Re: Scope choice for a 300WM
Hi and welcome.
Like you I am just getting started in this long range stuff!
I have an Accurracy International AWM-F chambered in .300 win. mag. I load my own ammunition. I am currently shooting a 190 grain Seirra Match King Hollow Point, using Lapua brass, IMR 4350 powder, and CCI Mag primers. Listed muzzle velocity of my load is 2950 ft. per sec.
The current scope I use is a Leupold Illuminated Long Range M3 3.5-10-40mm.
I am immensely pleased with this set up.
I am feeling the need to have more magnification...brighter optics and more precise adjustments.
As an aside...there is an interesting thread on this forum, that talks about "accuracy vs. precision". It makes interesting reading and is well written, and demonstrated!!
With that in mind the Leupold LR M3 will have 1 minute clicks of adjustment for elevation.
My experience so far (about 200 rounds fired)!! Once my rifle was sighted in, it was simply...dial the range in on the scope elevation knob...adjust the parallax...fire, and the round went where they were aimed, (point of aim = point of impact) both at 100 yards and 200 yard settings. No other ranges were tried. With the Leupold you can play with the dials all day long, i.e. turn them from stop to stop and they will return to your original zero.
This weekend I have made arrangements to look at a Schmidt & Bender PM II in 3-12 X 50mm & 4-16 X 50mm. With 1/4 inch adjustments and there propietery double turn elevation knob. Metric adjustmens are also available...but not as precise as 1/4" adjustments...about 3/8".
My guess is I will walk away with the 4-16 PM II. Because I can always dial down the magnification!!
Other scopes I have entertained...is Night Force and US Optics... Oh! US Optics has a sale on some of there scopes, now as I write this, the scopes are listed on there web site. I have not had the occasion to look through or use these optics, and cannot speak for them. My online research reveals they are both highly recommended!! However, if you want to look through or at Night Force or US Optics and are from Central Pensylvania...it seems these scopes are both kept with the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Schmidt & Bender Rep.'s I talked with yesterday said they would send me a scope to look at, and if I didn't like it...simply return the scope and they would refund the purchase...hmmm intersting way of doing business.
Accuracy Internation has there own scope made to there specifications by Schmidt & Bender. And...my understanding is, this scope has a bullet cam with the elevation adjustment. .300 win. mag. cam? Also a ranging feature in the bottom of the scope. I will know later today if a .300 win mag cam is available.
This subject is also being discussed under "optics" and the thread is "Confidence"!!
Again...welcome, congratulations on your new rifle... Good choice! Let us all know how you get along.
I hope this is of some help to you.