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longrangeaddict
05-27-2010, 9:19 PM
I heard these scopes are very decent:
http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-Scopes-C1719.aspx

any one has bought something in the 12-42 x 56 range that blew their mind ?

NapaCountyShooter
05-27-2010, 9:29 PM
I bought the standard 10X42 rear focus SS and am very happy with it. In general, a fixed power scope is going to be a better bang for the buck scope than a variable power scope of the same price.

shooting4life
05-27-2010, 9:53 PM
I would buy the fixed 10 power from swfa. Take a look over at snipershide, they usually have lots of used rifle scopes

Trapper
05-27-2010, 11:53 PM
I'd stay with 14x scope too much magnification will give less light transmission and more distortion. 12-42x56 is much more than necessary for anything I'd be shooting.

Black Majik
05-27-2010, 11:55 PM
I heard these scopes are very decent:
http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-Scopes-C1719.aspx

any one has bought something in the 12-42 x 56 range that blew their mind ?

The SWFA is perfect for 1 shot kills as per your requirements in previous posts. :D

FUBAR
05-28-2010, 12:00 AM
SWFA 10x42 rear focus. Thee best bang for your buck. For another $100, you can get it in side focus.

nick
05-28-2010, 12:01 AM
The SWFA is perfect for 1 shot kills as per your requirements in previous posts. :D

Would it work out to 2000 yds though?

FUBAR
05-28-2010, 12:10 AM
2000 yds? What caliber will u be shootin?

ar15barrels
05-28-2010, 12:42 AM
Nightforce NXS 3.5-15 are the best bang for the buck.

saelee23
05-28-2010, 1:50 AM
so i'm guessing thats the possible canidate for the 2000 yard one shot elephant kill scope huh? what cal? what rifle?

CoyoteHunter555
05-28-2010, 9:03 AM
I put a Hawke Sidewinder 30 6-24x56 on my 7mm Rem Mag. Clarity is awesome! Accurate, Holds a zero (coil erector spring), Great sniper turrets, phenomenal choice of reticles (I got the SR12= Extremely accurate Bullet Drop Compensation w/ their FREE BRC Program also on the site), Side focus wheel if you are into that, I leave the wheel off and love it. Let me know if you like it and have any Q's about it. All I do is long range

http://hawkeoptics.com/us/riflescopes/sidewinder/index.php

CoyoteHunter555
05-28-2010, 9:18 AM
Oh and yes, my mind has been blown

Plebius15
05-28-2010, 1:37 PM
I'm partial to Wotac's myself in the budget tactical scope market.

Sheepdog1968
05-28-2010, 1:53 PM
Redfield has reintroduced their scopes. They are made in the USA by Leupold (who now owns the Redfield name). The scopes are under $200 and carry a lifetime warranty. If I were looking for an inexpensive scope, this is what I would get. By the way, I had a former Army sniper as an instructor at Frontsight. We got to talking about scoes. He doesn't reccomend magnification over about 10X or 12X for distances you are discussing. Heat mirage and your heartbeat start to become an issue.

Also, he has seen a lot of nightforce scopes come through his class and most don't hold up from his observations. He reccomended Leupolds if you are going to spend big bucks based on his experience teaching long range shooting.

ar15barrels
05-31-2010, 1:14 AM
I had a former Army sniper as an instructor at Frontsight. We got to talking about scoes. He doesn't reccomend magnification over about 10X or 12X for distances you are discussing. Heat mirage and your heartbeat start to become an issue.

Also, he has seen a lot of nightforce scopes come through his class and most don't hold up from his observations. He reccomended Leupolds if you are going to spend big bucks based on his experience teaching long range shooting.

I'm pretty sure you have your brands mixed up because Nighforce are MUCH more reliable than leupold.
Nobody serious about longrange shooting uses a leupold anymore unless it's an old one from when they were still made well...

winxp_man
05-31-2010, 4:17 AM
I'm pretty sure you have your brands mixed up because Nighforce are MUCH more reliable than leupold.
Nobody serious about longrange shooting uses a leupold anymore unless it's an old one from when they were still made well...


+ 1 i dont know anyone that would give up a Nightforce for a Leuy it just aint gonna happen.

joesmo122
05-31-2010, 11:55 AM
I just bought a SWFA SS 10x42 rear focus and the windage turret came lose after 15 rounds. This being my first scope, I thought the thing was trashed until I got home and re-tightened the screws holding it on.

Scope is fine and my ignorance caused it to end my day shooting through the scope (instead of just fixing it right there). I'm still happy with my purchase, especially for $300, but I still would have expected it not to come loose so quick.

postal
05-31-2010, 2:41 PM
He doesn't reccomend magnification over about 10X or 12X for distances you are discussing. Heat mirage and your heartbeat start to become an issue.
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Disagree bigtime.

fixed 10x WAS the standard for snipers for a long time... but with quality zooms out there that hold zero throughout the zoom range, buying a fixed power is just NOT A GOOD IDEA.

3.5-15 is good. 4 x 16 is good 3.2-17 sounds about perfect. Or in the neighborhood of 4-20.

Mirage, smirage..... so what? It's hot, and there's mirage, dial it down some. No mirage, dial it where it looks best for you. Standing unsupported, have it wide open. Prone 700+ yds with no mirage, turn that dial up to reach out and "touch someone". That is the benefit of a variable power. Often times with a good supported position, being able to get to 16 or even 20+ X has serious advantages. And no disadvantages if you can still bring the power down.

Still wanting to know what he plans on getting out to 2000+ yds though....


Nikon "buckmaster" and forgot the line, but the line above buckmaster are very good scopes for the money- if you dont want to spend much money.

capitol
05-31-2010, 4:46 PM
Nightforce and US Optics are on a different playing field then Leupold.