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I have been searching for the best scope that I can find for shooting varmint and target with my savage 22 .250   Is it worth going with a Leupold VXIII 8.5-25x50?

Should I save my money and buy a Bushnell Elite 4200 8-32x40?

  Would the Nightforce 8-32x56 be worth the money for my application? 

 I started with a BSA, it did not take me long to want more optics.  I stepped up to a 10x Super Sniper and found that I have a hard time hitting small targets, although I find it to be a very good scope and will probably mount it on my ar-15.  I would like a scope that I can shoot from 100 yrds to 500 or 600 yrds and be able to clearly see the target.  I am ready to buy my final scope.  If anybody has any suggestions on any of the above listed scopes, or has any recomendations on a perfect scope, please let me know.  There is also a chance that I will be buying a .308 in the future, and I may want to use the same scope on it.  Thanks in advance.

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That decision is personal preference! 

 

I would love to have the noted NF scope.

 

I have a Bushnell 4200 6-24x40mm on my 22-250.  The Bushnell is the least expensive of the three.  It is optically a good scope but, I will note what I feel is it's 2 major shortcomings:

1) Lack of elevation adjustment:  The 8-32x40mm 4200 scope you mention has 20MOA of full adjustment range. Now that gives you roughly 10MOA of elevation.  10MOA will not allow you to zero past ~450yrds with a .308.

2)  Tube length.  Be aware your mounting a tube that is 18" long.  The Leupold scope you list is over 3.5" shorter.

 

This Leupold you listed is more compact, has side-focus (hard to reach out to the bell AO when the scope extends halfway down the barrel ), and a 30mm tube for more adjustment range.

 

 

 

 



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I think you would be happier with less power, 8-32 is too much in my opinion.  Heat wave distortion, poor light transmission, narrow field of view, etc.

 

4-16 or 6.5-20 are easier to use and there are more to choose from.

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Take the Leo 6X20. If your gun is not the varmit model, all of the scopes mentioned will "outshoot" the gun and load for most 22-250, unless your need is only 1MOA. The big Leo is definitely worth it, the problem is that the scope will always be showing how inaccurate your gun and loads are. (Needs trigger, bedding, new chamber etc) 
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I use a 6-24 x 42mm Weaver Classic V  on my 223 improved and believe me the optics on this scope are crystal clear even on 24 power. the money saved could be better spent on accurising your rifle and for the 22-250 even 20x is more than enough magnification. With very high magnification especially on hot days heat mirage can be your biggest problem. I am also having a new rifle built on a Remington model 700 in 22-250 Ackley Improved and this time will be using a Burris Fullfield 2 in 6.5 -20 x 50mm mainly because the rifle came with Burris high rings. Hope this advice helps you out.

 

             Murray

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Sounds like u're trying to get to long-range with that rig-- i'd go with a BUrris as noted above, but i'd put the Ball. Mil-Dot reticle in it-- as that reticle will get u out there some with 14-some minutes of trajectory compensation built in. Another BIG suggestion is to give the 60 gr. JLK LD a good look-see, if u're really trying to get out there some-- those Savage's have a 12 twist in them, and the highest BC bullet made for it is the JLK-- @ .339. That's up there some, and will provide an addtl. hundred yds. of ballistic advantage over the factory 55/60 polymer tips. Got a buddy that's hitting 650 yd. pr. dogs with a 14 twist Cooper, and the 52 gr JLK LD (BC .302), with some eyesplitting accuracy. If that JLK works out of that 12 twister of yours--- whooooeee-- vermin's in trouble.

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Of the scopes you listed I would prefer the Leupold. It is shorter and lighter than the others and also has a 30mm tube that gives you more adjustment. Personally I would opt for the 6.5-20x50 as it is plenty of magnification and has more elevation adjustment than the 8.5-25 model. I believe a 30mm tube is almost mandatory in a long range scope.
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