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     Next year I am planning to have a new rifle built for me.  So I thought I would start looking around for scope info from you guys.  The caliber is going to be 338-06.  I plan to use it mainly for target practice out to 600M and hunting if the chance presents itself.  Since I have never really shot regularly at that distance I am not sure if a 3-9X40 is fine or if I should move upto a 50mm scope.  I prefer exposed target type turrets on it.  My budget is probably going to be in the $1200 range (max).  Durability and customer service if it breaks are also important.  So far I would say a Zeiss conquest with the rapid Z 600 is about the top of both the list and budget.  A close second would be one of the new SS variables depending on feedback by the time the rifle is ready.  With IOR and Leupold bringing up the rear.  The Leupold because of cost and the IOR because of having to send it overseas to repair.  Opinions?
 
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The 3-9X would be alright for shooting out to 600, although you might want a bit more magnification. As for the objective size, I'd only go higher if you're really looking for low-light performance on long-range (high magnification) shots. Even a compact scope like my 2.5-10x32 has a 3.2 mm exit pupil @ 10X and dialing down to 5X doubles that 6.4 - more than most people can use past their twenties. That's still plenty of magnification to shoot out to 300 in hunting situations. Bigger objectives mean higher mounting and often a longer scope.
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I agree with Jono.  At the most I would not go more than a 3-12 or something.  A 3-9x would be a very good fit for that particular round though.

The variable SS is a better all around scope than the 2.5-10x IOR.  It is also better than any Leupold in its same class.  The Zeiss would be a good choice as well.

I would pick either the Zeiss or SS variable.
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Why not the SS10x42HD?
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Unless you prefer the variable...
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Originally posted by gamo gamo wrote:

Why not the SS10x42HD?
 
I am not against it in any way really.   I was just trying to compare apples to apples and all of the other scopes I have been looking at were variables.  Does that kind of make sense.  Since we are talking about the 10X SS's what is the difference in the HD version and the non-HD...besides twice the price?
 
Also what about the available reticles?  The SS only has the mil-dot.  The others a wider selection.  I have not used any ranging reticles so I am going to have to leard from scratch.  The Rapid-Z's seem user friendly but there is a lot of published info on the mil-dot systems.  Thanks for the responses so far.
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

I agree with Jono.  At the most I would not go more than a 3-12 or something.  A 3-9x would be a very good fit for that particular round though.

The variable SS is a better all around scope than the 2.5-10x IOR.  It is also better than any Leupold in its same class.  The Zeiss would be a good choice as well.

I would pick either the Zeiss or SS variable.
I agree with supertool and jono.  Although I love My IOR 4x14x50, I think the Ziess would make a great choice... However, I would also put the Variable SS on just about anything I own...  Good Luck!   Bandito 
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