Discussion in 'Firearms & Ammunition' started by NurseFet, Jan 23, 2019.
That’s way more magnification than I need.
Going for high magnification will add bulk. Also, you lose some field of view. Latest scopes offer huge ranges of magnification but that comes with a cost - when sticking to high quality optics.
Of course, the choice of magnification and a particular scope will depend on what exactly you expect to do with it. My instinct would be to get a relatively compact scope of the highest quality I can afford.
Regarding scopes, these are a few good articles worth reading:
I love all the feedback. I am going today to look at a couple Leupolds. Sadly, we don’t have the biggest budget to work with, so I’m going to have to go with the old, trusty and reliable 3-9x40 or 50 ideally. Hopefully will have some pictures of the mounted scope for y’all by tomorrow.
Yes, it was a total joke. Scope was picked by me based solely on high cost .
NurseFet, if the truth were told, I'll bet that the vast majority of the rifles spoken about on these pages are graced by Leupold scopes. With one, you won't be leaving very much on the table. Next we'll be wanting to see your range results. That's just the nature of things here. Good luck.
Nothing wrong with that at all. In my experience, 99% of situations can be handled by a 2-7, 3-9, or 4-12 just like 99% of hunters will not and should not make a shot over 300yds.
For where I hunt there is zero reason to have a scope with more than 12 power and even that may be a bit excessive.
@JakeH I agree with you. With me just getting into hunting, I don’t foresee me shooting anything that’s over 300yd away. Whitetail, pig, plains game, etc. I’m just excited to go to the range with my new toy soon!
For Hunting in .308 I'd go with 2-7x, 3-9x or 4-12x. I have a 4-16x 50mm on my .300 Win Mag and I used every bit of it to scope out bull Elk in Montana @ 800 yards. Magnification aside, I've since had the pleasure of owning a few scopes with 30mm tubes. They are much brighter but it might not be due to the tube diameter, rather in the execution of the lenses & coatings. But seriously consider a 30mm tube on any scope you buy.
You know my opinion on your choice. A 3x9 is all that you need and likely more than you need. Good decision.
375 Ruger fan,
Thanks for posting the link to Chuck Hawk’s article.
It is solid gold.
I’m not sure how I ended up with my comment inside the yellow highlight but anyway, there it is.
Read it and weep, hahahahaha.
+1 to all the comments on 3-9X... the vast majority of my rifles in "deer" calibers wear 3-9's.. only 2 I can think of dont.. one has a 3-12.. the other a 2-7..
truth be told I dont think I've ever taken a shot on game above 7x.. I'll occasionally crank up to 9x at the range so I can better see the target.. but typically in the field I leave my scopes on the lowest power setting and then crank up a few notches if the shot that needs to be taken warrants it..
I have acquired a Leupold VX-2 3-9x40! Finally found something that fit the budget and was worth getting! Waiting for it to arrive in the mail now.
Soon to follow, pictures of siting in and first time out at the range. WOOT WOOT!!
don't forget to run in the barrel first!!!!!
1 shot/clean for 5 shots, 3 shots/clean for 6 shots, then a couple of 5 shot cycles/cleans.
cleaning mens getting rid of all carbon and all copper fouling, and takes time.
of course you do not need to do this, but if you don't, the barrel will never realize its full accuracy potential and will foul more than if you do it.
SAKO barrels don’t require this, I would hope at what a Blaser cost, that they don’t either. But you never know.
sako barrels are nothing special and in this area are no different to other barrels.
even krieger and bartlein recommend their barrels be run in, and they are excellent quality.
part of the issue is crossnarks left in the throat by the chamber reamer, and all barrels suffer from that.
borescopes reveal a lot about this issue. ( not lyman ones)
I've never heard this before. I'm sure my husband knows what you're talking about, but can you clarify what you mean by running the barrel in?
Also, the shop I bought my Blaser from already said once I have a scope mounted on the gun, they will bore site it for me there in the store free of charge.
It's another way of saying barrel break-in. There's much disagreement in the hunting/shooting world that this is necessary on a new barrel. Amongst those who agree that it's necessary, there's as much disagreement as to how to do this break-in.
I personally used to do it, but I couldn't see where I was getting anything out of it, but then maybe I wasn't doing it right? All I know is my rifles shoot more accurately than I do. So I clean a new rifle and spray a little oil down the barrel prior to first shot and that's it.
you gun will work without barrel breakin.
however it can give you more if you do it.
your rifle is an expensive one, and as such might be worthy of having its best chance.
if you look at krieger barrels, bartlein barrels,annd shilen barrels websites you will see their advice regarding preparing some of the best barrels in the world for best performance.
as said above, you will notice slight differences in technique, but the goal is the same.
well worth the read.
once you get up to 2 or 3 shots per clean, you can combine that with zeroing the rifle.
bore sighting the rifle - this will most likely not be a true zero, but will help you get on paper.
from there you can put your first target at about 17 to 20 yards, as dead on there will be close to dead on at 200, or at least on paper.
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