338 Lapua now i need optics?

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by 500mag_guy, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    I just ordered a Savage model 110 338 lapua mag Sunday so now im looking for a scope. I have been using a vortex viper 6-20x44 on my 300 rum and its been working great. I shot my elk at 707 yard adjusted and dropped it one shot. But for the lapua i was thinking more along the lines of a Leupold VX-3 8.5-25x50mm Long Range. I like this scope and i think it would be a good one any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated!
     
  2. WildRose

    WildRose Well-Known Member

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    I would say go for the MK IV instead in the same power range or in the 6.5-20.

    They are built to tolerate more shock than the standard VX III's.

    That being said I own both and love them but I don't like either as well as my IOR tactical 6-24x50.
     

  3. backwoods83

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    Well if your willing to spend 1k + on a Leocrap MKIV why not just get a 5.5-22x56 nightforce with high speed turrets and zero stop, throw in 200 more and get it with a FFP, just a thought.
     
  4. danj

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    +1 on the nightforce !!!!
     
  5. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    Id love to get a nightforce there just a little out of my price range. The cheaper NF scopes only have 40 clicks MOA and im pretty sure i need more then that. Rjght?
     
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    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    Id love to get a nightforce there just a little out of my price range. The cheaper NF scopes only have 40 clicks MOA and im pretty sure iu need more then that. Rjght?
     
  7. backwoods83

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    If you are refering to the benchrest nightforces the 12-42 has 40moa the 8-32 has 50moa and with a 20moa base either is plenty with a 338lm. If it takes 20 to zero it a 100 another 50 will get you to almost a mile with high end loaded 300 bergers. And the nightforce br scopes are just as tough as the nxs's having an ao verses a sf is the only downfall.
     
  8. backwoods83

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    Oh and if you get the NP-R2 reticle you have 20 more moa in the crosshair in 2 moa increments.
     
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    I also just purchased a 338 LM in a Savage 110FCP, I am shopping for a scope as well.

    Do most guys in the long range game get a standard mil dot retical and just twist and count clicks off your chart for drop , or do you get a turret system specifically set for a particular load, BC, DA, Temp, and MV?

    I would like a setup that you just dial in the actual yardage on the turret and shoot , vs counting MOA. the big draw back is if your out of your set for conditions or you change loads down the road.

    Thoughts?
     
  10. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    NightForce 8 - 32 x 56 Precision Benchrest Illuminated Reticle will give me 70 clicks MOA with the NP-R2. Will that be good enough for distances of around 1000 to 1500 yards?
     
  11. backwoods83

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    Actually with a 20moa base and a 8-32x56 nf br with np-r2 reticle you will have a total of 90 moa. Hover with the np-r2 reticle it has 10 lines beneath the main crosshair each representing 2 moa on 22x, they can be used for ranging and holdover. Also you are better off dialing up then buying a semi acurrate turret and hope it works.
     
  12. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    "Also you are better off dialing up then buying a semi acurrate turret and hope it works."

    By this you mean Leapold right?
     
  13. 500mag_guy

    500mag_guy Well-Known Member

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    20 MOA base? What do you mean by this?
     
  14. backwoods83

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    Well with the leupold, greybull, etc... you have to have a turret for each different load and also when conditions change.