Variable Mag Scope for BR

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  1. Phil Kennett

    Phil Kennett Active Member

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    I shoot BR for a bit of fun not in a league or club. I have got a weaver T36 but not getting on with it.

    I would prefer a scope withless Mag and variable, with good quality glass.

    Any suggestions welcome, weight not an issue as only for fun.
     
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    What’s up with the weaver? Cross too fine, or simply the high mag showing the heartbeat etc?

    I use an old bushnell 4200 6.5-24x40 on my BR springer to not show so much movement. Super clear glass.
     
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    I don't have any suggestions on this but I've been thinking about the same.
    Since I bought a SII 36x42 my average has dropped a few points:(.
    I think Im going to persevere a bit with mine but I think 36x might be too much mag for me at 20 yards.

    I'll be watching this thread with interest.
     
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  4. Phil Kennett

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    I find it a little bit to single minded, 36 mag to much, head position fussy etc.
     
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    Try a Leup comp 35x then ;-)

    On a more serious note, rets are not all the same and can really make a difference.
    I have 2 x Leupold comp target dot, one is classic thin x hair with small dot. The other goes thick to thin (continuous, not a duplex) with a slightly larger dot. The way it goes thick to thin draws your eye to the center, works for my eyes.

    PS, Leups are slightly brighter which may help with eye strain too. Owned the cheaper 36x scopes, a Leup 35x is a worthy upgrade.
     
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    I use a Big Nikko, covers multiple disciplines and does not break the bank.
     
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    I am kind of thinking a variable mag from say x8 to approx 24
     
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    Thanks, I guess that would work well
     
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    I used to use a hawk 6-24 and shot better than I do currently. The hawk ret was to thick and the glass was a bit fuzzy at x24 but it was a £130 scope...

    A big Nikko might be a good shout but they are quite big:D
     
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    Go for an old bushnell 4200 8-32x40 with front PX then.

    I doubt much could touch this in terms of clarity at the 2nd hand price point, and not sure if there is a modern equivalent.

    I did try a later ?-30x50 bushnell 6500 which was ok, but had zero shift on a springer so stuck with the 24x 4200 as I shoot springer Benchrest off a mildot rather than the x hair.
     
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    cheers for that, I'll have a browse
     
  12. Phil Kennett

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    Thanks for the feedback
     
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    I use a Burris 8-32 from the same era. I bought it as an experiment after the RA model was discontinued.

    As an FT experiment it was a failure, as a BR scope it is excellent.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback, where would be the best place to find such scopes, google didn't bring up much
     
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    Might be worth a wanted advert on this and a couple of other forums.
     
  16. Phil Kennett

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    Good idea thanks Neil
     
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    If 24x is ok, a old Tasco TR can be picked up for around the £100 mark, I just sold one, thought the glass was really quite good, I guess old scopes arnt worth much as FT has moved on, but bargains can be had for BR.

    Also had a simmons 44 MAG in 20x of similar quality, think that went for £90 posted!!!! All the old front AO stuff if usually good, and cheap too when it comes up.
     
  18. Phil Kennett

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    Thanks Geoff plenty of ideas coming in
     
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    Phil, if you want to try a Leup Comp 35X ( no strings ) give me a shout.
     
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    Will do Barry, cheers
     

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