Originally Posted by Hired Gun
Now this is more of what I was thinking about for myself. That is very nice. I'm still in phase 1.
After reading your "5 phases of new gun build!" it made me think. The forum may need a new subject heading. Something like, "Kirby's waiting room" or simply, The waiting room, where expectant and contemplating (new fathers) customers could hang out and keep each other company.
One other question. On a rifle with a solid one mile+ range capability why only a 15 power scope?
I like the idea of the waiting room!
As far as the scope magnification power, I have the NP-R1 reticle and in a second focal plane SFP scope, the reticle is only correctly calibrated at the highest power. I intend to use the graduations within the scope to adjust my elevation (instead of clicking). That means I will have to shoot at the highest magnification. I really want to spot my own shots (even if I have a spotter), so 15x makes more sense than 22x (which is the next step in the NightForce line).
If I was only clicking my elevation, I might have gone with the 22x scope. I also figured that I could easily use this scope on another rifle if I wanted to go up to 22x on the 338AM, however I doubted I could justify it the other way around. For biggame (Elk,Deer, Bear) I figured 15x was enough. If I had been going after smaller game, I probably would have went with the 22x. Even though the rifle has the capability for 1 mile+, I intended this to be a 1200yd max hunting rifle, I'll certainly shoot at rocks further, but its unlikely I'll go beyond that for game due to wind.
Thats my entire thought process on the scope.
As far as you being in phase 1, I which I hadn't stayed in that phase for as long as I did, I would have received my rifle that much sooner.