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Need help on rifle scope
« on: December 12, 2017, 01:25:13 pm »
Ok, I have a new rifle, a Browning X-bolt in 6.5 Creedmoor.  I've researched a bunch of riflescopes, and I cannot find what I think would be a good fit.  I'm planning on using this rifle for hunting and casual long range shooting.  My criteria is:

First Focal Plane
Lighter Weight
Simpler reticle, but with some hash marks
Good Optical Quality
Generous eye box
Sub $900

I'm not sure what power range I should be looking for.  I have read the sticky at the top of this sub forum.

Help!
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    Re: Need help on rifle scope
    « Reply #1 on: December 12, 2017, 01:29:42 pm »
    Ok, I have a new rifle, a Browning X-bolt in 6.5 Creedmoor.  I've researched a bunch of riflescopes, and I cannot find what I think would be a good fit.  I'm planning on using this rifle for hunting and casual long range shooting.  My criteria is:

    First Focal Plane
    Lighter Weight
    Simpler reticle, but with some hash marks
    Good Optical Quality
    Generous eye box
    Sub $900

    I'm not sure what power range I should be looking for.  I have read the sticky at the top of this sub forum.

    Help!
    How "long distance" is long distance here? The 6.5 can take you out 1500yds or more.

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    Re: Need help on rifle scope
    « Reply #2 on: December 12, 2017, 02:15:31 pm »
    My personal favorites are Athlon and SWFA SS.

    An Athlon Ares FFP is right at the top of the price range at $800-$850.  Variable power options are 2.5-17 or 4.5-27.

    I have an Athlon Argos FFP in 8-34 on my 6.5 Grendel, and will be ordering one for my 260 Remington.  Eyebox is not as generous at full magnification, but at 34 power you don't need a spotting scope out to 500-600 yards, which is nice.  These are a good bit cheaper at $300-$400.

    I have a couple of the SWFA SS 10X42 scopes.  Great value for the money.  Good eye box, simple mil or MOA reticle, great light transmission.  And at $300 hard to beat on price.  They have 6, 10, 12, 16 and 20 power scopes at that price.

    SWFA SS also offers a couple of mid-power variable scopes in the price range.  I have no experience with them, but based on my experience with their fixed power scopes I would not hesitate to get one.  3-15 for $700.

    Of course, Vortex is the darling of the interwebs at the moment.  I have no experience, but based on the positive press I would not pass on one if the price and features were right.

    One thing I like about all three of these is I don't feel like I am paying for the name.
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    Re: Need help on rifle scope
    « Reply #3 on: December 12, 2017, 04:49:29 pm »
    Say 200-600 yards, maybe further if I start shooting at a local league.
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    « Reply #5 on: December 24, 2017, 02:58:19 pm »
    My personal favorites are Athlon and SWFA SS.

    An Athlon Ares FFP is right at the top of the price range at $800-$850.  Variable power options are 2.5-17 or 4.5-27.

    I have an Athlon Argos FFP in 8-34 on my 6.5 Grendel, and will be ordering one for my 260 Remington.  Eyebox is not as generous at full magnification, but at 34 power you don't need a spotting scope out to 500-600 yards, which is nice.  These are a good bit cheaper at $300-$400.

    I have a couple of the SWFA SS 10X42 scopes.  Great value for the money.  Good eye box, simple mil or MOA reticle, great light transmission.  And at $300 hard to beat on price.  They have 6, 10, 12, 16 and 20 power scopes at that price.

    SWFA SS also offers a couple of mid-power variable scopes in the price range.  I have no experience with them, but based on my experience with their fixed power scopes I would not hesitate to get one.  3-15 for $700.

    Of course, Vortex is the darling of the interwebs at the moment.  I have no experience, but based on the positive press I would not pass on one if the price and features were right.

    One thing I like about all three of these is I don't feel like I am paying for the name.

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    I'm currently saving up for my "Heartbreaker" practical long range rifle built on a MVP Varmint in .308/7.62 and that scope seems to be a pretty solid contender.
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