Sniper Country Duty Roster collective wisdom
Choice of scope:
As to scopes, you get what you pay for. Don't look
for Objective lense, power and tube
size and expect them to be the same. What you are looking for is
light gathering, clear
picture to edges, and ruggedness. The Military choose the Mk4, but
statistically it has a
small exit pupil so brand "X" with a 56mm Objective and 30mm tube
should be better?
Wrong the quality of the lenses on cheap scopes is not good and
try to shoot them in low
light and you can't get a sight picture. When buying a scope don't
just pick it up and look
through it in bright light, thats like kicking the tires on a car
lot. Don't cheap out on the
rings. It is a weapon system not just the rifle or scope that makes
it work. Mike M.
Mike M. <DMMDNLN>
Calif. USA - Monday, September 21, 1998 at 12:40:28 (EDT)
My question comes regarding scopes. I know I can't
afford a Leupold Mk IV and the B&L is also a bit on the high end of
things for me. So it seems that my choices come to the Tasco, Springfield
Armory, or the Leupold Vari-XIII 3.5-10x40mm Long Range M3. They are all
within $100 of each other. So the question is which one? Has anyone had
any experience with the Springfield scopes??? As for the Leupold, what
type of adjustments does it have? Can't seem it tell if it comes with a
BDC ot traget type adjustments and the Leupold site does not have that
info. Since I will be reloading I think I would like target knobs so that
I can adjust for each batch more easily. Any words of wisdom are greatly
Laszlo M <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Round Rock, TX USA - Tuesday, October 13, 1998 at 11:49:41 (EDT)
Hey for everyone out there with The Leupold Var XIII
LR M3, here is some info on what i used to get the scope to reach out to
1000 yards. I used the 1 piece Autauga Arms base and the Mark IV rings.
I shot it yesterday and the the setup works good. So if you have the money
then that will be your answer.
FIRE FOR EFFECT!!!
Ches, VA USA - Tuesday, October 13, 1998 at 08:31:07 (EDT)
Leupold 3.5-10x VX-III M3 LR: $677 (Sparten Supply)
Tasco SS10x42: $360 to $400 depending on retailer
Tasco SS10x42M: $475 to $550 depending on retailer
Springfield: Don't know. Don't like 'em. Don't like them at all.
The M3 LR is a good scope. It has two types of markings on the elevation
turret. Both 1 minute increments and a BDC marking for METERS. Windage
is half minutes. This scope is configured a lot like the Mk4 M3, only there
is no unessesary scope caps. The turrets are sealed and large enough to
work well in all conditions. The markings on the BDC go from 100 meters
to 1000 meters and below this are tick marks for minutes that are marked
numericallty every five minutes. This is a great feature. You can either
adjust using the BDC or Minutes, which I pefer. Best of all, there is room
to add markings once you know your zero's. Just cover the meter markings
and place your own data there.
The best buy on the market is probably the Tasco SS10x42. It was
build supposedly to compete with or replace the M3A only at half the price.
Lot of good features for the money. For a civilian shooter the 1/4 minute
Turrets make more sense and you have room to add your own marking on the
Forget the Springfield. We have covered this in prior Rosters so
you might want to check out the archive. Also, if you want a PSS but can
not afford it, buy the 700 VS (approx $450 to $500). It has the same action
and barrel as the PSS and the stock is the same except for the contour.
Also, the 700 VS factory stock is far superior to the factory Savage Tactical
stock, which is why the Savage is so affordable. If they put a good stock
on that model, they'd have to charge $480 or more. I am not slamming them
mind you. This is just how Savage keeps the rifle so affordable.
Good luck and welcome to the money pit!
USA - Tuesday, October 13, 1998 at 12:56:11 (EDT)
Greatly enjoy reading about all the aspects of long
range, precision shooting!
But I can not get over some of the "advice" offered on the selection
of good scopes. As I have stated previously in this forum, I have seenseveral
Leupold Vari-III scopes break right off on rifles in the field, since up
to at least a few years ago, they were made of several pieces screwed together.
The objective (front) part broke right off. So, choosing a Leupold, I would
go for a Mk IV. Having guided big game hunters in difficult field
conditions for a number of years here in northern British Columbia,
I have seen many scopes fail. This fall, one guide told me of three
US made Zeiss scopes failing. Another guide mentioned a Swarowski
that gave up. So regardless of name and "quality", optical equipment can
fail. I have found that both Burris and "tactical" Tascos give good
service in our conditions.
BC Canada - Friday, October 30, 1998 at 01:26:47 (EST)
I am the Sniper Team Leader for my Sheriff's Office SWAT Team. We
are in the process of purchasing new rifle scopes for our rifles (Remington
700 TWS). I am interested in the Leupold Vari-X III 4.5x14 Tactical scope.
If anyone has comments, good and bad, on this scope please let me know.
Also if anyone has any other scopes they would like to recommend let me
hear from you.
We currently have two Leupold Vari-X III 3.5x10 in use and have been
testing a Leupold MK4 M3. All of these are great scopes but have some weakness,
such as the 1/2 MOA adjustments the MK 4 has which are too coarse for our
Thanks in advance for your help.
Blevin Davis <email@example.com>
FL USA - Friday, November 06, 1998 at 17:37:14 (EST)
Blevin: Unlike some of the critics of Leopold scopes, I have not
had one Leopold go bad (and I do test a lot of rifles.) My brother in law
did have one of the adjustment turrest stick on his 3x9 Vari XII but he
sent it back to Leopold and a wee and a half later had it mounted on his
rifle ready to sight in. Leopold are fine pieces of equipment no matter
which ones you get, and their Law Enforcement scopes are the top of the
scope line. But I think you owe it to yourself and your department to check
out the Bausch and LOmb 10X Tactical Elite. Now that is a magnificent scope
and it has the finer adjustments also. Read the review here in SC.
Al Ostapowicz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Prepping myself to locate Sarge's lair in the High Country in the Foggy
Republic of , Ohio USA - Sunday, November 08, 1998 at 10:27:22 (EST)
Followed you guys advise on scopes. Went to the local weapons of
mass distruction dealer last week at dusk. Now that it's daylight savings
time he is open past dark. Compared the 50mm with the 40mm on a one inch
tube. Couldn't tell a difference to save my life. Next tryed the 50mm on
a 1" and 30mil tube. Big difference. Ifso facto if the 40mm is as good
as the 50mm, and the 30mil tube is better than the 1" tube, the 3.5x10x40x30mil
Leupold LR has got to be the best of both worlds. Can't understand why
they didn't put the 4.5x14 on a 30mil tube.
Mike Bolt <email@example.com>
W-S, NC USA - Sunday, November 08, 1998 at 12:22:35 (EST)
I need advise on optics. I have $1000-1500 budgeted for a quality
optic. I am what I would call a decent/medium range shooter, not sniper
quality, but I am practicing. It will be fitted to a Rem-XB40 in .308 with
a Remington tactical stock. I also need quality rings for this setup. I
am primarily leaning towards the Leupold M4 17X, and the US Optics SN-1
17X. I have a good friend that is a SWAT sniper that likes the US Optics,
but want a second opinion.
Tyson Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Leander, TX USA - Monday, November 09, 1998 at 01:03:21 (EST)
Don't remember who asked about Leupold scopes, but here's the list
of tactical zooms they have.
Vari-X III 3.5-10x40 Long Range M3
Vari-X III 4.5-14x50 Long Range Tactical
Vari-X III 6.5-20x50 Long Range Target
Vari-X III 8.5-25x50 Long Range Target
All have side focus, all are 30mm tube, but... all have 1" internals!
Pat Lakin <email@example.com>
Whiterocks:somewherer south of the Uinta Mtns., Utah USA - Monday,
November 09, 1998 at 18:25:57 (EST)
Tyson Brown: The Mk4 M1 is a good scope. The Bausch & Lomb Tactical
is possibly better, and less expensive. But the magnification is not what
you were looking for. I am not sure why you need so high a power, but it
sounds like you might want to look into a varmint scope as opposed to a
fixed target scope. Some of the 6x20 or 6x24 scopes could give you the
magnification you are looking for.
USA - Wednesday, November 11, 1998 at 16:40:00 (EST)
I was thinking of buying a spingfield scope, a 3 gen gov, Dose anyone
like or dislike these scopes Thanks for the input.
USA - Thursday, November 12, 1998 at 13:33:46 (EST)
To the gentleman regarding the Springfield Gov. Scope, their are
far better scopes on the market for the same money. I seem to recall the
price for the Springfield Gov. Scopes(Gen I,II,III)run about 399.95,499.95,
and 599.95 respectively. You can buy a Tasco Tactical for 399.95 and a
Leupold Tactical for about 580.00. The Springfield optics are poor, although
it has a few nice features. I have used this scope and will stick with
my Tasco or Leupold for the same money.
cold and wet in, Louisiana USA - Thursday, November 12, 1998 at 17:31:08
Long range shooters,
I'm shopping for a moderately priced long range scope to be fitted
on a Savage tactical .308 short bolt. Someone
recommended the Springfield Armory Generations I ($399) and II ($499).
What do you think? Any other suggestions?
Thanks for any constructive comments.
Houston, TX USA - Thursday, November 12, 1998 at 18:22:26 (EST)
I recently bought a Springfield Armory M1A Supermatch with the intent
of using it for Highpower competition. I started out in Highpower using
a stock AR-15 with the intent of saving money and eventually buying the
M1A. Well, it turns out I fell in love with the Mouse gun so now i have
a $1600 accurized M1A gathering dust in the safe.
My thoughts are to scope it and make it a sniper rifle. What would
be the best scope base to purchase for my rifle? I 'm leaning towards the
design that uses the stripper clip guide as a mounting point. Any ideas?
KS USA - Thursday, November 12, 1998 at 19:09:43 (EST)
To Bolt: Quick advice
Well, I'll give you some advise but it will start a s*** storm.
You dont need to let your family suffer by spending ungodly amounts
of money to get a scope that works good. Fixed power scopes will do just
about anything that needs done with a rifle. I like the old weaver T-series
and also Leopold 8x hunting scope with the adjustable parallax. You can
get either one for less than 300 used if you shop around. Fixed power scopes
offer better optics for the money than variable power scopes. An 8x scope
will be better optically than a variable scope set on 8x because there
are fewer lenses that the light has to pass thru on a fixed vs variable.
Also there are fewer things to go wrong with a fixed power scope and because
there is no friggin adjustment ring on the back of the scope, this gives
you a better chance to mount the scope on the rifle for correct eye relief
in the prone position without spending the extra money on extension rings
or special bases.
S.C.D.H., Ohio USA - Sunday, November 15, 1998 at 12:49:15 (EST)
Bolt - What are you wanting to do with the scope? If you are going
to be shooting under limited light conditions then what NATO says is very
important. The more glass there is the more light is absorbed and thus
lower light transmittance. DO NOT go for the big objective lens, yuo are
wating money on them as the barrel of the scope blocks alot of the light
gain you get form the large objective lens and the discomfort of the raised
scope is a pain. If you are going to be shooting under varing conditions
and distances than the variable is the way to go. Again, becarfule of the
power settings as this can also get you in trouble. High power settings
are a bear at range and with high mirage conditions. The target will dance,
shimmer and shake, not to mention move a couple of feet with the mirage!
Either the M3 fixed at 10 power is a good over all scope, or the M3 LR
is a good variable. I would greatly question the need of greater than 1/2
moa adjustments on the windage and elevation. The only real advantage to
1/4 moa adjustments is not the greater adjustability of the scope, (most
shooters can't even tell when they are correctly zeroed with the things)
but the turrets are less suseptable to "slop" in the adjustments due to
the finer movement over the 1 moa adjustments. As a quick explanation to
that comment on most shooters not knowing when they are zeroed with the
1/4 moa clicks. They usually zero at 100 and the adjustment is .25 inch
and they are firing a .30 inch bullet. With the 1/2 moa adjustment the
adjustment is 1/2 an inch but the furthest that you can be out of zero
is .25 inches, again your bullet is .30 inches. I have seen guys with the
1/4 moa adjustments go crazy trying to zero a zeroed weapon because it
is not quite right.
Fayetteville, NC USA - Monday, November 16, 1998 at 00:38:13 (EST)
Newbie Question. I need feedback on the company, US Optics. I have
$1500-1800 budgeted for a top quality optic and don't want to be mislead.
I have 2 Leupold scopes that I like and am comfortable with, but a SWAT
friend suggested I look into the US Optics line. If not US Optics, besides
Leupold, what does everyone suggest?
Leander, TX USA - Monday, November 16, 1998 at 21:38:59 (EST)
Tyson - If you have that many geeters set aside for a scope and
are happy with your Leupolds then....Go with a Leupold!!!
USA - Monday, November 16, 1998 at 22:26:56 (EST)
Tyson,Re: Scopes. Just finished a match yesterday (Sun) over at
Ft. Benning, Ga. Looking over the line I noticed as usual the rifles and
the scopes....lots of Remingtons, a Savage, a Custom Shilen (real nice!!)
and others... As for scopes...by and far The Majority had mounted Leupolds
!!!!! I have some experience with different scopes and especially some
european scopes, my data is out of date(from service in the '70's) but
overall I still use the Leupolds. Some may be fancier, definitely higher
priced BUT Leupold does it all. There is a site that offers the U.S.Optics...e-mail
them and ask them what makes their brand better than a Leupold.My Spotting
scope is a Leupold as is my main match rifle, hunting rifle and .22 plinker
rifle !! The only optics not Leupold are my glasses and my binoculars !!The
binoc's are Steiners and I have 2 sets, 10x50 Mil/Marine and same in 8x30.
Always have backup !!! The Leupold warranty is ROCK SOLID !!!! I got my
last scope at a yard sale for $20 and it was crap(M8 , 6power fixed)!!!
Sent it back to factory and had it back cleaned and new adjustment, NO
CHARGE !!! Nuff Said !!!
USA - Tuesday, November 17, 1998 at 01:19:38 (EST)
I've about made up my mind to make my next scope a fixed power,
either a 6x or 8x. And I'm leaning towards either Burris or Leopold. My
reasoning is that this scope should be a "all around" scope suitable for
hunting or long range shooting. Frankly I'll don't expect to be making
shots more than 600m in the LR game and about 300m max while hunting. Any
comments or opinions are most welcome.
2nd question, I've seen here what I think is a service to install
mil-dot reticles on scopes that don't have them. Does this involve violating
the waterproofing and fogproofing of the scope as it comes from the factory.
Pueblo, Co USA - Thursday, November 19, 1998 at 02:12:25 (EST)
Any idea where I can get the best price on a B&L 10X tactical?
I am looking to trade an M3-10 mil dot for the B&L.
USA - Tuesday, November 24, 1998 at 16:46:11 (EST)
Rich - I have used the Zf95 and do not like it. The ones we have
are too low in power and the quality of glass seems to be lower than the
Leupold, S&B, or anyother quality scope. That may be just the ones
we have, check with some more people and look through the glass yourself.
Check it at twilight as that is when the glass really shows it's problems!
(and when Leupold really shines!! On a clear night I have shot until past
midnight with a M3A and NO artifical light. You could read the 1000 yard
Ding - See above and that is why I don't know why you are trying
to trade for a B&L Tactical! What a waste of energy! Email me and tell
me why, though I suspect why, you want to trade.
Fayetteville, NC USA - Tuesday, November 24, 1998 at 21:34:10 (EST)
Rick-I didn't get your e-mail address. Post it! I love my M3 but
am very discouraged with the ongoing drama of not being able to touch up.
For example, I will zero at 100 and 200 with 168's @2600. Then I will proceed
to 300yds and it is usually 1-2" high. Some times it will hit low. The
clicks are mushy and I suspect that may play into the drama. Interestingly,
I get better results by clicking counterclockwise. I have tried the MK
M1-10x and like it but I have heard great things about the B&L. I am
curious why you feel this to be a waste of energy.
USA - Tuesday, November 24, 1998 at 21:59:56 (EST)
Rich; I believe I would send that m-3 back to Leupold or contact
them via e-mail. Noone is better with customer service than those people.
I don't believe that scope should be doing that! I have tested that one
but not real extensive. IT was ho-hum no problems as far as I could see.Just
go to www.leupold.com. I know what you mean though. Sometimes I just s--t
can something to save time and try something new. I can't advise you on
the B&L but others here can. But if you don't get EXACTLY what you
want out of a top of the line Leupold I'd bet they will take care of you.
The only thing I would critique that scope on was no markings for paralax
range. It is simple enough to learn them with a steady bench and mark them
if you need too. Perhaps someone can shed some light on the reason there
are no range markings on there for the paralax on those side adjust scopes
or did I miss something. I might point out that many scope do mark but
not correctly the range on the AO. Leupold 4x12 varxIIs are a bit unreliable
on that range calibration.
B, Rogers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 00:35:04 (EST)
About scopes. I have used Leupold, B&L, Tasco and Kahles. I
like the B&L and Leupold the best. I had trouble with not enough light
gathering with the Khales. It was so dark with a Kill Flash on that I had
trouble in daylight with it. Not a problem with Leupold or B&L. The
Tasco was better than the Khales but not as clear as the better two.
I still have a problem with tring to instintly incapacitate someone
with a mouse gun. Entry with a M16 but not a sniper shot. Glass and other
things are in the way and such. Lets face it energy is nice. I hunt deer
with a .308 or above and they weigh less than most bad guys.
Gooch what do you think.
Mike M. <DMMDNLN@AOL.CO<>
Calif USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 02:00:00 (EST)
B. Rogers, Ding is the one that had trouble with his M3, I have
not even mounted mine yet, but I will check for "mushy" clicks the next
time I am at my smiths shop. I had trouble with bad machine work on the
Mark IV rings and Leupold basically told me to stick it. I am now having
trouble with their M8 4X and their QRW mount system on a hunting rifle,
I'm not a vary happy Leupold customer at this point and their customer
service seems non existant. The reason I was asking about the Kahles is
because I got a flier from SWFA and they are closing out the ZF95 at $585,
I thought I might go ahead and sell the M3 scope and buy one of these if
it was better. I trust the advice from y'all that it is not. I'm kind of
at a loss as to what to do, many people have told me that the M3 is a top
shelf scope, but I know if I have trouble with it Leupold won't stand behind
it and I will have to pay someone else to fix it (Premier maybe?). There
is also the issue of selling the scope NIB as opposed to ring marks etc.
I have another month before the stock shows so I have some time to sort
it out, I'm open to any ideas. Maybe my expectations of Leupold are too
high but the treatment I recieved from John E. Riutta (Leupold Technical
Representative) was at times down right insulting and in my mind totally
unsatisfactory. BTW thanks all for the good info and advice on the Kahles,
probably a good buy at $585 but not the quality of a $1000 scope...
WA USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 04:21:29 (EST)
Scopetesting, wich scope is best at dusk and dawn.
There are several posts with claims that this scope is better than
The only test that works is putting the scopes on fixed stands, side
by side, and measure the difference of useability in minutes. In Europe
it is legal to hunt in dusk and dawn. That's why european scopes has a
different "layout" than their US couterparts. The difference between an
average scope and a top quality huntingscope is about 45 minutes were I
live. In other words, I can get up to 1,5 hours more huntingtime each day
with a top quality scope. If you look at this from a military perspective
this is the timeslot were average scopes don't work and it is too light
A good scope for lo-light conditions is a compromise between practical
size, crosshair, lens-quality and FAST FOCUS RING ON THE OCULAR.
There is no secret with scopes that works best in lo-light condition.
A top quality 3-12X56, Zeiss or Swarovski, beats all others hands down.
I've tested the Zeiss(nr.1 reticle, 3 heavy posts)against a Leupold
M1-10X with duplex. The difference was almost 45 minutes at dawn. (august,
60deg. north). The Leupold's reticle was the first to become invisible.
If the Leupold had a no.1 reticle the difference would have been 30-35
minutes. The Zeiss scope is most effective set at 10X.
When usable light is almost gone the human eye goes "nightvision".
The human "nightvisionsensors" (don't laugh) are not in the same focal
plane as the "dayvision" inside the eye. You get nearsighted. The difference
is usually -2 dioptries. When the fast focus ring on the Zeiss is turned
-2 you get 10-15 minutes extra shootingtime.
Note: This test would have been even more dramatic if it had been
done near the arctic circle. The further north (or south) you get the longer
the difficult lightconditions last each day. In an area north of the polar
circle in wintertime the performce of the Zeiss and M1-10X scopes can result
in hours of different shoot/noshoot-abilities.
Oslo, Norway - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 07:48:36 (EST)
Rich; That's terrible! I am sorry to hear about Leupold. Gosh I
can't believe John didn't satisfy your complaints. Leupold are you reading
this stuff. Rich needs a new set of Mounts!What's the deal on M-3s.
I have heard some rumblings about the quality of the Mounts. I will
be looking at a set this weekend. What gives? Hep! Hep!
B. Rogers <email@example.com>
USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 11:15:26 (EST)
I agree with your advice on not trading the Leupold for the B&L.
I'am "NOT" saying anything bad about the B&L, only that I felt that
the cross hairs are to heavy for my liking and the one thing I really like
on the leupold M3 LR is that the windage knob is marked off in both directions
from "0", to I believe 1 through 8 MOAs, not 1 to 15 MOAs. I don't understand
why they haven't done this before, It' a lot less confusing than trying
to subtract your MOAs from 15.
USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 11:25:49 (EST)
On the mushy Leupold clicks. You'll get that on the M3's. The reason
I've gathered is that Leupold uses an extra set of O rings to seal the
turrets. WHile this seals the scope better, it makes the clicks a bit mushy.
Over time the clicks will become more distinct. I teach my students to
go past thier desired setting then come back to the setting they wanted,
this will take the "backlash" out of the knob.
As far as low light scopes go as long as you have a variable power
you will be better off as you can zoom down and gather more light.
USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 12:18:47 (EST)
Read your comment about the mushy clicks in the M3. I've got a Mk4
M3 on my 308, and noticed the mushyness as compared to a Vari X III. At
first, I was worried that this was a problem or a defect. Nope, no way
because it's repeatability was flawless as far as I could tell. It's good
to hear that the mushy effect is in fact double o-rings being there. Also,
the "dial past then back" to elim. backlash is another helpful thing to
know. Your expertise has helped once again. Thank you, sir.
Jeff A. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
being thankful in Smyrna,, Ga. USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at
Comments on the M3 scopes and adjustment mushiness, had the same
problem with mine. Sent a quick e-mail to Leupold and the reply said that
they in fact tended to be mushy due to the military requirements placed
on the scope. They offered to "tweek" the adjustments as much as possible
to make the adjustments more crisp. So, for those with the problem either
give Leupold a shot, or turn "past then back" to the intended zero. The
later is a good idea anyway, scope or iron sights.
Barry Chance <Barry_Chance@maxtor.com
Longmont, Co USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 17:03:14 (EST)
B. Rogers, on the rings...the dovetail angle in the ring didn't
match the base at all, the cross bolts were quite loose in the slots in
the base, and the scope tube bore was very rough and not a constant diameter.
The MWG rings are 100% better and fit up to the Mark IV bases perfectly,
Scott said the Badger rings were top notch as well. also, don't buy mark
IV bases, the QRW are the same thing (I have both for the same action)
for about $50 less. I already sold the rings for half what I paid for them
and felt guilty doing it, but the guy has the equipment to work with them.
Also, the rings had part lines and grinder marks where the sprues had been
cut off of the casting, not an issue if you are going to camo them I guess.
WA USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 17:37:42 (EST)
Guys on the M-3 if there is no problem with resettability then enjoy
the mush! I had assumed there was a bit of backlash (there may always be
some in any scope system). Gooch has the remedy in turning past and then
back. That deal with the 90dollar Leupold mounts really does suck! Yuck!
I will have access to one again this weekend and I'm gonna pick it apart.
B. Rogers <email@example.com>
USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 18:09:53 (EST)
Scoping in on Scopes: Talk about stirring the Shit. After reading
all these posts about the B&L, and Leopold Mark 3 LR and Mark IV, I
had to check it out for myself. And Damn if the Leopolds aren't a little
mushy as compared to the B&L tactical. There are definitive clicks
(actually inaudible snaps) but the B&L has that area covered far better
than the Leopolds. If I was going to get another scope (and I imagine my
wife will probably let me!!! -(Said something about hell freezing over.))
I would not hesitate and get another B&L tactical. I just cant say
enough about it. They are difficult to find but they are really worth it.
Al Ostapowicz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I Can See Clearly Now, the Rain is Gone in Blustery, Ohio USA - Wednesday,
November 25, 1998 at 23:08:28 (EST)
Read and have tried to digest all the Hot Tips on scopes.
Took a look at the LR 3.5-10 and the 4.5-14 yesterday at Duncan Gun
in N. Wilkesboro. The 4.5-14 is a monsterous sized scope! Nice scopes but
I don't like what i'm reading on the last posts about them. Is this a situation
where you don't want to buy a first year product?
Still can't make up my mind on Plex versus mildot. Since they probably
never will be used for long range two legged critters, just targets and
long range hunting, I may be wasting money and effort on the mildot.
Have never had target knobs. How do you keep from accidently knocking
knobs off zero?
USA - Thursday, November 26, 1998 at 15:45:28 (EST)
About Scopes; I guess that I can't keep quiet!
Rich/WA, it was interesting to see that somebody finally touched
one of the Holy Grails of N. American shooting: The Leupold
scopes. Your experiences were with the M3 and rings, mine
has been with the Vari-II and -III series scopes that always
came apart. I have shared these experiences earlier on this site.But
to Leupolds defence must be said that under adverse conditions,
many other brand name scopes can fail.
BC Canada - Thursday, November 26, 1998 at 23:11:09 (EST)
I e-mailed Leupold about having reticle changed. They said I could
get a mil-dot put in my varix-III 6.5-20x40 AO (has target knobs, 1" tube
not matte finish). Cost would be $135.00. Is it worth considering,
I have a friend that says he may be able to get me a Leupold Tactical modle
at dealer cost ($300 -$400 range), not sure if price is accurate. For now
I plan to shoot 1000yard competition and eventually
get down to STORM MOUNTAIN. Another consideration is that I may
be able to get a Tasco Custom shop Tactical at or near dealer cost, read
less money for a tight budget.
The point is, given the near future plans for this rifle, should
I have my current scope switched or wait until next year and get the Tasco
or Leupold with the 30mm tube. Any advantages/disadvantages to duplex vs
mil-dot for planned use. Right now I will only be shooting at known distance,
but when I finally get to SMTC I will need some sort of ranging capability
(one or two years away yet).
syeve uhall <email@example.com>
south west , pa USA - Friday, November 27, 1998 at 00:52:13 (EST)
All the talk of the mushy turrets on the M3A got me thinking about
my review of the Tasco SS10x42M. I recall pulling the turrets off to check
out what was under them and seeing both O-Rings and water proofing grease.
These scopes were designed to withstand 30 meters of depth in salt water.
This is obviously why the clicks seemed so mushy in that scope also. The
thing to keep in mind on both the M3 and the SS10x42M, if they are repeatable,
who cares if the turrets are a little squishy? Having a precise click certainly
is preferable for many reasons, but not at the expense of feild survivability.
I guess it is preferable to have a scope that can take the harsh conditions
over one that is crisp in feel but fails in inclement weather.
I long ago got into the habbit of dialing a click or three past my
desired setting and clicking back. This seems to work no matter how mushy
a turret may feel due to rubber rings. I can say this about the SS10x42M,
it was very repeatable, mushy elevation turret notwithstanding.
USA - Friday, November 27, 1998 at 10:28:42 (EST)
I read X-Ring's review in "SC" on the Tasco SS 10x42 scope, as well
as an article in the October issue of "Tactical Shooter" titled "The Scope
that could be King." Based on the reviews I bought one and I can say Im
glad I did. I have owned a lot of scopes in my life and to my eyes this
scope is among the sharpest and clearest scopes made. The adjustments are
very precice with all the travel you will ever need. It has a 30mm tube
and is quite rugged in construction. I will go as far as say nothing comes
close to this scope anywhere near it's price.
Tom B. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jupiter, Fl. USA - Friday, November 27, 1998 at 22:26:43 (EST)
Ding: Are you still sizing up scopes. Look, buy what ever you feel
comfortable with and what you can afford. If you are impressed by the scope
then buy it. If you had a chance to use one before you buy it, even the
more better for you.
Al Ostapowicz <email@example.com>
Mantua, Ohio USA - Saturday, November 28, 1998 at 07:52:18 (EST)
More M3 drama! I have been re-evaluating my system with the M3 day
optic. Once again I seem to be right in between the settings when it comes
to zeroing. At 200yds I am hitting an inch high one click down puts me
one inch low. Any suggestions?
USA - Tuesday, December 01, 1998 at 19:06:40 (EST)
Ding! Baby! You are going through the same thing that US Army snipers
around the world have to deal with. Its called 1 moa elevation adjustments.
If you are shooting competition where you need dead center x ring shots
you have the wrong scope. The M3 is a tactical scope intended to put shot
after shot into a man sized target in all weather conditions, after being
dropped, in low light, with a shooter under stress not to nail the x ring.
Normally what we do is to zero/bore-sight the scope at 100 yd/m to where
it is close. We then take the shooters back to the 300 yd/m line and adjust
POA to POI as thats about the closest we will get in tactical situations.
90% of the time the shooter will be able to get his group to dead center
with minimal hold off.
The 1 moa adjustment is not a mistake. We (the Army sniper program/Rick
and the boyz at Bragg) wanted it that way. It enables the scope to have
all of the comeups for 100-1000m yet not exceed 1 revolution on the turret
and kept the low profile turret. If you decide you can't deal with it,
call Premier Reticle and ask about putting a target turret on it.
Tactical scopes are just that, target scopes are just that. Hybrids
don't work well in either situation. Pick the right tool for the job. Good
USA - Tuesday, December 01, 1998 at 20:34:45 (EST)
Ding, this self abuse has to stop. Here is an idea. Have two rifles
one for the Competition and one for a Sniper Rifle. If you get rid of the
MK4 M3 you will be sorry and if you use it in competition you won't be
Mike M. <DMMDNLN@AOL.COM>
Calif USA - Tuesday, December 01, 1998 at 21:20:27 (EST)
Ding - What's the problem. You are the maximum you can be out. That
is 1/2 moa. If you want to shoot NRA bulls, then the X-ring is 1 moa in
diameter and hold on the top (or bottom if that is where you are zeroed
as out) and you will get dead center x-ring hits IF you do everything else
right. Yes you will be 4 inches out of zero at 800 and a whooping 5 inches
out of zero at 1000. But then again the x-ring is 10 inches in diameter
and the 10 ring is even bigger. If you are shooting other than NRA bulls,
then you can easily hold the error. My advise is to zero so that you are
1/2 moa high, that way you have aim points of known deminsions on a head
shot. You will find that as you go back you will be dead on at some ranges
and 1/2 moa out at other ranges. The reason is that the M3 does not have
a cam it uses moa adjustments with a ballistic collar to represent ranges.
If you are zeroed at 200 at .5 moa high you will probably be about dead
on at 600. One more point on your zero. Shoot for several days and you
may find that on some days you will hit POA/POI. This is due to the constant
variables of weather, light, eyes, and the ever possible hang over zero.
If this is true, besure to write down in your log when you are on and when
you are out and by how much.
Fayetteville, NC USA - Tuesday, December 01, 1998 at 22:35:53 (EST)
1) I'm sort of looking for a new scope for a Savage 110FP in .308,
used mostly just off a bench. Currently thinking about a Weaver V24 6-24,
but am also considering the Tasco 8-40x56 30mm scope. Has anyone here tried
one of those? Currently have a once-piece Leupold base and rings on the
rifle, and since I'll need new rings, I may get a new quick release base;
swap the scope between this rifle and a .223 110 or 112 I've been thinking
of getting - Any thoughts as to the height of rings I might need?
Rifle is currently scoped with a Tasco 5-20x50BDC scope, and shoots
to sub 0.5 MOA with either 165 or 180 Nosler Ballistic Tips, stoked with
IMR4895 and H4350, respectively, but I suspect that the scope is wandering
a bit - fire five shots, everything feels right, I've got a cloverleaf,
but one of 'em's 3/4 or an inch off... Also some diagonal stringing.
STL, Misery USA - Wednesday, December 02, 1998 at 23:01:11 (EST)
RE: Mid - Price 'Scopes
In reading the many and varied posts concerning which scope to put
on a rifle, I have noticed a trend that seems to put shooters in two camps:
One camp wants the top of the line, ultimate, super whiz - bang model that
costs almost as much as my first new car, and the other camp seems to want
to mount an economical scope that comes in around the $200 range or so.
Might I humbly suggest that there are lots of mid-priced scopes that
are just the ticket for a wide range of uses. In particular, the model
that comes to mind is the Leupold Vari-X II. It is offered in a wide selection
of magnifications, reticles, and finishes, and really presents what I believe
to be an outstanding scope for the money. After owning a bunch of different
makes of scopes, and studying many others, I chose a Vari-X II model for
my long-range rig because, I imagine, like many other shooters here at
SC, I do not have a bottomless well from which to draw my funds, and the
Vari-X II fit the bill.
PA USA - Saturday, December 05, 1998 at 17:32:55 (EST)
Scopes: Someone mentioned scope prices and wondered why we mention
high dollar scopes more often than not on this site. Roster topics not
withstanding, this site is totally devoted to the art and knowledge of
sniping. Not hunting, not varmint shooting, not plinking. All of those
endeavors can be done to some level of success with junk glass. But the
intentional and LEGAL taking of another human life by a military or police
sniper requires optics that are functionally beyond reproach. I happen
to love the Bushnell Trophy 3-9x40mm for hunting deer but would never EVER
consider putting it on a sniper rifle. This isnít Deer Country and you
will never see us review a typical hunting scope unless it can double as
a sniper scope. The simple fact is that there is little out there for under
$300 that has the all features necessary to make a good sniper scope. Good
glass alone wonít do it. The internals have to be very repeatable. It has
to have finger adjustable turrets capable of tracking come-ups. It has
to have either low or medium height target turrets. It has to be strong.
It has to have enough internal adjustment to get out to the range the sniper
expects to shoot. It has to be precise in adjustment and it has to have
enough field of view to function in the environment it is built for. The
list can go on and on and could take an article in itself. A cheap-ass
Tasco/Bushnell/Weaver hunting scope just doesnít cut it. So donít think
we are being scope snobs by ignoring economically priced products. We arenít.
We just consider the single driving topic of this site when we speak of
purpose built glass. There are a lot of great hunting scopes out there.
But few make ideal sniper scopes.
Sorry for the pulpit pounding. Been that kind of day. If I seem a
little uncompromising on this topic, please understand that the nature
of the use dictates what will work. As we are talking sniping here, the
affordable general purpose rifle scope doesnít rate much mention. They
can and do work for close in shooting, but they do not allow the precision
required for this topic. To sum it up, if I had a choice of buying a mediocre
scope today or saving up the $400 necessary for a entry level tactical
scope sometimes in the future, Iíd start saving today. Why spend the money
USA - Monday, December 07, 1998 at 15:15:23 (EST)
Scopes, buy the $30 simmons to let you shoot until you can afford
good glass. I have learned the hard way that there is no in between. out
of four moderately priced ($250-400) Leupolds of various model that I have
bought in the last three months two out of three are screwed up one hasn't
been mounted or shot yet. I tried to save money by not buying the european
stuff and it's going to end up costing me half again as much in the end.
These scopes were actually for hunting rifles but ruining a hunting trip
is not worth buying an inferior scope just to save a few bucks. Again,
if you can't afford good glass, buy the cheapest thing you can find until
you can. Pat has the good ideas, sell something, sell everything that isn't
nailed down. The same thing goes for mounts in my experience, if you can't
afford Badger or MWG, use the inexpensive dual dovetail until you can.
Will the 3.5-10 M3 LR turrets work on the fixed 10x M3?
WA USA - Tuesday, December 08, 1998 at 02:08:07 (EST)
Didn't mean to sound the way I did in that scope post. It wasn't
meant to bust on anyone, but to just explain why cheap optics are not considered
here. The short of it is that this isn't a hunting site in the game animal
sense of the word so the gear needs differ. Guess I need to brush up on
my writing style. I wasn't actually upset when I was typing the above!
Scott (TOO): Nobody said you was cheapening the site. In fact I did
not even know who made the post on the low budget scopes. Sadly, many police
do have to buy their own gear. As one would expect, the big departments
seem to have unlimited budgets while the smaller ones are somewhat limited.
I even hear a lot of police have to buy their own side arm! Some police
are known to use medium to bottom budget scopes. I even saw a video of
a cop using a deer rifle with a crappy Tasco or something on top. These
will get the job done if the expectation is not high and the range not
far, but these rifles are hardly ideal. I guess a case could be made that
a .22 rimfire could do the job if the range is short enough. My point was
that for a well rounded and totally versatile set up, the department is
better surved by a purpose made optic and rifle combo.
USA - Tuesday, December 08, 1998 at 09:59:06 (EST)
Our 338 Lapua Magnum project is on the run again and my McMillan
A2-stocked version will be ordered next week. It will look a little bit
like Dakota Longbow as the stock and barrel length/thickness are the same.
Scope will be Nightforce 5.5-22x56 with mil-dots. I know it is huge, but
proper cheek weld with A2-stock is not a problem. Weight will be around
7-7,5 kg without scope, which weights at least 1,1 kg, plus rings.
Helsinki, Finland - Friday, December 11, 1998 at 13:12:23 (EST)
Hexa, one comment on the scope. Do you really need a 1/8th moa turret
as found on the NightForce? It makes for some slow scope adjusting in the
field. At 6 moa per revolution you will not be dialing up or down very
smartly. If you haven't played with one of these scopes you might try to
get ahold of one before buying. Large doesn't describe it! Will this be
a fun gun or a tactical rifle? If for fun, what the heck, go for the NightForce.
If for real, I'd look elsewhere for glass. That monster is going to cause
problems in the field. I'd hate to stalk with it. I am not convinced that
its so called light gathering ability outweighs it negatives.
USA - Friday, December 11, 1998 at 16:25:17 (EST)
To Scott: Yes, the 338 LM gun will be mainly for fun i.e. for reservist
activities and long-range shooting. On the other hand it doesn´t
hurt to learn the ballistics of 338 LM as our armed forces are switching
over to it in the neat future (1-3 years).
If I would be searching for a serious-serious rifle, I would not
consider anything "gunsmith built" because you can not get spare parts
for it in war time, and in peace time there will be no serious 338 LM shooting.
At least not for me as I´m not a police officer. BTW I think that
the Finnish police has not shot one person with a sniper rifle in at least
the last 20 years.
You´re right about the 1/8" adjustments. Apparently you can
not get everything. In Finland a Leupold M1 or M3 costs around 1750 USD.
A NightForce 5.5-22x56 mil-dot cost to me around 1000 USD. And no Leupold
so far offers illuminated reticles. Premium Optics´s "with flashlight
rechargeable" mil-dot is not a viable option. You can not play with flashlights
in the dark every 30 minutes. Simrad is not an option due to extremly high
Helsinki, Finland - Thursday, December 17, 1998 at 07:34:42 (EST)
I was just wondering what you all thought about BSA scopes?? I will
be buying one, a BSA 24x44 with 1/8 e/w tactical adjustments, and a BDC,
so if you can please tell me how you like them, an like how they compare
to other scopes.
Joshua belokur <Josh@ccsis.com>
USA - Thursday, December 17, 1998 at 18:28:50 (EST)
Joshua: As a matter of fact (oh no!not him again) I just happen
to have tested a BSA. It is a variable 4.5 to 12 50mm objective with the
turrents and a/0. I hate to review it on the main page so here is a short
version. Resettabilty of turrents excellent/unbelievable. Lenses good but
a little off at the edges at max power. Images appear a bit smaller at
edges (just a bit)but light and focus very good.
Construction seems good. Cross hairs are effective and sharp. There
is a 1" exactly vertical shift in impact power at 100 yards attributed
to a power change of direction. (backlash). I've seen worse and the price
is right! It is the best variable power scope for $100.00 I have ever tested.
construction seems battleship and finish is grade a. Pro's will call it
Unacceptable but it comes close were it not for the impact shift it would
be hard to find a critical point.
Opinion line open.... NEEEEXT!
USA - Friday, December 18, 1998 at 00:03:23 (EST)
Josh: If it is 1/8 minute turrets, it AIN'T tactical. It is more
a varmint scope.
USA - Friday, December 18, 1998 at 14:39:27 (EST)
Generic mk4 scopes?? What is it?? I go to several gun shows a month
and I have noticed that many of the dealers who usually sell only high-end
optics have started selling a "navy contract scope". It looks just like
the mk4 series of scopes and appears to be very well constructed. It's
selling for $600. Does anyone know anything about it.
david white <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Monday, February 01, 1999 at 22:50:31 (ZULU)
Scopes: Count me a satisfied owner of the B&L Tactical. The
target turrets are slower than a BDC, but for this beginner I learned a
lot making them work right, and the settings have always been repeatable.
The image is very bright and clear, it regularly brings exclamations from
people who try it. In one instance, I was able to pick out a brown kiwi
fruit against a black bullseye at 500 yards with heavy overcast.
Richmond, CA, USA - Tuesday, February 02, 1999 at 08:04:03 (ZULU)
Someone mentioned the generic Leopold. One of the guys I used to
work with "found" one of these scopes when he was active duty. The tube
was all steel and no markings other than the turrets. He said it was not
made anymore. I wouldn't know one from another but it looked like one of
the Mark 4-IIIXXX Number 1 X Vari-thingys you guys are always talkin about.
CS, CO, USA - Tuesday, February 02, 1999 at 16:01:07 (ZULU)
Someone asked about Navy Contract scopes. The ones I have seen are
Tasco's not MK4's, and that is why they are cheaper. SWFA has them for
Mike M. <DMMDNLN@AOL.COM>
Calif, USA - Wednesday, February 03, 1999 at 16:36:34 (ZULU)
I shot my new AR15 this weekend. It shot great, I expect <1 MOA
groups once the barrel is broken in. It is topped with a Simmons 3x9x40
scope. I have learned a very important lesson: Never buy a scope that is
inexpensive. The crosshairs are too wide for target work and the scope
is not clear enough either. I paid $50 for it and now I have a scope for
my .22 backyard gun. I am now trying to decide If I should get a Leupold
or a Tasco Military. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
If anyone is contemplating putting a new rifle system together buy
the best scope you can find buy it and then see what you have left over
for the rifle. If you do it any other way you will regret it as much as
The Shooter <email@example.com>
College Station, Tx, USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 01:24:53 (ZULU)
I have owned the Tasco SS10X42M. Great scope for the money. You can't
go wrong with it. I also own a Leupold MK4 M1. I prefer the Leupold. Part
of the reason is the type of reticle you have. The Tasco has circular reticles
which is the Army version. My Leupold, from Premier Riticle, has Marine
Corp reticle. Big difference between the two. The Army are round so calculating
mils are different then the oval by the Marine Corp. Also, the Tasco is
not a precise or positive when you click up or down, left or right. However,
for the price, you can not be it. If you get Tactical Shooter, there was
an aritcle about 4 to 5 months ago reviewing the Tasco scope. It had good
reviews. I hope this helps.
You also mentioned that you have a AR15. You did not mention if it
was a flat top, or did it have a floating barrel etc... I can only but
presume. If you have a standard AR15, like myself, who wants a nice little
scope I can recommend one to you. It is by Combat Military Optics. They
have a good range sighting system built in with luminated reticles. It
has a standard colt mount which fastens to the carrying handle of the AR15.
I have been happy with this scope also.
SC did do a review of the Tasco scope. Check out the review section.
San Francisco, CA, USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 03:19:53 (ZULU)
My AR15 is a flat top Colt 6700. It is same as it came from the
factory, other than the scope. I was planning on a free float barrel as
my first modification but I am going to spend the money on the scope.
I use a Leupold 4.5-14x50 Mil-dot on my 700VS .308. Would I be better
off putting a M3LR on the .308 and putting the 4.5-14x50 on the AR? For
those with experience with army and marine mil-dots, will having two scopes
different affect my ranging abilities from an application standpoint?
The Shooter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
College Station, TX, USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 04:22:57 (ZULU)
Using a scope is subjective like anything else. What do you plan
to do with it and What are your objective with this rifle! I can't really
imagine a 50M lens on a AR15 but it does happen. However, On a bolt action
I could see it happening. In fact, alot of individuals have it that way.
I started that way with a B&L Elite 3000 5X15 50M scope. You really
need to figure out your objective before anything else. I went through
two scopes before I settled on my Leupold. Now I am a happy camper.
As for MIL Dots, yes it can have an affect. The dots them selves
are measured differently. You can read about it in some publications. I
would ask for - I think - September or October of Tactical Shooter. They
explain it well, actually, very well. Their web site is www.tacticalshooter.com.
Here is one other sites that I would recommend you checking out;
My favorite AR15 site - www.ar15.com. Go to review, then to scopes.
They review the Tasco scope there.
San Francisco, CA, USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 05:06:26 (ZULU)
1)Has anyone owned a vari-xIII and a vari-XII, and been greatly
dissatified with the vari-xII? I guess what I am asking is there much difference
in the glass.
I'm very satisfied with the optics of the vari-xIII, but have not
had any experience with the Vari-xII. My dad and I are building a rifle
for my Grandpa and are trying to keep it quality(American) and affordable.
2)Would anyone be able to compare the light gathering capabilities
of Light Force 56mm vs a Leupold vari-xIII 50mm @6.5x. Is it whorth the
extra bucks? And how much extra light do you really get out of 50mm vs
40mm objective with a Leupold. I have heard that the cross hairs really
come apparent But I have not had both a 50mm and a 40mm side by side in
Matthew Marx <email@example.com>
MSU, MS, USA - Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 05:46:50 (ZULU)
Matthew; I think you will find the III slightly superior to the
II but mainly its the turrents as they click instead of just move. The
II is mostly a 2 piece tube where the III is a one piece thus perhaps adding
a little strength. I must say the Light force is a bright scope but it
is a heavy dude and just more than I want to pack on a rifle preferring
to put the weight in the barrel if I must have it. The B&L Elite is
a good scope if Economy is a consideration and I would consider it in the
model 4000 as being better than the Leupold II if not some models of the
III. The 4,5 x 14 - 40MM is my favorite just because it offers a smaller
profile to the observer (target) and still has plenty field of view. Others
like the 30mms for their extra range adjustments out to 1000 yards or so
and their half inch clicks. Better quit there.
USA - Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 13:09:40 (ZULU)
Upon a visit with Schmidt&Bender I noticed that Mr. Bender, when
inspecting a scope, always looks into the Objective (front) end first.
It is there that an expert and novice as well can see quality of workmanship,
cleanlyness, and overall finish the best. So at the Shot Show I went around
looking into the front of scopes. The Germans were right there to explain
the internals, Leupold got a Tech guy to answer my questions, US Optics
and Sheperd looked at me like I was stealing something, but Nightforces
reaction was the best. "Ehhh, Sir, you looking into the wrong side of the
So I went on to lay the thing down on the edge of the table and
began twisting the okular lens up and down which mooved enough to see without
even getting close. They then scanned for my badge and when they saw Lasercon,
Germany they took their baby away from me.
You go figure !
G3ermany - Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 13:42:54 (ZULU)
On objective size: Don't let cost be your only guide. A good 40mm
or 42mm objective is usually, well in reality - totally all you really
need. There are a lot of disadvantages to the big glass for what little
use they actually offer. To put a fine point on it: if you ain't shooting
at night, why trouble yourself with the big scope? Also, the 40/42mm glass
can be VERY excellent at light gathering. I can recall shooting with the
B&L Tactical and being amazed at how much I could see at 9pm. Unless
your grandpappy would have reason to want a scope the size of Rhode Island
on his rifle, I would not get him the LF. It is quite big and there are
scopes capable of reasonable resolution found in a lot smaller packages.
Save your cash and do him a favor.
Matt Marx <firstname.lastname@example.org>
USA - Thursday, February 18, 1999 at 16:40:09 (ZULU)
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