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This left-handed T3 Lite in .308 was on the rack locally for a little too long at a decent price, so I picked it up since I'd heard good things in general about them.  I've also been interested in checking out the Nightforce line and in avoiding side focus for a field gun, so the 2.5-10x32 seemed to be a good choice to make a light, relatively compact package for hunting that I will have trouble destroying.
 
 
I initially decided on a rail (went with Ken Farrell) and low Aadland rings, but I found the compact scope much higher above the bore than I wanted it, so I took all that off and went with a DNZ one- piece low setup, which came out much nicer and takes advantage of the small NXS objective.
 
 
I had a few boxes of 168gr TAP and some 150gr CoreLokt (from the Savage 99) and went to see how things would go at the range.  After zeroing,  I shot some additional groups at some 1" squares.  Below on the left is a 6-round group of the CoreLokt, which came out at about 2" at 100 yds.  On the right is a 6-round group of the 168 TAP, which measures right at 3/4" CTC.  Most groups I shot were 6-rounds (2 magazines), and none of the TAP groups exceeded 5/8" at 100 yds, while none of the Corelokt groups were less than 1 3/4". 
 
 
Moving out to 200 yds with the Velocity 600 reticle, a 6-shot group came out at 1 1/2".  Two additional groups were 1 1/2"  and 1 5/8".  The inside white portion of the square is 2 3/4".
 
 
After adjusting to a centered group at 200 yds, I moved back in to 100 yds and found that tick mark on the reticle to put rounds about 1/4"  low at that range and about the same at 50 yds, while the 200 yd center crosshair was about 1/4" high at 25 yds.
 
Thoughts on the rifle:  I like it.  It feels just about right for carrying around in the woods.  I don't mind the extra recoil that comes from the light weight;  it's not bad and it won't be shot all that often.  The Beretta rep was very certain that the light barrel will handle the standard 5/8x24 threads, so I may cut the barrel to 18" and put a suppressor mount on it.  Anyone dealt with this model (in any caliber) that was suppressed?  Interested to know how badly the balance was thrown off.  The bolt cycles very smoothly with or without the magazine inserted.  The plastic magazine seems sturdy and is easy to get in and out of the gun.  I replaced the plastic bolt shroud with a metal one, since this seems to be a problem area.  The trigger's fine at it's lightest setting.  The safety is a little difficult to deal with, sort of an up-and-over kind of thing.
 
Thoughts on the scope:  Seems well-built.  The eye-position at 10x is a little finicky, which I expected with a 32mm obj, but it's not too bad.  Jury's out on the Velocity reticle, since I haven't found a place to shoot over 200 yds yet, but I like the concept.  The 100 yd tick mark can be difficult to see and may be a problem even with the illum, but for field use the center crosshair will work fine.  Glass seemed good on an overcast day, but I don't know how it will be in dim light.  A few days in the woods will give me a better idea.  At the range it didn't seem clearly better or worse than the Bushnell Elites or the Trijicons I'm used to using; then again, all my shooting was at 10x with a 3.2mm exit pupil, so maybe the glass is better to give me the same view. The DNZ mount reviews well and positions this scope just about perfectly.  (Leaves me an extra lightly used set of low Aadland 30mm rings and a Ken Farrel steel 20 MOA base, if anybody's looking for a good deal.)  I like not having a parallax knob to mess with, which is awkward for left-hand shooters, especially in the woods.
 
Thoughts, suggestions?
 
 
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Nice rifle! Especially like the LH version of that rifle. Wink
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Nice set-up. Those DNZ's sure did the trick I'd say. Looks like a winner to me! Congrats. 
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Thanks.  Looking forward to finding a longer range to see how well the reticle works.  Wish me luck.
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