Opinions on Nightforce

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by etisll40, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Thinking of buying a 3x15x50 NXS, typical distance up to 1000. Is this enough magnification. I'm most likely to hunt under 500 yards, in fact, I'd be surprised to exceed this range where I currently hunt. I like seeing bullet holes practicing at my 200 yard range.

    Also, max hunting range with their 2.5x10?

    Anyone compared the Np-r2 to tje MOAR reticle?

    Thanks
     
  2. marinetowgunner

    marinetowgunner Well-Known Member

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    I know plenty of shooters that use the 3.5-15 for 1000 yard comps as well as hunting. I don't think it's a bad choice at all.

    I compare the MOAR to a Hybrid NPR2. The lines are thick like an NPR2 making it great for hunting because it pops against a dark background better than the NPR1. It's nice that the MOA lines are in single MOA increments and are numbered in 10MOA increments (10/20/30 MOA in the 3.5-15). The center floating cross hair is a nice touch allowing the shooter to bracket the target for taking quicker shots.

    The MOAR in my opinion is a great duel purpose reticle.
     

  3. emn83

    emn83 Well-Known Member

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    I'm in a similar position as you, looking at the MOAR reticle, and 3.5-15 power scope....my problem is that I'm prtty set on getting a 3.5-15 because I like the lower poser for the close in shots here in northern MN, but a friend who hunts MN told me he has never felt over scoped with a 5.5-22. Since I can only get one scope, it will be for competition as well....makes for a lot of mind switching...despite the great advice I've gotten on this site
     
  4. paste

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    i just recieved my nxs 5.5-22x50 yesterday it has the moar reticle. i am still waiting on my rifle to be completed so i can only pretend with the scope but i really like the way the moar reticle looks and it doesnt seem to clutter the field of veiw like my conquest velocity 1000 does, should be an excellant reticle for hunting.
    one thing that surprised me was that on the bottom of the scope beside the serial # it said made in japan.... i was always under the impression that nightforce scopes are american made....but no one can dispute the quality tho
    i think you will be very happy with the moar reticle if that is what you choose
     
  5. emn83

    emn83 Well-Known Member

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    parts are made in Japan, they are all assembled in the US
     
  6. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Great comments on the the MOAR reticle, I suspected they put some thought into that reticle for hunting. I think the 3x15x50 will be just right for me as I need to really get better incrementally before I'll get to 1000 yards hunting. So the 3x15x50 should fit the bill. I had a good feeling about that MOAR reticle and depending on light and background I was wondering how the crosshair was for hunting. That floating crosshair sounds good for bracketing like a german #4.
     
  7. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I recently set up a new rifle and went through the process deciding on whether to go for the NXS in 5.5-22 or 3.5-15. I ended up going with the 5.5x22 G7 which has a 600 velocity Reticle. My deciding factors were that there was no difference in size and weight between the two. The size and weight of the Nightforce is the only thing I don't like about the scope. I rarely, if ever use a power setting below 6x for my hunting. Why not take the extra power if there is no trade off(except price). With the velocity Reticle, my power setting for my load requires a power setting of 9.5x, which I like. You don't use the max power setting for the VR. I prefer using turret adjustments and higher power for +500 yards. This is a very versatile scope IMHO.
     
  8. Agent82

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    I own the NP-R2 (5.5-22X50) and the MOAR (3.5-15X56). I prefer the MOAR for my shooting needs. If your focus was only on shooting tiny groups, the finer reticle on the NP-R2 would likely be more advantageous.
     
  9. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the feedback. My thinking is correct in the MOAR being very useful for hunting, it has an advantage over a Horus reticle until dialing becomes more practical at longer ranges. I think I'm going to go with 3x15x50 maybe 56 unless someone can tell me 7-800 yard accuracy can't be had at 15x. I'm a little skeptical in that my Leupold vx-3 4.5x14 just didn't seem like enough power even at 400 yards. More opinions, especially if you have a vx-3 like I mentioned and have the same experience. Is the glass the difference or the magnification with a Nightforce?
     
  10. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    I think that 7-800 yard accuracy can be had with a 15x, but I believe power preference varies amongst shooters. If your 14x Leupold didn't seem like enough power to you, the 15x NF probaly won't either. Ihave a VX3 Leupold in 4.5x14 and i thought the glass was pretty good and shot quite a number of deer and coyotes out to 500 yards using the B/C Reticle. In daylight conditions I don't think you will see enough difference at 400 yards between the clarity of the two scopes to make up for magnification. If you didn't feel like 14x was enough power at 400 yards, 800 will be a problem with any scope. You should consider the 5.5-22 NSX. Unless you really need the low end of the 3-15x, there isn't much downside to having the higher power, particularly if you decide to extend your range further in the future. IMHO.
     
  11. etisll40

    etisll40 Well-Known Member

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    I am thinking the same thing if you say that about the Leupold. Maybe that is my eyes too. So magnification will help. I do see the 5.5x22x50 and 56 seem to always be in demand here. That's probably why.