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I bought a Nigtforce scope (5.5 x 22 x 50). Could you tell me your opinion or experiences wiht this rifle scope.
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My experience is both extensive and very postive.  Setting the illuminated reticle is a pain since very minor adjustments result in significant changes in intensity; however, once set, it is unobtrusive, very effective, and works well.  I have several friends who shoot long-range precion and, after shooting mine, at least 3 of 5 have traded in their glass for nightforce (not the S&B guy and not one USO.)

 

My only other gripe would be that the entire occular rotates when you cahnge power.  A field-expedience solution is to add a Bulter Creek Blizzard occular cap.  The opening doesn't have the same button as the normal and is lower profile so the rotating occular isn't an issue.  Also, it's clear so you can leave it down and shoot through.

 

Th glass is very good, the construction is very solid, and reticle is great. Some here will disagree, say you should'a bought a leupy or Zeiss or IOR or USO.  I've owned/used all but IOR and bought the Nightforce.  You made the right decision in my book.

 

I too have the 50mm and it mounts fine on a PSS with medium Badger rings in a 20 degree base.

 

Congratulations, you'll love it (once you set the illumination.)

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I'm a fan as well.  I think they are excellent, solidly built scopes with excellent reticles!  I like them so much that I already own a 3.5-15X50 NXS and I just ordered a 8-32X56 NXS today.  The only negatives I have for the NF scopes are the same as Rancid's -- the initial illumination intensity setting is more difficult than it should be, and the rotating ocular.
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What they said. Which reticle did you get???
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I got the NP-R1.  It is a new Mil-based reticle that isn't shown on the NF website, similar to the NP-R2, except the horizontal marks are divided in 1MOA increments and the vertical marks are in 0.5 MOA increments.  It looks a little like the IOR MP8.  In fact, since I have an IOR 4-14X50 Tactical and am very impressed with it, I considered the IOR 9-36X56 Tactical w/ MP8, but I don't like the 35mm ring issue and I found the NF for a little less $.   Supplier didn't have any with the -R1 reticle currently in stock, so I should receive it in about 2 weeks.
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"I've owned/used all but IOR and bought the Nightforce. "

Rancid, I think in some ways the IOR actually has a little better optics than NF, at least based on the examples of each I have.  I found the IOR had slightly better sharpness out to the edge of field, much larger FOV, and noticeably better twilight performance than NF.  The ocular has the traditional Euro style fast focus and doesn't rotate with power change.  In all other respects -- turrets, side focus, overall reticle selection (except for the IOR MP8, which is excellent), illumination on/off integral with SF knob, consistent 30mm main tubes throughout, and appearance -- I like NF better.  Both appear to be equivalent from the standpoint of ruggedness.  I'd basically call it a draw between the two.  Since IOR supplies rings with their 35mm models, the 35mm tube issue isn't that big a deal, but I still like having the greater ring selection 30mm offers.
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http://www.tpsproducts.com/products.php?cat=97

 

TPS also makes 35mm rings.

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Shot this group with it today.  618 yards.  The real pisser is that the guy I was with said the wind was stronger than it was and was more value than it was.  My initial thought was 2 or 3 clicks right for an almost 0 value wind.  he talked me out of it and we only had 3 rounds left (after qualifying him to shoot at the 600 yard line.)

 

It's about a 4.5 inch group with the flier being my lefty-handed shot, for giggles.  With a 25+ MPH wind, that ain't too bad, but I sure wish it had been in the bull - which it would'a if I hadn't listened to my freind.

 

If you are in the Houston area, there's a range out 10 near Katy with ranges at 100,200,300, and 600.  The 600 is actually 618 as per my Leica 1200.

 

in the end, I really like the glass and reticle in my NightForce.  AS I said, I'd take a PMIII over it, but at twice the price, who wouldn't?

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Good shooting, Rancid, especially with 25 mph wind!  I live NE of Dallas.  If you are ever near Stephenville, Tac Pro Shooting Center has ranges up to 1000 yds.  Haven't been there yet, but I plan to, as it's less than 100 miles from me.

 

http://www.tacproshootingcenter.com/

 

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Guys,
Thanks very much for your comments and experiences. In my next message I will send my results wiht my Rem 700 and my Nightforce.
Best regards
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