What power scope for 500 yd

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Blklasy, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Blklasy

    Blklasy Member

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    I'm shooting .338 fed through a Sako 85. Effective hunting range is on or about 500 yds from what I'm told. Don't want to under scope or waste $$ on something I won't need. This aint no lapua.
    Need some advise with a $5-600 budget. You guys seem to have the knowledge base.
     
  2. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    300 yds is about as far as you can go with a +/-4" point blank zero How do you want to compensate for bullet drop and wind? A BDC reticle might work for you. Otherwise, you're dialing or dialing/holding.
     

  3. Blklasy

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    Sightron has that HHR hunter holdover reticle. I can get a Sll 4-16X42 for about $435. I can get better glass with lower power. Not sure what I need for 4-500 yds.
     
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    What are you hunting? Will you be using a laser rangefinder?
     
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    Planning on a hunt with my laser ranger - 200lb + boar but some shots could be 300 yds. I want to practice on long shots - 4-500 yds making 1-300 yrd shots seem easier. Single shot hunting is important to me.
     
  6. bruce_ventura

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    .338 Fed is a good caliber for pig. I've been setting up a .358 Win rifle for pig and deer.

    I would go with a simple BDC reticle with at least three lines below the crosshair. The Sightron HHR and Leupold B&C have too few lines. I don't like Sightron scopes for hunting anyway because the glare performance is below average.

    I don't recommend a mag range above 12X for your game and range. Glare performance gets worse as the magnification range increases. I'm thinking 3-12X50 is about right.

    The Burris E1 reticle is pretty good because it has windage. Not much in your price range. The Fullfield is lower and Black Diamond is higher. Both are good values. Burris has better than average optical performance and a soliid mechanical design.

    Take look at the Hawke SR6 reticle. Hawke Sidewinder scopes have outstanding optical performance for their price range, and they handle recoil well. Also below your price range but getting closer.

    There are other options for BDC reticles, but off the top of my head I can't think of one in your price range.
     
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  8. Blklasy

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    Thanks guys. Got a good idea what I need.
    Wish me luck on those Porkies.
     
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    Good luck I hope you bag a big nasty one .