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what scope is best for a .243

 
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:11 PM
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Re: what scope is best for a .243

I'm with the others. Before I can recommend a scope for your .243, I need to know what you envision doing with it. I would be making far different recommendations if you were looking to extend your hunting range to 500 yards, Shoot woodchucks at 700-1,000 yards or shoot coyotes anywhere between 35 yards and 700 yards.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:02 PM
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Re: what scope is best for a .243

It's a light weight sporter rifle weighing @ 6.25 Lb w/ a 22" .560 at the muzzle barrel. This is why I wondered how far out this rifle could be accurate. I can shoot .5 MOA and sometimes less at 100 yards. Shooting varmints etc out to 700 yards seems to be a poke for this rifle. It would be great if it could. If you guys feel different maybe I should think about more power. It's a $1400 rifle at best so I sure wasn't thinking about Nightforce products. Hope to build one some day. Maybe go with a Vortex Viper 6-20X50 ffp. I would like it to still fit in a scabbard though. I do more horse hunting than anything else. Thanks for all your inputs.

Ted
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:46 PM
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Re: what scope is best for a .243

Any rifle can be very accurate with the right load. I'd say if you are able to shoot 0.5 MOA at 100 yards then you are doing well. Find out the BC of the bullet you are shooting, figure out the velocity, and plug your numbers into a ballistics program to get an idea of where your bullet will be out to your max distance. Then go out and shoot on paper out to that distance to verify the drop. Start practicing at these distances and you'll become a better shooter than if you spend all your time at 100 yds. Once you know where your bullet is at any of those distances, you'll be deadly on game. Then comes the game of fine tuning your rifle, optics, and gear. Back to the original question, I think the 16X top end is fine for the distances you are planning.

Geb
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:52 PM
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Re: what scope is best for a .243

Thanks Geb and everyone, I'll do all that you have suggested. I'll keep everyone posted of the progress.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:45 PM
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Re: what scope is best for a .243

I mounted a Leupold VX-3 4.5-14 on my sons weatherby in .243win. He had ever had problems on close targets and more than enough to reach out in the 600+ on small game. Our club has a 15x max on the sporter class for shoots, the Leupold max is over 14x but under 15x on specs. Most scopes in the mid range or under price will spec out under stated values instead of over.
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