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So I mounted a b.s. scope on my 700 in .300 win mag. It's a BSA 10x40 with mil dots, its all i had lying around and I'm waiting for my taxes and I am going to invest in something really nice. Wondering what high end scopes you guys have on your rifle. I really like the Leupold Mark 4's. I will have a nice budget to work with, but very inexperienced when it comes to selecting these types of scopes. My budget will be around $1500, but I will also need a high end mount and rings. Alot of you guys like those Burris rings, so I will most likely be leaning that way. Let me know if anyone has experience with the Mark 4's, Night Force, anything high end. Thank you.
 

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Simmons.
 

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I've got a Mark 4 on my SPS Tactical. I'm not sure I would buy another one though. I would probably get a Bushnell Elite or something like that. I have an Elite on my AR-15... and it's 90% as good as the Mark 4 - for half the price!
 

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Don't get me wrong... the Mark 4 has better glass... but it's not $500 better in my opinion. I have perfect eyesight... and I compared the two. The Mark 4 gives a little crisper image... but since I rarely shoot beyond 150 yards it doesn't make any difference.

For long range shooters... even Mark 4 wouldn't be "good enough". The would probably want an S&B or NightForce.
 

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Okay I am going to look at the Night Force online now, I got to start doing my research and as soon as I get my taxes back its going to be time to get the best!:D
 

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Okay I am going to look at the Night Force online now, I got to start doing my research and as soon as I get my taxes back its going to be time to get the best!:D
I have a Nightforce scope on my sps tactical and I am amazed. That is by far the best scope I have ever seen. All my future scopes will be Nightforce. I have a Leupold vx-ii on another rifle and it is a toy compared to the Nightforce. Of course I could own three Lupys for the price of one Nightforce. Quality, clarity and craftmanship are supuerb! Nightforce baes and rings are very solid also. Good luck on what ever scope you get. Buy quality and only buy once. At 62 I feel like a kid with anew toy at christmas.
 

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Nightforce scopes are definitely the cat's ass if you want to spend that kind of dough. The Leupold MK4 is a good scope as well but I think you're paying a little extra for the name. You can get a U.S Optics ST-10, 10x44mm for under $900. The average price for an NF is around $1600. The average price for a Lupy MK4 is around $1300 depending on the options. If you have the extra cash go for the NF.

The Bushnell Elite line is a good scope that was in my price range, but depending on the distance you'll be shooting, they have a low range of elevation/windage adjustments...especially for a 30mm tube. So if you are shooting out to 1000 yards/meters the Elite wouldn't be a good choice.

I had a budget so I went with the Sightron SIII for around $700. Mounted it on an EGW 20 moa picatinny base and some Burris XTR low rings. It's a great set up.
 

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Take a look at WOTAC if you're on a budget. Great customer service too.
 

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quaid said:
If you want the Bad news about scopes, try looking at the following

http://www.benchrest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67414


Look for thread #5 by Jackie Schmidt.
Makes scope selection a gruelling experience, doesn't it? So much expense, yet so much uncertainty, it seems to me. You spends your money and you takes your chances. Wish it wasn't like that.
Great info on that site and Jackie is a top notch Gunsmith and shooter. In my shooting I can't use a frozen scope because we are constantly changing elevation so I have to have target knobs and know that when I dial in 18 min of elevation I'm going to get it and when I return to my zero I want it to be right there. My rifles may change POI but I'm changing the zero all the time anyway and I'm not in it for the money.
 

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. My rifles may change POI but I'm changing the zero all the time anyway and I'm not in it for the money.

In an effort to be concise, I think I omitted a few points of my own. You did well to read all that on the other forum, jerrschmitt. What I was getting at is that a scope can change POI, During a shoot. That is very disappointing.
What kinda shootin do you do? I mostly target shoot. Tomorrow I'm trying out my 20 x 42 Lynx at 500 yards.
 

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Most of my shooting is on my back yard range or the local Gun Club range. Once a year we head out west to the Prairie Dog towns and spend a week Blasting prairie Rats. My buddy and I just found a 1000 yard range where we can shoot once the snow melts.

This is a photo from last year and the far hills are about 1200 yards away and there are prairie rats every foot of the way.


 

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I would love to go out west and shoot some of those prarie dogs. Every time I look up prices they are way to high for me. How do you set it up ? Do you know someone that lives out there ?
 

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I would love to go out west and shoot some of those prarie dogs. Every time I look up prices they are way to high for me. How do you set it up ? Do you know someone that lives out there ?
I think I've hijacked this thread (and others) enough so I'll write a new thread on my passion for Pdog shooting.
 
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