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Scope that fits my needs under $1000

 
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:51 PM
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Scope that fits my needs under $1000

I am going crazy looking at reviews and researching scopes. I know that the nightforce is the standard but by buying a scope under $1000 I can get most of the gun built and paid for.

I have been researching the:
Viper PST 6X24X50 FFP MOA
Sightron S3 6X24X50LRMOA
Weaver 5-15 Tactical

I have never used another scope besides my Leupold VXII 3-9-40. Never turned a dial.

I am taking guesses on what I want.

The reviews I have read state:

The Viper PST seems to fit the bill perfectly for the guys that like them. There are also some negative comments. FFP allows for 2 moa tics on any power. FFP makes it hard to use on lower power (seems to be usable with illumination on). Has illumination and Zero Stop. Not a lot of reviews of turrets repeatibility or feel. 65 MOA adjustment.

Sightron S3 has some great glass and the new tactical knobs are very solid. Turrets are repeatable. I personally hate the reticle. Is .25 MOA floating dot too much. SFP so the windage would have to be dialed for everything but max power.

Weaver has some good reviews. Only 15 power.

I have only owned leupolds but it seems like there are better values out there.

I will be placing this on a RBros built 300 RUM w/brake. Both of these scopes state they are .50 approved. My goal for this gun is to hunt elk/deer out to 1000. I may stretch the legs out on paper or steel.

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Old 01-09-2012, 11:29 PM
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Re: Scope that fits my needs under $1000

Funny I'm having a 7 rem mag built by RBROS and am going through this same conundrum as you. I too am also looking at the Sightron SIII 6-24 with the LRMOA reticle. Everything I have been able to find supports the sightron. I talked with Travis and he just doesnt have any expierence with the sightron to recommend so Im going off of other peoples expierence. From what Im hearing is they dont give up much to nightforce and certainlly dont make the NF worth over twice the price. Also Sightron is supposed to come out with a SIII in 3.5-17.5 hopefully in sping/summer of this year. Also your issue with the 2 MOA hashes not being usefull except at full power, if you get in contact with sightron they will be able to tell you what the hashes reperesent at the different powers which in my opinion actually make the reticle more useful. In this way you can change power to get different holdover values, Just a thought.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:50 PM
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Re: Scope that fits my needs under $1000

I have a Vortex 6-24x50mm PST FFP MOA with a Vortex Custom Turret. It has proven to me that the .25 MOA clicks are very repeatable. The Turrets feel the same as my buddies NF. I can not imagine another scope being better unless 3+ times the price.

Field test: Vortex Viper 6-24x50mm PST MOA FFP scope. - Georgia Outdoor News Forum

Vortex Viper PST mounted with pics. - Georgia Outdoor News Forum

Testing new Vortex custom turret. - Georgia Outdoor News Forum

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Old 01-10-2012, 10:14 PM
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Re: Scope that fits my needs under $1000

Don't have any experience with Sightron and only reviewed the 4-16x50 PST FFP and 3-15x50 Weaver Tactical. Weaver has better glass, Vortex performed quite poorly on low light.

Under $1000, you might want to step up to Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 before any of the mentioned scopes. You could get a used NF but they really aren't as good as you seem to think.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:24 PM
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Re: Scope that fits my needs under $1000

I've read nothing but great reviews on the sightron S3LRMOA. I just don't know if I like the reticle. The .25 MOA floating dot just bothers me. For example on 16x the dot would cover 5" @ 1000 yds. Is that even noticable? I have never shot long range and don't understand if stuff like this matters.

On the Viper PST how bad was the glass in low light? On highest power? I have heard there are differences in glass btwn the 4-16 and the 6-24. Did you test the Viper PST for tracking and turrets?

The conquest is only a 1 inch tube correct? I will have to do some research on this scope now. I'm assuming it doesn't have a bunch of elevation adjustment.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:32 PM
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I believe ziess uses IPHY adjustments instead of MOA, which is one of the few reasons I don't look at zeiss
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Sami View Post
Under $1000, you might want to step up to Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 before any of the mentioned scopes. You could get a used NF but they really aren't as good as you seem to think.
The Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 has a 1" tube and only 45 MOA of adjustment which is not as good as a 30mm tube with a lot more adjustment which you need for long range shooting. It is also a SFP not a FFP scope.

Read the specifications here:

http://www.opticsplanet.net/zeiss-65...e-black-rifle-
scope.html

Compare the specs. to my 6-24x50mm PST FFP MOA scope & the glass is better in mine then the 4-16x50mm PST:

Vortex Optics - Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP EBR-1 MOA


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