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Scope for 200-400 yard shooting

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Jerry D, Dec 12, 2008.

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  1. Jerry D

    Jerry D Member

    Nov 18, 2008
    Alright guys, my .223 is finally almost here and it is time for a scope and I am lost.

    I do not know which power range to go with however I have some criteria I want to follow.
    -I want nothing larger then 40mm objective lenses
    -I am open to fixed powers.
    -I also wouldn't mind target or tactical styles knobs on the scope.
    -Shooting distances will be 400 max with an average of about 250 yards
    -I am varmint hunting, but the rifle/scope will see most its usage target shooting for fun.
    -I want the magnification/clarity on a scope to be able to easily see a pop/soda can sitting on top a fence post at 300 yards

    So basically I just want to know the power range required. Will a 3-9 be enough as I am looking at a lot of models in that range, or a fixed 10x? What about a 4-12 or 4x16? Keep in mind that I really want to be able to see and shoot pop/soda cans at 300 yard as I will be target shooting generally at ranges around 300.
  2. dakotasin

    dakotasin Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    at 400 yards, even a prairie dog is easy enough to pick up w/ most anything. suggest a leupold 6x42 and have target knobs installed on it. doubt you'll ever find a reason to replace it.
  3. popeyespappy

    popeyespappy Member

    Dec 15, 2007
  4. 1858rem

    1858rem Member

    Aug 19, 2008
    in the sticks of nc
    i dont remember who makes it but in walmart....... yah walmart, there is a 4-16 power with adjustable, ummm parallax(adjusts between 5-infinity yds for focus)? 40 mm with mil dots illuminated red or green, big windage/elevation adjustment knobs and easy to use lock rings. 65 odd dollars and can see fine to about, well i dont have anything farther than 400 yds an i was puttin hits on a b-34 at 350yd w/a 22mag bolt rifle, give it a shot, ya can return it if you dont like it too.
  5. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Terlingua, TX; Thomasville,GA
    The wind will eat you up, with a .223 at 400 yards. 300 yards on prairie dogs, no big problem, this side of a real gale.

    I have an old Leupold Vari-X II on my 77 Mk II .223, 3x9x40. I sight in for a 200-yard zero, which puts me roughly five or six inches low at 300. As always for my hunting rifles, it's a case of "set it and forget it". If I'm going to shoot a lot of paper at a known distance, I'd most likely re-sight for the distance.
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