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Scope for my 300 Ultra

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Unread 08-17-2008, 02:31 PM
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Re: Scope for my 300 Ultra

My 338 RUM sendero with brake will get me in the eye at 3.5" prone every time, at 3.75" sometimes and at 4" never.
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Unread 08-17-2008, 02:57 PM
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Re: Scope for my 300 Ultra

I just want to fire the gun to see how it reacted. The bench really didn't fit my height, I had no iron sights, and it was my only scope to mount. I have a .458 win mag, and let plenty of 500 gr. bullets out of it, so I know recoil, no squishy pad either, solid butt plate. I moved my head to avoid getting hit, as the eye relief was too short for the beast. Only want to see what the guys are using on the rifle....... I wanted, and got a rifle that can reach out. I have no intention of using reduced loads in it. I have several less potent shooters in my stable I can use. I know lots of the guys are using this caliber, and did the homework already. I know the good brands, but which work best is my goal.
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Unread 08-17-2008, 03:39 PM
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Re: Scope for my 300 Ultra

More eye relief will sure help, but even more important I have found is scope placement. My 300 RUM kicks like a mule, but I guarantee you the scope won't hit you, even with a scope that only has 2.5" of usable eye relief. I mount every scope on this rifle with the ocular in the same location--far enough forward it can't hit me.

The only difference eye relief makes is where I place my head. Wherever that is for a particular scope, you practice it, get used to it and it works just fine.
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Unread 08-17-2008, 04:25 PM
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Re: Scope for my 300 Ultra

At a mere 145lbs I have never been recoil sensitive but I did join the "half moon" club once. Yup, it was with a 300RUM shooting heavy bullets. I had a Leupold 6.5x20 scope on hand when the rifle arrived so I mounted it up and started to develop loads.

Using the scope on 20x made it quite easy to see the 1" orange dot @ 200 yards but it also put that ocular lens a wee bit too close to my brow. After about a dozen rounds or so the inevitable happened. WHACK!

I continued to use the same scope for awhile but I turned the power down to 12x which gave just enough extra eye relief to avoid contact under recoil.

I might add that most, if not all, Leupold scopes have a thin metallic rim on their ocular lens which is all but designed to open up your head. You'd think by this stage of the game that Leupold would have redesigned this rim or put a soft rubber ring over it. A little prevention would go a long way into preventing additional injuries.

If a scope even comes close to you brow while shooting from the bench it is much more likely to hit you when firing under the unpredictable conditions presented in the field.

I never really found the answer to your question. Most scopes with high enough magnification to maximize the potential of the RUM cartridges have moderate eye relief, at best. At least that has been my finding. I'm currently using a Zeiss 4.5x14x50 on the 300RUM but the eye relief really isn't any better.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 06:09 PM
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Re: Scope for my 300 Ultra

I think the Leupold has about the best eye relief your gonna find. Like Bravo said you may look into a brake or lighter recoiling cartridge. When I prepare to shoot I put the butt of the rifle firmly in the crease between my shoulder and chest and get a good, firm cheek weld were I can see the target and crosshairs clearly. When I fire, I concentrate on focusing on the target and crosshairs, squeeze the trigger, follow through. Recoil and breathing are both afterthoughts. This is absolutely the only way I can deal with recoil and still shoot any kind of group inside MOB (minute of barn) accuracy. Really I think a good cheekweld with the rifle butt firmly against your shoulder and strict concentration the target is the best way to keep from being K.O.'d by a scope.
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Unread 08-20-2008, 11:18 PM
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Re: Scope for my 300 Ultra

Lets not beat a horse to death here.
My suggestions would be to try looking through the bushnell elite 4200 6-24x50 i have heard its a good scope fwiw
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Unread 08-20-2008, 11:28 PM
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Re: Scope for my 300 Ultra

I love Nightforce but for a mid price scope I would reommend the Leupold like a VXL or a VXIII.

Mike @ CSGW

Last edited by CS T; 09-24-2008 at 04:05 PM.
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