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O/T Varmint rifle scopes

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by 3dram8, Aug 29, 2008.

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  1. 3dram8

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    We used to do a lot of Rock-chucking in the Bighorns of Wyoming. My experience was that the high powered optics had very critical eye-relief and were hard to locate the target due to the greatly reduced field of view. We were taking shots up to 500 yards, and I found that the Leupold fixed 12X was ideal with the fine duplex. We were using Harris bipods from all types of positions, and with the high-powered scopes the image would black out just moving your eye slightly due to the very critical eye-relief at high power. Also it would take a long time to find the critter you wanted to take a shot at due to the very small field of view. And if you like to quickly get back on target to see the bullet hit at long range, you won't be able to find the target back quickly enough after recoil to see if you hit or were off. The 12X scope was also MUCH brighter and clearer than ANY 25X scope I ever looked through. We also found that the variables would sometimes shift the zero at different power settings. When you're shooting at a football size target at 500 yards, that zero has to remain the same if you want to have any chance at all of hitting a distant target. We had our best luck when hunting in pairs with a spotter on a good spotting scope. We would alternate shooting and spotting. On the really long shots, a good spotter can tell where the bullet went allowing the shooter to make a small correction, and many times scoring with the next shot. .....Rick
     
  2. smsnyder

    smsnyder Well-Known Member

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    Don't over look elevation adjustments in your scope. The 8.5x25 leupold has about 70 moa elevation. You can't hit somethimg if you can't make elevation adjustments out to and beyond 1000 yards.
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Get the Leupold Vari-X III 8.5-25x 50mm Long Range Target Scope with Vaqrmint Hunters Reticle. Excellent scope. Lifetime warranty. Lots of accessories (sunshades, filters, etc.)<br>
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  4. oz

    oz Active Member

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    leupolds are great. to go to nightforce you are going to the upper tier, ie: better and a lot more cash. you are now in the valdada, zeiss, schmidt & bender, etc level. if you don't mind spending more than your varmint gun cost you go all the way oz
     
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