Which scope for my 1st rig?

Discussion in 'The Basics, Starting Out' started by Mike027, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. Mike027

    Mike027 Well-Known Member

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    Hi all I was hoping that you could help me with a scope selection for my rifle. I just purchased a Remingotn Sendero in 7mm Rem Mag for my long range rifle. I plan on using this for western hunts on elk, deer and antelope. At 8 1/4 pounds it is heavy but I carried a Weatherby Accumark this past elk season for 9 days without too much trouble but if I can keep the weight down that would be a good thing.

    Im looking for something that has turrets to dial the range. I have a leupold 4.5 - 14 scope with the Boone and crocket reticle on my Accumark which works fine but Im looking to expand my horizons so to speak.

    I was considering a Huskemaw scope but one of my hunting buddies said there are a lot of scopes out there that would accomplish what I want to do. I was leaning towards the Huskemaw because it seems like it would be farily simple in the field. To be honest the spinning of turrets and counting clicks or hashmarks is intimidating to me.

    I anticipate a budget of about $1,200 to fund a scope purchase. If anyone has any scope recommendations for me that would be great. Im feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the chocies out there right now.

    Thanks in advance. Mike
     
  2. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

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    With turrets practice is the key. I perfer Mark 4, IOR, and Night Force NXS. Don't over look the need for a good rangefinder, ballistic software, and windmeter. Spend the money on optics only once. It is expensive getting set up. If you buy good components right away you won't have to buy them again in the near future.



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  3. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    $1200 for a scope....spend a few more bucks...~$1500 and buy a NightForce. They are arguably the best scopes. My personal choice would be the 5.5-22x56 5.5-22x50 & 5.5-22x56
     
  4. Buffalobob

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    I wish you lived close to us because it would only take one day at Quantico for me or 280fan to cure you. You would be twirling and spinning like a prima ballerina. :D
     
  5. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

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    I agree with BB and 280 I just bought my third Nightforce NXS. I paid $1550 for all of them and I have two 5.5-22X56 NPR2 and one 5.5-22X50 NPR1. My inexperienced eyes can't tell the difference between NF, Mark4, or IOR yet. But I am working on it.



    Brent
     
  6. Mike027

    Mike027 Well-Known Member

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    Guys I dont mind paying more to get set up correctly the first time. Will the Nightforce be fine for a hunting application? Any issues with the reticles being too "busy" ? Mike
     
  7. blipelt

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    never had a problem with it being to busy. The npr1(elev. 1moa hashes and wind are 2moa hashes) npr2(elev. 2moa hashes and wind are 5moa hashes.) I like the npr1 recticle better. I have all nf's on my hunting rifles and an IOR on my competing rifle. The best way is to find somebody with one and shoot it. That goes for all the scopes you are considering. If you are close to ND you sure can come and shoot mine. I might even be able to scrounge up a mark 4 to compare also.



    Brent
     
  8. J E Custom

    J E Custom Well-Known Member

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    Mike

    If weight is an issue then the Leupold MK 4 would be the way to go.

    The night force is very heavy and so are the Huskemaw and IORs so
    check the weight of each scope.

    All of the scopes mentioned are very good and you should make your on
    decision .

    And don't be intimidated by the turrents. in order to shoot long ranges
    you will have to learn to use and trust them.

    Good luck
    J E CUSTOM
     
  9. jeff 300

    jeff 300 Well-Known Member

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    Night force is the best scope i have ever had.

    BUt there is one very big problem with buying a night force scope you will want one on every rifle you own. so you better have deep pockets.

    get a night force you will be happy you did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. Greywolf18

    Greywolf18 Well-Known Member

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    So does that mean this summer when I get up that way (got orders to Norfolk, but still have friends in Quantico/Fredericksburg area) you'll teach a turret newbie how to use them properly???:D
     
  11. Mike027

    Mike027 Well-Known Member

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    Can you all recommend a book or video that would help me learn about longe range shooting by dialing the turrets? If I lived closer I would take you up on your offer to teach me. Mike
     
  12. wadedc

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    I love my nightforce but if funds are tight the Bushnell 6500 is supposed to be coming out with tactical turrets this year you could spend the extra money on a LRF or ammo for practice. You should learn to crank those turrets as it is the best way to shoot long range.
     
  13. Moman

    Moman Well-Known Member

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    Mike, go to this website, he has a video that's priced reasonable and will help get you started. ..::Defensive Edge - Custom Gunsmithing::..

    He is also a member of this forum and a very knowledgable person in this arena.

    Sounds like you're getting some good advice on scopes, I have used the Leupolds myself and have found them to be awesome scopes. I haven't tried the Nightforce, but most people say they are quite a bit better. Weight and the mighty working mans dollar have kept me buying Leupolds. Someday I am going to try one though. Take a look at the Leupold Mark 4. Good luck!
     
  14. Southernfryedyankee

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    I had a Nikon 4-16x50 (non tactical) on my 7mag (it is now on my 308) and I just ordered a set of target turrets for it. Should be here this week. It is a great scope with perfect range for ethical hunting. I am considering a Nikon 6-24x50 as I have some large fields I can hunt. Nikon makes great products.