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martyd 01-18-2012 10:06 PM

scoping in a rifle
 
Just bought a remingtion tm sps 700 308 and had the Leupold VX11 4x12x40
#57000 installed at my gun store. I was told that for tarage shooting only, I should of went 4x18x50. Is this true ? The range down here is 100 yards.
I would thing 100 to 300 yd. should be ok with this scope. If anyone has this scope- let me know--
Marty D.

bigdaddy573 01-18-2012 10:15 PM

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Originally Posted by martyd
Just bought a remingtion tm sps 700 308 and had the Leupold VX11 4x12x40
#57000 installed at my gun store. I was told that for tarage shooting only, I should of went 4x18x50. Is this true ? The range down here is 100 yards.
I would thing 100 to 300 yd. should be ok with this scope. If anyone has this scope- let me know--
Marty D.

I have a 4x16x40 on my 22-250 and its good out to 250 and mine is a cheap centerpoint

Gatoragn 01-18-2012 10:19 PM

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Originally Posted by martyd (Post 681063)
Just bought a remingtion tm sps 700 308 and had the Leupold VX11 4x12x40
#57000 installed at my gun store. I was told that for tarage shooting only, I should of went 4x18x50. Is this true ? The range down here is 100 yards.
I would thing 100 to 300 yd. should be ok with this scope. If anyone has this scope- let me know--
Marty D.

That scope is way more than adequate for 300 yards.

martyd 01-18-2012 10:30 PM

I hope it is. I paided big bucks. The gun store told me to go 4x18 but Leupold doesnt have a 4x18 in silver. I went with 4x12 in silver. I know color should be the last thing but ???
Thanks Marty D.

bigdaddy573 01-18-2012 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by martyd
I hope it is. I paided big bucks. The gun store told me to go 4x18 but Leupold doesnt have a 4x18 in silver. I went with 4x12 in silver. I know color should be the last thing but ???
Thanks Marty D.

Lol if my cheap scope can then yours will do it to

jpattersonnh 01-18-2012 10:59 PM

You may find the scope you purchased is actually better in some respects. I pulled a 6-24x40mmAO off my heavy barrel .308 and replaced it w/ a 3-12x42mmAO Sightron SII. I wanted to be able to hunt with it. It is still able to make great long shots. 400 yards is about as far as I shoot these days, and I'm very happy I made the change. Even on my 7mm Rem Mag I use a 2-10x38mm, more then enough scope. You'll need a spotting scope that is higher power to really see the target results, but that is the idea.

martyd 01-18-2012 11:43 PM

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Originally Posted by jpattersonnh (Post 681121)
You may find the scope you purchased is actually better in some respects. I pulled a 6-24x40mmAO off my heavy barrel .308 and replaced it w/ a 3-12x42mmAO Sightron SII. I wanted to be able to hunt with it. It is still able to make great long shots. 400 yards is about as far as I shoot these days, and I'm very happy I made the change. Even on my 7mm Rem Mag I use a 2-10x38mm, more then enough scope. You'll need a spotting scope that is higher power to really see the target results, but that is the idea.

Im looking at the rifle stand at gander $125 then the spoting scope. Havent looked at any yet. Any that you know of for 100 to 300 yd max. Im running out of money.

BlueTurf 01-19-2012 12:11 AM

The scope you have will work very well for target shooting. It will work great for hunting also. You did just fine buying it. Now just shoot a lot and enjoy it.

joshobrien77 01-30-2012 12:43 AM

I have the VXIII version of your scope with boon and crocket recticle on my M70 (2011) IN .270 and when I was in Wyoming I took an antelope at.about 320 no problem. On the.range off of shooting sticks I repeatedly was on an IPSC target from 500. Have a ball with it!

BikerRN 01-30-2012 06:02 AM

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Originally Posted by martyd (Post 681063)
Just bought a remingtion tm sps 700 308 and had the Leupold VX11 4x12x40
#57000 installed at my gun store. I was told that for tarage shooting only, I should of went 4x18x50. Is this true ? The range down here is 100 yards.
I would thing 100 to 300 yd. should be ok with this scope. If anyone has this scope- let me know--
Marty D.

It sounds to me like the store is trying to sell you another scope, if it was indeed a salesman that told you that.

The general purpose all around scope for hunting is the 3-9x40. It works just fine at the Range too for target shooting out to 500 or 600 yards in my opinion. High powered scopes are the "rage" right now but I find too much magnification to be a detriment to accurate shooting. There must be a reason why 6x and 10x power scopes have been the prefered magnification of real life marksmen for years.

Rather than a bigger objective lens or higher magnification look in to better quality glass with better coatings. I have a set of 8x binoculars that easily out perform my 12x binoculars based on the quality of the glass alone. You can make up for poor quality glass by going to a higher magnification.

As for the objective lens size, the human eye can only make use of so much of a good thing, be it light, magnification, or any other variable you care to name. The biggest objective lens I own is 42mm. That's big enough for dim light shooting, half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset. Lots of folks believe they need a big objective lens for accurate distance shooting but if one looks at some of the long distance shots made in the past one may very well find that the objective lens size wasn't all that big. The big objective lens is a recent fad.

Take a look at what Sgt. Carlos Hathcock used and you will probably find that he used high quality glass that didn't have the diameter of a pie plate on top of his rifle. Then get out and shoot with what you have. You just might surprise yourself and if nothing else, when you beat your buddies with their pie plate sized lenses, you can smirk at them all day long as you take their money.


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