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Tikka M695 .280 and need scope/rings advice for it

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by JamesCummins, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. JamesCummins

    JamesCummins New Member

    Nov 10, 2011
    I have a brand new 280 Tikka and need to equip it with a scope. I would like to be fairly accurate to 400-500 yards. So I either want to get a scope with a BDC reticle or a scope that takes a turret. I dont know much about turrets, but I do have a Nikon Monarch with a BDC and am somewhat familiar with how they work..... Anyways, I have my eye on a Vortex Viper 6.5 - 20 x 50 because I could either get the BDC reticle or, buy a turret straight from vortex that I know will fit it. Also, I am reluctanct to buy rings until I have the scope in hand because I am not sure what the height will need to be (and, I may have a 30 mm tube). Talley rings have been recommended to me, but I cant seem to find something that may work from thier website. Any advice would be much appreciated, Jim
  2. LoonWulf

    LoonWulf Participating Member

    Jul 3, 2010
    If you can find out the actual size of the objective you can call talley, and they will likely be able to give you a guess at what ring you need. That seems like a seriously heavy scope for that rifle, were you hunting or just popping targets?
  3. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Elder

    Aug 11, 2005
    Elbert County, CO
    I concur.

    For a .280 hunting rifle, 3-9x, 3.5-10x, 4-12x, 4.5-14x, 4-16x. I wouldn't want something with a low setting of 6x or more for use in the field.

    You can get a Leupold VX-III 3.5-10x 40mm for about the same coin as that Votex (better scope, too). You don't need a 50mm objective, and 40mm will allow you to mount closer to bore centerline (always desireable)

    You do not need a 30mm tube, either. If they were so fantastic, 1" wouldn't even be an option. They have a place on high magnification scopes to increase FOV, but otherwise just extra $$ for the glass and the rings.

    I've played with a lot of scopes on a lot of guns, with prices ranging from $30 to over $1k. After all these years, I stick with Leupold and higher end Weaver, Nikon and Bushnell, and except for varmint/target guns, they're all between a 2-7x and 4.5-14x, and all 1" tubes. My only 30mm is on my .50 (a 6-24x). That Leupold I recommended is an absolutely perfect fit for a .280 hunting rifle, and won't look like you've attached a gun to your scope.
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2011
  4. 35 Whelen

    35 Whelen Senior Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    North Texas
    My old Ruger .280 has a Burris 3-9X40 and easily groups under 1" or less at 100 with most any load and I'd not feel the least bit handicapped with a 2-7x33. But then again it's a true hunting rifle in every sense.

    If you're just target shooting and won't be lugging the rifle over yon hill and dale, then I suppose the bigger scopes would be O.K., but for just hunting, they seem a bit much.

    Good luck with your choice.


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