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    I'm sure this topic has been brought up before I just can't find it so I will ask again. I've got some pretty nice glass on top of my rifles but there always seems to be a sacrifice. My range guns are fine but it's my field guns I'm looking to correct. I'm searching for a nice scope with turrets that I can hunt with. The ones I have which are nice also have fairly thin crosshairs. Which are great for not covering the target at distances but horrible in low light hunting situations. The hunting scopes I have that work great in low light have no turrets for adjustment so I have to usually end up doing a hold over and hoping it's correct. Are there any hunting scopes with turrets and nice thick crosshairs you can see in low light????

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    I purchased a nxs 2.5-10x42. Going to try it out this whitetail season and possibly on a bear hunt this August. Crosshair is not overly thick. It's illuminated, so if your state allows it maybe helpful. I also upgraded my first hunting rifle from a Nikon to Leica. I got a great deal on one of the capped turret versions. It didn't bother me. It's on a 700 I use for thick woods hunting and will never need to dial. I know they make some exposed turret versions and the glass seems great. I looked at them on Euro optics website. Good luck in your search.
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    • #3
      My range guns and hunting guns are the same guns, thats how I avoided the problem.
      "The first shot, is worth all the rest " My Dad.
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      • #4
        What optics do you use CBM?

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        • #5
          CBM...that's a great question, what optics you run? I tried having mine setup to be versatile like that but it just hasn't worked out quite the way I planned it. I have a SWFA SS that I run on an AR10 that I love for the range. It just doesn't work so well in low light hunting conditions due to the crosshairs thickness. I've got a 243 that performs well I just need something the wail work well in the woods and the range. Just trying to see what some of you guys prefer for both applications.

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          • #6
            Vortex has some Gen 2's that are illuminated I've been looking at.

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            • #7
              Bushnell LRHS?

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              • #8
                NF Atacr F1 4-16. I also still use the tried and true Viper PST 6-24 with ebr2 reticle, Nikon M223 3-12, Zeiss HD5 3-15, NF SHV 4-14, etc. Lots of awesome glass out there now a days.

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                • #9
                  Atacr f1 4-16 or possibly 5-25 and the amg are at the top of my list to replace my pst.

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                  • #10
                    if it's a FFP scope, just make sure it's illuminated and you won't have that problem. I've had fantastic luck with a ATACR 4-16x42 F1 in range and hunting situations. The illumination made the difference between making the shot and letting it walk more than a few times.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Skidkidd View Post
                      CBM...that's a great question, what optics you run? I tried having mine setup to be versatile like that but it just hasn't worked out quite the way I planned it. I have a SWFA SS that I run on an AR10 that I love for the range. It just doesn't work so well in low light hunting conditions due to the crosshairs thickness. I've got a 243 that performs well I just need something the wail work well in the woods and the range. Just trying to see what some of you guys prefer for both applications.
                      You guys probably wont like that answer, my setup is hardly conventional for hunting. I shoot a Desert Tech SRS A1 Covert, I have a US Optics ER-25 mounted on it, which I LOVE. It is way more scope than most people want on a hunting rifle, but then again, my SRS is way more gun than most people want to bring on a mountain. I dont mind it, I only shoot one gun anymore, and I'd rather pack the weight of my rifle and have the familiarity that comes with it.


                      "The first shot, is worth all the rest " My Dad.
                      Major League Chucker's 1,2 & 3
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy0SVo7PDuE
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsbnnjvIJ8o
                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPvbN0MT924
                      Like DTA? Watch This:
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EMHsIJLk3c

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                      • #12
                        Lots of personal preference to answer this question. For me, the perfect hunting optic is my NF 2.5-10x32 NSX. Lightweight, compact, illuminated reticle, crystal clear glass, and no parallax adj.
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                        • #13
                          I have used several different optics and after 2 bad experiences at low light conditions on 2 monster bulls o decided to get a Swarovski
                          . Best decision I have made. I recently sold my Z6 and picked up a X5. Love it.

                          For plinking coyote and prairie dogs I run a DT with a NF Beast

                          My thinks I only have 3 guns

                          "When I pass, do not let my wife sell the guns for what I told her they cost" (SMDAVE)

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                          • #14
                            Which optics gave you the bad experiences?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Undrgrndprdcts
                              Which optics gave you the bad experiences?
                              Nikon and leupold, they were crap! They weren't tactical models. With Nikon I hat 2 experiences, one with their gold series and a buddy of mine. He sold the scope and bought a night force

                              My thinks I only have 3 guns

                              "When I pass, do not let my wife sell the guns for what I told her they cost" (SMDAVE)

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                              • #16
                                My hunting scopes are my range scopes too. And probably more than most would like. But they have worked well for me and my family.

                                I have lightweight mid range (to 800+/-) rifles, and heavy weight long range/glassing rifles. The only one I find tough to use on minimum mag range is the S&B PMII 3-20 w. H2CMR. That reticle gets very thin on min mag range, but the illumination is pretty much daytime bright, and makes it into an illuminated plex on 3x.

                                "Lightweights" are:
                                6.5 SS (being rebuilt as we speak from a 11# .260 Rem) @ 10# +/- w. S&B PMII 5-25x56 DT H2CMR
                                .280 AI (being rebuilt as we speak from a 11.5# .25-06AI) @ 8.5# +/- w. Premier Heritage Light Tactical 3-15x50 Gen 2XR
                                7RM @ 9.5# w. S&B PMII 3-20x50 H2CMR

                                Heavyweights are:
                                6.5 SLR @ 15# w. Kahles K624i 6-24x56 SKMR
                                .300RUM @ 14# w. Premier Heritage 5-25x56 Gen 2XR

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                                • #17
                                  Burris XTRii I picked up 3-15x50 G2B reticle illuminated (I never have used illumination and don't know if I will) I think will be the ticket for me. I had a bushnell LRS with G2 reticle and for two seasons in a row I didn't like it in low light trying to pick out grey mule deer in sage brush within 10 minutes of first and last light was tough and the reticle was a little much for hunting purposes in my opinion.


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                                  • #18
                                    Hard to beat a Premier Light Tactical 3-15x50 for low light performance, crystal clear glass, eye box, etc. I tried the new 4-16 Nightforce but sold it the day after my first evening deer hunt with it. I am also a huge fan of my Vortex AMG.

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                                    • #19
                                      Why didn't you like the Nightforce? Why do you like the AMG more? From what I've seen, the majority of people are the opposite.

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                                      • #20
                                        OP Some of the specs you should add for a more accurate response:
                                        Budget
                                        Max magnification
                                        Weight tolerance/goal
                                        Brand preference if any
                                        Reticle style/design preference if any

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                                        • #21
                                          Premier 'Lite Tac' or 'Hunter' 3-15x50.
                                          They are the same FFP 5x zoom scope with excellent optics, but 'LT' has exposed turrets, 'Hunter' has capped turrets. Both are 6mil/turn, which gets my 6.5SAUM to ~925yds on the first rev. I have a few of both models, haven't found anything that compares. The 'Hunter' is ~5 oz less than the AMG, ~7 oz less than the 4-16ATACR, and has noticeably better glass than either one.
                                          My opinion, of course...

                                          Good luck in your search!

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                                          • #22
                                            I think the Bushnell LRTS or LRHS is hard to beat for this application. I use the Burris 3-15 XTR II as well and both have been very effective. I like that the windage turret is capped or locking on the Bushnell's but the turrets on the Burris are very stiff and I haven't experienced them walking unintentionally. Glass is better in lrts but both have been effective in dusk scenarios on yotes.

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                                            • #23
                                              My personal favorites:
                                              Nightforce SHV F1 4-14, ACTACR F1 4-16, ATACR F1 5-25
                                              Leupold VX5HD 3-15 cds zl2, VX6HD 3-18 cds zl2, mark 6 3-18
                                              Swarovski X5i

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                                              • #24
                                                USO LR17 are also great

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