hunting scope

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by pills, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. pills

    pills Well-Known Member

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    Looking for some help in deciding on a big game hunting scope for my Cooper 6.5x284. Range for now will be out to 600yds on the top end. I would like to range with a laser and dial the distance. I would like to hold off for wind. so I would like exposed turrets. I haven't decided if I should go MIL or MOA, I have only used MOA to this point but don't mind learning another system. Illuminated reticle would be nice but not a must have. budget +/- 1200.

    considering Vortex PST 4-16
    Zeiss 4-14
    Trijicon

    Also looking for opinions on custom turrets. I read some that love them and others say that even the custom matched to your load turrets are not all that accurate. whats the deal on them?
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Zeiss Conquest 6.5-20x50 or Zeiss Conquest HD5 5-25x50 would be my top 2 for your needs.
     

  3. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    I recommend that the scope be 3 to 4power on the lower end and 14 to 16 on the upper power for your type /distance of shooting.

    Also I prefer the 30mm tubes (More turret adjustment) and a 50 mm objective for the optimum
    light gathering ability) 56mm objectives gets to large and in the way for a hunting rifle IMO.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  4. Gunpoor

    Gunpoor Well-Known Member

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    I think you would do well with the Leupold VX-R in 4-12X which has the exposed turrets and lighted reticle point. I also have the Vortex Viper LR 4-16X44mm and it is as clear as the VX-R up to 12 power but above that the clarity is not so good. The one attribute of this Vortex that I like better than the Leupy is the .5 MOA elevation adjustments, where the VX-R has .25 MOA. I have compared the VX-R side by side with two Nightforce scopes and when set to the same magnification the brightness and clarity were equal with my eyes and others.
     
  5. pills

    pills Well-Known Member

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    mudrunner- I like zeiss too I just don't see them offering a reticle where I can dial elevation and hold off for wind. Their z plex makes you hold for both.

    gunpoor- the list for the vortex pst has it as .25 moa knobs too. I have a VX-r in 3x9 I may look at the 4-12 but just thought I wanted more power on the top end like 14 or 16.
     
  6. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    In the Conquest 6.5-20x50, they offer a Mil-Dot reticle, which will allow you to dial for elevation, and holdover for wind, or wind and elevation.
     
  7. Sully2

    Sully2 Well-Known Member

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    6-20X50 would be my choice also for that caliber
     
  8. pills

    pills Well-Known Member

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    ok thanks I didn't see that option.
     
  9. str8shoot

    str8shoot Well-Known Member

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    I have used mil-dot scopes holding for wind, with my elevation turret(in MOA) for drops. It works, but I much prefer everything in MOA. Some second focal plane mil-dot scopes you can set your power so the mil-dots are at 2moa but, in your price range you should get everything in MOA.

    I've got the Vortex PST 4-16. It would do all you want. You could get one in 4-16 or 6-24. You could also get this in front focal plane.

    I also have a Sightron SIII 6-24X50moa. I feel it is a step up from the PST, but it doesn't come in 4-16 or ffp.

    Check out Huskemaw. I don't have one, but they seem to be proving themselves as very useful hunting scopes. They are made specifically for long range hunting. They make a 3-12x44 and a 5-20x50. They can be set up to dial in yardage and hold for wind. They incorporate a 10mph cross wind with the yardage on the elevation turret. This gives you a value in reticle hash marks to hold for a 10mph wind. I think this would be your best bet, for what you want the scope for.
     
  10. pills

    pills Well-Known Member

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    a friend of mine was just telling me I should go Huskemaw, he and his brothers all love them. I was just worried about the accuracy of the range dials. I read (too much maybe) that they are not all that accurate especially in changing conditions like elevation and temp/humidity. Who has used them and what do you think??
     
  11. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

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    For a true "hunting" scope you need to take a hard look at the Vortex Viper HS LR 4-16X50 FFP with the XLR reticle. If you want to dial elevation and hold for wind here you go.
     
  12. KurtB

    KurtB Well-Known Member

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    I have it narrowed down to VX3 3.5-10x40 with M1 for $539 from custom shop or a VX6 2-12x40 for $899. I do like the M1, but 20 moa per turn on the VX6 gets me past where I want to go anyway.
     
  13. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Leo 4-14 or 6-20 common in classifieds here, save a few bucks. I favor fp so I have those versions w/ TMR reticle