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Old 11-16-2011, 01:09 PM
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Rifle scope for elk hunting

I was just wondering what everybody has for a rifle scope on their elk rifles, I've been useing a 14.5x14 leupold on my 338 ultra mag, and have noticed the past couple years i never change it off of six power, where i hunt in eastern oregon the shots can be anywhere from the end of the barrel to as far as you want shoot! So i'm thinking about going to a fixed six power?
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:22 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

i have a 3.5-10 ziess on my 7stw for elk/dear gun. I normally run it on the 10 when i am making the shot if i have some time to setup and adjust stuff. if were in the trees walking i normally have it around the 4-6 range incase something jumps up
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:25 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

I use the Leupy 4.5x14x40 on my 7RM that I use for my walking/hunting rifle. For my sit and wait rifles, I use 3.5x15 NF's

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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

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I was just wondering what everybody has for a rifle scope on their elk rifles, I've been useing a 14.5x14 leupold on my 338 ultra mag, and have noticed the past couple years i never change it off of six power, where i hunt in eastern oregon the shots can be anywhere from the end of the barrel to as far as you want shoot! So i'm thinking about going to a fixed six power?

I have shot more stuff with the scope sitting on 3.5 than any other power. It's a 3.5-10 which is plenty for elk out to 500-600 yards and is nice and light.

The scope is perfect with the M1 turret for the type of hunting I do but really really lacks when working up a load at 300 yards. Almost impossible to hold on a 1 inch bull at that distance and when trying to achieve 1/2 MOA at that range it can become very frustrating because of the lack of power.

So I would say the 4.5-14 would service you better all around then a 6 power fixed but to each his own right.
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:38 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

It's funny how things work out. I remember when I started out a 3X-9X was pretty big stuff. For years I carried a 721 Remington with a 6X Leupold on it. At that time I was more concerned about it being too much for close work,than not being enough for long shots. Now my rifles all wear 4X-12X scopes min. 6X-18X isn't too much. What happened to me was a combination of 2 things. First is this "what if" mentality we seem to have these days. Sure a 2X-7X might be more than enough for 90% of my hunting,but what if? What if I need to take that 450 yd shot or none at all. Secondly,I was a bench rest competitor for a few years not long ago. I became so reliant on the 36X scopes that come fall my usual hunting rigs seemed way under glassed! Pair that with some not so youthful eyes and a scope is more of a crutch than an aiming device. I have to agree with a previous post though. Long range target work and load development is very difficult with the conventional "hunting" glass. So, to answer the orriginal question. 4X-12X is what rests on all but a couple of my rifles be it elk or whitetail we're after.
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I have shot more stuff with the scope sitting on 3.5 than any other power. It's a 3.5-10 which is plenty for elk out to 500-600 yards and is nice and light.

The scope is perfect with the M1 turret for the type of hunting I do but really really lacks when working up a load at 300 yards. Almost impossible to hold on a 1 inch bull at that distance and when trying to achieve 1/2 MOA at that range it can become very frustrating because of the lack of power.

So I would say the 4.5-14 would service you better all around then a 6 power fixed but to each his own right.
i hate to agree. my dad used a fixed 6x leupold m8 on his 375h&h for everything for years and I saw him kill several elk at around 500 with it. so 6x really is no disadvantage but the extra power or ability to turn it way down is very nice
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