A scope on my .308

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by RustyShackleford101, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    I just got a winchester model 70 chambered in .308. They make all these darned bolt actions with no iron sights so I will have to install a new scope. I love the Nikon m-223 but as the name suggests, it is designed for .223 rifles. I was just wondering of it would be safe to use that optic on my rifle. I don't want a bleeding circle around my eye.
     
  2. treehugger49

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    I don't think there is a problem with "scope eye" here.

    For example, I pulled up the specs on the Nikon 2-8X32 Nikoplex scope and they advertise eye relief of 3.8 - 4 inches.

    By comparison, my Trijicon 3-9X40 AccuPoint (not designed necessarily for an AR-15) shows eye relief of 3.6".

    I have a Bushnell Elite 4200 2.5-10X40 on a 7mm Rem Mag that shows 3.3" eye relief (I presume that is for the 10X setting).

    So, I would be surprised if any of the other Nikon M-223 models were significantly different.
     

  3. W. C. Quantrill

    W. C. Quantrill New Member

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    On that one, you had better contact Nikon and make sure they will warranty the scope if used on .308 first. There are lots of other scopes in that $300 range that will do the same thing and will take the .308
     
  4. Gloves

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    Turns out that the .308 168 grain and the 5.56 62 grain don't have
    that much difference in bullet drop.

    HOWEVER, with Nikon I don't think you have to worry about it.
    You can probably mount that 223 scope on top of practically any caliber.
    You can calibrate it fairly easily by using Nikon's software.

    I've done this for 3 of my rifles with 3 different Nikon scopes.
    http://www.nikonhunting.com/spoton/turrets/

    I'm not considered an experienced shooter but I print out their cheat sheet and tape it to
    the buttstock.

    I've read the reviews on the M-223 scope and i'm not that impressed with the price. (i
    think too much hype). This is why I went with the Hi-LUX CMR for my AR-15 and a
    second one for my SCAR-17 (.308).

    For your rifle, (if it were me) I would use the Nikon 4.5-14x40 Buckmaster with BDC
    reticule. This is what I have on my POF-308 20" barrel.

    If you get the M-223 please tell us how you like it.

    Pic of Nikon P-22
    glovesandclover.com/22marlin/22marlin-turk.jpg

    My Cheat-sheet for the P-22 on my 22 Marlin
     
  5. bman940

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    Rusty, First off, great choice of a rifle and cal.. Now for choosing a scope. Lots of variables come into play at this point. Things to consider, how far will I be shooting? Wide open plain's or dark thick timber ? How far are you comfortable shooting? Do you want a full size scope or compact light weight one for long hikes? Price of course is a big issue as well.
    While a M-223 Scope would more then do the job, especially if you use Spot On to optimize your BDC reticle. As Gloves suggested, the Buckmaster 4.5-14x40 with BDC reticle is an excellent scope option. The BDC reticle with Spot On will let you dial your ammo,rifle and scope in to increase accuracy. I have one on a AR in .243 that is great for shooting 55 grain bullet's at critters or 90 gr. partition's at deer. I just go into Spot on and make the bullet changes.

    I hope this info. helps? Feel free to drop me a note if you have more question's. Glove, nice pic of your Marlin and P-22 !

    Here's a pic of the Tikka T3 .308 with a PROSTAFF 4-12 BDC that my Father In-Law used last year to harvest a nice Ks. buck.

    http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd363/bman940/Daveanddeer.jpg
     
  6. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    I went with a Simmons 3-9x40. I've shot it, it works great. I can't wait to bag that trophy!
     
  7. bman940

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    That is what it is all about Rusty. Find what works best for you and go with it. I hope you have a succesful hunting season.
     
  8. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

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    I do to. I'm not a hugely successful big game hunter, but I hunt mainly for the enjoyment( but it helps to get a nice buck every now and then :))
     
  9. treehugger49

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    ......or a tasty doe for the freezer!
     
  10. RustyShackleford101

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    "Remember kids, nobody can tell wether that's a buck or a doe just from a slab of meat."
     
  11. bman940

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    I go to Ks. every year to fill my freezer with grain fed whitetail. I'll take my wife or father in law and not much beats their expression after making a clean shot knowing we'll have it on the dinner table soon.

    My Father in law and his Ks. buck last year.
    http://i1216.photobucket.com/albums/dd363/bman940/davendeer.jpg
     
  12. Gloves

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    wow. nice one.
     
  13. bman940

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    After years of taking my father in law hunting and him never wanting to go to the range, last year I said enough. He literally would shoot a box,yes 20 shells and not hit a thing! The big difference last year was I let him use my range finder ( his vision does not let him estimate range well) and a good pair of bino's, which he always had but rarely used. Old school I guess. Anyway, He was literally driving tacks at the range and did the same in the field. I even let him shoot a few "black" guns att he range which he said he didn't like but his smile said otherwise! Anyway, now when he comes to visit we spend at least 3 hours at the range "having fun".....I know better.... The is no substitute for range time. Thanks guys, great site here !