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Old 09-01-2008, 10:33 AM
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Scope for nightime use (lamping foxes)

I'm looking for a scope to use on a 22-250 for fox control.
Most shooting will be done in low light, or at night using a lamp to illuminate the target.
A couple of people have recommended use of an illuminated reticle.
Range up to 300yds.
Price below $1,000
My research so far has come up with the following options.

Kahles KX 4-12x50

Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x50
Leupold VX-L 4.5-14x50 (Illuminated reticle)

I would appreciate your opinions & suggestions as to scope & reticle choice.

Thanks

Mike
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:46 PM
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Re: Scope for nightime use (lamping foxes)

Hi Mike; I used to hunt fox at night quite a bit. The way we did it was we used a caller using sounds like dying rabbit, squealing woodpecker, and fox pups in distress. We used a red filter on the lamp ( they come in much easier and closer ) then when close used a clear light to take your shot. These were grey fox which tend to be more aggressive than reds. Most of the area we hunted was brushy so most of our shots came in the 15 - 40 yard range. The longest shot I ever made was about 75 yards. I used a 3x9 Bushnell with the illuminated reticle. I can't stress enough how the illuminated reticle is much better than a scope without it for night shooting. Any of the scopes you named should serve you well. As far as reticle choice I would go with a fine crosshair and dot. Having said that I haven't shot any thing out to 300 yards at night. I know you stated you didn't want to go over $1000 but you might want to check out some of the Nightforce reticles to get some ideas. Mike
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:41 AM
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Re: Scope for nightime use (lamping foxes)

Mike, Nighforces are a good low light scope with an excellent illuminatde reticle. The 50 - 56 mm objectives will run $1400 plus, which IMHO is the best valvue on the market. I just picked up a 5 1/2 x 22 x 50 the other day and it is a great piece of work. May be more scope than you are looking for.

Cheers, and good fox hunting
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:43 AM
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Re: Scope for nightime use (lamping foxes)

kahles kx or cl if posible way better than leupold and better than conquest i allso used a burris whit red dot reticle very good glass but not so ruged like kahles whish have better controls too.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:59 AM
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Re: Scope for nightime use (lamping foxes)

+1 on the Kahles Scopes. Try to get something in the C line of Kahles scopes.

Rob
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:26 PM
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Re: Scope for nightime use (lamping foxes)

Thanks for the replies (& PM's).
I was hoping to keep below $1,000 for this scope but on reflection it looks like $1,500 is more realistic - bit of a bugger when the has fallen 12% against the $ over the past month.
Ho hum, it's only money.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:31 PM
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Re: Scope for nightime use (lamping foxes)

for that kind of money get a night vision scope
light bulblight bulb
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