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I'm interested in a low power variable to go on a Kimber Montana .308 that will be a "woods gun".  There's a couple of 1.5X6 scopes out there with 40mm objectives that should be really bright.  Nikon and Kahles both make these; does anybody have any experience with them?  The Kahles is a lot more; is it worth it?  There's a new Burris Signature 1.5X6X40, but nobody has one yet.  I appreciate your input, especially the SWFA guys.  Should I just get a 2X7X36 and be happy with it?
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MW,

 

I use a Nikon 1.5x6x42 Gold and am happy with it. It's heavy, but bright and clear, and has held up to fairly heavy recoil so far. I got it at a very good price; It's hard to justify 2x+ the price for the Kahles in my situation, but do consider that I haven't actually handled the Kahles. Have you looked at the Bushnell 1.5x6x36 Elite 4200? I know several folks here really like the series.

 

I use a Leuy 2.5x8x36 on my .308, and it has worked well too, allowing me to work the woods and still have more when in open country. Good luck with your selection and be safe.

 

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Hey MWYATES, I have a Kimber 84M in 7-08 that I use as my woods/treestand whitetail rifle with a 2.5-8x36 Leupold Vari-Xlll on that particular rifle. If you plan to use the gun only for short range work, then the 1.5-6's will work fine. I would not have any reservations about using this gun on whitetails out to 300 yrds due to the excellent accuracy of this gun. I used the Leupold mainly because I was switching several of my scopes to the excellent Bushnell Elite 4200 series which I feel are far superior to the Leupolds in every respect, especially for low light hunting. If you are going to use your Kimber for short range work only, then may I suggest taking a hard look at the Elite 4200 1.5-6x36. At 6x it will give you a 6mm exit pupil, and due to the optics of these scopes you will have all the light gathering capabilities you will ever need for legal shooting hours. If you think that you will get the opportunity for longer shots, then you might want to consider some of the fine 2-7's and 2-8's out there. If your budget permits, a Kahles 2-7 would be an excellent choice for that Montana. You have made an excellent choice on the purchase of the Kimber, so give it all the scope it deserves. I have no first hand experience with the Burris SS, but from what I have heard and read, they are excellent scopes also. Good luck and good shooting.

P.S. Are the Montana's out there yet, cause I have not seen any yet and the dealer I recently worked for was a Kimber Master Dealer? If you have not taken delivery of the rifle yet you might want to consider the 7-08 over the 308.Just my personal opinion.



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i have a elite 3200 1.5x4.5 firefly on a 742 woodsmaster 30-06 and i love it..the optics are fantastic for a fraction of the cost of higher end scopes.

 

under 200 yards..4.5x is really all you need..if you carry a set of 10x40 binocs..

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All excellent choices.

Bushnell Elite 3200 1.5-4.5x32 FireFly.....$189.95

Bushnell Elite 4200 1.5-6x36.....$294.95

Kahles American Hunter 2-7x36.....$558.99

Leupold VX-III 2.5-8x36.....$399.95

 

And all have their benefits.  The 3200 is a steal and the fire fly reticle is very useful in dark woods.  The 4200 1.5-6 is my favorite scope out of everything we sell and by far the best bang for your buck.  The Kahles is the best of the bunch (no doubt) and is a happy compromise between a 2.5-8 and a 1.5-6.  The Leupold has excellent eye relief, compact size and is the highest magnification of the group.

 

Taking your specific requirements in consideration I would go with the Kahles.  Like Roy said, "You have made an excellent choice on the purchase of the Kimber, so give it all the scope it deserves."



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You should check out this scope:

 

http://www.riflescopes.com/products/LEU54906/leupold_vx-iii_illuminated_1.5-5x20.htm

 

I really like the circle dot reticule for close in work.

 

Conrad

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Here is an idea you might entertain. On my woods gun, scout rifle, light mountain rifle what ever name that is currently in vogue I have found the following to be to my complete satisfaction. I use a 4X Leo pistol scope mounted with Leo quick release mounts forward of the receiver, on an FN Mauser action with the old type of safety, the military which is much faster than sporter conversions. I use a rear mounted peep from Brownells and an optical green fiber front if I want Iron sights. Both are set up to be used with both eyes open, and the gun can be carried at the balance point over the mag well.
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Don't forget the Pentax 1.5 X 6. 
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Rusty, is that a rifle scope or a pistol scope just in case mwyates mounts the scope on the barrel of his Kimber Montana.
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