Which scope?

jareese

Well-Known Member
LRH Team Member
Joined
Dec 10, 2015
Messages
64
Location
South Central Wisconsin
I'm going to be building my first high quality hunting rifle with a max weight of 12-13 pounds. Will mostly be used in Midwest for deer, but I will occasionally head west for Muley's and hopefully Elk.
I've been eyeing the Nightforce SHV 4-14, Burris XTRIII 3.3-18 and Vortex Strike Eagle 4-24x50. Looking for PRO's and Cons of the scopes listed, but I will entertain alternatives with decent explanations of why. (I'd like to stay around this price point)
Build will be either (haven't totally decided yet) 338 Edge, 300 PRC or Even another 300 Win Mag, with a good brake. Carbon wrapped barrel, and a lightweight Manners stock.

Thanks - looking forward to info.
 

Hand Skills

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 1, 2017
Messages
806
Location
Canada
Well, I'll start things off I guess. Of the options you listed, the Burris XTRII would be my choice. Optics have been a bit of a merry-go-round for me the last few years. My advice is to first decide whether you want to go with FFP or SFP. I'm a FFP convert myself, I really like a reticle that matches my turrets at every magnification. Some guys like SFP because the reticle can be a bit finer at high magnification. Some guys like SFP because the reticle looks the same at minimum power. FFP reticles appear to 'shrink' as magnification is reduced. For some reticles, this can cause issues being able to see the crosshairs, but the ones I like have THICK outer bars, and those are pretty easy to pick up in low light at low magnification.

In your price range, I really like the Bushnell LRHS (discontinued) and LRTS. Also check out SWFA 4-20HD and Sightron SIII. The Vortex PST gen ii 3-15x50 has some good things going for it, including a really cool zero set.

There is a Optics subforum which you might like to dig around in, LOTS of 'what scope' topics there!

Good luck in your decision. My advice would be to ditch the carbon barrel for stainless and spend the difference on your scope. You can't hit what you can't see!
 
Last edited:

jareese

Well-Known Member
LRH Team Member
Joined
Dec 10, 2015
Messages
64
Location
South Central Wisconsin
Thanks for the input @Hand Skills. I’m a long range target shooter, so I get first vs second focal plane, not really a concern as I’ll be dialing, not measuring. I’m just looking for insight on scope quality and usability. I have a couple XTRii’s and a PST Genii on my wife’s rifle.
 
Last edited:

C.O. Shooter

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 20, 2011
Messages
2,305
Location
Pennsylvania

For a few dollars more. Great price!
 

Trending threads

Nightforce has great tracking capabilities, they are rugged, a bunch of elevation, holds zero forever, and reticles are designed for long range shooting. So if you are looking to shoot long distances constantly, then you need a scope that can take the abuse. -- gilmillan1


Culture Of Excellence At Nightforce Optics
By Len Backus

A high level of quality both in production and in service. Read More


Nightforce is such a solid combo of reticle, available elevation, glass that is good enough to shoot at the longest range you can dial. Nightforce has bullet proof construction that can handle the incidental horse rolling or some other rodeo action. -- bigngreen


Nightforce ATACR Scope Review
By Jeff Brozovich

The new NightForce ATACR is for sure a top choice for any long range shooter. Read More


The total package. Nightforce is the best I have used as far as turret feel and solid detents. I have never had one that didn't track right on and always return to zero. Nightforce NXS is the best value for everything I need. -- Broz


Nightforce Velocity 1000 Reticle Review
By Scott Shreve

I think Nightforce knocked it outta the park with this reticle! Read More

NightForce


Top