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I want to thanks everyone who has already responded to my last post!!! There really is a wealth of knowledge here at SWFA.

I also wanted to clarify my specific needs and define the conditions in which I hunt.  I failed to mention that the SBL comes equipped with the XS Systems Lever Rail optics platform which also opens the door to forward-mount optics if that is a better option. Either way I could also use some advice on the best Picatinny-style/weaver low profile mounts to use… that will hold up to the recoil.

I want to get the RIGHT scope the first time, so if the $600 that I have set aside isn’t quite enough and for another hundred dollars or two… I could get the perfect set-up I will hold off for another month before making my purchase…

My main concerns’ are:

1.     Able to withstand the recoil/punishment of the 45-70.

2.     Exceptional low light performance.

3.     Extreme accuracy – I tend to thread the needle/bullet placement is essential to me.

4.     Lifetime warranty

My average shot from my stand is 70 yards or closer… while perch 35 feet in the air in my treestand that I climb into long before sunrise to let everything settle around me and where usually remain until the last possible seconds of legal shooting light… I hunt the 1500 acres of private land that’s heavily wooded mountain terrain surrounded by pastures… green fields and corn fields.  Occasionally, I do come out for a quick lunch and do have an opportunity of take a shot in open cow pastures and bushy hillsides.  I stalk/still hunt when scouting… but more often than not I’m sitting in a my treestand.  Like I said above, if either of the 150 class bucks that I harvested this year had come through even a minute later inside 30 yards… I would NOT have been able to get the shots off… One of the bucks was taken 5 minutes after legal shooting light (25 minutes before sunrise) and the other at dusk with 3 minutes of legal light/time remaining…

I cut and pasted the info about the 195 SBL from the link below:

http://www.shootingtimes.com/longgun_reviews/ST_model1895SBL_200903/index.html

 

 

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I am considering using the Leupold PRW Scope Rings, One Inch, Low, Matte Finish to mount my scope on the 1895 SBL's XS Systems Lever Rail because they have a clean look vise quick release levers and large weaver style fasteners... on some of the others. Is that another manufactures similar type scope rings that I should consider for the picatinny mounting?

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/30/2010 at 16:34
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For low light performance, scout scopes are not a very good way to go.

For Picatinny mounting there are scores of good manufacturers around with TPS and Warne probably being my favourites for the money.  Generally, I prefer to have rings that can be removed without too many specialized tools like hex/torx wrenches, etc, so I like the ones with a locknut or QD lever.

It sounds like the best scope for you would be a low range variable of some sort with good glass and highly visible reticle.

With that in mind, I suggest you look at Trijicon Accupoint scopes.

ILya
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How does the quality of the glass in the Trijicon Accupoint scopes compare to Zeiss Conquest line...

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