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Old 06-24-2013, 10:36 PM
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what scope is best for a .243

I have nice Kimber .243 with a Leupold 3x9 scope. They state it has a match action and barrel ? It's plenty accurate at 2-300 yards. Anyway I want to up grade the scope to something that will be more long range. I realize there is only so much you can do with a light bullet .The question is what scope power is enough and which scope would be best for this rifle? I'm thinking Vortex Viper HS 4-16x44 with dead hold reticle. Good for coyotes, deer, etc. What's your opinions?
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:14 PM
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Re: what scope is best for a .243

If you are thinking of shooting LR, you'll want to go with the heavier, higher BC bullets. To shoot those out of your rifle, you'll need to know the twist rate of the barrel and make sure the bullet weight you have will be stabilized by the twist. Example: I am shooting the 105 AMAX in my .243 Win competition rifle and pushing those bullets out to beyond 1K. Twist rate is 1:8 to properly stabilize the bullets. Heavier than that and most people will recommend a 7.5 to 7.7 twist.

So first, figure if you have a rifle capable of shooting to the LR that you would like to do. After that, I'd recommend a scope in the 3-15 range for an all around magnification range, preferably in FFP but that isn't an absolute must have.

Geb
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:13 AM
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Re: what scope is best for a .243

What is the best scope has more to do with purpose than caliber. The viper hs 4-16x44 is a great scope.

Dont underestimate the 243.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:21 AM
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Re: what scope is best for a .243

Thanks for your responses. The Kimber has a light weight sporter 22" barrel with a 10' twist. Its stated that heavier bullets typically need a slower twist so I have stayed with 90 or 95 grain Bergers or Barnes TTX bullets. I wonder if anything more than 4-16 power would be beneficial . Longer shots with the lighter bullet and the lighter sporter barrel might be to far a reach. Possibly stay within 600 yards. I haven't actually tried the longer heavier bullets yet so I don't know how they'll perform. Fact is its hard to find a lot of components these days.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:14 AM
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Re: what scope is best for a .243

16x will be more than enough for longer shots. A lot of folks have a tenancy to over zoom scopes. If you have 16x of zoom at 1000 yds and you miss its not because you were under scoped.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:12 AM
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Re: what scope is best for a .243

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16x will be more than enough for longer shots. A lot of folks have a tenancy to over zoom scopes. If you have 16x of zoom at 1000 yds and you miss its not because you were under scoped.
I agree completely as long as we are only talking magnification. I wouldn't put a Tasco 16X on it that is for sure!

Geb
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:36 AM
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I agree completely as long as we are only talking magnification. I wouldn't put a Tasco 16X on it that is for sure!

Geb
Good point, I should have been clearer (no pun intended)

This scope at 16x will be fine at 1000 yds.
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