The ultimate long range scope??

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by James Mock, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. James Mock

    James Mock Member

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    I received a new Nightforce Competition 15X-55X (50mm) scope for evaluation. It is lighter than their NXS 12-42x 56mm by about 7 ounces. This scope weighs 27.8 ounces. It features ED glass and 1/8th moa adjustments. Here is a picture on my BAT 6mm Dasher (Brux barrel). James
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  2. fmajor

    fmajor Well-Known Member

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    That's a beautiful chunk 'o glass right there!

    "Ultimate"? That's tough a claim to make for sure given the wide array of applications we submit our rifles/optics to. However, your's would certainly be in the running!!!

    Nice rig btw! gun)
     

  3. azsugarbear

    azsugarbear Well-Known Member

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    Usually, when you get a scope with 1/8 MOA adjustments, you give up a lot of "dial up". The Nightforce website says you get 60 MOA, which is a lot for a high magnification scope with 1/8 clicks. The NXS model with similar magnification is the 12-42x56mm. But that model only has 45 MOA total adjustment - and it is being discontinued.

    Assuming you get half the total MOA for dial up, that would give you 22-23 MOA. Mount it on a 20 MOA rail and you increase that to about 42-43 MOA of dial up. If you are using a flat shooting magnum with a good BC bullet and a 200 yd. zero (say the 338 Lapua with Berger 300 gr. bullet @ 2750 fps), that gets you out to 1500 yds. Very respectable. With a .308 using a Berger 168 gr. bullet @ 2750 fps, you still get out to 1200 yds. Not bad at all.

    For me, the advantages of the Competition scope would be the better glass and the ability to be more precise with the 1/8th MOA adjustments. The negatives would be the 5.0 MOA elevation adjustment per turn of the turret. It would take me 8 full revolutions with the Competition scope to get out to the yardage mentioned above vs only 2 full revolutions with an NXS with high speed turret. Plus most reticles in the NXS line give the shooter another 20 MOA in holdover, if needed.

    The ultimate long range scope for target shooting? You may be right. For long range hunting? Well, I will probably stick with my NXS. But still - another great scope from Nightforce.
     
  4. orkan

    orkan Well-Known Member

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    I figured that March 8-80 would be in this thread.
     
  5. helidriver72

    helidriver72 Well-Known Member

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    Very nice looking set up, just curious why the extra high scope mount? Is it to get away from the heat waves of the barrel?
     
  6. James Mock

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    I use this rifle in short range BR competition and the Davidson bases are glued on and I did not want to remove them. The folks at NF sent a set of their fine rings with the scope. I added the adaptor to clamp onto the Davidson bases and provide a weaver type top for the NF rings. Good shooting....James
     
  7. joseph

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    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03qtXpoObfM"]1000 yds Benchrest - YouTube[/ame]

    joseph
     
  8. joseph

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    What group sizes does your rig shoot? My 6mm Norma BR. shoots pretty tight out to 200 yds., but I have trouble reading the wind at 1,000 yds.

    joseph
     
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  10. James Mock

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    I understand that IOR Valdada has a candidate for the honor of Ultimate Scope. It is a 12X to 52X with 40mm tube and 56mm objective. I has a second focal plane reticle that has a detent that marks the hash marks in mils and another detent that marks MOA. Although it weighs 3 pounds, I think that it may have a niche in the long range game.
     
  11. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Just out of curiosity, how might one go about getting a free scope from NF? I would love to help anyway I can, to get put in that special category... LOL

    Been needing 3 of them to replace my cheap stuff on my high-dollar rigs, but I guess I have to sell a few trucks to do that. LOL
     
  12. WisconSniper

    WisconSniper Well-Known Member

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    That scope looks crazy. If i sold all my guns and my car i could make a down payment maybe.:D

    ~WS
     
  13. JST

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    See, there in lies the problem. Most average joes would love to have that type of scope. But lets face it when you have to feed a family and pay bills. You have to do with lesser scopes. I know that they are super awesome fantabulous. But 1000 to 2500 for a scope is outrageous. I have a hard time believing that they cost so much to produce, that the manufacture must charge that much to make money. But like a buddy of mine used to say. Who am I and what do I know.
     
  14. joseph

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