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Old 11-17-2011, 10:06 AM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

On my recent unsuccessful elk hunt I was using a 4.5-14 Burris scope. When out stalking, I left the scope on 6X. The 14X setting has a very critical eye relief and it didn't work well for quick shot situations.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:42 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

I use a Leupold VX III 6.5 x20 on my 7mm Rem Mag and has never let me down from ranges 30 feet to 700 yards my longest shot. However, I've used all magnification levels available for these various shots.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:32 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

Leupold 4.5-14x40A/O B&C varmint reticle on my 300wby
Burris4.5-14x42A/O Ballistic plex on my 270wsm
Leupold 3.5-10x40 B&C reticle on the 338wm BAR

Ya I've noticed both the 4.5-14's usually get hunted on 6x as well, but I REALLY like to be able to crank er down for the thick & nasty, or crank em up for the long stuff & spotting for dad when he shoots.
Plus the extra magnification is nice when shootin steel at 500 plus. Spotting your hits with out leaving your shooting position to peek thru the spotting scope is real nice too
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Old 11-17-2011, 11:44 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

I have alot of time behind a 4-14, but I really like my 6-20, and use it as a spotting scope a bunch, I hunt heavy cover and have been ok w/it
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:34 AM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

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On my recent unsuccessful elk hunt I was using a 4.5-14 Burris scope. When out stalking, I left the scope on 6X. The 14X setting has a very critical eye relief and it didn't work well for quick shot situations.
I had problems with eye relief on my 4.5 X 20 so I changed to 3.5 X 10 and problems went away. As mentioned earlier, unless I am really hurried I always turn the scope up to max when shooting. I have 3 of the above and 3 in the 2.5 X 8, and all are adequate for most game shooting.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:59 AM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

Kind of funny how just a few miles can make a difference in equipment. I hunt the Oregon Coastal range. For general hunting in this area a scope is chosen on field of view and how low it can be turned down or no scope at all. Landing Rifles generally use High magnification scopes but very seldom get turned up past 14 power. For areas that are new and relatively unknown a 3 X 9 is generally chosen because it offers a marginal amount of both. Around my mud puddle it would be a fool hearty mistake not to be able to turn the magnification down to at least 3X on a rifle that is to be considered Utilitarian!
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Old 11-19-2011, 01:55 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

I have a 3-12 Monarch om my primary hunting rifle, a 7mm SAUM. I think almost all my deer have been shot near 7x. But 10+ is nice when sitting in a good shooting position. Haven't hunted elk yet, midwesterner, but I would plan on using the same rifle/scope setup.
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