Need some help/suggestions choosing a scope

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  1. nchunt101

    nchunt101 Member Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I am planning on getting a Bergara HMR in the next few months and have been doing some casual scope shopping in the sub $1000 range. I would like to take a LR class/shoot some matches with the rifle but will use it mostly for hunting bean and corn fields where shots can range from 10-600+ yds . Based on what little reasearch I have done I am looking at FFP variable scopes with either Mil/Mil or MOA/MOA adjustments that works well in low light conditions . That said all the different reticle choices are confusing the hell out of me. Most of them seem like they would either get lost in low light or look overly complicated. Any input would be appreciated.
     
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    BlackGun Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    600 yards? At least 24x. Everybody has different opinions. Look at Vortex Viper HS LR 6-24x.

    Has zero stop to return to zero.
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    Tactical elevation turret
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    Optics Planet $889.99
     
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    Howland Your daily dose of snark

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    I crossed that same bridge recently and ended up with a Sig Tango 4 6-24x50. It has MOA turrets and reticle, plus it has an illuminated reticle.

    When the light gets low in the field and the scope is at the lowest magnification, the reticle stadia is very fine indeed. That's when the illuminated reticle will come in handy. Reaching out to 600 yards is where the 24x comes in handy.

    Whether you go with inches, MOA or Mil doesn't matter, it's simply personal preference. Just make sure the turrets and reticle match each other. If you're planning on long range shooting, you might want to also consider a 20 or even 30 MOA mount.

    My scope has 54 MOA of vertical travel. My brother selected a Vortex Viper for a couple of his and I think those have 72 MOA travel.
     
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    nchunt101 Member Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the replies. Would 15x to 18x magnification work. I like to have 2-3 maginfication for hunting.

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    I got no clue or experience, but here is what I would do. I'd see if I could use the Google to find results and equipment for shooting competitons, and see what scopes they used. Then you'll have to eliminate the $3k German scopes, but at some point you might find a scope in your price range that other people have used to win or compete well in distance shooting.

    And if that doesn't work, start a thread on CFF! :D
     
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    2-3 magnifaction on the low side with a high enough for 600 yards would be difficult. What you need is a scope for close hunting and a scope for long range hunting/sport. Hunt over bean field, put on one scope, hunt in wooods put on the low power. Better yet, long range rifle with High magnification, cheap bang me around gun with 1-4 scope for woods.
     
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    nchunt101 Member Charter Member Supporting Member

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    I can live without the 2-3 lowend power. The only reason I want it is if a deer happens to pop out 20 yds away at dusk.
     
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    Climberman Unstealthiest Ninja

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    Have you considered a SWFA 3-15? I have one on a cz tacticool that I used when I took a shooting class with @JBoyette . It is no nightforce, but the turret clicks are solid and I like the reticle. It can be had in mil/mil or moa/moa I believe.

    https://swfa.com/swfa-ss-3-15x42-tactical-rifle-scope-3.html

    https://swfa.com/swfa-ss-3-15x42-tactical-rifle-scope-11.html

    These will probably be on sale when SWFA does their annual tax day sale in April. If you are near Raleigh, you could shoot mine at the wake county range some time. The Vortex PST's are 3-15 with an illuminated reticle and will be right at $1000. I have heard good things about the burris xtr II's also.
     
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    Check out Athlon line of optics. I have been really impressed with my Argos from @hlpressley
     
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    nchunt101 Member Charter Member Supporting Member

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    SWFA/Burris/Vortex are all brands I have been looking at. I am also half assed looking for a used Mk4. I appreciate the offer to come shoot your rifle. I am slammed for the next month or so but if you have any interest in killing a turkey let me know. I am about an hour north of Raleigh but have family land in Franklinton if you want to hunt then shoot.
     
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    Athlon scopes are extremely difficult to match for the price point. Please feel free to PM me for a quote if you’re interested.
     
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    Im running a viper PST 4-16x50 on my Mossberg MVP LC in 6.5 Creedmoor and shooting out to 800 takes a little bit more math for a good shot at that range. And from time to time i wish that i did have more magnification
     
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    Djstorm100 Always have a plan Vendor

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    PST Gen II OR SWFA pony up for the first focal plane if you want to do any competition or ranging with your retical
     
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    nchunt101 Member Charter Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the input. I have narrowed my decison down to a few options that fall within my budget.
     
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    Paradigm .45 New Member Supporting Member

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    I just recently got an HMR and put a Burris XT-R II on it. Got the 3-15X Mil-dot reticle less than $1000. It's def a sweet set up and like you want to take some LR shooting classes and do some occasional hunting.
     
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