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Hey Everyone, New here and have a question. I'm in the market for a new scope for my Rem. 700RS in 280rem. I will be using it mostly for whitetail hunting along with some target work. I think that most of the hunting shots will be from 75 to 400 yds on clearcuts and Power lines and target shooting could be out to 800. (I hear that we have an 800 yd range at the military base here but have not been there yet).
I am looking at the SWFA SS Classic fixed powers in 6x and 10x---due primarily to price/quality (bang for buck).
Which power do you think would best serve these purposes and also which reticle in these two scopes would you recomend.
thanks, Rick
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Welcome to Optics Talk. 

According to your post, your in a "tricky" spot. 

The 6x SS is going be fine for deer hunting, but not GREAT for shooting out to 800 yards.
The 10x, (terrific scope), is probably more suited for long range target work, but not great for deer hunting because it's a fixed 10x. 
 

Translation.....You need a variable power scope, or do the old switcheroo between 2 different scopes, depending on application.     

IMHO, of course.   
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As an aside....

I peeked at your profile to learn that your name is..."Rick James". Dude....I would be totally working that! 
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For your stated goals definitely  go variable. And look for 30mm tube so you are working well inside the scopes adjustment limits. I have a go to hunting rifle that a use for long range competitions on occasion. I set the zero for my hunting needs and make a separate range card for competition because I load a different bullet "sometimes". This season my competitions loads actually did so well on deer I just used the comp range loads and card.

If you like SWFA SS look at this one.

http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-3-15x42-Tactical-Rifle-Scope-P87716.aspx

If that stretches your budget then keep a check on the Sample List (there is a link at the top of this page) and consider some of these.

http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-3-15x42-Tactical-Rifle-Scope-P87716.aspx (I prefer a 50mm objective but this one has a 30mm tube and will do what you want.

Didn't see anything else I could recommend from the sample list for under 700.00 right now.

Good luck!

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Thanks for the info guys! I probably should be working the name thing a little more--Maybe I'll change my screen name to "Superfreak"-- that's what some of the guys call me at work--I get it all the time...
I got a little money as a gift at Christmas and I am limited on what I can spend and the two fixed powers I mentioned fit nicely in my budget. There's nothing that says I have to shoot out to 800--that's just the limit of the long range gun range here. I have a 200 yd range real close by too. So what would y'all say is reasonable as far as distance for the 6X? 400, 500, 600?? Just trying to get a rough feel for where that line is where the 6X is just not enough scope...And which reticle would you reccomend?
thanks again, Superfreak
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It is hard for me to be openly objective about 6X. I've got one now in a vortex and just can't seem to make myself like it. Even at 100yds it doesn't give the picture detail I have become accustom to. If you have serious interest in shooting beyond 100yds I'd have to recommend the 10X.


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Check out The Sample List. Lot's of buys on there. 

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If you can bump to 400 can find a weaver super slam tactical 2-10 in ffp with illumination. These have very good glass.
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If you could bump it to a little over $400 Cabelas is have a super sale on their Euro models (Meopta Meopro) badged as Cabelas.
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Well hell ya!! Get your optics advise from SWFA for free, then run out and buy from Cabela's. 

That's what I would do....C'mon dude. 
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Hey! Ease up on magshooter. Even I accidentally made that mistake ONCE.

I would recommend the SS 6X over the 10X for the OP's stated use, but the SS3-15X is the better option.
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

Hey! Ease up on magshooter. Even I accidentally made that mistake ONCE.



I expected more from a varsity letter man...like magshooter.   
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I use the 10x out to 400 hunting and 600 yards target shooting. The 6x will be brighter because of its perfect exit pupil of 7mm which is right on with the human eye. But if you want to get the most precision out of your rig especially at 800 yards get the 10x. However it can be done with the 6x. I do not feel handicapped hunting with the 10x plus it helps with target identifying. I just think there are lighter, less bulky scopes to fill the role of a 6x.IMHO. The SS line of scope is one of the best value/quality scopes on the market. They are a steal even at their regular price but even better during cyber Monday! However I am testing a 4-14/FFP Primary Arms that is going good, but that's on a 223. You could always get both   
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Who wouldn't want to have both!!!!!!!!!!!!!Love
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I'm also needing a scope for my .280 Steyr Pro Hunter.  After research, reading and quesitons here I've boiled my short list down to a Burris Veracity, a Weaver Super Slam Tactical and a Leupold VX-R.  Price ranges are similar and I'm saving the the quarters and dollars the grandkids don't weedle out of me so hope to pull the trigger soon.  My starting criteria was a 30mm tube since the rings I had Cerekoted with the rifle metal are 30mm.  I've had great luck with all three brands so it will be a hard final decision. Good luck on your search and let us know what you end up with.
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The Leupy VX-R is a solid choice. I'd get that. 
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I really like my 6x SS.  I have no problem shooting sub-moa at 300 with it on my RAR .308.  I have a white, three-inch dot on my 300-yard steel.  The scope is clear enough to hold on that dot with no problem.  I shot two white-tailed does the other day in fading light at 200+ yards.  The thin crosshairs can be a bit tough at last light, but not a game changer.  The scope is a bit heavy, if you are a light-weight and don't like to pack a bit more weight on your rifle, but the durability and quality outweigh the few ounces of extra weight. 

 If you can cough up the money, the variable would probably be better, but the 6x is great.  If you buy it and do not like it, they resell quickly at a small loss.  The SS fixed scopes have glass that it of high quality for no more than they cost and are a steal at their price.

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I recommend you hold off and purchase a SWFA scope that has more magnification for long shots and less for hunting . Consider a 50MM objective for early morning and early evening shots . Remember if you get a 5X20X50 you'll have a scope that works for anything .  I'm happy I asked around myself as I was going to do what you are considering (settling) but was talked into the top of the line scope because he said " 20 power is just the beginning of what you really want ! He was right ! I am now waiting for SWFA to make a fixed 30 X50 HD  for shooting at the range . Or a 6X40X50 HD for everything else . 20 power is just barely enough to see splatter targets at 100 yards with a .223  

Daddy said "If you really don't NEED something then buy the best ! That way if it breaks you can't feel bad "
This advise has worked well for me . That's why I buy SWFA they are hard to break and hard to beat in value . 
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