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Old 12-27-2010, 06:57 PM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

I've been on two sheep hunts. The first I had a 3x9 Leupold Compact on a 700 30-06. Next one I had a Rem TI in 06 again, topped with a VX-III in 2.5-8. Both guns are gone now, replaced by a custom 7-08, which had a 2.5-8, but just got upgraded to a 3.5-10 CDS that's only 2 ounces more, but better latitude for mounting, and perfect for the max ranges I'll shoot to. Long way around to say you might wanna consider that one or the 4.5-14 CDS version for a dual purpose rig. I'm a huge Nightforce fan, but I don't think I'd run one on a sheep/goat rifle.
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

i dont know anything about sheep hunting, but im assuming its relatively long range hunting. 10x might be enough, in which case you can go the nxs 2.5-10 or even better (imo) go with IOR's 2.5-10x42 ffp mil/mil. better price and bigger objective to gather more light. matching reticle and adjustments means less to think about when ranging and dialing. ffp means reticle is accurate at any power. if you dont ever use the reticle and have a LRF, that might not be as important to you. however, batteries do die, so do spare batteries. if 10x isn't enough, id go with nxs 3-15x50.

in a perfect world i would have a nxs 3-15x50 F1 MLR with HS turrets and ZS. way out of my budget though.
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Old 12-31-2010, 02:57 PM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

As stated above the NF 2.5-10 is an excellent choice, but a little heavy ( 19 0zs. ). If you are going to be cranking turrets constantly then I would also suggest the Leupold VX-3 30MM LR scopes. These have tons of adjustments and have the same internals as the Mark 4's. Repeatability has been 100% for me. I have the 4.5-14 ( 15 ozs. ) and 6.5-20 ( 15.6 ozs. ) and I have been very pleased with them both. I know that 4 ozs. does not seem like a lot but it all adds up even base and rings make a difference. I was going to buy the NF but could not find one so I bought the 4.5-14 Leupold and I have never considered changing it out. All that being said my sheep rifle is:

Remington Model 700 Titanium
7MM-08 Ackley
22" Shilen barrel
Shilen trigger
Leupold 3-9 compact
Leupold PRW rings and bases
Berger 140 VLD's and/or Barnes 120 TTSX

As you can see this rifle is exclusively a mountain rifle which is different than yours, but I would recommend that you look at all options when it comes to choices. In the mountains every ounce makes a difference. My favorite scope is my new NF 5.5-22x50 w/ zero stop and speed turret but I would never put it on a rifle where I would be climbing vertical mountains. Good luck with your decision and remember that most of us evolve in our hunting styles. What we like today will most certainly change tomorrow.

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Old 01-01-2011, 04:36 AM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

S&B Precission hunter 3-12x42 is an excellent compact with dial able elevation turret or get the same scope with Hollands ART reticule
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:05 PM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

Reticals with lites, extra batteries, 30mm steel tubes. Man I wish I would have been on some of the sheep and goat hunts others have or least been in that good of shape to pack everything. You should add a flashlight in case you want to shoot at night. LOL
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

Minox Za5 2-10X40 or 3-15X42.....both under 15ozs.......
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:51 PM
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Re: Scope for Sheep Hunting Rifle

Which ever one {scope} you decide on, get one that you can work with in the wind; good “wind reticle” is a must for sheep hunting... Ballistic drop and angle cosign problems you can work through mathematically. Wind on the other hand, is where you need a reliable system for gauging the stand off on the target; the ability to us the reticle and understand the reticle in wind and gusting winds can make all the difference... So get a reticle that allows you to make those small changes on the target’…, changes that you can “positively define clearly” as you make them.
The second thing that comes to mind is; “clarity” over “scope power”, defining the impact point that you want on the animal and the reticle together is what really gets the job done.
With that said…. My choice for reticle would be the Leupold TMR. Power? Well…. that’s what ever your eye tells you, is right.
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