Originally Posted by MPBR
Thanks for the replies.
I suppose I should have pointed out that I'm not new to hunting and shooting...just new to 'long range' hunting with high powered optics and there seemed to be a alot of knowledgeable folks on this forum that I was hoping to share information with.
I shoot a lot and have done most of my hunting the last several years with a williams peep sight and a 4 power scope inside of 100 yards, so i was hoping for some information from people experienced with scopes in the 6.5-20x50 range and their viability in the field together with a good setup for them.
Someone replied that a 6.5-20x50 scope may be an unblanced on a 7.5lb sporter rifle and this was my main concern with the scope i just bought. I am also considering a Sendaro SF II in 7mm mag instead of the 270 wsm sporter however the sendaro is quite cumbersome with the 26 inch barrel...I'd much prefer a 24 inch pipe on a 7 to 7.5lb rifle rifle with a bipod if it's viable.
All comments appreciated...got the scope already now just need the rifle for it!
2" of barrel is not going to make the sendero more cumbersome in the field than the 24" sporter.
Generally though the heavier rifle with the longer barrel, all else being equal is going to be more accurate and give you higher velocities and thus more energy on target down range.
That is why you will see very few of us carrying anything on a Long Range Hunt with shorter than a 26" bbl or less than an 8lbs rifle.
You can get by with about anything out to 600yds, but from there on out life gets a lot more complicated.
LR is simply a different game.