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Good Day you clever people.
 
Here in South Africa it takes at least 3 months to get a license for a new rifle. While I am waiting for our most glorious police service to approve my application I have lots of time to consider what scope to use on my new rifle.  I have 3 scopes available for this rifle:
 
1.  Leopold VX III 4.5-14x40, LR fine duplex.
 
2.  Sightron S2 Big Sky 3.5-10x42 normal plex.
 
3.  Burris FF2 2-7x35 BPlex. (will it hold up to the recoil?)
 
Shooting distance is 250 yds max, most shots will be 150 yds.
 
Thanks in advance
 
 
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I have never hunted in SA, but would a fine duplex get lost in the background?  I hunt in both open prairie and woods in South Dakota and I find that a standard/normal plex is as light/fine as I want to go.  There are times I had a thicker plex.
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if those three are the only choices you have i would go with the sightron. the power range isnt ideal for that gun, but its certainly the best glass and reticle choice of the three.
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  I have Leupold 2.5x8 scopes on my 375's.  These scopes seem about perfect for plains game, cape buffalo, etc, and can stand up to the pounding of recoil and tough hunting.
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Originally posted by 3 Tuns 3 Tuns wrote:

  I have Leupold 2.5x8 scopes on my 375's.  These scopes seem about perfect for plains game, cape buffalo, etc, and can stand up to the pounding of recoil and tough hunting.

yeah, but he doesnt have that for a choice.
ive got a 2x7 vortex viper on my H&H but that isnt an option either.
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  Three months is plenty of time to find an appropriate scope.  If plains game is on the menu a scope from 2x7 to 3x9 would be my choice.  Eye relief is a big consideration.
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unless im reading his post wrong, those three scopes are his only choices.
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Originally posted by Dirtyoldsix Dirtyoldsix wrote:

Good Day you clever people.
 
Here in South Africa it takes at least 3 months to get a license for a new rifle. While I am waiting for our most glorious police service to approve my application I have lots of time to consider what scope to use on my new rifle.  I have 3 scopes available for this rifle:
 
1.  Leopold VX III 4.5-14x40, LR fine duplex.
 
2.  Sightron S2 Big Sky 3.5-10x42 normal plex.
 
3.  Burris FF2 2-7x35 BPlex. (will it hold up to the recoil?)
 
Shooting distance is 250 yds max, most shots will be 150 yds.
 
Thanks in advance
 
 


Apparently this is what he currently has and wants to use one of these three.  Sure the OP will advise if different.  Of the three, my vote would be for the Sightron.  I have one in 3-9x42 and very pleased with it.
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  If those are the only choices, then the Sightron would be my pick.
 
  The recoil on my .375 Ruger is snappy enough to doubt if the Burris would hold up, and the Leupold has a power range that would be awkward and too fine of a reticle.
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Originally posted by 3 Tuns 3 Tuns wrote:

  If those are the only choices, then the Sightron would be my pick.
 
  The recoil on my .375 Ruger is snappy enough to doubt if the Burris would hold up, and the Leupold has a power range that would be awkward and too fine of a reticle.

i agree with you 100% there.
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Dangerous Game = Low power wide field of view.  Heavy Recoil - so eye relief is important. Dont know if you can get an Aimpoint but that would be a good choice:

Aimpoint 9000L 30mm Red Dot Sight 2 MOA Dot Aimpoint 9000L 30mm Red Dot Sight
Stock # - AIM11419
  • Matte
  • 2 MOA Dot
  • 30mm
  • Free Aimpoint Bikini Lens Cover w/ Purchase
$397.95 

 If you chould get a Trijicon Accupoint 2.5-10x56 or the 1.25-4x24 then Accupoint would be my first choice, I know I would want illumination.   Note the 1.25-4 has better eye relief than the 1-4 model.

Trijicon 1.25-4x24 Accu-Point Rifle Scope Red Triangle Trijicon 1.25-4x24 Accu-Point Rifle Scope
Stock # - TR21R
  • Matte
  • Red Triangle
  • 1"
$764.95
Trijicon 2.5-10x56 Accu-Point 30mm Rifle Scope Red Triangle Trijicon 2.5-10x56 Accu-Point 30mm Rifle Scope
Stock # - TR22R
  • Matte
  • Red Triangle
  • 30mm
$870.95 
 


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  • DiamondCoat 2 (Scratch Resistance Lens)
  • Lead and Arsenic-Free Glass Lenses
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Is there a reason for just the 3 choices?
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Thanks for the advice. Yes I have these 3 scopes available and I was hoping that I would not have to buy another new rifle scope. They are pretty expensive here in SA.  It looks likes neither of these 3 are ideal, but the Sightron Big Sky might be the best choice.
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  Shame that Burris doesn't have their #4 reticle.  I'm betting it would hold up just fine.
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I am sure the FF2 would hold up just fine.  Never had an issue with mine on any of the guns I have had it on so far.  Or the horse rolling on it, bouncing around in my truck, sliding down the mountain, etc.  They are good durable scopes.

As far optics, the S2 might be better optically, but for that particular round, I personally would prefer something with less mag range than 3.5x on the bottom end.
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     I believe I'd still go with the Burris.  That .375 could use a b-plex.
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I believe youre right, Burris sent me an e-mail stating that the FF2 will hold up very well to the 375 ruger recoil. I'll give it a try first.
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  GOOD to hear that.  I really like that power range of scope on the medium bores.  Almost as much as I like a fixed low X scope.  Bucky   GOOD LUCK to ya!
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  I had a 1.75-5x20 original Fullfield that I bought new in the early '80s and used on a lightweight .300 for 5yrs.  Sold it a few yrs later to a friend for his .444 Marlin.  Still gittin'er done to this day.  The FFII's to me are just a tried and true line of scope just as the old steel tubed Weavers were. 
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Adding to what others have said, I like the forgiving eyebox on Burris and the power range is the best of your choices.
Burris has a rep for building tough scopes.
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  I am not knocking all Burris scopes as I am sure that most of them are solid, however, I have seen a few Burris scopes give up the ghost in actual rough hunting conditions.  Other than the really obviously cheap scopes, I have seen more Burris failures (at least a dozen) over the years than any other brand. I am not talking about sitting on a stand to shoot a whitetail, but rather backpack or horseback hunts.  Recoil, hard knocks, and bad weather combined killed the scopes I saw, but lots of other guys I saw used them and they held up well.   All of the ones that went bad that I saw were in high altitude camps in the US Rocky Mountains, which is completely different than hunting in Africa.
 
  Like all products there are good ones and bad ones.  Hope you got a good one.
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At the end I decided to use the Leopold vx3. This rifle is a monster! I used 260gr Nosler accubonds for this hunt.  They launched at 2860 fps. Recoil was noticeable. After the shot my friend saw, what he described as a "pink mist" behind the Oryx.
 
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