Scope for 338 lapua AI

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by lil 300, May 12, 2012.

  1. lil 300

    lil 300 Active Member

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    Advice needed please, or more of a second opinion. My custom 338 Lapua AI is almost done, and I am stuck deciding on a scope. Nightforce 5x22x56 gives me 100 MOA, 8x32 = 65MOA, or if money was to fall out of a tree, a Smchidt and Bender 12x50. What would you guys do?. Do I need all that MOA.
     
  2. Sako 75

    Sako 75 Well-Known Member

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    My buddy has a Nightforce scope on his custom .338 Lapua. Not sure what model but he really likes it.
     

  3. JeffVN

    JeffVN Well-Known Member

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    I have a 338 Lapua Improved. I use a USO 5-25X SN3 (but own a 8-32X NSX that I use for F-Class). Shooting in the desert (for me) is never a question of "need" more magnification. The quest when shooting beyond 1,900 yards is elevation (especially in the winter). I use every scrap of elevation that I have, and still hold over a touch when shooting at 1,900 yards and beyond.

    I vote for 100MOA elevation and 22X magnification.

    JeffVN
     
  4. uncleB

    uncleB Well-Known Member

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    I have a Premier/Leupold 14.5x35 on mine and really like it ,dont know if they are still available.
    The 100 MOA of the Nightforce 5x22x56 is what I would want plus a base with even more MOA.
    I have a 50 and a 70 MOA base that will take the 338 Lapua AI out to subsonic velocities.
     
  5. lil 300

    lil 300 Active Member

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    Thank you Jeffvn and UncleB, that was thinking behind the question. The gun will be used to its full potential. I know the 65MOA that the 8x32 would be more than usefull, its just after the 1900, 2000 yard mark, that I was concerned about.
     
  6. Trikstr

    Trikstr Well-Known Member

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    I was spotting for a friend that was shooting his standard 338LM at a little over 2200 yds and he ran out of elevation with his 5.5-22x50 NSX and a 25 MOA base. He ended up holding over another 20+ MOA to get close.
    Can't remember whether he was shooting 250 or 300 grain bullets.
     
  7. B23

    B23 Well-Known Member

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    My 338 Lap Imp wears a NF 5.5-22x56 It makes for a nice looking set up as well.
     

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