Help me outfit my new tactical rifle project.

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by encoreguy, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. encoreguy

    encoreguy Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    I just purchased a Savage 10FP DBM rifle with the new Choate tactical stock. I have been wanting to put together a tactical DBM rifle for awhile. It is a .308 but eventually I will screw on a .260 ackley barrel. I will use a 20 moa Ken Farrel base and burris signature Z-rings with inserts. I want target type turrets, a mil-dot reticle and at least 3.5" of eye relief. It will be used for longrange target shooting (perhaps f-class shooting) and hunting. If money was not a concern I would simply buy a Nightforce, Mark 4 or a Zeiss and be done with it, but with 2 kids yet to go to college I cannot bring myself to do it. I really hate to go over the mid-$500 range, but I think I can fill my needs and keep within that budget.

    I prefer to dial in the range and use the mils for windage hold-offs. So I need accurate, repeatable elevation adjustments.

    I am thinking of the following:

    On the lower end side,
    3200 5-15 tactical (50 moa and 4" of eye relief) but smaller field of view over other scopes in that power range.

    4.5 - 14 Weaver tactical (I think it is the exact same scope as the 3200 but has only 3-3.5" of eye relief but a wider field of view. It might have a different tracking system (Weaver has been known to have good tracking).

    4.5 -14 or 6-18 Buckmasters with mil-dot. The 6-18 has target turrets but not a big fan of 1/8" adjustments. I think these are only 40 moa or less range of adjustment.

    Perhaps a Vortex but I don't like their short eye relief.

    A little higher price:

    Sightron Big Sky II 4.5 X 14 with side AO, 80 moa 1/4 adjustment and 20 minutes per revolution.

    Sightron Big Sky 6.5 X 20 with side AO. 60 moa, 1/4 adjustment and 20 minutes per revolution. Only concern here is smaller field of view.

    Big Sky 4-16 mil-dot but has 1/8" adjustmernt only 10 minutes per revolution but does have 80 moa adjustment and is cheaper than the above Sightron scopes.

    I have a Nikon Monarch 4-16 mil-dot now and I could get target turrets for it but it is only 40 moa and to be honest my Burris Fullfield II 4.5-14 is much clearer side by side. So I am not overly impressed. I have one of the very first New Monarch's to be delivered so maybe the later ones are better. My old 6.5-20 Monarch UCC with ILL mil- dot is also a better scope but are hard to find since they quit making them.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?
  2. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Given the choice you outline, the Bushnell is nice. But with only 50moa of adjustment, it would be a delicate dance to get the the right canted base. 30moa might be too much.

    When I first started reading your post, my initial reaction was Sightron. They make a good scope. Also, if you're willing to go a little over $500, you could have the Leupold custom shop build you a nice VX-3 with tactical knobs and mil-dot reticle.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2009

  3. BountyHunter

    BountyHunter Writers Guild

    Jun 13, 2007
    You missed the best LR/tactical scope for the money out now. The sightron S3 LR in 6-24 with mil dot. Can be had for under $800.

  4. encoreguy

    encoreguy Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    I won't argue, but just under 800 is a long way from mid $500.
  5. rickdavis81

    rickdavis81 Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    Falcon Menace, Mueller Tac II, W.O.tac, or Millett TRS-1 are supposed to be great for the money.
  6. Jon Jackoviak

    Jon Jackoviak Well-Known Member

    Dec 5, 2003
    I would also recommend taking a look at the Clearidge Ultra XP5 scopes. The are very close to your budget and is a top quality scope.
  7. CS T

    CS T Official LRH Sponsor

    Jun 8, 2004
    For a low cost I would do the Bushnell 3200 or the 4200 Tac. Scope.

    Mike @ CSGW