I seek opinions on nightforce options

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by mhiltz, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. mhiltz

    mhiltz Well-Known Member

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    My wife is finally on board with me purchasing a Nightforce scope. I am wanting the NXS5.5-22-50 with the MOAR reticle. I will be mounting it on a 7mmRUM Sendero SFII.

    I am having trouble trying to decide between a 50mm objective, and a 56mm objective. Also trying to decide which reticle would be ideal for me. I will be using it to shoot at 1000yds targets, so that one day I can get into the long range hunting which I am so interested in right now.

    Another question I have is: I will put a 20 MOA base rail on, and want to know what height of rings I should order. Medium for the 50mm objective, and tall for the 56mm objective?

    Thanks for your comments.
     
  2. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

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    I am also looking at this scope in a 50 mm. I am trying to keep the scope as low to the receiver as possible. I went with a 20 moa badger base and badger medium rings at .885. What barrel are you using on your build?


    According to Nightforce, if using a 20 moa bases and medium rings .885, a 56mm will fit on a Sendero/light varmint contour, but will not fit my Palma contour. .
     

  3. mhiltz

    mhiltz Well-Known Member

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    My rifle is just a factory Sendero at this point. I appreciate the info on the base and rings. Where do you order the badger base and rings from?
     
  4. lrdevil

    lrdevil Active Member

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    I have this nightforce scope and I have been happy with it, however, I recently built a 300 rum custom and I shelled out for a schmidt and bender 3-20 x 50 with a 34mm tube and one thing for sure that I can say is the bigger tube is definitely very very nice for target aquisition, night and day from the nightforce. If spending that kind of money it may be worth while to look into some different scopes that offer the 34mm tube. I could've got the 56mm objective but in speaking with Mike at CS Tactical he thought that the 50 with a 34 tube would work out great and he was right. Vortex offers very nice glass, comparable if not better than nightforce, also us optics and premiere have really good reviews but I've never looked through them. As for the reticle, if you go with the nightforce check out the np-r1, I got the np-r2 but kinda wish I would got the r1 because the more reference you have on your reticle the quicker and more accurate you'll be able to make a follow up shot using holds, especially if you're hunting. For my S&B I ordered it with the H-37 Horus reticle in the first focal plane and I love it, but I know that ones not really for everyone. Good luck my friend i'm sure whichever direction you go with this you'll do good.
     
  5. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

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    I ordered direct from badger! Or try midway or Euro Optic!
     
  6. mhiltz

    mhiltz Well-Known Member

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    C.O. shooter, you have been very helpful thanks. I googled the badger products, and found them. I will go that route. I can't beieve how expensive the base and rings are. Wow. I will stick with the 50mm objective as well, because I know I will be rebarreling this rifle soon, and would hate to have to buy different components based on the price.(due to a thicker target barrel)

    lrdevil, you have an awesome scope there with the S&B. It took me two years to convince my wife to let me spend a couple thousand on a scope. It would take me a while longer to convince her to let me spend another 1200. If she would let me I would do it right now. As for the Vortex scopes, aren't they a knock off of sworovski (spelling)? I checked one out a couple of years ago, and compared it to a VXII Leoupold. I thought the Leoupold had much better glass. The scopes were both hunting scopes of the same quality. I will stick with Night force because I have wanted one for so long now, I would hate to have regrets later. I appreciate the comments, and hope you enjoy your S&B, you lucky devil.
     
  7. mhiltz

    mhiltz Well-Known Member

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    How important is the zero stop option? I would think it would be quite handy.
     
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    mhiltz Well-Known Member

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    Woo Hoo! just ordered it with the zero stop and the MOAR reticle! This should be an awesome experience.

    I kinda went cheap on the rings. The rifle already has the Leupold rings 1" and bases on it. So I just ordered the 30mm high Leupold rings for it. They should work for now. Thanks for your comments.
     
  9. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on your new purchase. The NXS is a great investment. Remember this scope weighs in at just under 2 lbs. I like to mount them in a strong set up to hold zero correctly. To me that is a quality one piece rail base and quality rings. Not saying that the Leupold rings will not do it, but if they are the standard bases with the windage side screws on the rear base it is making me a little uncomfortable.

    Jeff
     
  10. lrdevil

    lrdevil Active Member

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    Congrats on the NXS, I know you'll really like it, its a solid scope, as I had mentioned I have been really happy with mine. Also +1 on the mounts, its important to have things things strapped on solid as possible. Have fun my friend.
     
  11. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

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    Where did you order the scope from?
     
  12. C.O. Shooter

    C.O. Shooter Well-Known Member

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    I'm with Broz on this one! I went with a steel base and steel rings. I have seen some people use a steel base with aluminum rings or all aluminum base and aluminum rings. I like the fact steel is obviously stronger and will not be affected by temperature as much. Yes steel weighs more, but I'll sacrifice for the difference.
     
  13. mhiltz

    mhiltz Well-Known Member

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    I ordered it from allnightforce.com, they had the same deal everyone else had with the free shipping and no tax.

    Broz they are the bases that you mentioned. I will get the correct base, and rings in the very near future. I just want to keep my better half happy for now, she's unhappy with my "frivolous" hobby as it is.:D
     
  14. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I have had the back windage screws break off from recoil. Keep an eye on them and their tightness.

    As for the wife, here is some ammo for ya. Look up what it cost for the last "cut and color" at her favorite hair salon. Then tell her the rings and bases last a lifetime not 30 days. :D

    Good luck :)

    Jeff