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6.5 Creedmoor optic

Discussion in 'Optics Talk' started by NCPackHunter, Jan 13, 2020.

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    NCPackHunter New Member

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    I just got a 6.5 creedmoor. I plan to use it for hunting and maybe getting into a little long range shooting fun. Im looking at the Vortex Diamondback Tactical ffp 4-16x44mm to put on top. Is this a good choice or should i be looking at something else?
     
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    What’s your budget? What’s your hunting distances?

    I just went through this turmoil myself, without the hunting aspect.

    I landed on the Athlon Ares BTR. But the Vortex PST Gen II was a huge contender. If I had left it up to Internet reviews and popularity I would have picked the Vortex.
     
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    Around $500. Right now i wouldnt feel comfortable shooting at an animal at moore than 400yds.
     
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    I chose the Athlon Cronus BTR after first using a Vortex Razor HD 5-25x50.

    In my opinion, Vortex is very good but I love my Athlon scope. I trust it more than anything else and I find it to be incredibly intuitive to use for long range shooting and transitioning from target to target.
     
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    I hadn't been searching the $500 line of scopes, so I can't help there.

    Your options really open up if you don't need a ranging reticle. For example, If I were a hunter and could live with a simple crosshair, I'd probably get a used Leupold. I have had ones that are decades old, and they are fantastic.


    We are in a period of "too many choices". Analysis paralysis. With so many reviews and online resources, we can search something to death.


    I'll tell you how I decided on my choice..... since there are thousands of reviewers whose credentials I don't know, I instead picked a reviewer whose credentials I respect. One person. He's a trainer with years of experience, and has seen hundreds of people come through his classes. I just gave my budget, and let him pick.




    Is my upcoming Athlon the best possible scope for $850? I'll never know for sure. What I do know is that I'm no expert, and other people are. When you find one expert, just go with what they recommend. It will meet your needs.






    I learned this method years ago, when searching for a digital camera. I had a friend who obsessed on the subject. He was all into it. Had bought all manner of gear over the years. When it came time for me to buy, I just said "what do you use?" and bought that.



    He's another benefit of using this style to help make decisions.... the internet/YouTube/sponsored-articles.... they are all full of "what's new" or "what can I make a commission on?" If your find your personal expert... he or she might be using something that is several years old. Proven quality, "good enough for him, must be good enough for me" features, and now it's lower in price.


    That's what happened with the camera I bought. New, it was a $1,400 rig. I bought mine used from someone who needed "the latest". I paid $110.
     
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    The Diamondback Tactical line is a good choice in your price range. What are your usual target distances?
     
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    That's a good option. However, I would consider a little higher magnification if you don't have a great spotting scope to start, for long distance target shooting.

    The 6.5Creedmoor has outstanding ballistics with respect to wind drift. Trust me when I say that you'll be extending your comfort distance at least 200-300 yards with this rifle. With practice, you'll be very comfortable with making clean shots at 500+ yards 100% of the time. I can guarantee a clean shot (within 6") out to 600 with my .308, and I expect to cut that down to 4" with a 6.5 that I'll be buying this year.

    My target range of magnification for the hunting/target rifle is 5.5-22x56, as you'll want low power for hunting up close.
     
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    gr8fuldoug New Member Sponsor

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    For hunting there are amazing options from Meopta, Hawke & Athlon. It would be my pleasure to discuss options with you
     
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    About 200 yards to max 500 yards
     
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    Ive never heard of meopta or hawke
     
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    Yup the Diamondback Tactical will do that pretty easy.
     
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    I saw on in person for the first time at the Greensboro gun show this weekend and it seemed very nice. I know a couple guys who love vortexs.
     
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    Yup in that price range they are a good option. Good features and an excellent reticle in the EBR-2C. I have that reticle in a few scopes and it's great for holds and calling quick corrections.
     
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    As of now its at the top of my list. I was pretty impressed with it while i had it in hand.
     
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