Toughest Long Range Hunting Optic?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by PredatorSlayer, Dec 10, 2019.


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  1. xsn10s

    xsn10s Well-Known Member

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    I had a SWFA 12X but the FOV was just alittle too tight at 200 yard sage rats for me. I thought of a lower end scope to swap on my PSS. But this thread has me wishing I bought a SWFA 10X during the Black Friday sale.
     
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  2. 300whisper

    300whisper Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Honestly for the fixed power scopes I wouldn’t go past 10x for a dedicated hunting / steel banging rifle. I have the 6x and think they are perfect for the AR platform.
     
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  3. xsn10s

    xsn10s Well-Known Member

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    I agree and a variable would best suit me on this rifle. I could swap out a scope from my PSS, but would hate to do that. A NF would be great or something with Schotts glass. But money is really tight so SWFA is a good compromise and value.
     
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  4. ButterBean

    ButterBean Well-Known Member

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    I've hunted with a fixed 10X for years and i have never had any problems
     
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  5. Starlite

    Starlite Well-Known Member

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    SWFA did have a 2.5-10x32 ultralight that is around $350. That might be right up your alley. A retired sniper buddy of mine is running one on his stagg 10 in 6.5 CM. He loves it as a good all around well priced optic.
     
  6. Darktimber

    Darktimber Well-Known Member

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    I read the book a couple times and im almost positive he said his longest kill was with a 338lm w/ a nightforce scope. Hes good about describing the gear he was using when deployed in the book. At any rate he definitly states that he like nightforce the best.

    Not trying to be a know it all, im a leupold fan too.
     
  7. adam32

    adam32 Well-Known Member

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    Leupold mk4 on the rifle the shot in his movie was based about...nightforce on most of his other rifles.
     
  8. Starlite

    Starlite Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of long shots and rifles. If Unertl scopes were good enough for Hathcock then maybe finding a good used one would the ticket.
     
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  9. KyCarl

    KyCarl Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    Might have been all that he could get at the time?
     
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  10. 300whisper

    300whisper Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    If iron sights were good enough for Alvin York then maybe finding a good used iron sight would be the ticket. :D;):)

    The “newest” version of the unertl 10x, the ones snipers used before being replaced by the leupold mark 4 go for a pretty penny. I’m sure they are one tough scope. They look like it from their pics. No idea what one would cost today.
     
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  11. Starlite

    Starlite Well-Known Member

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    In Canada we used the MST-100. Looked through them but never used them. They definitely were abused. I can attest to that as I’ve been in many of those places. Right next to the snipers using them; From the dust in the Gulf war (1) to the filthy streets and villages of Haiti (Any of you Marines who were there would attest to that). I guess if I had the extra cash I’d like to try the Zero Compromise optic. 4-20 or 5-27 with the impact 2 reticle.
     
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  12. Tom Erickson

    Tom Erickson Active Member

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    I have always been a leupold fan. But on my last rifle I went with a swarovski X5I 5-25 X56 so far I like it I haven't dropped it off a cliff or drove over it with my truck but it seems rock solid to me
     
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  13. IRAMNTMAN

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    My hunting rifles have always worn leupold. I've never had a problem with any of them. I've had one on my 300 rum the last ten years, never had to re zero it. Nothing but the swfa can compete in a 20 oz scope. I.M.H.O.
     
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  14. Doozy

    Doozy Well-Known Member

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    US Optics did this. They look to be every bit at tough as Nightforce. My experience is limited, but I changed my mind on a Nightforce when I bought an ATACR and some piece of glass inside was feathered and broken up. And it had been in its shipping box! I don't know what happened to cause that, but I started researching more and saw similar videos of US Optics being chucked, remount Ed and holding its zero. Year after year, I don't have to rezero mine... Just my limited personal experience between the two.