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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-24-2015, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Scope advice

I won a 25-06 at a gun raffle and I mainly want to use it for varmint, but I would like to put a decent scope on it. I plan on reloading and shooting at 400-500yds or so, so I would like some advice on a reasonably priced scope, that would be good at that range
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-24-2015, 07:22 PM
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Re: Scope advice

[s][/s]Well that all depends on what you mean by reasonable. If your going to just big game hunt a good ole' Leupold 3 X 9 will work fine, just saw one in Outdoor NEWS for $169.00, can't beat that. Great Nikon's, Leupolds and other variables of different powers are priced under $500.00... Now if you want to get serious and want to do some long range target, varmint hunting and have $1400.00 to spend the Night force 10 X 42 is the way to go.....as usual, money rules the roost !!
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Re: Scope advice

Thanks for the advice, I still have a while to look and decide. And also decide if the gun is worth a nicer scope
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-25-2015, 03:43 PM
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Hey there Mr. Beale . How's that elk scouting going ?

About your scope selection , if your going to push beyond 400 yds. , I've found that a good quality scope ( with HASH marks on your cross hairs ) would serve best . I'm in that ( beyond 400 yd dilemma ) right now with a 6.5 x 20 Luepold that only has the fine cross hairs . I've found the Vortex line of scopes interesting for my next purchase . They seem to have everything we're looking for at a decent price point .

Best of luck to you and please tell mom & dad I said hello .
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Re: Scope advice

My last scope nearly ten years prior, had cost in the low $200 range.
I worried if my eyesight had failed any and I tried a similar scope at the big box store. Surprised a similar scope would have filled my need.
I was in the fishing dept. and I noted how much scopes had gone up in price.
"Oh, that's just the newbies getting a scope ready for eight hundred yards."

I'm still waiting to get a 800 yard shot.
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Re: Scope advice

Shooting at small targets at 400-500 yards demands something like a Leupold 6.5-20 which can be bought used in the $500 range (just paid that for one). Ain't no free lunch in the optics world.

Watch the auction sites. Leupold has the best warranty in the business-hands down...and they're made in the USA...
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I'm not sure how people shoot varmits ( groundhogs ? ) beyond 400yds with anything less than a 16 X - 18 X power . 10 x 42 ? . Their eyes must be much better than mine .

On a side note , I'm still using an old Bushnell 500 rangefinder . Which is tough to range g-hogs beyond 300 yds . I was told by a long range shooter that the Nikon Monarch Gold 1200 yard rangefinder was one of the best at picking out small targets in featureless fields . Yes , there are more expensive & better finders out there at twice the price , but for varmits the Nikon works very well .
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I will be keeping an eye on the auction sites for this purchase I am thinking.. Probably too much money to drop right now for something im not even gonna worry about til next spring. But thanks for all the input.
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i would shoot that gun now with what ever optics you have and see if it hits consistently at a nominal range. Then, if you keep it, get what you want.

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Re: Scope advice

Leupold is good, but the sun doesn't rise and set on them. I've heard more and more grumbling about QC on Leupolds from folks whose opinions and experiences I trust. I'm not swearing them off, but I do look past them.

A great option for this rifle, imho, is a Meopta.

I own scopes made by Swarovski, Zeiss, Minox, Leupold, and Nikon, as well as Meopta. I own binos from Zeiss and Meopta. My Meopta optics are hands down my favorite.

With some careful shopping, you can get a Meopta MeoPro (rebranded at Cabelas as their "Euro" scope) for great prices and they'll be superb performers on a 25-06.

Just another direction to look when making your decision.

And not all Leupold's stuff is made in the US, btw. Some is, some isn't.
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