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    Posted: August/25/2013 at 18:35
Not sure which scope to get.  I currently have a Hawke scope and I really like it.  It goes to 12x and I have shot a 4" group with it at 900 yards.  That might not be very good for some people but considering that I just started shooting long distance I think its pretty good.  I was shooting a 308 but after 900 yards the bullet is going subsonic and losing accuracy.  Well I have just switched the barrel to a 6dasher and am working on the load for it now.  It should be good out to 1300 yards.  I am looking at the Hawke Varmint 6x24x44, the SWFA 16x, and the SWFA 20x.  I can get the 16x off of Sample list for about  $30 off but not sure if 16x is gonna be good enough.  Any ideas as to what I should get?  Is the SWFA any better than the Hawke?  If so how?   I know this is the SWFA site but looking for some honest advice.  Thanks
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Try the Hawke Sidewinder Tactical.

The 16x would be the highest Mag I would go in that line...

Maybe even back down to the 12x...

Another scope to look at in that price range is the Mueller 4-14 tactical...

Are you going to use a base for the 1300???

The Hawke Sidewinder got some good reviews from some good people and another well received scope is the Mueller 4-14.

The SWFA SS 6x, 10x, 12x, 16x are very respectable they are the best scope you can buy in the $300 price range as fixed power scopes.

You will have to start looking at scopes that have lots of elevation.

Are you shooting 175+, 200+grs or which bullet what twist barrel and what velocity?  What do you expect your Zero to be and what are you anticipating for drop?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ctimgo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August/25/2013 at 20:15
The bullet I'm using is the 105VLD and the drop at 1300 yards is about 50moa.  It will be leaving the barrel at about 2900fps.  Teh barrel is a Criterion 1-8 twist.  The Hawke Panomara is the scope that I am using now and only cost $200 new.  I have right now has enough adjustment so that I can get to 1300.  It tracks perfect every time and the glass seems very good to me.  I haven't had the higher priced scopes so take that into account.
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I have a 12x SS for sale, complete with Butler Creek caps and your choice of SS rings.  
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