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Scope for light weight long range hunting rig

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Unread 05-28-2011, 04:31 PM
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Re: Scope for light weight long range hunting rig

it kind of comes down to if a particular brand has let you down. some will swear that their tasco's are just as good as a Leupold. but if one breaks or fails, then it becomes a POS. i've had more than one Lupy let me down, and i have one that's been a great scope. i don't think i'll buy any more, in my opinion, there are better scopes for the same money out there. yours has served you well and you would probably buy another. it's great to have many choices these days.
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Unread 05-29-2011, 03:39 AM
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Re: Scope for light weight long range hunting rig

Not to turn this into a debate on scopes, but any scope maker puts out bad ones from time to time......Period. The more scopes they make, the more bad ones will hit the market.

In my experiences, Most of the time Leupold optics are good to go. I've sent back a couple out of maybe 10 or 12. Most of the time, Nightforce scopes are gtg. I've sent back 1 out of 4. It was the brand new compact model (probably didn't have all the bugs worked out yet).

I have some 40mm Leupolds, and they have been great up until the very last few minutes of legal light when on max power. 12X is about all I can use with a 40mm objective at very low light. If you intend on low light shooting on 16X, I highly recommend a 50mm objective. Swarovski has some tremendous optics, but aren't yet really being classified as "long range" scopes. They are surely light weight though; and most that buy them, seem to buy them because of optics and weight. I know one guy that bought one for long range with a 338 Win Mag, but he is still testing loads.

As Oliveralan mentioned; "you cannot cram 3 vastly different task into one rifle. There is no way you will be competitive in f-class or BR with an 8.5lb rifle" this is very true...................Not saying you can't run with the big dogs, just saying you're unlikely to finish the race with them.

IMO, the best mid range hunting rifles are fairly light and manuverable, the best long range and precision rifles are heavy and solid. It's pretty hard for most to shoot an 8# rifle with extreme precision, even if the rifle is built for it. It takes a fair amount of practice to shoot an 8# or 9# rifle really well.
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Last edited by SBruce; 05-30-2011 at 02:04 AM. Reason: 338 Win Mag, not Weatherby
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Unread 05-29-2011, 10:11 PM
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Re: Scope for light weight long range hunting rig

Let me preface my opinion by stating that I use Leupold and Nightforce exclusively. In the past year I have bought one of each. The Nightforce is a 5.5-22x50 NPR1 Speed Turret and Zero Stop. This scope is on a 338 Lapua tactical type rifle and is not really a hunting rig in my opinion, but to some it would be. This is an AWESOME SCOPE!! The Leupold is a VX3 6.5-20x40 Long Range w/ Kenton Triple MOA Turret and it is on a 7MM STW hunting rifle. This scope will be sent to T.K. Lee Co. for windage dots before summers end. This model is the same model that Greybull Precision uses for their scope and is very robust and repeatable. I bought 2 4.5-14x40 LR a couple of years ago and I have cranked on the turrets hundreds of times and I have yet to have either one not return to zero or be repeatable. I am currently building a 6.5x47 Lapua for Antelope hunting and I am debating between a Nightforce 2.5-10x32 and a Leupold 4.5-14x40 LR with the turret and reticle mods. After the mods the price difference is minimal but the Leupold is lighter. All that being said about Leupold the Nightforce scopes are TANKS!! I don't think it is possible to break one. As far as optical clarity it is hard to compare if you are not comparing apples with apples, everything like power, tube size and objective size needs to be the same. Remember that just because a scope says it is 6.5-20 the top magnification is only 19.2 on a Leupold. Compare apples with apples. I have been happy with both. Good Luck and Good Hunting!!!
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Unread 05-30-2011, 06:40 PM
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Re: Scope for light weight long range hunting rig

I have a vx-3 in 6.5 - 20 40mm v.hunter ret. I sent it back brand new to have M-1's on. I dial in out to 1100 + and return it where i know 100 yard zero is and it works as good as my 3 nightforces. However you can feel the difference in movement no zero stop but it works darn good. Its hard to beat a lupy.
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