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Hello,

 I'm new to this forum, but have been lurking here for several weeks. I see lots of good input.

Heres my question I just purchased a Kimber 84M in 7mm08 and am looking for a scope, I would like to keep it light in weight and not have to use extension rings with the kimber bases, would also prefer to use leupold super low rings as they seem to line up better with my eye with the cheek weld I'm looking for.  I would like a matte finish varible in the 2-7, 3-9 range. The only one I can come up with that fits the bill is the VX-II 3-9x33 ultralight, can anybody add to this list?

 

Thanks in advance, Kevin

 

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I can't add any, but I put the Leupold VX-II 3X9X33 (the one you cite) on my SAKO Finnlight and it is a GREAT choice!
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What's your price range and how light do you consider "ultralight?"  The problem with the so-called "compact" model scopes is they generally give up image quality and field of view.  To me, I would rather just get a smaller, lighter model from among the "non-compact" model scopes, which would only add maybe 3-4 oz.  

 

For example, the Swarovski AV 3-9X36 is a lightweight (11.6 oz.), relatively compact scope has more FOV than other compact scopes, and you give up nothing optically.  Its optics are superb for such a small scope.  I have it on a light mountain rifle, and love it.  It is priced around $850 or so.

 

The now discontinued Kahles 2-7X36 American Hunter model scope is about the same weight as the Swaro, but slighly shorter.  It can be found on the Sample List for around $450.  I have this scope as well, and it too is very good optically.

 

The Leupold VX-III 1.75-6X32 is also about the same weight and length as those.  It goes for around $400 or so.  I have this scope as well, and although it isn't in the same league as the Swaro and Kahles, it's still a very nice, compact scope that will serve you well.

 

Keep us posted on what you decide on.  The Kimber 84M 7-08 is a great little rifle!

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The only problem I can come up with the Kahles 2-7 is the ocular end is quite a bit larger and with the low mounting it is way to close to the bolt handle for comfort and with the lens covers that comes with them it rubs and binds the bolt.

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The info on my last post is from a freind who tried to mount the Kahles on a 8400-270wsm.  I'm assumeing they are close enough even though the 8400 has a slightly larger reciever dia.

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  O.K. heres the story, I got a purchased but never mounted VX-II 3-9x33 for a good price, If I like it no problem if not I can use it to upgrade my Ruger 77/22 that I have a Green Mountain 17HM2 barrel on order for. Either way Thanks for the imput.
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I think you will be VERY happy with your choice!
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Hello, just an update, the 3-9 UL is working out good. The gun shoots 3/4"  3 shot groups with 140gr. accubonds and IMR 4350, but I bought some Federal fusions to start shooting and have some brass to reload with and they seem copper foul the bore quick, like after 5 or 6 shots. I was wondering if anyone else was having this problem, on a brighter note they also shoot to the same point as the handloads and group 3/4-7/8"

Kevin

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I not sure what animals you are hunting with the 7-08, but you should seriously consider a fixed 6x scope, like the Big Sky, Monarch, or  Kahles they are super bright and super light I just can't say enough positive things about them. They can be mounted fairly low.  The fixed scope also made me a better shot by way of consistent cheek weld, hand placement, and mental focus as there is no cranking up the dial. You must focus on the job at hand.

 

 I also reload for my 7-08, and also tried the accoubonds this past year. I found that the accubond was accurate, deadly but overkill. It just didn't cause the damage I would like to see. It killed quickly with a exit an wound, but I like a bit more fragmentation from a bullet. I would encourage you to give the Sierra 140 Game hunter a try, very accurate and devastating on Whitetails. You may even see you group size shrink. I also have started loading the 130gr Speer boatails, they are real accurate also. I have not shot one at an animal, but my daughter may try it this year. I hope you have a great season.

 

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