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Old 12-25-2012, 03:19 AM   #1
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Hello all it's been too long since I have been able to get some time here. But I come seeking wisdom and advice. I have recently ventured into long range shooting and have purchased a very lightly used Savage model 10 FCP-K in 308 win. I have been researching optics but nothing beats wisdom from those already shooting. I have a chance to pick up a fixed bushnell tactile 10x40 but have also been looking at sight tron and vortex. My budget to get started is under the 800$ mark any recommendations. I will be shooting the 500-750 yr rdistances for now.

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Vortex Viper PST 6-24X50 FFP with EBR-1 MRAD reticle.

http://www.vortexoptics.com/product/vortex-viper-pst-6-24x50-ffp-riflescope-with-ebr-1-mrad-reticle/reticle

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I'm very limited on personal knowledge for long range shooting. I have qualified at range I'm a member for shooting on our long range (600yds max) I've good success with a 6.5-20x50 Weaver Super Slam on my Ruger 77 thats been rebarreled to 7x57 mauser while shooting 600 yds. However, my scope is not one I'd highly recommend for long range even though it has darn good optics and very reliable adjustments. Most of our serious long range shooters use Nightforce or Sightron Big Sky scopes with very high power magnification. The Viper recommended in the prior reply would probably be OK. As to the Scope you asked about, have never seen one at range I'm a member and think you'd need a higher power version of it. But, like I wrote, I'm hardly a long range scope expert.

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The Vortex Viper PST is a good scope,but the Sightron SIII series has better glass,tracking,clarity. The Vortex has a couple things that the Sightron's don't,but I'll take the better glass,tracking,and clarity over the un-needed extras you get with the Vortex.
I don't consider FFP that much a deal breaker with scopes. I shoot just as well with a SFP,and unless your using your scope for ranging at distance all the time,FFP isn't needed.IMO
I have 5 Sightrons,and they have served me very well for shooting Long range,as well as hunting. All of mine are 6-24x50 scopes,3 with a Mil-dot reticle and 2 with the MOA-2 reticle.

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Good scopes for long range shooting are Schmidt&Bender, US Optics, Premier Reticles, Khales, etc... Vortex is an intermediate level scope of extremely good quality for a scope that can be picked up for $950.00. NIGHT FORCE is a very good scope but is in the $1500.00to $1700.00 price range.The Vortex knobs have very good detents or clicks. They track very well also. There's more than a few entry level shooters in the 1000 Yard club I shoot with that have had them for around three years and they still run like they were new. The only downfall is you can,t rough house with them like you can the $3000.00 price range scopes.

Mill reticle with mill turret is much easier to deal with than MOA reticle with MOA turret.

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There are several Nikon Monarchs and Leupolds in that price range.

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I've got a couple Sightron scopes. Both are now found in the Big Sky line. 6.5-20x42mmAO on a .223 and a 3-12x42mmAO on a .308. Both are heavy barrels. I use to have a 6-24x40mmao on my .308, did for years. I don't think I gave up much switching to the Sightron 3-12. I actually gained in short yardage situations. The glass is far superior to what I had. I really don't care for mil-dot scopes. At distance they clutter the sight picture/window.

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There are several Nikon Monarchs and Leupolds in that price range.
In that price range of the Nikon and Leupold glass offerings, I feel the Vortex Viper PST is still a better choice for his application.
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I've got a couple Sightron scopes. Both are now found in the Big Sky line. 6.5-20x42mmAO on a .223 and a 3-12x42mmAO on a .308. Both are heavy barrels. I use to have a 6-24x40mmao on my .308, did for years. I don't think I gave up much switching to the Sightron 3-12. I actually gained in short yardage situations. The glass is far superior to what I had. I really don't care for mil-dot scopes. At distance they clutter the sight picture/window.
Mill-dot scopes are very good for hold over and hold off and the full mill dots and 1/2 mill hash marks of these scopes don't really "clutter" up anything. In this application they come in very handy and will give you a leg up over other shooters that use simple duplex reticles. I find my Gen 2 XR mill dot reticle extremely handy in wind especially at further distance. I leave my windage set at the 100 yard zero and use the mill dots to hold off for the wind. Much quicker than twisting the windage knob for near every shot where I shoot.
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