I too shoot High Power and untill about 8 years ago iron sights were the only things allowed untill I was about 50 or so irons worked very well and if my eyes hadn't gotten old I would prefer iron for that game as eye relief isn't critical and when you click the sight you know it moved but for hunting game in poor light or when the animal blends in with the background scopes are much better however way too much emphasis is placed on expensive optics and most of them are very heavy, we shot very accurately to 1000yds with irons but somehow if you hunt you need $2000 dollar or more scopes. Even on my high power rifles I don't have anything more expensive than $1000 lots of Nikon Monarch's and leupold v3 and they work just fine. A young man I'm going to help hunt showed up with some super scope with a large bell mounted so high he won't have any cheek weld which will make it about impossible to hit his animal so we have to put one of these adjustable plastic cheek pieces on his stock so he can shoot and a mount to get the scope away from his eyebrow when he lays down to shoot and a M-1 cotton sling so he can steady the rifleView attachment 497995
This Savage 99 takedown in .303 Savage is from 1920.
I built up some loads using Hornady FTX bullets and LVR powder. Shoots well.
I had a tang sight on it, but I found the front bead hard to use in adverse light, so I decided to give in to ageing eyes and scope it.
It was never drilled & tapped, so I used a Lightfoot bridge scope mount. In the middle is a Leupold single dovetail mount. To both ends of that, the maker welds steel blocks that connect the barrel sight dovetail and the tang screws.
The fellow unfortunately has stopped making them.
For optics, I mounted a Weaver K2.5-60 which has a centered reticle, made in the early 1960s. Blued steel tube. I got a set of vintage steel Redfield dovetail mounts with slotted screws. Scope and rings came from Vintage Gun Scopes in Corvallis, Montana.
This steenbock I took at 114 yards. He was well covered behind tall grass, and all I could see was his eye, ear, horns and a bit of neck line. I interpreted where his body was and the FTX made quick work of him. DRT. Our cooks served him up as appetizers that night. Steenbock backstrip grilled over a flame served on a cracker is a beautiful thing.
I picked up another K2.5 at a gun show for $50 in great shape. They are out there, and while they lack the gee whiz features and coatings of modern glass, are still effective for average daylight hunting, just as they were 50-80 years ago.
For my other rifle, i took a Dumoulin Mauser in .30 Hembrook topped with a Leupold VX-5 3-15-44, which is a fantastic hunting scope. We were in the Karoo desert, so some of the shots were quite long (500 yards...) but modern scopes were just right for that. Would I have taken the shot with a K2.5 at that range? Assuming the cartridge is up to it, maybe. I shoot highpower National match at 600 yards with irons, but the X-ring is a foot across, so I want to be respectful to the animal. Dialing up 8MOA and using 15 power was much more humane in my opinion.
Horses for courses. YMMV. My $.02