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Old July 22, 2018, 11:49 AM   #1
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Looking for scope suggestions

I'm trying to find a scope for a Howa 1500 mini in 6.5 Grendel, but not really finding what I want. At 7 lbs and 41 inches long, its a small rifle, so I don't want some 16" x50 scope towering over the top of it. Standard use is open fields out to 300 yds, but I don't want to rule out using it for stalking in wooded areas. Open to suggestions...

Requirements:
Power: Minimum low power 3. Minimum max power 14 (would go down to 12 I had to). Maximum max power: Infinity
Objective: Thinking a 40mm is about right.
Parallax: Must be adjustable.
Turrets: At least .25 MOA per click. I like the ones on my Vortex Viper than I can pull up and reindex to zero.
Reticle: Mil-dot for elevation AND windage. (BDC is NOT the same as mil-dot)
Tube: 1" would be nice to keep the weight down, but 30mm is just fine.
Length: I think finding something under 14" is a reasonable expectation.
Price: $300 or less. I have a Vortex Viper 6.5-20x44 on a benchrest gun that works great for me. I got it for $325 on sale at Cabela's, so finding something like a 3-14x40 under $300 is not unreasonable.
Quality: Not a POS
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Old July 22, 2018, 08:32 PM   #2
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What fits your specs and price is a Burris Fullfield II 4.5-14. I have a couple of them. It’s a lot of scope for the money.
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Old July 22, 2018, 09:40 PM   #3
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Looks like that comes with a ballistic plex reticle though. Its a BDC with no windage indicators.
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Old July 23, 2018, 06:09 PM   #4
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The new model has windage indicators. I think it’s the E1 version.
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Old July 23, 2018, 07:44 PM   #5
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Ahh. Thanks

https://www.burrisoptics.com/scopes/...pe-4.5-14x42mm
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Old July 23, 2018, 09:32 PM   #6
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Mine are the older model without windage indicators. Longest shot on a coyote, using the BDC dots, was 400 yards. Same distance for a hog. The BDC worked great.
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Old July 24, 2018, 02:18 PM   #7
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You might want to give the new Leupold VX Freedom 4-12X40 tri-moa scope a look. Not a mil dot, but...
Light weight, good glass, and coming in under $300.

I'm really thinking this is what i'm getting for my "new" Ruger 77 MKII in 280 Rem.
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Old August 23, 2018, 10:02 AM   #8
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My Howa 6.5 Grendel Mini Action Light Weight has Talley rings and an older Nikon 3-9 on it now. I want more magnification but want to keep the weight down so I am seriously considering getting an Athlon Argos 3-15x40 with the BDC 600 reticle for more magnification plus it's only 12oz and 12.2" long. I have a Nikon with the BDC reticle on my 22LRs and really like them for quick target acquisition.
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