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Unread 03-07-2009, 10:12 PM
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Which Nightforce scope

I am having a 338rum built by Defensive Edge - 26" + break - #5.5 contour barrel. My dilema is do I put a 3.5x15 or a 5.5x22 Nightforce Scope on it? I like the idea of the 5.5. But am concerned it may be to much magnification in situations where I would be in a wooded area. I hunt elk in NW Colorado. Have opportunity for both lomger range and short range shots. Any thoughts?
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    Unread 03-07-2009, 10:20 PM
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    Re: Which Nightforce scope

    If it was me I would go with the 5.5x22

    It is only a 2x diff on low but you sre gaining 7x on full power.

    Of all my variables I keep most set at 6x when I am walking just in case I jump something. Dang even my 11-87 has a Leupy 3.5x10 on it....
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    Unread 03-09-2009, 03:37 PM
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    Re: Which Nightforce scope

    I have both and find that in my area [AZ] that much above 12-15X the mirage becomes a problem. That may not present as much of a factor in your area and the 338 RUM can definitely make good use of the 22X.

    The 3.5 would help more in low light / dusk conditions for a little longer shooting light.

    Such a dilema....having to choose which Nightforce!!

    I went with the 3.5-15 over my 5.5-22 on my 338 RUM only because of the reticle that it had .
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    Unread 03-11-2009, 06:54 PM
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    Re: Which Nightforce scope

    Check out this thread:

    Need help choosing a Nightforce model!

    It could either help you, or confuse you more....lol.

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    Re: Which Nightforce scope

    I am responding because I had the same exact question a couple of months ago. Shawn is also currently building me a 338 but in an edge. I just ordered the nightforce for it and really struggled with which one to buy. I hunt in areas that the way in and way out are greating hunting areas and its nice to have the low power for quick opportunities. At any rate, I have leupold 4.5-14's and have never had a problem with the 4.5 being to much,so i am hoping the 5.5 proves to be okay. I finally decided to go with the 5.5-22 because for this rifle I felt like the rest of the gun was built for extreme long range possibilities and for the scope to be a perfect fit, I wanted the highest power available that still had a low power setting that would work, rather than the optimum low power setting and a higher power setting that would work. cant go wrong either way, but you might ask shawn what sits atop of his 338!
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    Unread 03-12-2009, 01:04 PM
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    Re: Which Nightforce scope

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    you might ask shawn what sits atop of his 338!

    C'mon....give.....inquiring minds want to know!!!
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    Unread 03-12-2009, 05:15 PM
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    Re: Which Nightforce scope

    5.5-22 i'm pretty sure.
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