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I looked to post a new thread to do a poll, but maybe I don't have enough posts to do that or maybe we can't do them here.  Anyway, it would be interesting if we could do a poll to determine the mix of shooters that we have here and it would shed some light on what aspects of scopes we find the most important such as ultimate clarity, repeatability, reliability, etc.  If I were creating the choices they would probably be the following:

Which describes the majority of your shooting the most:

1.  Hunter shooting caliber larger then 30-06
2.  Hunter shooting caliber 30-06 or smaller
3.  Target shooter shooting caliber larger than 30-06
4.  Target shooter shooting caliber 30-06 or smaller


My point is that target shooters probably don't care how scopes hold up to bumps and falls, .223 shooters have never really tested whether a scope holds a zero and can worry about clarity more than a shooter that has a .338 WM, also target shooters look through their scopes for extended times.  Anyway you get the idea.  We have a mix of shooters and it would be nice to find out what the mix is.  John Barsness obviously looks at scopes as a hunter.  Some of the others look at them in a way more appropriate to target shooting.  It doesn't make either right or wrong, just maybe more suited to their styles of use.

You also have to know what kind of standards someone has for accuracy if you are going to talk to them about holding zero.  Personally I can't stand a rifle that won't shoot 1" if I plan on shooting it beyond 200 yards even though I realize it doesn't have to be quite that accurate to hit the vitals of a deer.  Other guys may be happy with 4" groups at 100.  John mentioned that he had one gun that was always a sub moa shooter and he had a scope that degraded and the groups opened up to 4".  He changed the scope and it went back to normal.  To a guy that was happy with the 4" groups to begin with, he would have never though there was anything wrong in the first place.   Let's be honest, some people just can't shoot anyway.

Anyway we've been talking about evaluating scopes in another thread and there are so many variables for their use and the skill of the shooter along with their vision that factor in, it makes it very hard to accomplish.

Tom
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50/50 between one and two--
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/26/2009 at 07:34
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Most of my shooting is related to hunting, I try to shoot all of my hunting rifles at least once a month.  This includes:

1. Remington 700 CDL 7mm08

2. Savage 110 270 (This was the first hunting rifle I purchased for myself.  Even though it is a cheap package rifle, it is more accurate than the Remington)

3. DPMS LR308

 

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This is a hard question to answer, given the choices of answers.  Most of the posters on this site tend to do at least 2 or 3 of the choices.  I can not hunt with high-powered rifles in my state for anything but varmints, but with the recent explosion in the coyote population, I just purchased my first centerfire.  I came to this forum to gain some knowledge on what is required for a good centerfire scope, having no personal experience in this area.  I will be spending a good deal of the time at the range, but with the ultimate goal of success in the field.  Does this make me a 2 or a 4?  My real hunting passion is the global elimination of all things tree rat.  I have lost 2 "lifetime best" caliber bucks to these (several expletives deleted) creatures.  I need to find a decent scope for that purpose, as well.  Does this info put me any closer to 2 or 4?
 
I like the general idea behind your question.  I think intended purpose weighs heavily on which qualities are paramount.
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99 % of my shooting is 30-06 or less.....I sold my 300 Win Mag several years ago.......ex-wife and divorce and stuff caused me to liquidate down to the bare walls..........Shocked

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I guess I'm all four. I target shoot with a 22-250 .243,.270 and 300win. and hunt with a .243 and .270, and .300 win.
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22-250 6.5rem mag .264 win mag and .375H&H, all of the above


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I guess if the question is "most of your shooting"  as opposed to most time spent at, then I am mostly #3.  Spend far more cartridges on target than actual hunting.
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  Don't know we're talking caliber or cartridge. But I shoot mostly my .300 so I'm either 1 and 3 or 2 and 4.
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I am 1, 2 and 4
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Targets/Competition
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22-250
243
308
270&300WSM
7mmRM
 
Hunting
All of the above +270 Win.


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all 4, mostly pdog hunting .204 .223 and .270win. deer 870 in 20ga. and savage ml 50. 
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For all my hunting and shooting, see the two below!
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1,2, and 4 for me.
 
 
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.220 Swift, .243, 30-06, 7mmRemMag, 7mmSTW, .458 Lott.  I've made some rifle trades for house building services and optics over the last few years, don't have as many as I used to.  Use everything for all 4.  I REALLY want a .375 H&H (or Ruger), but right now am trying to stock up on ammo.    
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30-06 and 300 wsm for hunting mostly but more target soon hopefully.
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2 & 4.  .22, two .22-250, and .270.  Want to get back to shooting the .22 more. 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/26/2009 at 22:50
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My collection of Deer hunting calibers as follows, 223,22-250,243,25-06,7mm08,7mm rem mag,308 win,30-06,(2)300 WSM,300 Weatherby mag,338 win mag,35 Whelen,44 rem mag,460 S&W mag,50 cal ML,12 gauge ,20 gauge,9mm,10mm,40 S&W,357mag,45acp,45 colt,both of my 45 caliber weapons and 9mm & 40 S&W are used only for shots under 20 yards when hunting deer.The 10mm & 357 are for under 75 yards,44mag under 100 yards,223 under 150 yards 22-250 under 250 yards 243 & 25-06 under 300 yards,7mm08,308,30-06,35 Whelen 338 Win mag under 400 yards,7mm mag under 500 yards,300 WSM & 300 WBY mag 600 yards.Most of my rifles are equipped with Sightron S2 and S2 Big Sky with 1 Nikon,1Leupold,1 Zeiss ,1 Docter,1 Redfield,2 Bushnell elites.My favorite rifles are a Remington 700 LTR 308 & a Colt HBAR Elite 223 for target shooting.My favorite hunting rifle is a T/C Encore 460 S&W 20 inch Khatadin barrel with a 2-7x32 S2.  
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/26/2009 at 22:58
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Any thing between 223/30-06 which is a large variety, the one that gets used is the one I didn't use the hunt before they take turns cause they all work well.

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I've gone crazy and have been stockpiling ammo for my 350 Rem. Mag. I fell in love with this cartridge. With a Libsaver recoil pad on my M77 this thing is a pleasure to shoot, super accurate and oh so deadly on Mr. whitetail!
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/27/2009 at 05:57
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I target shoot to be a better hunter (and I enjoy the practice). I shoot about 1000 rounds of .22 LR a year, 100 rounds of .308 and 80-160 rounds of .30-06 (through an M1 that I take out once or twice a year and I always go through 10 clips when I do). Last season, I took three game animals and fired five shots. One was an outright miss, another to finish the job. So that's about 250:1 target shooting vs. hunting.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/27/2009 at 18:25
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I go 2 and 4.  My deer rifle is a 6.5x55.  I use 223 and 243 on varmints.  Target mostly with 243 and 308.  I don't shoot much when I hunt.  I tell people that I take my gun for a walk.
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How do I respond ?  I hunt with a bow and a .50 cal musket. 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: February/27/2009 at 21:50
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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

How do I respond ?  I hunt with a bow and a .50 cal musket. 


come on dude this is 2009! whats up.   no really what type of bow do you shoot?
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Mostly 4.  I too use a bow, but main that too is targets in yard.  I really don't get outto hunt much unless it's bird season.  Quail and dove.  I'll wear the barrel out of my beretta long before I'll shoot the barrel out of my remmy.
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