Results 1 to 6 of 6

scopes for 375 and 243

This is a discussion on scopes for 375 and 243 within the Firearms & Ammunition forums, part of the HUNTING EQUIPMENT, FIREARMS & AMMUNITION category; hello,and firstly apologies to all if I am repeating a thread that has been addressed. I have seen replies regarding ...

  1. #1
    bassasdaindia is offline AH Senior Member
    Joined
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    98
    bassasdaindia has no Articles
    bassasdaindia has no Photos

    Default scopes for 375 and 243

    hello,and firstly apologies to all if I am repeating a thread that has been addressed.

    I have seen replies regarding scopes for 375 however they date back to 2010 and my thoughts are that new products are available.

    I need to scope my 375 and 243,I have a leeupold 3x9 which I want to fit to the 243,however I am considering fitting the 3x9 onto the 375 and getting a larger scope 4.5-14x50 for the 243.

    my question is the following : will the 3x9 work correctly on the 375 or will it be better suited for the 243 ?

    all my current rifles are scoped with leeupold and I will definitely remain with the brand.
    your experienced replies will be greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
    BRICKBURN's Avatar
    BRICKBURN is online now SUPER MODERATOR
    Joined
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    6,276

    Member of KZN Hunters Assoc

    Hunted Namibia (Otavi, Ozondjache) South Africa ( LP, KZN, NC, EC) Botswana (Ghanzi) Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB, Ont, PQ, NS) USA (MT, WA, SD, CA, CO, WY, KS, MN, NC, VG, UT, HI)

    BRICKBURN has no Articles
    View BRICKBURN's Photos

    Default

    What are you planning to hunt with these rifles and where?
    Open country or Thick bush?

    Plains Game or Dangerous Game (375)

    Varmint with the 243 or ie. only reason I can see for having a 14X power on this rifle.
    Maybe tough to sneak up on Springbok in the Karoo.
    Practice whispering before you leave for Africa!
    A Legend in my own mind!

  3. #3
    bassasdaindia is offline AH Senior Member
    Joined
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    98
    bassasdaindia has no Articles
    bassasdaindia has no Photos

    Default

    the 375 would be used for plains game initially and in open country whilst the option of using the 243 in the Karoo was part of the reason.

  4. #4
    Diamondhitch's Avatar
    Diamondhitch is offline AH Legend
    Joined
    May 2011
    Posts
    2,309

    Member of SCI

    Hunted Canada (AB, SK, NWT, BC) USA (NM, TX) South Africa (Limpopo, KZN, Free State, Eastern Cape, Northen Cape), Kyrgyzstan

    Diamondhitch has no Articles
    View Diamondhitch's Photos

    Default

    X2

    Either the 3-9x, 4-12x or 4.5-14x would be good on the .243, and Leupold makes a nice 4.5-14 with the Varmint hunters reticle that I like if that suits your purpose for the gun.

    The popular opinion in most cases seems to be 1.5-6x for the .375 but 3-9x would work in most cases as well.
    The journey is the reward.

  5. #5
    BRICKBURN's Avatar
    BRICKBURN is online now SUPER MODERATOR
    Joined
    Aug 2010
    Posts
    6,276

    Member of KZN Hunters Assoc

    Hunted Namibia (Otavi, Ozondjache) South Africa ( LP, KZN, NC, EC) Botswana (Ghanzi) Canada (BC, AB, SK, MB, Ont, PQ, NS) USA (MT, WA, SD, CA, CO, WY, KS, MN, NC, VG, UT, HI)

    BRICKBURN has no Articles
    View BRICKBURN's Photos

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondhitch View Post
    X2

    Either the 3-9x, 4-12x or 4.5-14x would be good on the .243, and Leupold makes a nice 4.5-14 with the Varmint hunters reticle that I like if that suits your purpose for the gun.

    The popular opinion in most cases seems to be 1.5-6x for the .375 but 3-9x would work in most cases as well.
    I think people drop the power down on the 375 for Dangerous Game.
    If you ever decide to start after the big stuff in the thick stuff I would open the scope up for sure, or get rid of it all together.

    Sounds like you have the right set up then. Good luck.
    Practice whispering before you leave for Africa!
    A Legend in my own mind!

  6. #6
    richteb's Avatar
    richteb is offline AH Enthusiast
    Joined
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    333

    Member of SSAA,Military Pistol Club

    Hunted Australia,Zimbabwe

    Default

    My take is a little different. I would absolutely fit a 3 - 9 on the 375 in all cases except if you were to hunt elephant. I used a 1.5 - 6 on my 375 in Africa and found that it was not enough scope for the smaller species like impala. Even on the large PG animals when trying to aim through scrub is difficuilt with a low magnification scope. Here in Australia I hunt nearly every day with my 375 and the average shot is under a 100 meters on a large deer size animal and even in our bush the 3-9 is about right. On 3 power you can shoot under 20 meters and on 9 power you have the magnification to place an accurate shot at 100 meter and beyond.

    I do not use a 243 and thus do not really have the experience with this caliber, however I would think that 4-12 or similar makes sence.

Similar Threads

  1. Scopes on Double Rifles
    By EDELWEISS in forum Double Rifles
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 01-23-2013, 10:12 AM
  2. RIFLE SCOPES
    By BARTFRNCS in forum Hunting Equipment, Gear & Optics
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 03-05-2012, 06:31 PM
  3. Scope Reticles for Dangerous game scopes
    By LRich in forum Hunting Equipment, Gear & Optics
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-21-2011, 06:31 AM
  4. FOR SALE: Vintage Scopes
    By bb_rvlr in forum Free Classifieds
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-02-2010, 08:05 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •