Having spent the last 7 hours reading old posts on this site I feel this is THE place to best get an answer to my question...
My new Robar RC50-F will be finished this coming week and I need to choose a scope and mounts for it. I plan on shooting at paper targets from 500-1200 yards, with the occasional 2000 yard shot thrown in just for fun. I want a ranging type reticle, but am unsure of which style.
My current short list is:
Leupold Mark IV 16x w/Gen II
Horus Vision 4-16x50 w/H19
Horus Vision S/B 4-16x50 w/H12 (a "Heavy" H2)
Lightforce NXS 3.5-15x56 reticle/undecided
Lightforce NXS 5.5-22x56 reticle/undecided
Lightforce NXS 8-32x56 reticle/undecided
US Optics SN-3 3.3-22x MkIV reticle/undecided
I would prefer a front focal plane reticle, but am worried that having variable power is more important (Mark IV vs. NXS). I know I need a fair amount of elevation to shoot at 2000 yards, but how much can I get by with if a 20 MOA base is used? What would be the minimum eye relief I should have? What about strength, will the 50 cal "push-pull" recoil be too harsh on some of these scopes?
As for rings and base, Badger seems to get alot of good reviews, but should I consider others as well?
This list of questions could go on forever...
In the end, I guess that I would ask your recommendation based upon your experiences with these scopes and mounts, good and bad, in their use on a 50 cal rifle to be used in the field, not off a bench.
Thanks for helping in this decision...