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Help selecting proper scope base.

Postby Brady on Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:26 pm

I recently purchased a Remington 700p and am in the process of trying to decide which scope to purchase. I am going to use it mostly for target. I will realistically be shooting 200 to 500 yards but would like to be able to reach out to 1000 yards if I get the opportunity. I am thinking a 2.5-10 would be the most appropriate and it should reach 1000 yards. My question is when I put on the scope base, do I need a canted one and if so what do I need? 15moa, 20moa something else??

Thanks for any input.
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Re: Help selecting proper scope base.

Postby Steven_L on Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:57 pm

Starting at 200 yards and up to 1000, a 10x scope is not enough. Big distance, big power. A canted base with 20 moa would be a wise choice, and it won't harm anything at close distances. You will need it at long range to keep the elevation mechanism of the scope more in the center of its range. You didn't say what price range, but a great combination for your 700 Police would be a Nightforce NXS 5.5-22x56 with a Nightforce Ultralight short action base. Height depends on the scope's objective size. A less expensive choice in scope would be the excellent Bushnell Elite Tactical6-24x50, or a Leupold VX-3 6.5-20x40. The low mounting height required for a 40mm objective lens is extremely efficient. Nice gun.
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Re: Help selecting proper scope base.

Postby Brady on Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:16 am

Thanks so much for the input. I'm learning as I go and mostly just know what I've been able to get from the internet and Lord knows that some of the info you get there is suspect. I'm thinking I'd like to stay between $1000 to $1500 range...obviously the closer to 1k the better. Was looking at Leupold Mark 4 lr/t, IOR Valdada and the Vortex Viper has my curiousity piqued...however all those features for $900 when all of the other optics with those features are closer to $1500...has me a bit spooked in that direction.
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Re: Help selecting proper scope base.

Postby Steven_L on Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:49 pm

You get what you pay for, but sometimes people pay for a lot more than what they need. Realistically, you don't need the brutal durability of a Schmidt & Bender or the like. We are hunters and target shooters. We're not dragging the scope over rocks behind a humvee. Hunters and target shooters take pretty good care of their products. The most important feature in a scope for folks like us that will shoot greatly different distances is proper tracking. Your point of impact should reliably move exactly the distance it's supposed to every time. All Leupolds will do this, as well as the others that have been mentioned here so far. Nightforce has the reputation of the most precise tolerances in the industry, and a major percentage of long range competitions are won with them. Lighted reticles are important for hunters, but target shooters will not benefit from this feature. Extra strength comes with a price, along with weight. My long range guns wear Zeiss Conquests and Leupold VX-3s and Mark 4s and Bushnell Elites, and they are all excellent. Any one of the scopes you or I mentioned so far will serve you well. Keep in mind, target shooters don't need a large objective lens for daytime shoots.
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Re: Help selecting proper scope base.

Postby Brady on Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:32 am

Thanks, I'll stop beating you to death with questions. One final one though...Do you have any experience or input specifically toward the Vortex Viper....Most of the reviews I find are for the Razor and they are good but its $1000.00 more than the Viper so I don't want to take that as any indication toward the Viper.
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Re: Help selecting proper scope base.

Postby Steven_L on Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:24 am

Good scopes, the Vortex Vipers, but not in the same level as the previously mentioned brands. With the price increase comes a better picture and higher reliability, expecially tracking on larger guns. Check out my blog, "Jerry's New Rifle to Outfit" from April 9th, 2009. It was going on a gun with almost no recoil. The eye relief wasn't great on the Viper, but years later, the scope is still perfect. But again, not in the same realm as the previous scopes we've spoken about.
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