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Old 06-04-2014, 10:59 PM   #1
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Im currently running a Nikon 4-12 bdc on my .308 . It get the job done out to 350 yards but im looking to stretch out to 500-600 and 12x isnt enough for shooting @ 1" dots on 12" targets at that distance for me and i really dont like the BDC for long distance . Im not looking to break the bank . I would like to stay under $600 since the wife is not working . Side focus is a must . Im looking to be in that 6-24 + range
I have several I have on a list that falls in that range including Nikon Monarch 6-24, Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24 , Lucid L5 6-24 and the Millet LRS 6-26 . Dont get me wrong I would love to have a Night force or US optic but it aint happening right now .
Anyone have any info to help on my choices of these specific optics ? I reaaly like the Nikon but at only 30 MOA of adjustment thats 15 up and 15 down , its not much . The Vortex has 65 MOA, Lucid 50 MOA and Millet at 140 MOA of adjustment . Im not interested in Sight mark or other like brands
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Old 06-05-2014, 12:44 AM   #2
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The 308 is not a varmint gun, yet you are toying with putting a varmint scope onto it.

Big mistake.

2.5-8 or 3-9 x50 mm is perfect for the 308 in any configuration all the way up to 300 RUM.
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I see what your saying , if I was shooting at just B27 torso targets I would leave it as is . Heres a peek through my current setup at 327 yards . As you can see its kind of hard to see what im actually looking for . Yes all 10 shots are on the paper but im trying to tighten up my groups a bit









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Purehavoc,I'd suggest the Sightron SIII series scopes,but they are over $600. I have 4 of the 6-24x50 SIII's,and also a 4-16x42 SII.
Do you have a 20 moa rail or scope rings on your set-up? That will give you enough range with your scope to reach out there. You may also want to increase the size of your bullseye a little when shooting longer ranges. Trying to see a 1" dot past 300-400 yards isn't easy,I paint a 2.5-3" bullseye on my 12" steel gong when shooting from 400-700 yards,and even bigger when shooting past that with my bigger gong.
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Swfa has a great deal going on vortex HS with a plain duplex reticle. I believe a they have a 6-24x44 for less than $400. I have the 4-16x44 on my long range AR and love it. If I had the extra money laying around, I'd buy the 6-24 too.


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Purehavoc,I'd suggest the Sightron SIII series scopes,but they are over $600. I have 4 of the 6-24x50 SIII's,and also a 4-16x42 SII.
Do you have a 20 moa rail or scope rings on your set-up? That will give you enough range with your scope to reach out there. You may also want to increase the size of your bullseye a little when shooting longer ranges. Trying to see a 1" dot past 300-400 yards isn't easy,I paint a 2.5-3" bullseye on my 12" steel gong when shooting from 400-700 yards,and even bigger when shooting past that with my bigger gong.
I looked at the sightrons and they would have been noted if they were in my price range but they are a little out of my budget right now . With a few of the scopes listed I dont believe I will need a 20 MOA rail for 500 -600 yards . Regardless if I do need it , no big deal . None of the listed scopes will fit in my current 1" rings anyway . I really like the L5 reticle but im not opposed to mil dot or MOA either , I just dont want another BDC for what Im using it for. Yes I will need to increase the bullseye size a bit for 500+ atleast visible anyway
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I am no sniper nor a scope expert, but I have read a bunch and can think. At a certain point scope performance and optics are totally dictated by physics. What you want to achieve and want to pay may not be equal. Science and economics don't always match up. If you are really looking for max performance save up and get what you want.


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The 308 is not a varmint gun, yet you are toying with putting a varmint scope onto it.

Big mistake.

2.5-8 or 3-9 x50 mm is perfect for the 308 in any configuration all the way up to 300 RUM.
just because the scope is higher powered doesn't automatically make it a varmint scope. as a matter of fact lots of people use very high powered scopes on many different calibers, even 308, that aren't considered varmint calibers for long range target shooting.

why do you have the bullet drops out to a 1000 yards on your rifle Shoobee?

do you ever shoot that far?

what is the longest distance you have ever taken game with that rifle?

i imagine the OP is looking for a scope for target shooting and not hunting given the distances he mentioned.
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Axxe , you hit it right on the head , Im not capable of much more than 600 yards and I know that . I just dont practice with it enough be be efficient with it any further than that . Its not a precision gun but Its very accurate . I just feel that I can do a little better with a little more scope being able to see what Im aiming at . The BDC works well until you have to figure in windage and then your screwed . The BDC is great for hunting and general shorter range use , just not what Im looking for at this distance .

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Havoc, i have had the Nikon Prostaff scopes with the BDC reticle and i would tend to go with the NikoPlex for target shooting instead. IMO, the BDC reticle was aimed, (pun intended!) at hunters mor than target shooters.

the Nikons i would suggest would be the Monach series. these seem to be in your price range and is the one i have my eye on for one of my rifles. they come in several different sizes that you can choose from.

some say the bad thing about Nikon scopes is that they are not as clear or don't pick up as much light at dusk or dawn, and they may be true and would apply more to hunting than target shooting.

my suggestion would be something in the 4-16 or 6-18 power for your suggested distance of shooting.
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