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Old 08-12-2010, 05:58 PM   #11
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You can see the hair on the nuts of a nat at 500 yards.

Here are the sightron offerings at SWFA. There are a few of us here that have ordered from them. SWFA Riflescopes Sightron Riflescopes Sightron SIII Riflescopes

to start the 3.5-10x will work great. Then if you want you can sell it or trade it in to swfa and get a 6-24x or 10-50x later on.

Here is The Sample List from SWFA these are used factory refurb scopes. Just as good as new just less cost... SWFA Riflescopes

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Old 08-12-2010, 09:18 PM   #12
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For about $700.00, I'd look at the Shepherd P2 for a .308.



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The Sightron is a good choice in that price range although I don't like or want a 10-50x scope. They have a 6-24x50-SIII-30mm that would be a better choice than a 50x (I also don't like their heavy mildot reticle). Be careful about getting too much magnifcation, as previously stated I use a 3-15x and it is enough for 900m.

Another contender in the $1k range is IOR Valdada. Although not always considered dependable, they have improved the quality recently and I was very close to owning an IOR 3-18x42 . The image quality is very, very good and with a 20MOA base the IOR 4-14x50-Tactical-30mm should have enough adjustment for 1000 yds. I really liked the MP-8 Dot reticle.

I also linked SWFA but before you order I would strongly suggest you call Scott at Liberty Optics and ask for his best prices, he carries IOR and Sightron.

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The Sightron is a good choice in that price range although I don't like or want a 10-50x scope. They have a 6-24x50-SIII-30mm that would be my choice (I also don't like their heavy mildot reticle).

Another contender in the $1k range is IOR Valdada. Although not always considered dependable, they have improved the quality recently and I was very close to owning an IOR 3-18x42 . The image quality is very, very good and with a 20MOA base the 4-14x50-Tactical-30mm should have enough adjustment for 1000 yds. I really liked the MP-8 Dot reticle.

I also linked SWFA but before you order I would strongly suggest you call Scott at Liberty Optics and ask for his best prices, he carries IOR and Sightron.
Be careful going w/ a high powered scope for a 1st. I used a 6-24x40mmAO for years on my .308 target rifle. It was not practicle for hunting at all. I ended up putting a Sightron SII 3-12x42mmAO on her and am very happy. I have easy target accuzition at 100 yards and can still make a 400 yard shot easily. My CZ527 Varminter sports a Sightron SII 6.5-20x42mmAO, and lets me count the whiskers a coyote has at 250 yards. You can spend $400.00 and get some great glass if you look around.
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Be careful going w/ a high powered scope for a 1st.
I agree but the OP stated this is intended for target with some hunting so he will have some compromises. I intended to suggest the 6-24x as a better choice than 10-50x not that it was the best choice. I edited my post to be a bit more clear
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I have a Remington VLS in .308 with a Nikon Monarch 6-24x50 scope on it. I believe it was around $650. the scope is well made with very clear glass and seems to gather light well. Maybe the 6 power low end would be too much for you, but for targets and Varmits it fits my bill. I bought the bdc reticle and if I had it to do over I might choose something else. The reticle is a bit thick for me. However the bdc does allow you to estimate holdover for longer ranges. Hope this is some help.

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Being the age that I am,my eyes aren't what they used to be.I have to have more magnification on my scopes just to see things at longer ranges.
I used to think that anything over 14-16x magnification was too much,but nowadays I'll take as much as I can get.

I have 2 Sightron SIII 6-24x50 scopes.They are probably the best scopes for the money on the market right now for shooting long range.I have a Swarovski scope on another rifle,and the Sightrons are just as good for 1/3 of the price.
IOR Valdada is also a great scope,and they offer some great reticles,also Zeiss has great optics in that price range but they lack in elevation/windage adjustment for really long ranges.
Leupold VXIII & Mark VI scopes are also great scopes,they are just priced about $400-500 more than they're worth,for what you get.

This is about the cheapest you find the Sightron's,I bought my last one from them-
Sightron SIII 6-24 X 50 Black Matte, Mil Dot, SIII624x50LRMD, Rifle Scope: Arcadian Sales

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I have the Premier Reticles 5-25X56mm scope for 1000 yard target and so far I find that the most magnification I use is around 17 to 18 power. Cranked up to 20 plus magnfiication theres alot of times too much "mirage" to deal with. My eyes arn't what they used to be, but luckly, they're not that bad for near 55 Y.O.

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For starting out I'd check out the Vortex Viper 6.5-20x44. The problem with some of the Nikons is that they have very little travel in the turrets, which is a problem shooting out to long distances. I have one of the Vipers on a 700 .308 and really like it. It has a mildot reticle. It tracks very accurately. The great warranty and customer service are a big plus. Optics Planet had them on sale for $399 with free shipping. They are also very clear edge to edge.

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