help scope my ruger #1 375 H&H


August 12, 2008, 12:56 PM
new to me Ruger #1--375 H&H wanting to put scope on. will be shooting CAST bullets -my hand loads- from 50 to 300 yrds. eyes are 60+ years so think I need high power to see target??

rifle came with 1" rings but these can change if needed. looking for scope that will hold up to recoil ???? which is unknown at this time.

if this rifle was yours, which scope would you get and why.

thank you for your time----


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August 12, 2008, 01:39 PM
Last year, I scoped a #1 in .270 and I found that Leupold is about the only thing that works. You need the longest eye relief available, and usually that means the better Leupolds. You still might need one or two offset rings. I didn't.

THe quarter rib scope mounts on a #1 are pretty far forward, which is why longer eye relief is necessary.

In my experience, Leupold is a pretty rugged scope, but I don't shoot anything as powerful as a 375.

On my .270 I used a 2-7 compact, and it works well. If it were mine and I were going to hunt dangerous game with it, I would go with the best 1.5 to 5 power scope Leupold has.

August 12, 2008, 05:16 PM
Are you planning to hunt with it?

August 12, 2008, 05:59 PM
Leupold is a good choice for the #1. My #1 is a 45-70. Thumper it is called!

August 12, 2008, 06:25 PM
no hunting,just plenty of paper punching. retired,so other than cutting grass,the only thing I do is shoot.

August 12, 2008, 06:44 PM
I'd put a Leupold VX3 1.75-6x on it if I owned it- I'm 62. A Leupold VX2 2-7 would work also and is $100 cheaper. They both would hold up OK and Leupold has the best warranty-period!

August 12, 2008, 06:57 PM
Leupold VXIII, Nikon Monarch, the higher end of the Burris line, and of course anything by high-end Austrian folks would likely be great choice in apropriate size and power range To me a .375 would be best serve with a 2-7 of high quallity over a 3-9 or higher power scope. But I guess it depends what the rifle is really for. Here in America I'd probably 3-9x40 it...having actually re-read the initial post just now that sounds like it would be up your alley...and you might even skimp a bit and get a nikon BM, burris FFII ect ($200 range)

The Nikon BM can be had for that with rezeroable numberd cams (normal sized not a mondo sniper looking afair) on their 3-9x40 and thus you can adjust pretty painlessly for separate zeros. I used one on my .22LR target rifle for a while and it was 19 clicks betweeb my 50 yard match setting and 100 zero for fun plinking on the 100 yard rifle range while bigger rifles cooled between shots strings testing handloads ect. There was alsso a setting for stingers vs my match ammo ect. It was never off more than a click or two when I went back to match practice (and the lots of ammo varry that much as well as temp influence ect) Never felt the scope was fact the same old Nikon in now back on my 7 mag having been replaced for one season by a 3-9x50 Nikon team realtree (ehhh still not as bright and clear as the 3-9x40 BM,,,just a prostaff with cam in my opinion) Anyway point is it was nice for that and it sounds like your .375 will be a fun gun used for different ranges and possibly loads ect so that may be a good choice there as well on a budget. I've bought 3 of them and all have held zero on everything from .22's to magnum cal. (though most have been on rifles inbetween) Their monarch is very nice to for $100 more (the VXIII is brighter but the crosshairs are harder to find at dusk unless you order wide duplex reticle) I actually think the monarch has better more natural color and contrast...the leupold looks like a TV with the brightness set too high to me (color more washed out but brightness and clarity very good) The zeiss conquest bests them both IMHO bright and very natural balance of color and contrast and awsome clarity for the money. If I was going to spend more than a $200 nikon or Burris I'd by a conquest...just my opinion. Leupolds are great scopes and hold tight...I just don't think they meet a good value for dollar balance with the other choices. But you can count on them and people are willing to pay for's not as rare a quallity as it used to be in a scope though these days.

August 12, 2008, 07:02 PM
Hi Emmie...

If you decide to scope it I would be another vote for the Leupold VX2 2-7 - mostly because a friend has one on a 300 Win.Mag and is really happy with it and because it's a little less expensive.

Would also suggest you at least give it a try without scoping it as you may really like it. And if you don't like it with irons there are plenty scopes to be bought.

Good luck with it. Post some pics of the rifle and your targets when you get some. Will be fun to see how it groups. :)


August 12, 2008, 07:47 PM
Leupold VX-III 1.5-5X

August 12, 2008, 09:46 PM
Any of the above mentioned scopes with EER, Extended Eye Relief, will work well. My personal favorite for the hard kickers is the Burris Signature 2.5-8 x 33mm with the Posilock feature. I'm in jonboys camp with regards to the Leupold scopes, they don't offer the value some of the other scopes do. Notice I didn't say they are bad scopes, just that you get a bigger bang for the buck with some of the others.

August 12, 2008, 10:00 PM

August 13, 2008, 12:55 AM
On my Sako AV Magnum 375H&H, found the El Paso Weaver K4 just perfect...better eye relief than most modern wonder scopes....the Weaver is/was actually proportioned to mount on a rifle using standard rings.....and the fixed power Weaver has basically nothing to come loose under recoil.....and the blue steel tube will look so much better on your pretty rifle....

August 13, 2008, 01:27 AM
scopes with EER, Extended Eye Relief...

I think when I was looking at scopes for my #1, that the EER scopes weren't the right thing - they are for scout rifles. The # 1 scope mounts are a little different from most bolt rifles - a little further forward, but not a lot. I think it rules out most cheap scopes because they don't have quite enough eye relief.

The scope I have is a VX2 2-7 power, and in standard rings, I have it slid ALL the way back in the rings, and it's just enough. Any less eye relief than that particular scope has won't work on a #1 unless you go with offset rings or crawl the stock. I looked at every kind of scope possible, and Leupold scopes have more eye relief than most others, and in my experience, the eye relief is more forgiving on leupolds too.

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