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Folks,

 

I have a new Kimber in .308 I need to scope. Intended use is for rifle school, range work and hunting gun for my son. Idea is to have a rifle I can shoot the heck out of without punishing my body or my wallet like my .300 mag would. My hunting rifle wears a Swarovski 3x10 but don't want to spend that much on this rifle.

 

I'm all over the place on choices. Bushnell 3200, Weaver Grand Slam, Nikon Monarch, Leupold II or III, Zeiss Conquest, all around 3x9 or10 and 40mm or so.

 

Help me please!

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You are indeed all over the place on choices here as these scopes are in very different price ranges.  Of the mid-range 3-9x40 scopes, Zeiss Conquest is considered to be the best.  However, it is not a small scope and Kimber is a light and handy rifle.  Local Leupoldophiles (one of whom has a Kimber) recommend a Leupold VX-3 2.5-8x36 as a small and light scope that fits the rifle well. 

There are other choices out there as well.  I think there is a lot merit to the idea of trying to find a scope on the smallish side for this rifle.  Other fairly trim 3-9x40 or so scopes are Nikon Monarch and Trijicon Accupoint (probably the fastest reticle to acquire out there) and Weaver Grand Slam.  All are good, you just thave to figure out how much money you want to spend.

Personally, I would probably be inclined to put a fixed magnification scope on this rifle.  Three good choices in their respective price ranges, in order of ascending price, are Burris Fullfield II 6x40, Sightron S2 x42, Nikon Monarch 6x42 and Leupold FX-III 6x42.  These are simple and rugged scopes with good glass that would work very well with that rifle.

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Hi: You seem to have wide range of use in mind for this gun, so I would take a hard look at the Monarch 3.3-10x44mm with Mil Dot and Adujustable Objective. It's a good quality scope and could be bought and delivered to your home for about $349.00

As for mounts...I'm not sure how much you want to spend? You may want to keep cost down on these too. So I'd take a hard look at the Burris Signature Series so that you could adjust the elevation with those off-set inserts that Burris sells.

Keep in mind that these shorter scopes will limit the placement of the scope as far as adjusting for eye relief, unless you opt for the Picatinny base and rings.

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Folks,

 

Narrowed it down to three. Conquest 3x9x40 for best glass or follow Koshkin's lead and go with a smaller scope like Grand Slam 3x10x40 or VX III 2.5x 8x36. Since I'm not able to compare these side by side in my neighborhood how much fall off from the Zeiss to the others will I see?

 

Thank you for your replies!

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It is hard to quantify, the fall-off.  Besides, we all have different eyes and see things differently. One thing you can try to do is compare your Swaro to whichever one of these three scopes you can find around.  If you look at Grand Slam or Leupy and it looks like the dropoff in quality is huge compared to you Swarovski, then you should go with a Conquest.  Otherwise, save some money and get a Grand Slam.

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I can see the reasoning behind the smaller lighter 2.5-8 but I would hate to spend that much money and not go a little bit more and get the 3.5-10. Also worth a look is the Burris. I think the Leupold and Burris reticles shown here will be a big advantage when hunting and that fact alone makes them a better choice than many other scopes.   I put one of the Leu 3.5-10 VXIII duplex on my sons rifle and like it but would have liked it better with either the boone & crocket or varmit reticle on it. The burris scope above is a good value and has a good reticle for hunting plus 30mm tube which I prefer. 

 

You will have to look real close to notice much if any difference in these and the Zeiss & $$Swarv these are all good glass.



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I'm leaning to the Weaver Grand Slam 3x10x40. Only qualm I have at this point is eye relief seems a little less than average. It's 3.5" at low power and 3" on highest magnification. On a .308 is this going to be a concern?

 

Thanks everyone!

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If the stock fits you well, it should not be a problem/

 

ILya

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I can't say enough about the Grand Slam I think the glass is great very clear and bright.  Plus an added bonus is the price is right.  Yes, it does have shorter eye relief, but a .308 is a pretty light kicking rifle so it should not be a problem if the stock fits you correctly.
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