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Optics GrassHopper
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I'm a newcomer to buying scopes.I bought an inexpensive scope last year and I missed twice this deer season. I have seen scopes that after you sight in, you have range adjusters for preset yards. Example  sight in @ 100, and you turn turret to 50yrds and your reticle is adjusted for that range. Like the Sweet 17 for the 17 cal. Does anyone make compensating scopes for 7mm rem mag. are these type of scopes durable? what should I shop for? I don't have a range finder, but I missed at 50 yrds and 150 yrds, and my rifle was sighted in for 100 yard zero.
    I have a quality rifle, and this is the first year I have missed in the last 4 yrs of deer hunting. Any suggestions would be great, But I am on a limited budget. So the best quality for money is what I'm looking for. Under $200.

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Well, I think you should determine WHY you missed those deer before you do anything. I can assure you that it was NOT because your scope lacks any sort of range compensating devices. Go back to the range benchrest with a good experienced shooter after checking all your base screws,etc.
 BTW, I don't know what you have now, but <200 dollars probably isn't going to be a very big upgrade, If you're not in a big hurry, save for a few months and start thinking 400 or so for starters. That can get you some pretty good stuff. 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/09/2007 at 22:30
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Ronk is correct.  A 100-yard zero shouldn't miss at either 50 yards or 150 yards.   This needs to be checked out at the range.  Questions:
1.  Did you follow their escape path to see if there was any blood?  (Not every hunter's deer goes down at the shot.  If not, they can run 100 yards or so dead!)
2.  Did you take the rifle to the range or try a shot afterwards to see if the rifle was still zeroed?
If the scope wasn't zeroed when you checked it after missing the shots, then you need to check the mounts as Ronk suggests.  If they are tight, then I'd look hard at the scope.
Another possible cause (primarily on bolt actions) is a wooden stock that warped (or put pressure on the barrel) due to a change in weather conditions.   Also, it's amazing how far off one can pull a shot by jerking the trigger or pulling it "with both hands" when excited  (particularly when you aren't at the range using a rest).
We know you are disappointed not to have gotten your deer.  Your previous hunts indicate that you should be successful.  Hopefully, one of the thoughts offered on this forum will help you figure out what happened.
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