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Old 05-18-2014, 08:50 PM
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Re: Optics?

RT, with your 8x weaver what distances do you feel comfortable shooting deer sized game? I can get one of them for half the price of a 3-12 burris, money isn't everything but where it can be saved I'd like to.

Clarity wise I haven't read a bad thing about either scope. Same goes for their ability to handle recoil.

Thank you guys for your patience and help.
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Old 05-19-2014, 07:22 AM
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Re: Optics?

I have not shot a deer over 120 yards with any of my Weaver scoped pistols because that is really close to as far as I can see where I usually hunt with these pistols on a logging road between two cut overs. I would feel comfortable shooting deer to 300 or so yards as far as sight picture goes. The only limitation that I find with pistol scopes is the light gathering ability early and late in the day. In my experience using Leupold, Burris, Tassco and Weaver over the years is that you loose an average 10 to 15 minutes early and late on being able to see your cross hairs over what you can see with a rifle type scope. This is mainly due to smaller tube and objective size and cross hair style. But I do need to qualify that on rifles I usually use Zeiss and Meopta 3-12X56 30MM tube rifle scopes with Heavy type cross hairs and you can see well past dark30 with these. With Leupold 3-9X50 1" tube scope it would be closer to 5 to 10 minutes difference. I also chose the first Weaver 2.5-8x28 I got for the price. I bought two more because of the quality and how they work for me. As for only being 8 power I used to use a Burris intermediate eye relief straight 8 power scope on a 14" 223 Rem Contender to groundhog hunt. Killed a number in the 300 to 400 yard range with no problems. This was the highest power scope you could get back in 1980s for use on a non breaked pistol.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:57 PM
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Re: Optics?

GByrd,

Shot this group at 200 yards off a bipod with a 2.5-8 Leupold LER scope on an XP-100 that I had just put together. Killed a black bear with it a week later at 277 yards. Was down a dark hillside and I had no problem finding him in the scope, and picking my spot on his shoulder. -Could have shot him a lot farther if that had been the case. The best advice I can give you would be to practice as much as you can with what ever scope you should choose out to the max range that you expect to shoot. There's no substitute for good shot placement. With time, you will find that locating your target in a pistol scope will become more natural. There is a learning curve to it just like everything else.


I have a Bushnell 3200 2-6 w/firefly reticle that is really nice in dark timber, or at those last few minutes of shooting light. It sits on top of my TC Contender 7 TCU Super 14 barrel.

I don't own one of the Weaver scopes, but I have heard good reviews of them.

The Leupold does have brighter, better contrast glass than the Bushnell or Burris scopes. The eye relief remains fairly constant too throughout the power range. -I still really like my 3200's and Burris scopes...

Obviously, the LER scopes don't have the light gathering ability nor the field of view of a rifle scope, but without putting a brake on your 6.5 CM your options are somewhat limited.

-Mike

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Old 05-20-2014, 12:33 AM
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Re: Optics?

I have taken mule deer and antelope beyond 400 yards with a 4x fixed and 2-7 LER.
The magnification isn't going to be the issue for distances you have in mind.
Decide what you want and then get want you want.
In the end, what one guy likes or dislikes, may or may not be what you enjoy.

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RT, with your 8x weaver what distances do you feel comfortable shooting deer sized game? I can get one of them for half the price of a 3-12 burris, money isn't everything but where it can be saved I'd like to.

Clarity wise I haven't read a bad thing about either scope. Same goes for their ability to handle recoil.

Thank you guys for your patience and help.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:48 AM
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Re: Optics?

Thank you guys for the advice. Its very encouraging and those are some very fine groups for that power of scope.

The reason for the back and forth and being so unsure is that i really have nothing to go off of and am really pulling all that i can from people whove used a good variety of whats out there to make my decision. I really dont want to buy something and regret it too much down the road.
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