leupold mk4 8.5-25

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by pongnukl, May 6, 2007.

  1. pongnukl

    pongnukl Active Member

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    I currently have rem 700p in 300 ultra mag that has been altered to 16 lbs, mk4 rings and bases, mk4 16x scope and a vais muzzle brake. Thinking of buying a 8.5-25x50 mk4 but don't have any experience with variable scopes. I shoot from 100 to 800 metres. what are your opinions of this scope and will it serve me better than my current fixed power scope?
     
  2. Kalashnikov

    Kalashnikov Well-Known Member

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    8.5-25 is alot of power for only shooting out to 800 metres. If it is only for the range, then fine, but if it will also be used for hunting, the low end at 8.5 is too high IMO. I would look more at 4.5-14 set-up. Mark 4 is very nice....
     

  3. Flybuster

    Flybuster Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering, why the MK4 instead of the VX-III?
     
  4. pongnukl

    pongnukl Active Member

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    I like the external adjustments and the price between the isn't much. I know it's alot of magnification for 800m but at this point in time I'm not 100% confident in shots beyond this range but in the future it's definately in the plans. I thought about the 6.5-20x50 mk4 as I know it will be adequate but I want one I won't have to upgrade when my ranges extend. It is currently uses as a 50/50 target/hunting rifle.
     
  5. craigp40

    craigp40 Well-Known Member

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    You start getting a lot of mirage at the higher mags, so even if you have it that doesn't mean it will work well for you all the time. I think you will find the 6.5-20 will do very well for you, even well beyond 800 yds. If you really want higher mag, try looking at Nightforce scopes. They have a scope that goes down to 5.5 and up to 22, which covers a wide range of applications for both hunting and target shooting.
     
  6. Flybuster

    Flybuster Well-Known Member

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    I'm Real happy with my 8.5-25x50 VX-III. I see no reason to get a lesser power scope, no reason to limit your magnification. After all its a variable power. Never know you might need it.
     
  7. steve smith

    steve smith Well-Known Member

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    I'd have to agree with Flybuster there, no reason to limit the magnification because of the range. I have an 8.5-25 VX III LRT and have no complaints. I usually have it set on maximum magnification all the time, whether shooting 100yds or 1000yds, except for low light conditions.
     
  8. .222

    .222 Well-Known Member

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    I traded my 8-25 for a 6.5-20 for a hunting rifle. The 8 was a bit high at the low end (for me). I have been very pleased.

    "After all its a variable power. Never know you might need it." Works for the low side too.

    ~z
     
  9. mr.big

    mr.big Well-Known Member

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    bout ready to trade my 8-25 LRT for a Conquest 6-20 with Mil Dot.I am about sick of having to move my head back and forth below 12 or over 20 power.
     
  10. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    bout ready to trade my 8-25 LRT for a Conquest 6-20 with Mil Dot.I am about sick of having to move my head back and forth below 12 or over 20 power.

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    I know exactly of which you speak. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  11. Flybuster

    Flybuster Well-Known Member

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    It goes to show you can't please everyone. Here is a review on target/hunting scopes I thought was interesting http://www.6mmbr.com/optics.html . Hmmmm, it says the Ziess Conquest only has 45 minutes of elevation.
     
  12. FRANK21

    FRANK21 Well-Known Member

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    I have 5 8.5x25 MK4s and love each one of them. Aweome scopes!! Wouldnt hesitate to buy another.
     
  13. mr.big

    mr.big Well-Known Member

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    mines not the MK4 but the Vari-X III LR/T,,and the eye relief sux,it moves at least 2 inches from 8 to 25 making it impossible to set up to use the whole range without moving your head ,which messes me up bad at range.