I'm having a hard time deciding what scope to put on my rifle

Discussion in '.375 & Up' started by sandman0921, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. shuter

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    Matt, which reticle do you have in your VX6 1-6? I'm going with a Firedot but trying to decide between a Firedot 4 and Firedot Duplex.
     

  2. larry4831

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  3. larry4831

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  4. matt85

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    im using the firedot circle reticle and im happy with it. when the scope is set to 1x with the firedot on it works extremely well as a close quarters rifle in the dark. I did a test when I was in SA a couple days ago where I walked around at night with both eyes open looking threw the scope. in the dark the body of the scope melts away and all you see is a red dot floating on the right side of your vision. this kind of scope would be very handy should a PH ever find himself dealing with a wounded animal in the dark.

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  5. markferrigno

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    I'd say you can't go wrong with a Leupold VX-R 3-9 x 40 or 3-9x50 Also, for a couple of hundred more a Trijicon Acuupont, I just mounted one on a Heym SR21 it is an amazing scope, def. worth a look.
     

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    If you can afford it Schmidt & bender, Swarovski z6 or lieca. I use a z3 3-9x40with aN.o4 reticle on my m70. I also have 3.5-10 and a4-12x50 in the z3. In my opinion the glass is better than the vx3 an the conquests I've previously owned.

    Nice looking rifle too!
     

  7. buckcurtin

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    Tim Smith in Warren, Pa. I live in Florida but have good friends in Warren, hunt there and am originally from near Pittsburgh. Sent new rifle in box to Tim.
     

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  9. buckcurtin

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    I have a 1.5-5x Leupold. Took a cow elk at 225 yards with it at 1.5 power, no sweat. If I was shooting antelope (a lot smaller) I'd crank it up to 5x. 6x should be good out to 400 yards.
     
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    Seems like you have gotten lots of good advice here. My .02 would be to go with the 1-6x24 with the circle reticle that Matt85 mentions. I have a Swarovski 1-6x24 circle dot Z6i on my 416 Rigby and it is a great scope for close up work and absolutely fine on big game out to 200 yards. I think that a good clear 6x scope can do a lot more than we give them credit for at reasonable distances. Especially on big game. That Swaro scope that I have is a little higher in price point but I think the Leupold VX-6 1-6x24 would be good of a choice of similar quality and I would not hesitate to use it on my rifle.
     
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    vette447,

    I couldn't agree more. That's why I posted the question here because I knew I would get some knowledgeable advice, and "real world" opinions. Once the rifle gets back to me, I think I'll probably go with a Leupold VX-6 1-6x24. As much as I liked the 2-12 x 42, I am afraid it would be a challenge to get the scope to fit the rifle with irons, and get the proper eye-relief. I think what I may do is take the VX-6 1-6x24 with the FireDot reticle off my 450 Rigby, and put it on this rifle, and then purchase a new VX-6 1-6x24 with either the FireDot4 or Circle FireDot reticle since it is more of a stopping rifle, an will be used on designated dangerous game hunts.


    I agree that the Swarovski Z6 is a great piece of glass. I've got 3 Swarovski scopes (2 Z5's and a Z6) for sheep and elk rifles I have and the glass is amazing.


    Again thanks so much for the information regarding the scope selection.
     

  13. 8x68

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    I agree Swarovski, Steiner, & Leupold VX 6's are nice scopes. If you wanted to save a bit of coin but still get a excellent quality scope don't forget about Nikon Monarch 3's & 7's (30mm tube). I have Leupold, Zeiss, and Nikon Monarch 3's. I'm just as impressed with the Nikon's as I am the Leupold & Zeiss. If I'm not mistaken Nikon makes it's own glass for the higher end Nikon's.
     

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    Fantastic looking piece of art..
     
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    I have a Vortex Razor HD in 1-6X24 on my Sako 375 H&H and took my Black Wildebeest at 350yrds with it (plenty of magnification). I really am a fan of the lit reticle and the BDC on a scope.
    Sako 85.jpg
     

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    I never for a moment wished for any other scope than the VX-6 2-12x I had on my 300 H&H during my May PG hunt in RSA.

    But, on a 375 that might be used on DG, I would definitely go with the VX-6 1-6x.
     

  18. bassasdaindia

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    I am always amazed at how some of you can shoot out too 200 yards with a 1.5-5 power scope .

    I always prefer having extra magnification on rifles that have the ability to shoot longer shots , like 375 h&h
     

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    by the way the VX6 2-12x42 has plenty of eye relief .
     

  20. 375 Ruger Fan

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    With a scope set on 5x, a 200 yard shot is like a 40 yard shot with iron sights. Nothing challenging or hard about that. When I was a kid, all the rifles my dad had were scoped with a fixed 4x, a 1-4x or a 2-7x. I thought I knew better, so my first rifle I got on my own, I put a 3-9 on it. My dad gave me a 7mm mag with a 2-7 on it. First thing I did was put a 4.5-14 on it. I rarely use this rifle now and I've come full circle on this subject and now put the lower powered scopes on rifles. The recent advent of scopes with a wider range of power gives hunters the option to have both a good low end and a good high magnification.

    Randy Wakeman wrote a few good articles on the subject of scopes and I agree with him that a 2-8 or 2-10 is probably the best "all around" power range for a scope.

    Picking a Riflescope without Losing your Mind
    http://randywakeman.com/PickingaRiflescopewithoutLosingyourMind.htm

    Are We Under-Scoped and Over-Magnified?
    http://www.chuckhawks.com/under-scoped.htm

    Amazing Riflescope Myths
    http://randywakeman.com/Amazing-Riflescope-Myths.htm
     
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