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Unread 03-02-2013, 12:38 PM   #1
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Precision/ Long Range Scope Help

I am looking for a good scope for precision and long range shooting and I need help choosing a good one. I'm looking at the Bushnell Elite 6500, Leupold Mark IV LR/T and the Vortex Viper PST. Which would be the better scope for the bill?

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Unread 03-02-2013, 01:34 PM   #2
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What gun, what caliber? although I'm a Leupold fan.
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It shouldn't matter what gun or caliber but it's going on a built Remington 700 chambered in 308 Winchester.
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It shouldn't matter what gun or caliber but it's going on a built Remington 700 chambered in 308 Winchester.
But it does. Huge difference between a AR15 and a bolt action 50 cal.
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Leupold on the AR, Bushnell on the Remington and Simmons on the Savage. All work very well 500~600 yards.





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I put a Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP on my Remington 700 SPS AAC SD. Been out to 600 yards and its is a beautiful scope.
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I put a Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50 FFP on my Remington 700 SPS AAC SD. Been out to 600 yards and its is a beautiful scope.
I do like that it is a FFP compared to the others, although none of my other scopes are FFP so it doesn't need to be.
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I also had the Vortex Viper and loved it! sold it with the rifle though. Id buy vortex any day of the week over anything else... well besides a Night Force.
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What ranges?
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What ranges?
No further than 1,000yds.
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What platform is it going on, and whats your experience? How long have you been loading? Who made the barrel, who made the rifle? As far as accuracy, thats a sliding scale and a basically meaningless word. What are you actually after?
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Unread 03-30-2013, 05:32 PM   #12
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Vortex viper PST in my opinion is the better optic for the money. I don't know of another scope in which you can get all the features (ffp, mil/mil, tmr reticle, ill reticle, zero stop) and that level of quality under the $1000 price point. Their warranty and customer service is top notch as well. I have personally owned one.

The Bushnell elite tactical 6500 is also a great scope, and last time I checked was a little bit cheaper. I have shot a friend of mine's several times, I liked it and he speaks highly of it.

Obviously the Leupold name is known for quality. I've owned a Mark IV, it's a solid scope, but you are going to pay extra for the name. Mine lacked zero stops, and honestly I didn't really think the glass was much better than the Viper. If you're on a budget, I would get the Viper PST. If quality is more important than cost, I would look into the Vortex razor HD, or much better, a Schmidt & Bender and swap it between your rifles - buy once, cry once.

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Schmidt & Bender vs any other scope...
Not even worth commenting about unless you just want to slam scope Mfgs.
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I am looking for a good scope for precision and long range shooting and I need help choosing a good one. I'm looking at the Bushnell Elite 6500, Leupold Mark IV LR/T and the Vortex Viper PST. Which would be the better scope for the bill?

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If you can't get a Unertl (you'd have to buy one used, but that's no trouble whatever!) I'd probably with with the Leupold.

If you're going to shoot at long ranges, there are two spots where money should be spent - barrel and glass. Trigger action can be cleaned up by the owner, and you can always clean up bedding on the stock yourself as well, it's easy enough to do.)

I prefer Bushness more for binocs & spotter scopes - I've seen too many reticles come loose in low- to mid-rage glass under recoil to trust them well.

Recall that a bolt gun is going to have all of the recoil going into the gun & shooter - while an autoloader would burn off recoil energy in cycling the action. A .308 isn't the biggest round you could get, but it's still fairly stout - so spend the money on a good piece of glass to park on top of the rifle (two of the failed Bushnells I've seen were atop .308 bolt guns, but I've seen Bushnells do well atop autoloaders in .223, .308, .243, and similar. A .30-06 autoloader would be about the ragged edge for durability on the mid-grade glass, I'd go Leupold or similar at that point.)
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Its the only scope I have. Not the best rifle for it.

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