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Tall Turret Scope,,advice

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Unread 02-13-2012, 01:47 PM
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Tall Turret Scope,,advice

Hey guys im new to the long range world and in the process of learning everything i can. I decided i dont want a scope with the CDS dial system because i want to learn the drop charts and MOA and everything else that goes into shooting and dont want to be stuck to one load from my gun and have to pay for new turret.

My problem is, i cant seem to find a scope with tall turrets that have tall turret caps on them to protect them from turning while being put in and out of a scabbert on a horse or hiking and rubbing on my coat. I have seen pics of them from you guys but i cant find them on web sites.

I want a scope in the 4.5- 14 power range with 1/4 MOA adjustments, and id spend up to 600 ish on the scope. It makes me nervous that my tall turrets may rotate and id loose my zero while hiking, also i worry about snow and ice jamming the turrets from turning, so in my opinion i would think a capped protected turret would be best?????? and advice ? thanks fellas!
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Unread 02-13-2012, 02:13 PM
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Re: Tall Turret Scope,,advice

A few that I am aware of are the Leupolds with "target" knobs, Leupolds VX-7's, Huskemaw's ajustments have covers, and some of the Nikons do too. There's probably others that I am not aware of. Without covers, it helps to have a zero stop and/or record our "zero" revolution marks on the gun somewhere, just in case this happens.

Good question, that's always been a concern of mine also, and I've personally seen the knobs get turned accidentally a few different times now by dragging them out of a scabbard or across the seat of a pickup.
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Unread 02-13-2012, 02:40 PM
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Re: Tall Turret Scope,,advice

A couple thoughts. I use a scabbard and don't like the tall target turrets at all. You can get the features of a target turret, ie MOA and click marks on the turrets, turret revolution indicators, and and easy to turn turrets, without going to the tall turrets. There are low target turrets or semi target turrets that may fit your situation better. Below are a few that you may want to look at. Some of these have multiple options with turrets and caps so look at all of them.

With the new scopes out that have uncapped turrets, most have sealed turrets and are pretty stiff to turn which makes moving them by accident more difficult. Also many offer ways to keep track of what revolution your turret is on so it is easy to check it each time you take it out of the scabbard. I only mention this because it may open up the number of options you have to look at.

These are all good scopes IMO as far as glass, durability, turret repeatability, etc. I have personally used everything but the viper. But it has a ton of reviews online if you need info.

Vortex Viper
Sightron Big Sky
Nikon Monarch
Weaver V series


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Unread 02-13-2012, 06:54 PM
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Re: Tall Turret Scope,,advice

The Weaver has a locking turret, and Leupold has one too, on a M5, 34 TUBE
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Unread 02-13-2012, 07:36 PM
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Re: Tall Turret Scope,,advice

I have a VX4 Leupy, 6.5-20x50 (fine duplex) With tall capped turrets but it's an AO so the parallelax is front mounted. I use for benchrest target comp. I believe it comes in BC and TMR but I could be mistaken It's a 1" tube, not 30mm

Nice and clear with excellent low light capability. The drawback is the front parallax adjustment but not with benchrest. I've used it to hunt with without major discomfort on my part.

Street price is below 700 bucks.
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Unread 02-14-2012, 11:01 AM
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Re: Tall Turret Scope,,advice

leupolds target turrets are about as tall as I can imagine going and are still covered, check out graybull's scope those are the target turrets and are covered when you want them to be. it sounds like you are worried about bumpping them, I still think the CDS is a great idea so many people say it means you are stuck to one load, but everyone seems to forget that all the factors everyone talks about only come into play beyond 600 yards. my turret is set for a load that is 70fps faster that what my current load shoots. one of these days I will change out the turret cap, but I just add a click at 600 yards, 2 clicks at 800, and 4 clicks when I get to 1000 yards.

BDC turrets are not rocket science and they work regardless of conditions its easy to add or take away clicks from your baseline. thats how the marines unertl scopes worked that were used up until recently. They had a turret that actually only adjusted to the ranges they wanted to shoot, be it 600, 800, etc, then a veneer adjustment allowed deviation from it 1/2 moa at a time, adding clicks or taking them away depending on conditions is the same thing.
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Unread 02-14-2012, 11:36 AM
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Re: Tall Turret Scope,,advice

magedon44----i am in the same boat as you. Been looking and researching for a couple of months now about buying a scope with turrets but it is covered. I used a Zeiss Conquest last year with Kenton turrets and it is a great setup BUT I constantly had to check the turrets and they did move----ALOT during the day.
So, I think that I will most likely go with a leupold with their target turret setup and have Kenton make the ballistic turret for them.

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