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Looking at a 2.5-10x32

Whats not to like about this for a hunting rig?

I have never owned a Nightforce.

Is the eye relief really the 3.7" as advertised?

Hows the glass in lowlight?

How well do they handle flare or stray light?

Hows the warranty service if needed?

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32 divided by 7mm exit eye pupil (bright)  =  4.5 power it will be bright as you could possibly use in low light at 4.5 power or below.  One with a larger objective would be birghter at higher powers say a 6x42mm scope  or a 7x50 or a 8x56. So when it gets dark start dialing the power down.  Nightforce are great scopes I think you will be really happy with the 2.5-10x32 it will be very user friendly.
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Originally posted by 308WIN 308WIN wrote:

Looking at a 2.5-10x32

Whats not to like about this for a hunting rig?

I have never owned a Nightforce.

Is the eye relief really the 3.7" as advertised?

Hows the glass in lowlight?

How well do they handle flare or stray light?

Hows the warranty service if needed?

THANKS
It isn't overly huge like most tactical scopes so it wouldn't be bad for a hunting rig only possible down side I can see would be exposed adjustments. Never owned a Nightforce so can't comment to much on the glass and eye relief warranty work ETC.
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Since you asked about this specific model, check out http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=16075. And, yes, the eye relief is as advertised. Aside from the minor limitation of the 32mm objective, the optics are great. Before mounting the scope, I hiked around at dusk looking through it at deer out past 200 yards and couldn't imagine a shot I couldn't take.
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I also wouldn't want a 32mm Objective for lowlight performance. Optics and lenses make a diference but only so much. When it comes down to it the 32mm Objective is going to hurt your lowlight performance on higher powers.
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Originally posted by Chris Farris II Chris Farris II wrote:

I also wouldn't want a 32mm Objective for lowlight performance. Optics and lenses make a diference but only so much. When it comes down to it the 32mm Objective is going to hurt your lowlight performance on higher powers.


Each person may define lowlight performance differently too, based on individual eyesight, hunting style and regulations. I've never hunted boars at night or something similar and Montana allows shooting half an hour before sunrise and half an hour after sunset. At these latitudes, even in November, there's a fair amount of light left in the sky then. Also, how likely are you going to take a highly magnified long-distance shot in those conditions? An illuminated reticle and higher-quality optics also make a difference.

Every scope is a tradeoff. In my case, I went with the 32mm objective because I wanted compactness, less weight and felt it would work just fine during legal shooting hours where I hunt.
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Originally posted by jonoMT jonoMT wrote:

Originally posted by Chris Farris II Chris Farris II wrote:

I also wouldn't want a 32mm Objective for lowlight performance. Optics and lenses make a diference but only so much. When it comes down to it the 32mm Objective is going to hurt your lowlight performance on higher powers.


Each person may define lowlight performance differently too, based on individual eyesight, hunting style and regulations. I've never hunted boars at night or something similar and Montana allows shooting half an hour before sunrise and half an hour after sunset. At these latitudes, even in November, there's a fair amount of light left in the sky then. Also, how likely are you going to take a highly magnified long-distance shot in those conditions? An illuminated reticle and higher-quality optics also make a difference.

Every scope is a tradeoff. In my case, I went with the 32mm objective because I wanted compactness, less weight and felt it would work just fine during legal shooting hours where I hunt.
Agreed I have a 36mm Swaro for the reasoning of being compact. For what I use it for it doesn't bother me one bit. I was just making sure I pointed out every possible aspect for him.
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Nightforce makes a great scope, objective will limit magnification in low light, but how many 500-yard shots do you really need to take in the dark?

Another option to consider is the 2.5-10x42 IOR hunter.  It doesn't have exposed knobs and the illumination is more obtrusive but easier to adjust.  The IOR will have better glass than the Nightforce, but Customer Service with IOR is hit-or-miss.  Nightforce is proud of their stuff and, it has been my experience, they try to make/keep their customers happy.


I like Nightforce allot and with SWFA sold them.

Think about the IOR too; larger bell means better in low light (and they tend to under-report the scope weights, just FYI.)

http://www.swfa.com/pc-13690-291-ior-25-10x42-hunting-30mm-rifle-scope.aspx


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They are very nice scopes and I have been very pleased with the one's I own. I am currently looking at this very scope with the NP-R2 reticle for my Sako. My other choice is the 2.5-10x24 NF. Also from what I hear NF takes very good care of their customers.
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Keep in mind that the NF 2.5-10X32 NXS is available with turret caps as an option, unlike the higher magnification models in the NXS line.  So the exposed adjustments thing is a non-issue if you get the hunting style knobs.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Keep in mind that the NF 2.5-10X32 NXS is available with turret caps as an option, unlike the higher magnification models in the NXS line.  So the exposed adjustments thing is a non-issue if you get the hunting style knobs.
Really? That is a very good idea for them I did not know that. thanks for the info Ted.
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Keep in mind that the NF 2.5-10X32 NXS is available with turret caps as an option, unlike the higher magnification models in the NXS line.  So the exposed adjustments thing is a non-issue if you get the hunting style knobs.


RifleDude,

I thought that since pretty much all tactical scopes have exposed turrets and probably get used harder and in dirtier conditions than any hunting scope that it would be a non-issue. Plus they are still sealed against the elements. So if you would not mind please tell me what I am missing.

Thanks,

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Originally posted by Sparky Sparky wrote:

Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Keep in mind that the NF 2.5-10X32 NXS is available with turret caps as an option, unlike the higher magnification models in the NXS line.  So the exposed adjustments thing is a non-issue if you get the hunting style knobs.


RifleDude,

I thought that since pretty much all tactical scopes have exposed turrets and probably get used harder and in dirtier conditions than any hunting scope that it would be a non-issue. Plus they are still sealed against the elements. So if you would not mind please tell me what I am missing.

Thanks,

Sparky

It's not a huge issue, but on a "typical" hunting scope, you generally don't change your zero settings very often.  So, having the adjustment caps protecting the knobs helps keep the knobs from getting rotated accidentally (such as when pulling a rifle out of a case or scabbard or brushing it up against objects), changing your zero without your knowledge, which could cause a miss.  If you're diligent about checking your zero setting on the knobs, this is also less of an issue.  Also, the exposed knobs in the NXS line, like other tactical and target turrets, are taller than the covered hunting style knobs.  So, if you don't plan to dial up long range firing solutions during the hunt, lower profile knobs are an advantage in being less likely of hanging up on stuff like foliage or a tightly fitted soft case.  It's not a question of whether or not the scope is better sealed against the elements with caps.
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The compact models have low profile turrets.
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I will say that I have considered  buying that same Nightforce scope however there are other scopes which I really like better for hunting rifles.  The adjustment knobs on the FX3 can still be used to dial in correction even though they are short and the reticle  has hold over marks for trajectory compensation. The scope can  be custom ordered with target or M1 knobs if you feel the need.

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Urimaginaryfrnd, those are all good scopes. Having owned two fixed power cousins of the Leupold (a FX-II 4X and a 2.5 scout) I wouldn't hesitate to recommend one for any amount of light inside most states' legal shooting hours. I'd prefer the 4X, however, because of the wider FOV (24 vs. 17) and the lower magnification doesn't inhibit shortrange shots as much as the 6X might. The 4X is a great scope for max. PBR hunting (~300 to 400 yards).

But none of these scopes really seem to have a reticle or knobs that facilitate longrange shooting. I'd also prefer to exchange some low light capacity for a more compact scope, such as the Nightforce 2.5-10x32. It's true that batteries can die but the CR2032s seem to last a long time. I have one in my keychain remote that has lasted five years and gets used 5-10 times a day.
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Actually a modern 6x has plenty of field for some pretty close shots. I have killed running deer at 20-25 yards with a fixed 6x, with no problems.
 
I believe the notion that 6x is too much for "woods hunting" began in the early days of American scopes, when many of them has 7/8" or even 3/4" tubes and tiny ocular lenses, which really limited field of view. But 17 feet at 100 yards is over four feet at 25 yards, plenty for deer hunting.
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17' isn't bad but none of the guys I hunt with has ever taken a shot over 250 yards. IMO, 4X is adequate out to that range and the extra FOV makes it easier to get on target quicker. I've shot a running antelope at 40 yards and an elk at 35 and really wished I'd had less than 4X magnification at those moments. What I really like too about the Leupold 4X is just how compact and light it is: 9.3 oz and 10.47" vs. the 13.6 oz/13.2" of the 6X. 
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