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Old 03-28-2010, 02:14 AM
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What scope if not Nightforce

So I'm trying to decide what scope to put on my new rifle. It's a 7AM built by Kirby. It seems most folks on here use Nightforce scopes on their longrange rigs. But from what I've seen so far from Nightforce I'm just not sure that's what I want. I really don't care for the moving ocular lens or the fact that I have to pay extra for a Zero stop and to have mil turrets added. But I'm not even sure I want to go mil/mil yet. Moa/moa could work I think but I don't like having the scope on one power to use the reticle so I think mil mil is the way to go for me. So my question is what scope do you recommend that has mil mil, zero stop, FFP in a 5-20 or close power range? I'd like to stay in the Nightforce dollar range, which appears to be about $2000 or a little more. What do you think?

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Old 03-28-2010, 08:32 AM
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So I'm trying to decide what scope to put on my new rifle. It's a 7AM built by Kirby. It seems most folks on here use Nightforce scopes on their longrange rigs. But from what I've seen so far from Nightforce I'm just not sure that's what I want. I really don't care for the moving ocular lens or the fact that I have to pay extra for a Zero stop and to have mil turrets added. But I'm not even sure I want to go mil/mil yet. Moa/moa could work I think but I don't like having the scope on one power to use the reticle so I think mil mil is the way to go for me. So my question is what scope do you recommend that has mil mil, zero stop, FFP in a 5-20 or close power range? I'd like to stay in the Nightforce dollar range, which appears to be about $2000 or a little more. What do you think?

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There are lots of options on what scope to choose so it realy boil down to what you like.

If not the Nightforce then I like the Leupold Mark 4. There are lots of choices of reticles,
mill dots, focal planes.turret styles ETC. Plus the Leupold's are lighter than the nightforce
if weight is a problem.

They will cost any where from $1100.oo to $1800.oo depending on the options.

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Old 03-28-2010, 12:38 PM
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Re: What scope if not Nightforce

In my opinion it makes sense to pick a scope based on the job it needs to do. Certainly Nightforce scopes are good quality, but there may be good reasons to choose something else.
1. Prefer a lighter weight scope.
2. Want much better low light capability such as a Gen III night vision scope.
3. Concerned over breaking any scope in rugged terrain and would rather it be a cheap one.
4. Want more field of view than the lowest magnification available in a Nightforce.
5. A scope costing 1/2 or even 1/10 as much may not the limiting factor in aiming at the target. Wind estimation, range estimation, or ammo velocity spread can be limiting instead. Money should be spent in reducing the real error sources.
6. Twiddling knobs is slower for getting on target than a precision reticle like those from Horus vision and others. ( I believe NF does offer some of the Horus reticles).

Each of the above have been reasons (or excuses) why I haven't bought a Nightforce scope for my various rifles.
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NF is a good mid line scope no doubt I use them on my competition rifles but to step up in durability and performance the USO is tough to beat. Others like the S&B PMII are outstanding as is March (I do not own a March however have handled and looked through one at a match) the best thing about this is you have a lot of choices..
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Old 03-28-2010, 01:56 PM
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NF is a good mid line scope no doubt I use them on my competition rifles but to step up in durability and performance the USO is tough to beat. Others like the S&B PMII are outstanding as is March (I do not own a March however have handled and looked through one at a match) the best thing about this is you have a lot of choices..
Would you consider the March? I was kicking it but didn't lioke the warranty.
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Old 03-28-2010, 03:36 PM
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Would you consider the March? I was kicking it but didn't lioke the warranty.
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You can find $200 scopes with excellent warranties. It's likely the manufacturer can afford to replace it if it breaks and still make money.
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Moa/moa could work I think but I don't like having the scope on one power to use the reticle so I think mil mil is the way to go for me.
I don't understand this statement. The location of the reticle determines where the reticle properly subtends, not the type. Both MOA and MIL reticles will only subtend correctly at one power if they're in the second focal plane. And they'll both always subtend correctly if they're in the first.
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