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Old 02-04-2011, 08:10 PM
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leupold scope question??

Hey all, I am new to the long range shooting and looking at getting a leupold scope for my 300 win mag. I was looking at the 4.5-14x40mm cds scope but wasnt sure if that would be the best route. I am looking to practice and shoot out to 600 yards. It would be for hunting purposes. Mule deer, antelope, elk.

Any suggestions on leupold scopes for this function would be appreciated.

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Old 02-04-2011, 08:31 PM
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Re: leupold scope question??

4X-14X is a great hunting scope for up to 600 yds in my opinion.
In fact, I am putting a 4-14X50 VX7 on my soon to be finished 300WSM.
Same uses as you specified, deer antelope and elk.

I got the VH reticle and plan on using "holdover" technique out to 500 or 600 yds. Beyond that, I can dial the knobs if needed.

I've never had a cds dial, but it's something Leupold will add at no cost to my VX7 if I decide to go that way in the future (part of the VX7 customer care package)

Only problem I see with a cds type dial is that they only work for one load at one altitude and one temp. If you decide to change the bullet weight or velocity of your ammo, it would be off some. If you get one that works at 2000' elevation during the cold, it will be off when you go to 6000' elevation and it's 70 degrees. Granted, the velocity or BDC reticles are similar, but as long as we know this; it can be compensated for with either system to a certain distance anyway.

Just have them set up the cds for your average temp, altitude and barometric pressure, then it'll be easier to compensate if your location changes.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:44 PM
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Re: leupold scope question??

Buck
leupold scopes are great get the cds scope you are looking at and enjoy it.
the dial is marked in moa so just make a drop chart to match you load and go with it if you are changing alt just adust you drop chart to match
there are ballistic calulators that will do this for you.

Sbruce
you might want to look into the dial thing alittle i believe the package includes a turret for the speed dial system that comes on the vx7 the cds turret is a completly differtant system
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:59 PM
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Re: leupold scope question??

Retiredcpo,

Yea, I am sure you are right.

The VX7 adjustments are a totally different cat compared to the other Leup adjustment systems.

I have been under the impression that cds dials were only marked in distances, and didn't have the actual moa stamped on........am I incorrect on this?
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:05 PM
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Re: leupold scope question??

As I understand it, CDS scopes come with a MOA turret that you can change out with the CDS turrets once you have them made. You can always put the MOA back on if you wish to.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:09 PM
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Re: leupold scope question??

Cds Dials come marked in moa.
They will build you a custom turret marked in yards to match your load
or how ever you want it marked.
I prefer standard moa so I can change alt just by modifing my drop chart.
I had a windage dial made that was marked from zero to 7 both ways
usually when you dial for wind it 1,2 3 ect one way and 14,13,12 ect the other
The dial i had made is 1 ,2 ,3 ect each way
this way you dont have to try to back figure one direction.
Can send you a pic if you like
Some have yardage turrets made calibrated for differant alt and just change turrets whe they travel.
retiredcpo
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:12 PM
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Re: leupold scope question??

When I did a retro fit to cds, they sent me both dials, custom and moa
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