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Old May 5, 2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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.338 win mag set up.

Hey Guys,

I'm setting up a .338 Win Mag in a Ruger M77. My goal is the 300-500 yd. range from a bipod or bench rest. I'm looking at the Nikon, Barska and Millet scopes in the 4-14X40 and 4-16X50 formats. I'm looking for adjustable MOA, but not break the bank.

Anybody have experience with these, good or bad. Ive used the Nikon scope on my encore pistol and it performs perfectly.
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Old May 5, 2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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Nikon depending on the scope, I don't know anything about Millet but the Barska is junk for holding up to recoil. 500 yards is going to require repeatable turret adjustments and most cheap scopes won't give you that.
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Old May 5, 2013, 01:32 PM   #3
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My .338WM Ruger M77 w/boatpaddle synthetic stock did well with a 2x7 Nikon.



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Old May 5, 2013, 06:54 PM   #4
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There is a good selection of decent 3-9X40 scopes starting at $200. You can get an excellent 3-9X40 for $300-$350 Anything with more magnification is going to cost a lot more if of equal quality. You don't need more than a 3-9 on a 338 mag even at 500 yards and you don't need turrets. The high magnification scopes with turrets are meant for shooting small varmits at 500 yards. I don't think you'll be shooting ground squirrels with a 338 and a 9X is plenty for deer or elk at that range.

You want decent quality on a hard recoiling gun. If I were buying for me it would be this. Primarily because of their reputation to standing up to recoil.

http://swfa.com/Leupold-3-9x40-VX-2-...pe-P51800.aspx

Zero the crosshairs at 200 yards, the next 2 dots are for 300 and 400. Where the post tapers will be for 500 yards. This is surprisingly accurate and simple to use.

If that is too expensive a Burris FF-II offers the same reticle for $200.

http://swfa.com/Burris-3-9x40-Fullfi...ope-P7932.aspx

If you're sold on Nikon they are on sale right now.

http://swfa.com/Nikon-3-9x40-Buckmas...pe-P42255.aspx
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Old May 5, 2013, 11:12 PM   #5
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You're right you don't need turrets if you have a BDC, but I'd rather turn knobs than have a BDC. If you turn like I do, you want repeatable adjustments cheap scopes usually don't offer that.
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Old May 6, 2013, 10:42 AM   #6
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Excellent!

Thanks for the info and invaluable research. I'm familiar with both the Leupold and Nikons and have them both on my various setups now. I've been looking pretty hard at the Buckmaster 4.5-14 X40 mil dot. Presently I have Leupold 2-7 and Nikon 2.5-8 and 3-9 scopes.

I'm thinking of using this for every from Rams and Mtn. goats to elk and big bear. based on all the info offered I might back up to the 4-12X40. Pretty sure I'll shy away from the Millets and Barskas. Thanks!
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