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What scope power would you use?

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Unread 09-21-2004, 09:34 PM
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Re: What scope power would you use?

IOR valdada tactical 6-24x would be a great choice to complete that rig. Tactical turrets,..MP8 reticle (.5moa marks) and the new 35mm tube. They also have a rings and scope package deal. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] The reticle has proven to be very user friendly and non-intrusive.

If you are using a scope that you "click" to the target,.then you are obviously far enough away that the turret clicks won't alert the game. If you are shooting in the woods,..then a 4x rig is all you need.

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You try to get closer to the target,..and I keep trying to get further away.
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Unread 09-21-2004, 11:14 PM
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Re: What scope power would you use?


What about a used Night Force?? I see them for sale for time to time. They may be over your budget some though.

Or even a used Loopie, for that matter.

You have gotten good advise from the forum, as usual.

Buy a used scope, then take your savings and invest it back into a good rail mount system, ala Badger Ord. or TPS.

IOR is an excellant choice as well. Great bang for the buck...sakofan..Good luck!
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Unread 09-27-2004, 03:41 PM
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Re: What scope power would you use?

I have just put the Nikon Monarch 6.5-20 X 44 Mil-dot on my Browning .223 Varmint stalker and it is excellent for this round. The scope is clear, bright and light, and Jon at the Optic Zone had a few available for an excellent price in the last couple weeks.

Good Luck
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Unread 09-28-2004, 07:01 AM
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Re: What scope power would you use?

Mike ,
I'm with BrianB . I have a VX 111 with the varmint hunter reticle and find it works well once you fine tune the power setting for the trajectory of your given load . 6.5 -20X is too much for really fast target acquisition though so I would go 4.5 -14X as Brian suggests .
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Unread 09-30-2004, 01:37 PM
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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...

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