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#5425717 - 11/17/14 08:18 AM New Scope For .300 Win Mag
HillTxJsa Offline
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I have a Browning Abolt II Medallion In 300 Win Mag. I am wanting to put a Nikon or Leupold on it with a 50mm objective and something like a 3.5-10 or a 4.5-14 however i am torn on which route to go as far as make or model. I will be hunting whitetail in the brush and hill country so long shots ae common for me where i hunt. Does nikon scopes compare or is there no comparrison?

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#5425738 - 11/17/14 08:30 AM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
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Magnification power is a matter of personal preference. I like 4.5-14 over 3.5-10. I do, however, have a 3.5-10 Leup VX-III that I like a lot.

It would be helpful to know your budget, in terms of how to make model recommendations.

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#5425750 - 11/17/14 08:32 AM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
HillTxJsa Offline
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Id like to stay in the 700-900 range. Im thinking the 14x variable. Just dont know if there are certain models better than others.

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#5425778 - 11/17/14 08:45 AM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
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That's a healthy budget.

I don't know a lot about the different Nikon models.

On Leupold, VX-III will do anything you want it to do. Pick the features you want (reticle style, turret style) and you will be set for life. It would look great on a hunting rifle, as well.

There are a lot of other good options too. Zeiss will have something fantastic in your range. Vortex Viper PST would also be a fantastic option with any feature you can imagine.

If looks matter, I think the VX-III style scope will give you the classic hunting rifle look, which is what your Medallion is.

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#5425794 - 11/17/14 08:51 AM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
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For what its worth, my hunting rifle scopes are VX-III 3.5-10 (40mm) and Vortex Viper PST 4-16 (50mm). I like both of them. I like the magnification better on the Vortex. The VX-III has been rocking for nearly 20 years and still perfect.

So my experience is somewhat limited. Others will have additional info, of course


Edited by jdk1985 (11/17/14 08:51 AM)

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#5425846 - 11/17/14 09:04 AM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: jdk1985]
HillTxJsa Offline
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Does leupold make good enough rings and mount to take the abuse from the 300 i know my bushnell cant seem to hold zero. Also, how is the scope in lowlight? I couldnt take a buck of a lifetime this weekend because I couldnt get a picture. Sux

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#5425859 - 11/17/14 09:09 AM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
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Nikon glass always looked good to my eye...with that being said I really like Leupold stuff and have owned more Leupolds than anything else. I have 3 LRs 4.5x14 40mm with custom reticals, and they do well.

Well within your budget:

http://swfa.com/Nikon-4-16x50-Monarch-3-Riflescope-P61590.aspx

Good solid scope:

http://swfa.com/Leupold-35-10x40-VX-3-Riflescope-P50861.aspx

Solid scope at the edge of your budget:

http://swfa.com/Bushnell-25-16x50-Elite-6500-30mm-Rifle-Scope-P10928.aspx

Ed

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#5425895 - 11/17/14 09:20 AM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
HillTxJsa Offline
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Ed,

Id like something in a 50mm objective. I have been comparing the monarch 3 and vxIII i love the 2.5x16 in the bushnell though.

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#5425915 - 11/17/14 09:23 AM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
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Originally Posted By: HillTxJsa
Does leupold make good enough rings and mount to take the abuse from the 300 i know my bushnell cant seem to hold zero. Also, how is the scope in lowlight? I couldnt take a buck of a lifetime this weekend because I couldnt get a picture. Sux


Yes. Go with weaver style if you have the choice.

Both of the scopes I mentioned above are mounted on 300 WMs. The VX-III is mounted in Leupold rings / bases. The PST is in Nightforce Rings / Base. Neither of them have any problem whatsoever with 300WM recoil.

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#5425918 - 11/17/14 09:24 AM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
jdk1985 Offline
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As for low light, I can see much better through my scopes in low light than I can with the naked eye. I'm happy to recommend either option.

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#5426888 - 11/17/14 04:11 PM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
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Bushnell at the 4200 or 6500 level is very good glass. I have one of there tac series 3x21 and it is very good quality. I just shot in 2 friends rifles for his boys and he topped them both with Nikon Buckmasters 4x12 man they looked good to me...Nikon has some very crisp glass.

Ed

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#5427167 - 11/17/14 05:47 PM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
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With the 300 Win Mag the scope with the longest eye relief all other things being equal. I love my Minox ZA5 with it's 4 in eye relief.
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#5427635 - 11/17/14 08:18 PM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
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Bird Dog

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I had a minox scope fail on one of our ranch rifles, I put a vortex viper on it and it is great, but has a funny tint to the glass.

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#5434277 - 11/20/14 06:56 PM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: HillTxJsa]
bcranch Offline
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In the price range you are looking at you can also include scopes like Zeiss Conquest, Meopta, and even some of the 1" Swarovski scopes.
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#5441654 - 11/24/14 09:07 PM Re: New Scope For .300 Win Mag [Re: bcranch]
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Originally Posted By: bcranch
...Zeiss Conquest...

MC 6.5-20x50 on my 300 Win Mag.

Dig it.


Edited by Mickey Moose (11/24/14 09:08 PM)
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