I have a Burris Full Field II 3x9 on my .30-06 Remington Model 700. The rifle has been bedded and accurized by Dave Sullivan at Wind River Rifles. I always hunt with Barnes Vortex Ammunition. I have taken Antelope with it three years in a row, and a Cow Elk last year. None of these shots have been more than 200 yards.
This year I drew a Bull Elk tag in Area 13 Near Craig Colorado, which may require much longer shots, due to the openness of the terrain. I'll be hunting the 4th Rifle season, which pretty much guarantees some snow on the ground. I will also be hunting Antelope on opening day in Wyoming just north and west of Cheyenne, with a buck and a doe tag but that could be in 80 degree weather . . . October 5th. . .
I have a Burris Fullfield II that is a 4.5x14 scope that I intended to mount on a Kimber 300 Win Mag, but I have never fired that rifle, since I won it in a Wyoming Wildlife raffle and it is a RH Rifle and I shoot left handed.
So, for the hunts I am planning this year, should I mount the longer 4.5x16 on my go-to rifle or just leave well enough alone?
I didn't 'tell' you anything. I suggested. You asked (posted) so I replied.
My other comment is Burris may be a Colorado company but like the majority of optics distributors, they aren't made stateside. They are an importer of offshore optics.
For example, Hawke is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana but their scopes and other optical items come from across the pond and Vortex is in Wisconsin (or Minnesota) but their optics come from various countries including China and the Philippines (I know where my Vipers are made, it's engraved on the erector).
I don't consider Burris to be a premier optic. The only Burris I like at all is the one that auto ranges but it's a cumbersome, proprietary mounted unit.
If it was me, I'd sell the odd rifle and invest in something more long range, but thats just me.
I presume you are an adult and can rationalize your upcoming hunt and what it entails. Keep in mind that the shot (and animal) of a lifetime is only one shot away...or a miss. Why take a chance. Mount the best you can afford and increase your chances for success.
As an aside, very few optics are made here today. Reason being is the labor is too costly and domestically made pushes the cost to an uncompetitive level.
'It's not about me, it's about we'..........
Many people are hung up on brand names and better cartridges. You will hear of super high magnifications,and brands such as Nightforce, Leupold, etc. I truly have had just as good of luck with Burris as any other manufacturer. I truly believe they build the best handgun scope avail today. I own the Eliminator 3, several handgun scopes and some on BIG boomers. They hold up and track like a train. The 3x9 is plenty for a 3006. If the idea that the other magnification makes you sleep better at night then go for it.. All I can say is the old sayin.......Beware of the man with one gun,, he might know how to shoot it. there is alot of truth to this. I would take a 30 06 that i knew well, and could handle it and use it way before I take a 338AM that only shoots off a bench and is worthless to me due to not knowing the rifle and scope combination.