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I had just installed an SWFA Sample List,  like-new, Kahles 4-12X52 CL and headed for the range.  The scope is mounted on a Tikka T3 Lite SS, chambered in .270 WSM.  I had not done any shooting for months, and it showed immediately.  The range master had bore sighting equipment on hand, and with that and a few well placed suggestions, it wound up on the paper by the third shot.  

I fired 15 rounds shooting Fed 130 gr TSX factory loads.  Once I got my technique sorted out, I was able to shoot Sub MOA.  Keep in mind, this scope replaced a Sightron II 3-9X42.  So that's what I was comparing the Kahles with.  Several things became apparent:
 
1.   The Kahles is longer and heavier.  Not extemely so, but obviously.
2.   The windage and elevation adjustments are very crisp.  You can do the input with your eyes closed and if not hear the clicks, you can certainly feel them.   The sightron by comparison was almost without clicks.  You had to visually confirm the adjustments.  They worked okay, but that precision was missing.
3.  The Sightron glass is good, but not on the same league as the Kahles.   With the fast focus adjustment and the side focus, a very crisp image can be achieved.  The glass is clear from center to edge and no distortion that I could see.  At 12 power and 100 yards the holes in the target were so clear I didn't need my spotting scope to see just what adjustments needed to be made.
4.  My best efforts in the shop notwithstanding, I had not gotten the eye relief even close.  I found myself leaning far forward the get the distance right.  That got adjusted, a good 2" worth.
5.  The day was very windy and partly cloudly, if went from dour gray to dazzling sunlight in minutes.  The image the scope produced was about the same in either case.  No glare when the sun was out, and a crisp, bright image when the clouds were winning.
6.   The Kahles objective required medium rings to clear the barrel.  I used a set of Talley light weights.  The height was still comfortable and natural to my eye requiring no adjustments to my usual shooting form.
 
This is a hunting rifle.   I was concerned that the Kahles' increased size might make the whole package awkward and clumsy.   Within a few minutes of shooting I had made the mental and physical adjustments such that everything looked and handled comfortably as if I'd been shooting this combination for year.  I expect it was serve my hunting activities perfectly.   
 
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You will love the scope.  However, I am not sure why you chose such a large scope for such a light rifle that is an excellent mountain rifle.  A smaller objective with similar power would made a lot more sense to me.  But, we all have our own choices and if you are happy, that is all that counts.
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Nice set up, Jack. The rifle, rings and scope are all top flight. Thanks for the report and more confirmation on what quality optics can do for shooters and hunters.

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Good obervation Dolphin.  I'm hunting eastern MT.  The ranges can be substantial and shots of over 300 yards are common.  I wanted to go up in power (and quality), 12X seemed about right, but there are limits to what the budget committee would peacefully accept.  That pointed me at the Sample List.  I estimated there is a lot of bang for the buck with the Kahles CL.  Their 12X came with a 52mm objective in my price range, and that's how I wound up going down that cattle chute. 
 
The Tikka is indeed a light rifle and scope is certainly more robust than the one it replaced,  however, once the scope was mounted it produced a pretty nice package.    It's still a pretty handy set up.   I'm familiar with the rifle and have great confidence in at, and the scope is excellent for my purposes.  For the kind of hunting I'm doing it's an okay fit.
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I have a Sako 85 finlight 270 which is also very light (similiar to my Tikka 308 stainless light) and it has a Kahles CL 3-10x52 MZ on it in warne mounts

it replaced a lighter Swarovski 3-10x42 AH because it's better glass and I prefer the 4A reticle for low light hunting
the rifle is still very light and I have a GREAT scope on it
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