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FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« on: November 18, 2020, 03:05:54 PM »
Hi. Relative newbie here with a question I suspect might have been covered... but I cannot find any threads. I recently purchased a Henry Long Ranger and am now looking for a scope. I will likely be using this for deer and maybe elk (WA state) and hog (Texas) hunting, with shots probably within a 100-300 yard range max. I doubt I'll be shooting beyond that range anytime in the near future.
So question: Are FFP scopes worth the extra $$ and weight, or will SFP scopes--maybe with a good BDC reticle--do just as good a job for less money for my scenario?  Wondering if anyone reading this has used both and what your reaction would be?

And... I know this opens a can of worms, but happy to get recommendations. I've been looking at Leupold and Vortex scopes.
Thanks in advance.
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Re: FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2020, 03:15:11 PM »
For your scenario SFP is perfect.

Leupold, Vortex are both good options. Price range is important though because you don't want to cheap out on a scope either.

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Re: FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2020, 03:16:54 PM »
I partial to Leupold. SFP is pretty standard for most hunting scopes and of you aren't shooting past 300 would be more than adequate.

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Re: FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2020, 03:21:15 PM »
FFP is nice at long distance because your moa marks are the same scale all the way through the magnification range. SFP they are only exact at full magnification.

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FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2020, 03:50:02 PM »
VX5HD, zero at 200 and call it good.  Unless you have extra money to spend, something in the 500-800 range is going to be great.

If your budget is lower, a Diamondback will do just fine as well.

I canít see any substantial benefit of more money in a ffp for 300 yards.


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Re: FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2020, 10:01:15 AM »
SFP all day.
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Re: FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2020, 06:41:21 AM »
SPF.

I would get a 3x9 and know your hold marks at max zoom.

With a 200 yard zero you won't be in a situation where you have to dope at 6x or whatever.

Most of the time you just aim and fire with any magnification. If it is a long shot then go max.
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Re: FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2020, 09:48:22 AM »
VX5HD, zero at 200 and call it good.  Unless you have extra money to spend, something in the 500-800 range is going to be great.

If your budget is lower, a Diamondback will do just fine as well.

I canít see any substantial benefit of more money in a ffp for 300 yards.


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I agree 100%. The Leupold VX-5 is a great scope and is what I hunt with personally. Zero at 100 or 200 yards and get a CDS for the exact load you hunt with. I've actually shot out to 550 yards with mine with excellent results. Learn more below.
https://thebiggamehuntingblog.com/leupold-vx-5hd/
If you want something a little cheaper, the Leupold VX-3i is another good option and Leupold also makes a version of that scope with a CDS. That's what I hunted with before I got the VX-5 and it's also an excellent scope.
Both are second focal plane scopes.

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Re: FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2020, 10:23:27 AM »
Hi. Relative newbie here with a question I suspect might have been covered... but I cannot find any threads. I recently purchased a Henry Long Ranger and am now looking for a scope. I will likely be using this for deer and maybe elk (WA state) and hog (Texas) hunting, with shots probably within a 100-300 yard range max. I doubt I'll be shooting beyond that range anytime in the near future.
So question: Are FFP scopes worth the extra $$ and weight, or will SFP scopes--maybe with a good BDC reticle--do just as good a job for less money for my scenario?  Wondering if anyone reading this has used both and what your reaction would be?

And... I know this opens a can of worms, but happy to get recommendations. I've been looking at Leupold and Vortex scopes.
Thanks in advance.
TMAN

if you are shooting just to 300yds, zero at 200 and you will be within inches at 100/300. scope adjustments would be moot and full crosshairs are all you need for all magnifications pretty much ( SFP)
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Re: FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2020, 11:06:10 AM »
If it were me, and I only wanted a 300 yard rifle.
(knowing the .308 or the 6.5 CM are both capable of much longer shooting)
I would go SFP Leopold VX5 with CDS or a Steiner P4Xi 1-4x24 or P5Xi 1-5x24.
I am not a Vortex Fan. I have seen more problems with Vortex variable scopes then almost all brands combined.
For that reason, I have not owned one.
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Re: FFP or SFP scope for hunting ~300 yards at most?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2021, 09:50:42 PM »
Leupold FXII 6x36 or Leupold FX3 6x42 is what I would use. Zero at 200 and hold on hair out to 300 and youíre good.  For variables, VX-3i 2.5-8x36 or 3.5-10x40.  Hold the cds fluff.  Zero at 200 and hold on hair to 300.  Cheap alternative: Burris Fullfield II
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