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Old 10-16-2007, 09:01 PM
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Ian,
Thanks for the article. I'm what most on this site would consider a short range hunter. Most of my experience up until now has been in coastal blackwater swamps and river valleys. Recently I've been given the chance to hunt on a farming lease. Whitetails at 200 to 400 yards in Southeastern soybean and cotton fields are my challenge. These deer are hunted hard and rarely appear in the open until the last five or ten minutes of legal shooting light.

The fixed power 4x or variable 1.5-5x scopes I have aren't getting the job done. I need more magnification and better light gathering ability. The deer may only be 250 yards away but I've got to thread the shot between trees and over rows of beans within five minutes of sunset. I've heard good things about the Super Sniper 10x, but I'm hesitant to mount a fixed scope of that power because my mornings may be spent in the swamp with the afternoons over the fields. What's your opinion of the Leupold VXIII 4.5-14x50mm? What about a Bushnell 4200 with more features, like an AO, for the same price point? It comes down to getting a loaded SS or 4200 verses a basic VXIII. Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:32 PM
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Lee,
I have carried fixed ten power scopes on open field hunts and never had a problem. If you happen to go into the cover you might get into a situation where you are too close for the limited field of view available at 10x, but that is not likely to happen if you stay in open shooting areas. The Super Sniper is reliable and reasonably priced, so are the Nikon Buckmaster large power range variables and also the Bushnells. You are talking some good optics for the dollar. If money is a consideration I would get the Super Sniper and save more $ for ammo.
ian
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:31 PM
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I was reeding your post on your 7 MM STW 180 an 210 Berger bullets at a mile .

I am looking to try to shoots out that far

Can you help me with what you use in your 7 MM STW land loads ?


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Old 10-17-2007, 04:35 PM
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Ian,
Since you mentioned the Buckmaster line, how would the 4.5-14x Buckmaster fall short of the 10x 3200 and the Super Sniper you mentioned? Is repeatability similar?
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:21 PM
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Lee,
I have carried fixed ten power scopes on open field hunts and never had a problem. If you happen to go into the cover you might get into a situation where you are too close for the limited field of view available at 10x, but that is not likely to happen if you stay in open shooting areas. The Super Sniper is reliable and reasonably priced, so are the Nikon Buckmaster large power range variables and also the Bushnells. You are talking some good optics for the dollar. If money is a consideration I would get the Super Sniper and save more $ for ammo.
ian
Ian, I appreciate the info. I need to buy a couple of scopes soon, but I want to keep my costs down some in order to buy a couple more handguns , rifles & alot of ammo by 2008 elections.

I have your complete article from the Am. Rif. Sept 2007. You mention the 5-15 3200 Elite & it has a good powerrange for my 25-06AI & looks good fo0r a 308 I just bought also. I noticed you said that the adjustments are reliable.
My question in regards to the 5-15 is how does it compare to the Buckmasters in ruggedness, brightness & overall quality. Also, compared to the SS10X, would I lose optical quality by going to this variable? I like the 5-15 specs.

Thanks for the article & info.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:50 PM
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There are guys on this forum who have used the Buckmasters scopes more than I have. When I have placed them on my rifles they worked perfectly for shooting out to 700-800 yards. Just how they compare with the newer Bushnell products I cannot say since I do not have the lower powered variable tac scope from Bushnell right now. I would confidently purchase either, they should be very good LR scopes.
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:42 AM
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Thanks Ian. I had an interest in the 10X Bush. until I saw it had no PA.
I will report the results on the 5-15 after I try one a while.
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