Nightforce NXS series scope power and reticle choice

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by tacsniper0888, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. tacsniper0888

    tacsniper0888 Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys, I'm about to purchase my first nightforce scope. I've been shooting leupold for years so I'm used to premium glass but not ultra premium or the ultra premium price tag so I only want to do this once. Out of the NXS series what would be the best power for long range hunting and precision shooting out to 2,000 yards? I'm putting it on top of a custom built remington 700 long action .338 Edge with a 28" rock creek barrel. Also what reticle would be my best choice. I'm looking at both moa and mil versions. What would be the best reticle choice for each?
     
  2. ultraedge

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    5.5x22x56 NXS with NPR1 reticle. Gary Campbell
     

  3. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I will second that, stay away from the thicker MOAR for long range. Because it covers MOAR of your target.:)

    Jeff
     
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    I'll go thirds on the rec for 5.5-22x56. I recently went through the same process as you. I was considering 8-32x56, but decided against it because of the limited internal adjustment and the fact that the reticle is calibrated at 22x. The only time I am going to use holdover is at max range, and max range is the only time I'd want the higher magnification.

    I went MOAR but I'll be the first to admit I don't have the skills to go to 2K...
     
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    5.5x22x56 for me I went MOAR also, in fact I have two of them.
     
  6. tacsniper0888

    tacsniper0888 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. What about in a mil/mil version? Which reticle should I go with for a mil scope?
     
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    5.5x22 NPR1 here as well for my 338LM. Love it! Reticle is very fine which is great for ELR.
     
  8. tacsniper0888

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    Hey guys also what is the difference in the zero stop model and the non zero stop model? Is one better than the other? Do I need the zero stop model? Also what is the difference in the standard turrets and the high speed turrets?
     
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    tacsniper0888 Well-Known Member

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    Hey another thing I forgot to mention on the power recommendation question is the scope will be mounted atop a nightforce one piece steel base with 40 moa built into the base! Should I still run the 5.5-22 or can I get away with something a little stronger now like the 8-32 or is there even a need for something that powerful? I would like to be able to zoom up that high on a whitetail or an elk while hunting but what about mirage? What have you guys actually ran into in the field? If I can't turn past 25 without seeing nothing but blur from mirage no need in the extra power but I've never looked through a nightforce yet so I don't know how well they cope with mirage versus a leupold.
     
  10. 4xforfun

    4xforfun Well-Known Member

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    Wit a 40 MOA rail, you may not have enough scope travel to get a usfull close in zero with the 8-32x....you might run out of adjustment trying to get a 100 - 300 yard zero. With the 5.5-22, you will have enough vertical to get your close in zero, and enough magnification to shoot 2000 yards.

    Just my .02

    Tod
     
  11. tacsniper0888

    tacsniper0888 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. Is that too much rail? Should I go 20 moa or is that perfect for shooting out to 2K?
     
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    I would keep the 40moa rail. I would definitely go with the zerostop, and I prefer the hi-speed turrets. I have owned both the regular 10moa per rotation and the hi-speed 20moa per rotation turrets. They both adjust well but the hi-speed turrets are easier to read in a hunting situation without glasses. It is also easier to keep up with your number of turret rotations with the hi-speed ones. Gary Campbell
     
  13. tacsniper0888

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    Thanks guys. What about in a mil version, what mil reticle is the best?
     
  14. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    I plan on buying an NSX 8-32x56 1/10 click, Zero-Stop, MOAR reticle.