Location: Sabinal, TX
I do a lot of Hog hunting at night, WITHOUT using suplemental light- we use moolight only. I've been using a Burris 3-10x50 LRS with an illuminated reticle, and it works pretty well. However, if it worked just a HAIR better (in terms of light gathering) I could shoot a WHOLE lot more often- about 60% of the time I can see the hog clearly with my Leupold 10x42 Pinnacle binocs but the hog JUST isn't QUITE clear enough to guarantee a good shot. So, I'm looking for a new scope. I'm considering scopes like Leupold's Vx-III, VL & Mark 4 series' and Nightforce scopes. Of course, I'd rather not spend any more than I have to; so, if I can find a cheaper one that'll do the trick, that'd be great.
What I'm wondering is, what characteristics will give me the most bang for my buck when it comes to light gathering- objective lens size, tube diameter & lens coatings? For example, are the Leupold coatings so superior to Burris' that simply switching to a comparable Leupold scope will give me significantly better low-light capability?
Will switching to a 30mm tube really make a significant difference in a scope's light gathering ability? How much so- say percentage-wise?
Is there a SIGNIFICANT difference between a 50mm & a 55mm objective lens, for my purposes? How about when compared to a combination of better coatings AND jumping to the larger 30mm tube? The physical size of a 56mm objective lens worrys me because of how high they ride on a rifle- especially on a AR-15.
I'd love to hear some expert advice on these questions AND some recommendations on different scopes! My AR is specially built (by LaRue) for long range accuracy, ski also need a scope that'll be good for some daytime shooting at 600-800 yards; and I definately want an illuminated reticle- preferably a German #4 dot!
Thanks, in advance, for your help!
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