Re: What scope power would you use?
Mike, I put together a light walking varminter myself this summer, and had some of the same considerations you have. I have also used IOR scopes with the MP8 reticle for many years. Great reticle, great scopes, but IMO their models larger than their 2.5-10 are just too big and heavy for a light rifle. For my use, on a Kimber Montana in .243, I chose the Zeiss Conquest in a 4.5-14. It is light, relatively compact, and in a side to side comparison with the Leuy, I thought it to have crisper image quality. The turrets are easily manipulated by hand, resettable, and guaranteed waterproof without the caps on. I've used it to shoot grouse at 10 paces, a running coyote at 30, and marmots at 274 yards so far and have found the 4.5-14 magnification range to be ideal for this rifle. I believe the 1" tube allows enough elevation to easily get a .223 out to 500 yds. I'm replacing an IOR 4.5-14 MP8 with a Conquest 6.5-20 this winter on my .22-250, which I have been shooting out to 650 yds. According to the spec's, I think I can get out to 700 yds or more before I run out of adjustment. Hey, if you want a deal on an IOR 4.5-14...
[ 09-30-2004: Message edited by: COBrad ]