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For a 300 weatherby hunting rifle. Which would you choose and why?
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You would be happy with either one.  I'd buy the Bushnell because I traded away a 4200 (stupid move) and I miss it.  However, the Leupold does offer a few nice ballistic reticles....
 
I would also consider a Zeiss Conquest in a slightly lower power....great scopes for the money.
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as much as like the 4200 the leupold offers more eye relief which you will want with the 300wby, although i have a 4200 on my .375H&H and its been fine, but the wby will be a different type of recoil too. the zeiss wouldnt be a bad choice either. all three are nice.
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I have a 4200 (3-9x40) on it now and it is bright and clear, shot it with 200 Accubonds at 3050 fps. No cuts on the forehead and no parallax problem either! I am not sure I'd use the higher power of the other 2 scopes listed. If I got the higher powered scopes I would want parallax adjustment just to make sure I would not run into the problem I had with higher power on the previous scope. I have to face it, I'm getting older and my eyes just aren't what they used to be, I need all the help I can get. Anyone like these bigger scopes to hunt with?
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A nice 2.5x8 vx-3 Leupold would compliment that rifle nicely.  Unless you are really going to be reaching out, an upper mag. of 8 should be fine to do most anything you want.  The eye relief is terrific and the low profile will keep you cheek welded to the stock like glue.  Durability with the recoil should not be a problem.  The larger objectives with the 4200s and the higher upper mags seem to turn me off some what, but the optics are great, durability is great and you still will not go wrong.  Of course these are both great scopes and what you plan to do with the rifle, ie any low light hunting, long range hunting, etc. and personal preferences play a big role in what scope you choose.
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I have a 4-12x40 Meopta r1 on my .300wby, all the scopes mentioned above are great.  Just wanted to give you another option in that price range.
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Originally posted by Sandracer Sandracer wrote:

I have a 4200 (3-9x40) on it now and it is bright and clear, shot it with 200 Accubonds at 3050 fps. No cuts on the forehead and no parallax problem either! I am not sure I'd use the higher power of the other 2 scopes listed. If I got the higher powered scopes I would want parallax adjustment just to make sure I would not run into the problem I had with higher power on the previous scope. I have to face it, I'm getting older and my eyes just aren't what they used to be, I need all the help I can get. Anyone like these bigger scopes to hunt with?
Sure, they are fine if you feel the need due to eye problems.  You will just give up a little in exit pupil size and low light performance at max. mag. power.  I still would choose one with a smallish objective for the reasons I stated, but if necessary, you may need the big objective due to poor eye sight especially in low light situations.  Think also about the Trijicon 2.5x10 56mm if this is the case.
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