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Hi all - first time ever posting in a forum and new to the opticstalk community.  I have the opportunity of a lifetime - to go predator hunting in Alaska this fall.  We will be hunting Wolf, Arctic Fox, Wolverine, and Lynx.  I am not one who has a lot of money and this opportunity came by way of a family member who is well to do...
Regardless, I know I likely wont ever get to do this again so I don't want to blow my chances of shooting a predator because my equipment is sub par.  I know my marksmanship will play a major roll, but I am constantly grappling in my mind whether or not my set up will be able to shoot accurately at a target 600+ yards out.  The longest ranges I have access to max out at 300yds.  I know my rifle is a good model (I know it's not custom) but my scope leaves me wondering...will a Vortex Viper 4-12x40 be sufficient or do I need to upgrade?  
I spent about $400 on this scope but keep seeing on forums and youtube hunting channels that the optics they use are 3-4 times the price I paid.   Is a Nightforce or Huskemaw scope that much better?  Like I said, I don't have a lot of money to lay down but at the same time do not want to blow this opportunity.  Does anyone have experience with the Vortex Viper?  Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks so much in advance and I look forward to your opinions and advice.
PS.  would having a custom turret made be a wise choice?  They only run $80-$180 from what I see.
Thanks again!

Prior experience in hunting has only been rabbit/varmint and bow hunting (nothing further than 100 yds out)....
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Once the gear is good enough (and yours is good enough), it really comes down to the shooter, not the equipment.

I have used that same scope to shoot out to 700 yards with good success.  If you want to use the turrets to shoot further, you need to make sure you have another elevation adjustment available to you for that.  

A custom ballistic turret is a good idea, but first you need to make sure you have enough adjustment left.  If you have more than 25MOA available after mounting, that is likely sufficient for the 7mm RM with a 200 yard zero.

If you can afford, I am sure you can get a higher end scope, which will give you a little bit of an edge.  However, if you have limited funds, spending them on other things will do more for your chances:

1) Work out a good load for your rifle and practice.  A lot. At a variety of ranges both close and far.
2) Take a good look at your scope mount: if it is not, invest a new one.  It is often times more important than the scope (since you already have a decent one)
3) If there is any money left get some sort of a simple scope in a QD mount and set it up as backup.  If you are far from civilization, often times it is better to have two mid-range scopes than one super fancy scope.

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Sounds fun, Your scope is good enough if you are confident and familiar it.  I doubt that you will have many 600 yd shots. You can get better glass and you will be able to see more. It will not help you shoot better. I could never recommend the Huskemaw. Nuff said. The Nightforce will have more consistent turrets if you are dialing in your shots. If you practice and learn the drops on your deadhold reticle it will be faster to get on target with just a little less accuracy. There is not that much difference in the glass  in the Viper to the Nightforce to my eyes but my eyes are getting tired.  If you are wanting to upgrade this is a good excuse. I would go with the Zeiss 4.5-14X50. I like the bang for the buck with the prices where they are.   Good luck and happy hunting.
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Welcome to The OT. What a great outing that will be.  
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Wow!  What a quick response!!  Thank you for your advice - the Zeiss does look like a nice upgrade for the price difference, I could possibly pull a couple hundred out of my current scope or hold onto it :)
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koshkin - 
Thank for your quick reply!  It is very good to hear that you have shot out to 700 with it!
Do you have a preference on scope mounts?
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