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Help Me Scope My 300WSM

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

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  1. Sock Puppet

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    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.:)
     
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  2. TurtlePhish

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    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

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    I've heard that, but I'm not sure about going with fixed power on this rig.
     
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    They have an adjustable line, but those are closer to $1k+.
     
  5. Jdillon

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    Mounted a Swaro Z3 4x12x50 on my 300WSM and works very well. Crystal clear and great light gathering capability.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    I'm surprised no ones said Redfield.
     
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    I found a place to get the Nikon Monarch 5x20x44 for $439 delivered. Good price and excellent scopes. I have 7 of them now.
     
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    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.
     
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    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

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Leupold vx 3!
     
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    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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    'Scoping a .300 WSM...

    Sock Puppet--I went for a .300 Whizzum, too--Mine is a Savage BVSS-12, IIRC. 'Scoped it with a Bushnell Elite 3200, and so far it has worked just fine. I put an Elite 4200 on another rifle, and (a) can't tell the difference in performance between the 2 'scopes, and (b) Bushnell doesn't seem to make the E-4200 any more, but the e-3200 is available. You could go up to the Elite Tactical, or the Elite 6500, but they're out of your stated budget range.

    Anyhow, good luck in your search, PLEASE keep us posted, and be sure to post a pic of your new rifle when you get it. We all love pics.
     
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    For $570 I think the Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40mm with the RZ600 reticle would be a good choice. 9x is more than enough top end for deer-sized game and the Zeiss is a relatively light scope. I have two of them, one on my Kimber 8400 Montana (.300 WSM) and the other on my Winchester M70 EWSS (.300 WM). The eye relief is LONG at 4" but I mounted both of mine using EGW Picatinny bases and Seekins rings and was able to get them far enough forward with the rings optimally spaced. Zeiss also has a 3.5-10x44mm with the RZ600 or RZ800 reticle but the 3-9x40mm is a much better deal. Here's the Zeiss Conquest on my .300 WSM.

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    Thanks again for all of the advice!

    The rifle has been paid for and may show up next week. If it's the week after I'll be on the road and have to wait to pick it up:(

    As I mentioned, I'll start saving and selling unused stuff to pay for new optics. It may be a month or 3 before I can buy the scope I want. For now I'll install my unused Intensity Optics 2.8-10X44, which is a surprisingly decent scope. That will help me determine whether that power range is sufficient. Plus, I can't have a new rifle sitting around without shooting it for months!

    I'm still really liking the Vortex I mentioned earlier, and I don't find ~180z. overly heavy. I've looked at the Big Sky in the past, but had forgotten it. I'll take a look when I have time.
     
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    I would certainly recommend the Zeiss Conquest 3-9x40 with Rapid Z600 reticle (I have them on one of my .308s and one of my .30-06s). I have a Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10x44 with Rapid Z800 on my .25-06...also a great scope. At the moment, I have a Conquest 3-9x40 with Z-plex on my SPS-Varmint in .308. I'll be putting that scope on my next hunting rifle (either .280 or 7mm Mag) and mounting a Leupy Mk IV on the SPS-V.

    A Leupy VX3 3.5-10x40, a Zeiss Conquest in 3-9x40 or 3.5-10x44 will be great add-ons and stay pretty much within budget.

    FH
     
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