Choices for scope on .375.

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I'm looking for a scope to sit upon my MO3 in .375 and have narrowed things down to three choices.
All are similar in price and all have an illuminated reticle so I would be interested in any opinions on the good and the bad or why you would choose one or the other.

The choices are:

Leupold VX-R 4-12x40.
Steiner Ranger 2-8x42.
Leica Eri 2.5-10x42.


https://www.uttings.co.uk/p130150-leupold-vx-r-4-12x40-riflescope-leu-111240/#.XG3q42TLeyU

https://www.uttings.co.uk/p125999-steiner-ranger-2-8x42-rifle-scope-ste-8761900204/#.XG3sHWTLeyU

http://www.swillingtonshootingsupplies.co.uk/store/product/15407/Leica-ERI-2.5-10x42/
 

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What are you using it for?
If DG I’d use the lowest power one at 2x. I prefer a 1x with illuminated reticle. IMO, 4x minimum is too high power for the low end.
I use a Leupold VX-6 1-6x on my 375 and it works well for 90% of what I have used it for. I do have QR rings and carry a 2-12x which I used for croc. It worked well for that.

But if I only had 1 scope, it would be a 1x on the low end and 4, 5, or 6 on the top end. Of course a 1-8 Swarovski if it were illuminated would work too.

In my experience with dark animals and dark days you are doing right wanting an illuminated reticle. It has helped me a lot on bear, buff and night critters.

Good luck with your decision!
 

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It will be used in Africa for anything from a Dik-Dik to a Buffalo.
I may get a dedicated DG scope for the calibre at some point and team the above choices with a .300 WinMag barrel for the same rifle.
 

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Leupold VX3i 1.5x5 with heavy duplex if one inch rings. 1-4 thru 1-8 30mm euro scope if 30mm rings.
 

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The Leica ERi would get my vote. I have that same scope on a Rem Model 7 in 260 Rem and at 2x it is very effective on running game. Very good field of view and optics are on par with Swarovski Z3/Z5 line. Illumination is a must for me and my eyes.

I'm in the same boat with a BRNO 602 I picked up on this forum.
 

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If DG is on the cards I would suggest a starting magnification of 1....
If only PG then whichever you prefer.
Go for the best quality scope you can afford.
 

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If DG is on the cards I would suggest a starting magnification of 1....
If only PG then whichever you prefer.
Go for the best quality scope you can afford.
Also suggest if DG is on the menu getting a quality set of QD mounts.
 

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For DG I would prefer something starting at 1 and no more than 2 power. Top end magnification does not need to be over 8 power unless varmit shooting. After all on 8 power something at 800yards looks the same as something at 100 with the naked eye. So I would sacrifice top end magnification for low end start point. Just my 2 penny's worth.
 

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Adrian, I am not sure, but I think you may run into issues mounting the Leupold VX-R 4-12 on your Mauser MO3. On my Win M70 .375 H&H there is not enough distance between the magnification adjustment ring and the front bell of the scope to fit this particular scope rings between. Here is a dimensional drawing of the scope which shows a distance of 13cm (dimension B). If it does fit, you may not have much room to adjust the position of the scope for eye relief.


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I am with others who have suggested sticking with something with a low end magnification of between 1 & 2x. Swaro, Leica, S&B, Leupold in about 1-6x.
Let us know what you end up with and nice rifle! (y)
 

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Thank you for all input so far Gents, much appreciated.
Also suggest if DG is on the menu getting a quality set of QD mounts.
With the Mauser M03 system you have to use their mounts which are quick release.
Adrian, I am not sure, but I think you may run into issues mounting the Leupold VX-R 4-12 on your Mauser MO3. On my Win M70 .375 H&H there is not enough distance between the magnification adjustment ring and the front bell of the scope to fit this particular scope rings between. Here is a dimensional drawing of the scope which shows a distance of 13cm (dimension B). If it does fit, you may not have much room to adjust the position of the scope for eye relief.


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I am with others who have suggested sticking with something with a low end magnification of between 1 & 2x. Swaro, Leica, S&B, Leupold in about 1-6x.
Let us know what you end up with and nice rifle! (y)
Good point and well made, thank you for pointing this out. I can see it will be a problem. I'll measure my mounts later today and see what the distance between the inside of the rings is but I suspect it will be the same as yours which will narrow my choice down further.
Many thanks for this information.
 

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I have a leupold vx3 2.5-8x32 or 36 on my 375. Clients use this a lot for any pg and buff etc. works very well for all
U do need the lowest possible magnification at times and 4 is too much on the low end
Illum reticle is a big bonus for sure
 

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I use a Leica 1.5-10x42 on my 375. The 10 power on the top end isn't really necessary for any shooting I do with it, but the 1.5 is nice to have on the low end. I also use the illuminated reticle.
 

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Anyone with experience with the Vortex Razor HD LH 1.5-8x32 scope? Thinking about mounting it on a Ruger No 1 in 375 H&H. Understand is has the Razor glass and reviews are very good. Very generous 4" eye relief with a very forgiving eye box at 8X. Only downside is no illumination, which would be nice for my eyes but folks seem to think the G4 reticle does a good job in low light.

I was planning on mounting an Aimpoint H30 or 9000L but Europtic has these on sale, as well as the 2-10x40 version at nearly 40% off.
 

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