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Hi... Newbie here, with my first question.

Two days ago I bought an AR-30 in Lapua 338 magnum. This is for long distance target shooting, for fun.  I do not plan to enter competitions or do any kind of hunting with this rifle.

I can shoot up to 600 yards at my local range, but there is a range where I could shoot up to 1200 yards within three hours of my home. Most of my shooting will be done locally from 300 to 600 yards. My local club plans to open a 1000 yards range, and I hope they will do so soon!

Considering my budget limit is $1800 for both a rifle scope and a spotting scope, what are my choices?  Would it make sense to buy a rifle scope with variable power and high magnification so I would not have to buy a separate spotting scope?

Any suggestions welcome.

JLC


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First things first, Welcome to the OT and wow, great purchase.  

One thing to keep in mind is that will be a heck of a kicker on a scope and you'll need a good quality scope that can hang on.  Obviously some of the most durable scopes on the market are the SWFA Super Snipers -
Of those I would probably go with the 10X HD because of the gun and the difference in teh sight picture it will make at those yardages.   I will leave the variable to others, i dont' have a lot of knowledge on ones that will be able to hold up to the lapua's recoil.
As far as spotters,
This has good reviews and seems to fit the bill of what you are wanting.
 
One suggestion you may want to think about is spending most of you budget only on one item.  Like go ahead and buy the best you can afford on a scope and worry with a spotter when you build up funds again or the opposite.  You could get the standard SS 16x (which would work well) and then spend the rest on a good spotter then when fund are better get a nicer scope.   This way you would have two very nice items instead of two that just will work......
I'm no expert and I am sure there will be a lot of goo suggestions.  
Again welcome to the OT!
 
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Thank you for the response and the links.  I will buy the spotting scope, still thinking about the rifle scope!

JLC
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Those AR-30s have such a good brake on them that recoil will not be that bad.  I have shot them and my 700 VS .308 had more felt recoil. 

Personally with a .338 I would look at a variable with more power than just 10x.  The Sightron S3 6-24 would be a good choice for you IMO.
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10x is a bit low on the power range for a past 1000 yd rifle. The Sightron S3 is a nice scope but I would forget the spotter for now and put a Zeiss Diavari rifle scope on it.  
Zeiss 6-24x56 Victory Diavari 30mm  at 1,999.95 is pretty close to your price range.
If you are locked into having a spotting scope plus a rifle scope consider this for the scope because at $1299.95  it will leave you some money left over to buy the spotter.
 
I might give this low dollar Zen Ray spotter a try because really good spotting scopes are dam expensive and even with a top end spotter you wont see the bullet holes at 600 unless someone in the pit is marking them wiht large cardboard spotter markers and if that is the case this will do you.
Nightforce would also be a good scope choice as would U.S. Optics


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It's better to buy rifle scopes with variable power & high magnification suits to your budget.You can find these stuff with cheaper price by visiting us.




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I would suggest buy one decent piece of equipment at a time, otherwise you will be buying again.
Long range shooting puts your equipment and your shooting skills to the test. When things do not add up on the target the first thing you will blame is your equipment ( a normal human response). From this point you will start the equipment and gadget race, untill you are satisfied that it is you and not your equipment. Trust me on this one, I've been there.
So buy the best first time around.
 
I would certainly advise a variable in the 6-20 or 8-25 range. I would take a long hard look at the Nightforce range of scopes.
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Originally posted by 8shots 8shots wrote:

I would suggest buy one decent piece of equipment at a time, otherwise you will be buying again.
Long range shooting puts your equipment and your shooting skills to the test. When things do not add up on the target the first thing you will blame is your equipment ( a normal human response). From this point you will start the equipment and gadget race, untill you are satisfied that it is you and not your equipment. Trust me on this one, I've been there.
So buy the best first time around.
 
I would certainly advise a variable in the 6-20 or 8-25 range. I would take a long hard look at the Nightforce range of scopes.
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Thanks for all the suggestions... After much research online, I ordered a Nightforce NSX 8-32 with the NP-R2 reticle.

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Originally posted by JLC JLC wrote:

Thanks for all the suggestions... After much research online, I ordered a Nightforce NSX 8-32 with the NP-R2 reticle.

JLC
 
Way to go. You will not regret the purchase and I hope you have lots of fun with your rig!!!
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Originally posted by 8shots 8shots wrote:

I would suggest buy one decent piece of equipment at a time, otherwise you will be buying again.


Great advice. My personal experience has been that as you double the distance you quadruple the price. You can become a very good shot under 300 yards with any decent rig, enough ammo and range time, and attention to technique. By that I mean under $800 for a rifle, scope and bipod. Yet to reliably take shots out at 600 or more requires some investment. At minimum, a rifle that shoots sub-MOA and a scope that tracks reliably with good-to-excellent glass. It doesn't hurt to consider things like a chronograph and a decent rangefinder. But that stuff adds up. It's not hard over time to sink a few grand into it.
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