Recomend a fixed magnification scope for load developement? Must handle recoil!

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by cdherman, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. cdherman

    cdherman Well-Known Member

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    Well, I am tired of trying to work up loads on hunting rifles with 3-9x scopes, as much as often I would rather hunt with that range of scope.

    I'd like to have a dedicated scope (maybe two) that I could place on my current projects to allow a better crosshair to bullseye match.

    I am inclined to 24x, fixed power. Why pay for variable? Ranges would be mostly 100 y, but then rolling out to 500 or more for final test.

    I want quality that can stand recoil. Does not need to have the finest optics, so long as the POI stays stable. Turrets would be nice for adjusting distance when finally testing longer ranges, but not critical either.

    Input????
     
  2. ZSteinle

    ZSteinle Well-Known Member

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  3. cdherman

    cdherman Well-Known Member

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    Again, I'd rather have a dedicated fixed power scope for load development. I don't see any fixed power scopes in the Leopold MKIV series.

    Or make an argument why I should opt for a scope with lots of lenses when I am only trying to hit a bullseye at a fixed, known range??
     
  4. 42769vette

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    Because with modern technology variable power scopes are just as durable, and dont cost any more. Today the only advantage of a Fixed power is measuring capabilities without the cost of FFP. There is a reason not alot of companies mess with fixed power scopes anymore.

    A price range would help here.
     
  5. HARPERC

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    Once upon a time I had a fixed power for working loads, but as has been said the variables got better. If your variable hasn't-maybe it's time to replace it. Anyway, E-bay shows a 24x Leupold available, used is probably the best way find what you're looking for.
     
  6. ZSteinle

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    Leupold 16x40 Mark 4 LR/T 30mm Riflescope

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    cdherman Well-Known Member

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    Not sure its even in production.... Fine scope, no doubt. But I was looking to save some money, not spend it.

    There are loads of quality 16x variable scopes out there for less than the Leupy fixed.

    Another poster points out that the trend is variable. I need to research durable variable scopes that perhaps do not have perfect optics, but are reliable.
     
  9. acloco

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    As others state - 16x Leupold Mark 4. Solid. Clear.

    Bet you just leave it on the next rifle you test with....and go hunting!
     
  10. jpd676

    jpd676 Well-Known Member

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    Get a Super Sniper from SWFA. Read all the reviews you like, you won't be disappointed. Don't let the name or price fool you, it will hold zero and the glass isn't bad at all. You can get 6x, 10x, 12x, 16x or 20x.
     
  11. ZSteinle

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    Why not go with a scope that is just as good and far more versatile? You want a fixed power scope for load development which is fine, I also want a scope for load development but I am not looking for fixed power. I have never had a problem shooting a fine group at 100 or 200 yards with a 14x scope. But plenty of company's offer scopes that are variable magnification that are plenty tough and yes they can handle recoil! Very few people nowadays are shooting fixed magnification riflescopes and the simple reason for that is the the benefits of the variables outweigh the benefits of the fixed scopes. If your try to state that variable mag scopes can't handle recoil your dead wrong! A few scopes come to mind when I'm thinking of versatility or magnification range. March scopes for one. Swaro z6. Bushnell 6500. I think you need to do a little more research. Why buy a 16x fixed scope when bushnell makes a 4.5-30x scope.
     
  12. ShootnMathews

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    +1. I use mine for shooting out to 1000 yards at steel very comfortably and the turrets are dead accurate. Adjustable objective, better than just good glass in my opinion.
    Comes in fixed powers up to 20 x for only $300. Unless they've changed that recently.

    I'm sure you won't be disappointed with an SWFA SS.
     
  13. 42769vette

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    You sir have a Definition of good glass than I do. The SWFA is a good scope, its hard to package that durability with tracking, and adjustment like that in a 300 dollar package, but the glass is far from "not bad at all". I still think its a good buy, but lets call a spade a spade, the glass kind of sucks.
     
  14. ShootnMathews

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    SWFA glass sucks? I don't think that's a fair statement. Compared to a night force, yeah it sucks. Compared to the rest of the $200-$350 scopes its good glass. More than good enough for 100 yard load working. Which is what he asked. The SWFA is solid and the glass is good for 100 yards