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Hi, I am all new to opticaltalk.com and I am sure this question may already been asked many times. I am sorry for that. Here goes. I finally got me a savage 110fcp in 338 lapua. My problem is trying to decide on a FFP scope. I have a SS 3-15x42 FFP on my .308 and I love that scope, I also think the magnification may not be enough for the .338. 
My budget is around $1400, curious what other scopes are out there that you mite be using that are durable enough to handle a lapua. I've looked into Trijicon, Leupold, Zeiss and Nightforce. I cant really find a whole lot of info on how people like these or how they hold up and I've spent a whole bunch of time searching with minimal luck. I will be using my rifle for long range steel target shooting 800 yard+. Any help and info would be greatly appreciated
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Since you love the SS 3-15 why not a SS-HD-5-20x50? It can handle a 50BMG so your 338 Lapua would be no problem. Plus it has enough elevation adjustment to go as far as your Lapua will reach.
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Your on a good start. Your budget can get you into a good l/r scope and some on your list are top notch. I have Zeiss, IOR and Nightforce on my 1000yd rifles. Ofcourse you'll most likely have to shop used to get a IOR or Zeiss. Most of the higher end higher power Nightforce scopes will be up there too but, deals can be found. Keep a check on the Sample List once you decide what power range and name you want. Many here will tell you that you don't need a lot of power to shoot 1000yds. And that is true but, I prefer it, I like to have the option to pull that target up close and personal when I want to. I don't have to always use the max on the power ring but, if it ain't there I can't. Good thing is its your choice, make it like you want to. I like a minimum of X28 and a 56mm obj. if my budget allows and atleast a 30mm tube. You'll need the largest tube you can get to have ample turret adjustment. My IOR is a 40mm tube and I have turret to spare at 1000yds. But those options do get expensive. If you saved up awhile longer and doubled your budget you could pretty much take your pick and buy new. But I know that can be tough to do. I have been fortunate to find some really good deals along the way and happened to have the cash or a good trade at the right time. That's another good thing about the sample list, they will consider most things of value for trade. Keep us up on what you learn and finally what you decide to get. Good Luck!

http://www.samplelist.com/Riflescopes-C3391.aspx

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Thought I'd post a link for others interested in learning about FFP vs SFP. This is very basic but helpful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XgugJSqpoE

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Originally posted by 338LM 338LM wrote:

Hi, I am all new to opticaltalk.com and I am sure this question may already been asked many times. I am sorry for that. Here goes. I finally got me a savage 110fcp in 338 lapua. My problem is trying to decide on a FFP scope. I have a SS 3-15x42 FFP on my .308 and I love that scope, I also think the magnification may not be enough for the .338. 
My budget is around $1400, curious what other scopes are out there that you mite be using that are durable enough to handle a lapua. I've looked into Trijicon, Leupold, Zeiss and Nightforce. I cant really find a whole lot of info on how people like these or how they hold up and I've spent a whole bunch of time searching with minimal luck. I will be using my rifle for long range steel target shooting 800 yard+. Any help and info would be greatly appreciated

For quite some time I had the SWFA SS 5-20x50 on my 338 and never felt short-changed by it.


I have the illuminated version, but the non-illuminated is a couple of hundred dollars less.

The SS is FFP, but if you decide to go with an SFP reticle, I would try this:

ILya
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I'd take the Trijicon off the list, it doesn't belong.  I had one, it was okay.  The reticle (mil dot) was very thick and the elevation adjustment is a bit tight ( about 50MOA total, if I recall.)

If this is to be a long-range gun, I'd consider an SFP reticle.  The downside of FFP in high magnification scopes is that they tend to be too big at the top or too small at the bottom.  The SS5-20 has a decent reticle for high mag scopes, as it is a simple mil quad. 

I played with the Sithron 6-24 a few years back and liked it.  It wouldn't be my first choice for a hard use gun, but for range work it was more than adequate, and well priced.

Nightforce is a good option, very tough, very well made, and SFP in the NXS line.


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I would look into the vortex razor, nightforce, ive never looked through a SWFA ss scope before but i hear they are top notch. I use Vortex on my 1000 yard gun and its wonderful. 
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I would select either the 5-20x50  30mm  Super Sniper or the 5-25x56  34mm ATACR Nightforce if more funds were available Heinsold, Premier, U.S Optics are good choices.  I am quite happy with my Super Sniper 5-20 my son is quite happy with his NF  ATACR.  The 5-20 Trijicon only has 50 moa of internal adjustment so not enough. The Trijicon TARS is a 3-15x and personally I like scopes that top out at 15 or 16x a lot.  While high magnification optics can be nice for range use there is nothing wrong with scopes that top out at 10x because guys have been shooting 600 and 1000 yrs with open sights for a long time.  So dont totally rule out scopes like this  as better quality scopes win over more magnification :

U.S. Optics 1.8-10x37 MR-10 30mm Riflescope U.S. Optics 1.8-10x37 MR-10 30mm Riflescope
Stock # - USOMR8MIL
  • Parallax Control: T-Pal Left Side Parallax/Focus
  • Tube: 30mm Standard
  • Color: Matte Black Type III Hard Anodizing
  • Eyepiece: Lo Profile - Rapid Focus
  • Includes: USO Flip Open Covers
  • Reticle: Mil-Scale GAP (MIL)
  • Digital Push Button Illumination (Red)
  • Knob - Elevation: EREK 1/10 MIL
  • Knob - Windage: US#1 1/10 MIL
$2,223.95 
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