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Old 12-26-2010, 07:27 PM
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Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

Anyone have an opinion: Need to purchase a scope for my accurized Rem 700 XCR II .25-06 sheep rifle. I also use this rifle to shoot marmots/chucks in the off season to stay tuned in. Price/budget is not a consideration - simply want the best scope for my purpose. Appreciate the advice.....
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Old 12-26-2010, 08:23 PM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

Nightforce nxs 2.5x10x 32, with NPR2 reticle. Put this on my lightweight 300wm I use for hunting where I have to pack in. Had it on 3 hunts this year, elk , muley, and goat. The goat hunt was 8 days, getting rained on most of the time! Rifle, scope wound up under water a couple of times (river crossings with fast rising current) , slipped, fell, and somersaulted coming down mountains a few times( steep,wet, nasty slopes, and yes I'm going to goat hunt again next year.) After all the abuse, scope held zero. Pricey but optics are great, IMO, after this trip I bought my second NF(3.5X15) slowly trying to sell off my Leupolds so I can buy another NF.
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Forgot to add my 2.5x10 has hunter turrents and not the target turrents.

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Old 12-26-2010, 09:00 PM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

Leupold VX3 4.5-14x50 illuminated duplex reticle with the CDS turret. This is much lighter than the Nightforce but will gather much more light than the 2.5-10x32 Nightforce scopes. Weight matters on a hunt high in the mountains but so does seeing your target.

My second choice would be a Nightforce 3.5-15x50. Great scope, just a bit heavy for mountain climbing. Nightforce is supposed to be releasing a Velocity 1,000 reticle in the 3.5-15x50 in January 2011. That or the Horus reticle would be my top reticle choices so you would be prepared for an almost instantaneous shot if you don't have time to crank turrets.

Swarovski, Zeiss, Kahles, Schmidt & Bender & others make great scopes but start your search with the two above, learn their performance & then make others beat the performance of these two.
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Old 12-26-2010, 10:53 PM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

I'd look at one of the Zeiss Victory scopes, maybe in the 3-12 range. They have some of the best glass and also some of the lightest 30mm tubed scopes. Either that or a Schmidt and Bender.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:11 AM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

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Anyone have an opinion: Need to purchase a scope for my accurized Rem 700 XCR II .25-06 sheep rifle. I also use this rifle to shoot marmots/chucks in the off season to stay tuned in. Price/budget is not a consideration - simply want the best scope for my purpose. Appreciate the advice.....
If you're hunting sheep in Montana, I would recommend the largest scope you can find to help you accomodate the varmiting portion of the consideration. Montana sheep hunters can walk from their stationwagons to shoot B&C sheep. In Idaho, I would second the Nightforce 2.5-10x24 or x32 because that's what I put on my sheep rifle for duribility, weight and size. I need something that I can carry on seemingly vertical terrain, in terrible conditions, for a week.

Good question! How does one balance a purchase that will be the best for the most grueling hunt in the lower 48 and gophers!
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:31 AM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

Just went throught the same dilema, chose the Leupy 4.5x14x40 mil dot, 1 inch. This was on a super light weight rifle used for pack hunts. This gave me all the magnifcation I needed in a much lighter package and optional hold over with the mil dot in addition to the Kenton Turret. Took the rifle on an Alaskan goat hunt and wished it was half the weight! LOL (weight just under 6lbs topped).

Schmidts and NF are excellent scopes but for those of us climbing mountains the weight is consideration! Even the this Leupy is on the heavy side.
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Old 12-27-2010, 12:37 PM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

Thanks Guys! Lots of good information.
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