weight (at nearly 2lbs and 2/3lb heavier than the other choices this is a big issue), Bulky.
WHAT SAY YOU, AND WHY?