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Old 04-14-2016, 08:18 AM   #1
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I am currently looking to downsize to one rifle, a Ruger SR762, and am looking for the most versatile scope to mount. I don't expect to ever shoot over 500 yards, with most of my shooting (range and occasional hunting) being under 300 yards. A lot of the ranges I go to only go out to 100 yards.

I feel like a 3-9 or 2.5-10 would be adequate, but I'm also considering a 2-7. Any advice is welcome (including specific scope recommendations) though my main concern is how close is 3 power good for? Is it worth the top end sacrifice to go to the 2-7?

Thanks for your help, Mike
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Get the standard Leupold 3-9x40, and be done with it.
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I use a Weaver 2-10x38mm on a 7mmRem mag. It works really well at close distance out to 500 yards . It is a hunter though, not a range gun. It has been on that rifle for about 10 years with no issues.
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Why not a scope of the several in this class to recently hit the market of full 5x or 6x zoom? 2x-12x or even 3x-15x would be exceptionally versatile! That's what I'm planning to put on my go to, all in 1 rifle (Browning A-bolt chambered in 30-06) when I semi retire all the rest of my centerfire rifles except for the ARs, M1A, and of course my 1874 Sharps replica. With a 3x-15x scope, turned all the way down will offer a field of view more than big enough for extremely fast deer jumping out from under your feet moving target range, then turned up to 15x it would allow you more precision and even have enough power to see your bullet holes at 100 yards! Nikon Monarch 5, Bushnell 6500, Weaver Superslam, and others in this class.
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Why not a scope of the several in this class to recently hit the market of full 5x or 6x zoom? 2x-12x or even 3x-15x would be exceptionally versatile! That's what I'm planning to put on my go to, all in 1 rifle (Browning A-bolt chambered in 30-06) when I semi retire all the rest of my centerfire rifles except for the ARs, M1A, and of course my 1874 Sharps replica. With a 3x-15x scope, turned all the way down will offer a field of view more than big enough for extremely fast deer jumping out from under your feet moving target range, then turned up to 15x it would allow you more precision and even have enough power to see your bullet holes at 100 yards! Nikon Monarch 5, Bushnell 6500, Weaver Superslam, and others in this class.
I put a Sightron SII big sky 3-12x42mmAO on my Howa HB .308 for just that reason, versatility.
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I have my eye on a sightron s-tac 2.5-17. It's a little on the heavy side but offers a lot of versatility.
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1.5-6X42 is the most versatile scope made. 1.5 is good to 100-150 yards. 6X is plenty for 500.

http://www.opticsplanet.com/burris-mtac-1-5-6x-40mm-riflescope-w-ballistic-plex-cq-7-62-reticle.html

This is not the equivalent of a Swarovski, bit it's a good low price scope in the perfect power range.

http://www.adorama.com/ZSVD156X428R.html

The ultimate 1.5-6X42
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Well, certainly a variety of preferences. The Leupold 3-9x40 is my fallback if I don't find a good reason to get something else. Constantly hearing about how you can get a better scope for the same money is part of what has me looking around.

I really appreciate the range of responses, and they pretty much reflect what I've read in other places regarding power. The main question that I still have is how close a 3x would still be usable? A 2x ?

Also, on the 5-6x zooms, I remember reading that the mechanisms can have problems the higher you go, especially in the lower priced scopes. Comments?

locutus kind of backed up another tip I've read in a few places- " you should add 1 power for each 100 yards". Of course this would mean that most of the people running 3-9s or higher are seriously overscoped as I doubt many of them are shooting out to 900 yards or better!

A 1.5-6 or 2-7 would pretty much eliminate my close-up concerns. but I wonder if my old eyes wouldn't be happier with more power.
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http://www.opticsplanet.com/nightforce-2-5-10x42mm-nxs-compact-riflescope.html

Here's another great scope in the medium price range..
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Well, certainly a variety of preferences. The Leupold 3-9x40 is my fallback if I don't find a good reason to get something else. Constantly hearing about how you can get a better scope for the same money is part of what has me looking around.

I really appreciate the range of responses, and they pretty much reflect what I've read in other places regarding power. The main question that I still have is how close a 3x would still be usable? A 2x ?

Also, on the 5-6x zooms, I remember reading that the mechanisms can have problems the higher you go, especially in the lower priced scopes. Comments?

locutus kind of backed up another tip I've read in a few places- " you should add 1 power for each 100 yards". Of course this would mean that most of the people running 3-9s or higher are seriously overscoped as I doubt many of them are shooting out to 900 yards or better!

A 1.5-6 or 2-7 would pretty much eliminate my close-up concerns. but I wonder if my old eyes wouldn't be happier with more power.

Don't confuse power with clarity. A nice clear lower powered scope will do better then a higher power that is not clear edge to edge. Sightron scopes are very clear, the also have repeatable adjustments, very solid.
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