Scope help.........

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by bryguy, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. bryguy

    bryguy Active Member

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    New guy here, been hunting for years. I am getting ready to put a long range hunting rig together. Always just shot plain jane off the shelf regular rifles. Am looking at a 700 snedero in 7mm Rem mag and 160 pills. Looking at scopes and am a bit overwhelmed. My main focus will be hunting, so need a good scope for that. budget is between 1K and 1.5K. Looked at the Zeiss duralyts, Tijicons, and Leupolds. I have several conquests and like them, and I also have Leupolds and Nikons. Have read tons of stuff, but really am kind of lost now...I want a quality scope, but have no idea where to start.
     
  2. Tikkamike

    Tikkamike Well-Known Member

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    Do you want to hold over or dial for elevation?
     

  3. Greyfox

    Greyfox Well-Known Member

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    Your rifle and caliber will enable 1000 yard hunting capability. Base capability for a scope that balances well with your choice of rifle/caliber would be:
    5x20 power range
    Side parallax adjustment
    Turrets/ 30mm tube for sufficient elevation range
    A crosshair that includes a MOA horizontal graduations for windage holds, vertical graduations will be determined by whether you want to use reticule holds with a calibrated reticle.

    Some decision points will be:
    Use of turrets or Reticle holds for elevation adjustment at distance.
    If turrets, choice of MOA or yardage,

    Your budget is suffucient to get a solid scope. Don't think you could go wrong with a Nightforce NXS, Leupold MK4, or Huskemaw, just to name a few. I have used all three with good success. It is at the high end or may cost a little more than your budget, but the Nightforce NXS 5.5x22 with an MOA reticle is probably the standard by which most scopes are judged for LRH.
     
  4. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    What type of hunting will you do with this rifle? What max range will you be hunting?
     
  5. bryguy

    bryguy Active Member

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    Main purpose will be eastern nc deer, with black bear on occasion. I prefer spinning turrets to holdover recticles. I have the leupold B&C and the Nilon BDC and they seem to busy. One of the conquest I have has a mil dot, and I like that reticle. Ranges will be inside 700 yds. We shoot out to 500 now on our range and I think we can stretch it to over 1k. As to MOA vs inch, whatever is easiest to use.
     
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