Nightforce Question

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by 1eye, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. 1eye

    1eye Well-Known Member

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    To all you Nightforce shooters, in the 5.5x 22 would you buy the 50mm or the 56 mm and why ?? I figure the 56mm will give me a little more light but is it worth the extra size !

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  2. royinidaho

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    1eye,

    Here's the decision process I went through.

    If it were going on a carry rifle or one that could be reasonably carried I'd go with the 50.

    However the Extra Long LRH rig that is on the way is too heavy to conveniently carried and a dedicated LRH prone rig for use from a hide.

    Thus the 56mm was chosen. The large end bell shouldn't get in the way of anything......

    FWIW
     

  3. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I have been using both for a few years now. I see no real difference other than the 56 takes a bit taller rings. As for looking through them , I really cant tell a difference. You really can't make a bad decission here. Just get which even you feel will serve YOU best. Either will be awesome.

    Jeff
     
  4. MontanaRifleman

    MontanaRifleman Well-Known Member

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    Mine is on a carry rfile and I got the 50. Advantages are a little less bulky and lower mount. The 50 gives me plenty of hunting/shooting light, morning or evening. I agree that it will be hard to go wrong with either.

    -Mark
     
  5. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    The 50mm is bright enough to get me well past legal shooting light in AZ (1/2 hour before sunrise or 1/2 hour after sunset. So any additional light brought in by the 56mm is lost on me.
     
  6. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    The height distance will be modest at slightly under an 1/8" and I can't really see any real light difference so either way I think you'd be satisfied.
     
  7. trueblue

    trueblue Well-Known Member

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    +1 on the50mm, dont see the need to go to 56mm
    As you know, I have shot out at " the range", and have shot in low light out to 720yards with the 50mm when I could not see the target with the naked eye.
     
  8. jwp475

    jwp475 Well-Known Member

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    I went with the 50mm scopes and used them for years, but I now prefer the 56mm. The 56mm definately give you a bit more useable power and range at first and last light, if this is important to you..