Scope advice for a newbie

Scope advice for a newbie

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    Scope advice for a newbie

    Hi, I'm a newbie/rookie to anything long range, but it interests the heck out of me. I am currently putting together a .308/Mauser 98 action in a Boyd thumbhole stock. I'm only going to be doing some paper killing, maybe the occasional coyote, and deer. Most shots will be a minimum of 250 yards, stretching to 1000 at the most, mainly somewhere in between. I'd like for it to be a mil-dot scope, and I don't really want to have more than $6-700 in the scope. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Best Long-Range Scope: Buyers Guide & Features To Look For | PrecisionRifleBlog.com It's a little dated, but it does have some helpful information for picking the right glass for your purposes.

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    Thanks!

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    Nice article idea ... I was actually thinking that "we" ... should put together a similar "article" and continuously update it ... and make it a sticky. It would probably be better if it was a wiki page. The pub date of that article in the link is ...

    <meta property="articleublished_time" content="2013-03-07T22:16:16+00:00" />

    So, that is why such an article needs to be updated 1-2 times per year anyway the material in a specific article will become dated. I think this sub-forum (optics) would be well served if the regulars contributed to such a wiki page ... made a sticky here ... and then the daily queries we get about "which scope" could be referred to this continuously updated wiki page. We would need 2 people to be designated as the "owners" of such a page. And no, I am NOT volunteering! I don't think my optics knowledge/experience is broad enough. I'd nominate Greg and Rob01 ... they seem to contribute regularly and usefully to the query threads people post. But if they are the custodians of the page, then they should take any valid input into consideration.
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    A little over your price range, but this scope will work for you even when you want to shoot at 1000 yards:

    Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50mm Riflescope FREE S&H PST-624S1-A, PST-624S1-M. Vortex Rifle Scopes.
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    Second what Tim said as that is a very good scope.

    If you wanted the FFP version Cameraland has Vortex demo scopes, which is basically an open box, and offers the 6-24x50 FP for $789. Others there as well if you wanted to look.
    Vortex Demo & Sample Gear - Camera Land NY
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    How odd that I have basically that rifle...

    Quote Originally Posted by V-tail pilot View Post
    Hi, I'm a newbie/rookie to anything long range, but it interests the heck out of me. I am currently putting together a .308/Mauser 98 action in a Boyd thumbhole stock. I'm only going to be doing some paper killing, maybe the occasional coyote, and deer. Most shots will be a minimum of 250 yards, stretching to 1000 at the most, mainly somewhere in between. I'd like for it to be a mil-dot scope, and I don't really want to have more than $6-700 in the scope. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Some years ago I wanted to put together a rifle for myself, just to have the experience of building one, so I bought a Yugo M48 Mauser action, an ER Shaw short chambered stainless barrel, a 308 reamer and headspace gauges and went at it.

    I first slapped it into a plastic stock, but since it shot pretty well, I later bought a Boyd's laminated thumbhole stock (pepper laminate).

    After glassbedding and some load development, it shoots quite well (considering that it was built by a guy with two left hands) with 175gr SMKs.

    It is by no means a high end rifle, but I am sorta proud of how it worked out.

    The scope is sorta my default choice for it is the SWFA SS 3-9x42 with Mil-Quad reticle. I like FFP scopes, so this one suites me well and I have used it out to 700 yards or so without any issues.

    If you are want it to stretch out to 1000yards, you really have to make sure it tracks well.

    With FFP scopes, SWFA SS 3-9x42 and 3-15x42 scopes are pretty much your only viable options in the $600-$700 range.

    If you are OK with SFP reticles, then your options open up some and you shouls be looking at Vrotex PST scopes and Sightron S3 3.5-10x44.

    ILya

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