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Siegehammer63

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Good Glass for a Staring Long-Range Gun Nut
« on: March 04, 2013, 10:36:45 pm »
Allllllllrighty then... So, the idea for the Manner's stock is built up (see https://wethearmed.com/rifles/my-long-range-gun/).

For now, a Vortex Viper PST 4-16 power sfp reticle is on it. I really want an FFP on this gun, and there have been several choices on mah brain for a while now.

Vortex Razor 5-20x50,

Bushnell 4.5-30x56 (ERX I believe the ffp version is called?)

And the Nightforce 3.5-15x50 FFP, NR1 reticle MOA. I'd list the reticles for the Razor or Bushnell, but Bushnell is a pain for navigating their site, and I haven't decided what I'd like most in the Razor.
What's your opinion? Weigh on in.

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    Re: Good Glass for a Staring Long-Range Gun Nut
    « Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 01:37:01 am »
    I remember George saying something about some place called "Long Range International."
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    Re: Good Glass for a Staring Long-Range Gun Nut
    « Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 09:16:47 am »
    I remember George saying something about some place called "Long Range International."

    They were trainers and they're out of business AFAIK.
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    Re: Good Glass for a Staring Long-Range Gun Nut
    « Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013, 12:26:14 pm »
    The common consensus on glass is don't be afraid to spend money for quality.  What we often forget is that we are taking a precision optic, that is made to some pretty incredible specifications and then beating it repeatedly with the recoil of the rifle, on every squeeze of the trigger.  If you are running it out for a tactical match, or a sniper match that scope has the potential to get hammered with scrapes, and knocked around, bounced against a rock or tree, subjected to a variety of weather conditions, and then asked to perform perfectly the first time and every time.  Spend the money for quality glass (it has taken me a while to understand the truth in that advise).

    Having said that there are some really good values to be had in optics.  You will need to evaluate your needs, your "wants", and your budget.  If you are planning on multiple rifles, buy one (or two) piece(s) of glass and put it on a Larue QD mount. 

    If you accept the fact that your optic is a long term investment, and that it is going to cost four figures from the start I think you will be better off than most folks.  I didn't and I have a lot of ok mid-priced mid-grade optics.  They were great to get rolling with but I wish that I had that money back to spend on a Nightforce, or a US Optics, or a Razor.

    FFP is probably the best way to go, if it fits your budget.  High quality glass, and a properly designed eye box should be your first thoughts.  Depending on your planned use and approach to shooting will dictate other things like exposed turrets, and reticle type.  Do you think in mil rads or MOA?  Do you prefer to use something like a Z reticle, or the Horus reticle to help with hold over rather than elevation adjustments?

    Ultimately, you are going to put forth a pretty penny to acquire this scope.  You need to get your hands on one, and make sure that it gives you what you want before you make the investment.

    For what it's worth.  I have been shooting Vortex pretty much exclusively for a few years now, and have been happy with it.  Last year I had the opportunity to shoot an event where the Nightforce team was also there, and their product was incredible.  My understanding is US Optics is pretty much the next rung in the ladder above Nightforce.

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    Re: Good Glass for a Staring Long-Range Gun Nut
    « Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 01:51:52 pm »
    They were trainers and they're out of business AFAIK.


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    I just noticed this said good glass, not good class.  :hide
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