High End Scopes

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by PNW EOD, May 13, 2017.

  1. PNW EOD

    PNW EOD Well-Known Member

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    Hey all, I'm currently in the market for a new scope. I have been scouring the internet and doing research on all different brands and models for my application. I am building a custom 6.5 Creed for PRS competition, and LRH for mulies and black bear. I have plenty of shooting experience and will make my judgement on my distance limit once I have some trigger time with the new rifle. Here's my issue, I have a pretty decent budget, but I still don't know what I want for optics. I have my eye on the Steiner M5Xi, and the Nightforce ATACR, but due to the current backorder on Vortex Optics, I have ruled them out for now. I have looked at Leupold Tactical scopes, Even the Bushnell LRTS scopes, but am pretty sure I want something better. I am leaning toward the Steiner M5Xi in the 3-15X50 right now, but am unsure if that is the magnification range I want for that application. The 5-25X56 is huge, and not sure if it would be the best choice for this setup. It seems like a little bit of overkill for the little 6.5 Creed. Tracking and glass are my primary search points, but Length and Weight are coming into play as well right now because I will be taking this rifle high into the backcountry on foot. It might seem like I'm babbling on, but for a huge financial hit on something like this, I am just trying to make the buy once cry once thing work out for me.
     
  2. Edd

    Edd Well-Known Member

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    I think I'm going to buy a Leupold VX-6HD 2-12x42 for a 6.5 Creedmoor hunting rifle I have in progress. I have found them for under $1200.
     
  3. blinderthanascope

    blinderthanascope Well-Known Member

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    Buy the Nightforce and be happy they are built like a tank, I have a 12x42x56 BR and it's so clear I can count dingleberries on a nats pooper
     
  4. ShtrRdy

    ShtrRdy Well-Known Member

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    I don't know if this offer is still available but Mile High Shooting Accessories was selling the Gen 2 Razor in 3-18x for around $1850.
     
  5. Rick Richard

    Rick Richard Well-Known Member

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    Purchase for what it is going to be MOSTLY used for. NF are durable as mentioned and would be my choice for competition, however I would lean towards a VX 6 if used more for hunting. Again, it depends on the primary use.
     
  6. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    I have Nightforce, Mark 4, and VX6.

    The Leupold is what I would use for a rifle I carried much. I have the 2-12, and 3-18, the 3-18 gives up little on the low end, for a good return on the high end.

    Pick a reticle, and turret style you like, and you're set.
     
  7. bigbulls

    bigbulls Well-Known Member

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    Get a VX-6 3x18x50 with the ART (advanced reticle technology) it is an amazing system and never look back. I own 3 of them.
     
  8. Iron Worker

    Iron Worker Well-Known Member

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    I have the VX-6 3x18x50mm on my AR . It has very good glass,turrets are a little mushy . but I understand they discontinued my non HD glass model.
     
  9. Biggs300

    Biggs300 Well-Known Member

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    You may want to take a look at the Sightron SVSS 10-50x60. I don't own one but do have a Sightron SIII 8-32x56 on my 6.5 CM Benchrest rifle. It is several steps down from the SVSS but, it meets my needs since I don't shoot competitively. I will say I do really like the Sightron reticles on their newer scopes.

    I have read a couple of good reviews where they compare favorably with NF, S&B and March tactical scopes. At 41.5 oz, I was a bit suprised at how heavy the SVSS scope is, even for a 34mm scope. It might be worth a look.
     
  10. Tesoro

    Tesoro Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at the Swaro x5(i) in 3-18. You said you are a hunter. I have 2 and very happy with them in the field. They are a bit spendy at about 2850 but you wont wish you had bought something else.
     
  11. Rich Coyle

    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    I am considering a March 5-50X56. Have you or anyone actually seen one? What did they think about it?
     
  12. ssssnake529

    ssssnake529 Well-Known Member

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    Rich Coyle Well-Known Member

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    It comes with first focal plane reticle. I want second focal plane.
     
  14. ssssnake529

    ssssnake529 Well-Known Member

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    1st focal plane is so convenient for holdovers at any magnification.

    Particularly in a scope with high magnification, where you may not be using it at full power all the time, it's nice to be able to use your reticle for holdovers throughout the entire magnification range.