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Help Me Scope My 300WSM

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Sock Puppet, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Well-Known Member

    I'm about to break down and throw down the cash on a Browning A Bolt in 300WSM. After exhausting my Man-Funds on the rifle I plan on starting to save for optics. I have a good 3-10 scope in the safe that I'll put on it in the short term.

    Budget wil be arond $600 or so. I plan on using it for general target shooting out to 600 yards or so, but won't focus on hard-core paper punching. Someday I'll score an Oryx hunt and use this rifle, and may use it for other game along the way. I'd like to get at least 12X on the top end. I want to keep the objective around 40mm or so to keep the scope low. I have had great luck with Burris Signature Zee rings and will probably use them on this rig.

    Please don't hesitate to recommend scopes that have a higher MSRP but can be had for less.

    All advice is appreciated.:)
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2012
  2. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    SWFA SS HD scopes are right at $600 and very, very good. Fixed power, but they come in 6x, 10x, 12x, 16x, and 20x.
  3. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Well-Known Member

    I've heard that, but I'm not sure about going with fixed power on this rig.
  4. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

    They have an adjustable line, but those are closer to $1k+.
  5. Jdillon

    Jdillon Well-Known Member

    Mounted a Swaro Z3 4x12x50 on my 300WSM and works very well. Crystal clear and great light gathering capability.
  6. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Well-Known Member

    I'd love a Z3...but it's about 50% over where I'd like to be. I won't argue that it may be worth it, but unfortunately, that doesn't mean I can swing it.
  7. Gtscotty

    Gtscotty Well-Known Member

    Hmm my first thought was Zeiss Conquest, but it looks like the versions in that magnification range run in the $700-$800 range.

    SWFA has Both Nikon Monarchs, and Vortex Vipers in the $400 - $500 range with the kind of magnification you're looking for. I have a Viper 2-7, and it is a really solid, clear scope for the money.
  8. Kachok

    Kachok Well-Known Member

    I cannot recomend a high dollar scope since I don't own any, but the Nikon Prostaff I have on my 270 WSM (and my 6.5x55) is great and only cost me $150. The BDC rectical is awsome too. If you wanted to spend the extra money I am sure their Buckmaster and Monarch are even more fantastic.
  9. EchoM70

    EchoM70 Well-Known Member

    Nikon Monarch 3-12x42SF. I've got one on my Tikka T3 in 300WSM and it's a perfect match. You've got parallax adjustments, good glass, good eye relief and a good magnification range for around $430. Doesn't get much better than that IMO.
  10. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    I'm surprised no ones said Redfield.
  11. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    I found a place to get the Nikon Monarch 5x20x44 for $439 delivered. Good price and excellent scopes. I have 7 of them now.
  12. joed

    joed Well-Known Member

    No one recommended Leupold? I've used them pretty much exclusively for 30+ years. Depending on the use of the gun I am a big fan of fixed power but for all around use I prefer variable.
  13. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

  14. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for the input! While they are fine scopes, I won't be using a Prostaff or Redfield on this gun.

    I looked at the Monarch 3-12X42 yesterday, and it seemed nice but was overshadowed by the Vortex Viper I compared it to. I'm certainly not going to write it off, as I really like my Monarch 4X, but it did not seem to match the Viper.

    If anyone has base and ring input I'd appreciate that as well.

    Keep it coming!
  15. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    Look no farther than Talley Lightweight rings and bases. For God's sake do not use anything with windage adjustable mounts.

    The scopes you are considering are decent, but are big, heavy scopes that will not balance or look right on a trim rifle like you are considering. 12X is way more than you need. Trust me, buy the 3-9X40 Leupold VX-2. You'll have a much lighter scope, better glass on the newest versions, much longer eye relief, a tougher more rugged scope that will hold up better to magnum recoil, and save a lot of money.

    If you just want to spend more money then spend around $500 for the 3.5-10X40 VX-3. It is a slightly better scope, but for $200 more very few can tell the difference.
  16. CMC

    CMC Well-Known Member

  17. EchoM70

    EchoM70 Well-Known Member

    For rings, I've only used Luepold STD rings and bases I've never had any problems out of them and for around $45 for both the rings and bases they're pretty affordable.

    I have a Vortex Viper 3-9x40 and it is a great scope, SWFA has one 4-12x40SF for $399 which is a good price. The only thing I wouldn't like is the eye relief. The Monarch has a longer/better eye relief that is why the Monarch is on my 300WSM and the Viper is on my .270

    I would also look at a Sightron SII Big Sky. They have some incredible glass and aren't too much more expensive than the Monarch/Viper. I'm putting one on my 338 Win Mag and for the price I don't believe I could have made a better choice.

    I've tried Luepold scopes in the past and IMO unless your stepping up to the VX-3 you're just paying for the Luepold name and warranty. I've had a VX-I and just wasn't impressed and the VX-II wasn't much better. The VX-3 on the other hand was a wonderful scope, still wish I had it actually.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2012
  18. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    I am a big Vortex fan. I have used Luepolds, Nikons but for the money I think vortex has a slight edge. I just put a Weaver Buck Commander 4-16 X 42 on my A-bolt 7mm rem mag and I am blown away by quality for $250 scope. It is made in Philipines (probably same OEM Nikon factory) scope is very clear, side parallax and very bright. I am going to test it on a hog hunt tomorrow night.
  19. Fremmer

    Fremmer Well-Known Member

    Leupold vx 3!
  20. CharlieDeltaJuliet

    CharlieDeltaJuliet Well-Known Member

    I am a huge fan of Vortex, Leupold, Nikon, and Bushnell Tactical Elite. If you can spend a little more then Zeiss. If you expand your budget more then Swarovski, US Opics and Schmidt & Bender. But IMHO the "Holy Grail" for me of scope is a Premier. I have used a couple now, and really think they are the best I have had the pleasure of using. I know others will disagree, but like I said this is my opinion from my experience with them. Most will agree though, buy the best scope you can afford. This is one area where usually you het what you pay for.

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