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What power scope for .338LM?

 
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:00 PM
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What power scope for .338LM?

I've decided to buy a .338LM. I need to buy a new scope, but I am unsure about what magnification to get.
My questions are
"What power do you actually use shooting 1000 or 1200 yards?"
"At what power does mirage become a problem? (Note that I live in the desert)"
"Does anyone use a fixed power such as a 10x56?"
"Has anyone tried a fixed 10x56 and decided that it was not enough magnification?"

Price is not really the issue. I am planning to buy a quality scope (Valvada, Swarovski, Zeiss, or S&B)

I may at some point attempt longer distances, but the majority of shooting will be at 1200 yards or less. What would be a good recommendation for 1600 or 1800 yards?

Last, MOA or MRAD?
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:19 PM
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Re: What power scope for .338LM?

What power is really a personal thing. I'm assuming your talking about 1000-1200 yard hunting shots. I Know alot of folks here like the 5.5-22 while others prefer 3.5-14 and some 10 fixed. I personally prefer 12-42-depending on conditions and purpose I can go low enough and high enough.
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:24 PM
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Re: What power scope for .338LM?

These are 3 scopes that I am considering, but I am open to other suggestions.

IOR Valdada; 6-24x50mm Tactical Scope; 35mm...TUBE, Illuminated MP8 Reticle

IOR Valdada 9-36x56 Tactical Scope; 35mm Tube!! Illuminated MP8!!

"IORValdada" 10x56mm Illuminated Tactical Scope

Opinions?
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Old 06-21-2010, 09:25 PM
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Re: What power scope for .338LM?

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What power is really a personal thing. I'm assuming your talking about 1000-1200 yard hunting shots. I Know alot of folks here like the 5.5-22 while others prefer 3.5-14 and some 10 fixed. I personally prefer 12-42-depending on conditions and purpose I can go low enough and high enough.
What power do you actually use at 1000 and 1200 yards?
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:03 AM
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Re: What power scope for .338LM?

my max power is 22 and I use that power every chance I get.

I too shoot in a high plains desert where mirage rules. I still use as much power as the scope will give me. Reducing power to eliminate mirage hasn't worked for me. If I can see it I can read it better (well....I try). It's there whether you see it or not.

Plus the side focus can be used to focus at different ranges to see mirage/wind drift at those ranges.

Of your three choices I'd go with the first one as I don't thing the extra power and increased objective size will give you "that much" more.

The MP-8 reticle is one of the best! IMO.
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:22 AM
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Re: What power scope for .338LM?

I too use 22x at every chance i get,but i would say realistically between 14.5x-22x is where i am at most days,ior also makes a 3-18x and a fixed 16x very nice scopes,i have also used a s&b 4-16 pm2 with the p4 fine reticle at the distance you mentioned and can recommend that scope also,as far as mil or moa it's what ever you feel more confident with i don't have a preference for either so long as the turrets match the reticle,good luck with your choice.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:57 AM
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Re: What power scope for .338LM?

I noticed the 3 to 18x scopes and thought that I would never use the lower powers on that rifle. The Valdada variable seems to offer the most value, I have their 6 x 42 fixed and I am happy with it. It's not quite a Swarovski, lens coatings are better on my Swarovski, but the Valdada was half the price. The MP-8 is getting rave reviews from everyone that has it, plus a 35mm tube is huge plus. I wanted to find out if most guys that have the variables are actually using the higher magnification and that seems to be the general consensus; most are using the 14 to 20x magnification with little exception.

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