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School me on scopes
« on: October 17, 2017, 01:20:49 PM »
Do t know to much about scopes. What would be a good sized scope to use in western wa for blacktail and bears?

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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2017, 01:25:33 PM »
The traditional 3-9x40 is hard to beat.

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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2017, 01:42:28 PM »
The traditional 3-9x40 is hard to beat.

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From a reputable company with a good warranty, like Leupold.
I have 3x9 VXIIIs on all my hunting rifles, they are capable of killing anything in Washington.

There are tons of good fixed scopes as well, but for a "general hunting rifle" I agree with Bobcat.
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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2017, 01:48:38 PM »
I like the Leupold with the "Long Range duplex" reticle. It has holdover points so you don't have to guess when shooting at longer distances. It will get you to 400 or 500 yards.

Like this one, on sale for $225:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1362167417/leupold-vx-1-rifle-scope-3-9x-40mm

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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2017, 02:01:02 PM »
Just make sure it is a quality instrument. 

I use a VX-3 in 3.5-10 only because I could not get it the way I wanted it in 2.5-8 power. 

3-9 works as well as anything and better than quite a few others. 

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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2017, 02:19:19 PM »
Right on thanks guys I'll check out the 3-9*40.

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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2017, 10:39:09 AM »
Heard lots of good things about Leupold.

What do you guys think about Nikon scopes and their BDC and SpotOn features?

Seems to be very easy intuitive way to  estimate hold over. Way easier than make calculations and clicks on scope.

Thank you. 

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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2017, 11:08:48 AM »
I have a vx-1 3x9x40.50 bucks in Tacoma.

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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2017, 11:32:31 AM »
Heard lots of good things about Leupold.

What do you guys think about Nikon scopes and their BDC and SpotOn features?

Seems to be very easy intuitive way to  estimate hold over. Way easier than make calculations and clicks on scope.

Thank you.
I like Nikon optics. To start, with most modern calibers you don't need to be concerned with holdover on big game until you get past around 300 yards. If you don't plan to shoot further than three football fields you don't need anything special. The reticles like BCC depend on you shooting ammunition that matches their reticle spacing, and shooting in environmental conditions that match. You can probably get another couple hundred yards using BDC like reticles. Whatever system you decide on, you will want to shoot paper at the longer distances with your hunting ammunition to confirm the math is correct.
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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2017, 11:37:35 AM »
I've been buying Leupold since early in 1967.  Never had a bad one.  Have had some other brands fail.... usually bargain brands.

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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2017, 11:40:43 AM »
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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2017, 09:51:05 AM »
I really like the milrad or moa reticles.  Although I haven't done it yet, I plan to (try) to shoot some steel at long distances.  I'm seriously looking at the SWFA SS straight 10x.  Looks like a lot of scope for $300.

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Re: School me on scopes
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2017, 11:14:51 AM »
It really depends on your hunting style.  Glassing clear cuts and mountain sides and expecting longer shots a GOOD 3x9 with exceptional glass can work, adding more X's on the top end wouldn't hurt, 3-14 or 4-16.  If you like to sneak through the forest still hunting, tracking or calling, a scope with more FOV will be advantages 1-4, 1.5-6, 2-7 will give you a 40-100 foot FOV for fast acquisition and enough X's to reach out a few hundred yards if needed.

I coyote hunt mostly calling them and most of my coyote guns wear 1-4 and 1.5-6 scopes

After the first shot the rest are just noise.

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