Choosing the right scope for my new build

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by unclefish, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. unclefish

    unclefish Well-Known Member

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    Well my 300 win mag custom should be done this month. I am having a problem trying to figure out a scope for it. It has a stiller action Mueller #4 barrel 25 inch. Bell carlson Alaskan stock. Wanted it to be on light side. I will only be elk hunting in Colorado with this rifle. Some days I sit in the woods some days overlooking the fields. I do plan to use my G7br2 range finder with this . Some things I think I would like would be zero stop 30 mm tube 50mm objective. Moa adjustment nothing wicked heavy . Would like to stay under the 2500 hundred.. and what power 3 to 18 deal 5 to 20 deal.which one. Last year I had 25 yard shot year before I could have had a 600 yard shot. Wasnt ready for that..2 years ago 200 yards. Any help or experience with that type of hunting to help me make up my mind this week.
     
  2. ShtrRdy

    ShtrRdy Well-Known Member

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    I've been thinking of replacing the scope on my 300 Win Mag. I've got a #4 contour barrel at 24" in an HS precision stock.

    I'm kinda liking the specs on the Nightforce Compact in 2.5-10x42 primarily from a weight perspective. I wish it had more magnification on the high end.

    Someone on the forum was talking about a Sworovski Z5 in 3.5-18x44 with a weight of 16 oz.
     
  3. unclefish

    unclefish Well-Known Member

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    I have a Leupold vx6 3-18 by 44 now not crazy about the glass. Had Zeiss before that and Zeiss glass was nice. I did look through a Nightforce nxs 3.5 to 15 pretty clear just heavy. Would like to see out to 600 to 800 yards but also if I get close shot have that option to.
     
  4. jonthomps

    jonthomps Well-Known Member

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    For a FFP scope I'd look at the NF 4-16. From what it sounds like, it may be a little on the heavy side for what you want though. For a SFF scope I'd look at the 2.5-10x42. That's one bad little scope.
     
  5. unclefish

    unclefish Well-Known Member

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    Seems like I want the nightforce just the weight keeps me second in guessing. Another guy says save up another 1000 and buy a schmidt bender but it seems like everything in mil dot
     
  6. ShtrRdy

    ShtrRdy Well-Known Member

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    I agree. I've been doing some more digging and a new Leupold VX-2 with AO and CDS knob looks interesting. It comes with what they call a "Wind Plex" reticle. This reticle looks to have hash marks on the horizontal axis. I'm not sure if they're at 1 moa spacing but I think they might be. Scope Weight is ~ 16 oz.
     
  7. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

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    I've been/still am a night force nxs guy. Not the best glass but they are bullet proof. For me to feel confident in suggesting something I know you will be happy I'll suggest a 5.5-22nxs. I'll tell you though the next scope I'll buy will be a kahles 6-24. It will take a year or two of spinning turrets and falls before I will find if I'm sold on them but from the 2 people in the industry that I trust in scopes both have told me to try the kahles that I would be just as happy with their durability and happier with they're clarity. One used to be a huge nxs guy and the other a s&b guy. I know that may not helped any but that's my few cents.
     
  8. unclefish

    unclefish Well-Known Member

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    Does anybody have the Nightforce nxs 3.5x15-50 that they shoot out to 600 to 800 yards. Have any problems seeing that far for a good clean view.
     
  9. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    Just curious. Why not go with the 5.5 - 22 since it weighs the same as the 3 - 15 and there would not be any concern about seeing the target?

    Just a bit different perspective.
     
  10. unclefish

    unclefish Well-Known Member

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    ya u are right on the weight. just one person mentioned to me about field of view when sitting in the woods. Keeps going through my mind.
     
  11. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    No problem in the woods for me.

    I was where you are at and I am happy the Smith who built my three customs convinced me to go with the 5.5 - 22. Also, happy he suggested the MOART reticle.
     
  12. jsthntn247

    jsthntn247 Well-Known Member

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    The nightforce scopes are going to be too heavy for what you want. Check out the Bushnell lrhs 4.5-18 or one of the March scopes listed on this page. The 2.5-24x42 would be great on a lighter weight long range hunter.
    Bullets.com
     
  13. Lpart

    Lpart Well-Known Member

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    I have been using a Nightforce 2.5-10x32 for about 3 years. I have shot out to 1285 yards with it and do not feel the magnification is a big handicap. Definitely fine at 700-800 yards. Holds more steady than the big rigs. I don't feel shortchanged by the 32mm objective but would probably get the 42mm if getting one today.
     
  14. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    That March looks great!