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***Newbie Here*** What scope for Elk hunt?

I recently bought a Tikka T3 7mm rifle (http://www.berettausa.com/products/tikka-t3-lite-stainless/?F_PropertyId=6&F_LookupId=142)..

What size Scope should i go with? We are planning our elk hunt for Oct 2012 (Near Lake City, CO) area 66 I believe.. I am very excited about the trip and already taking in as much info that i can about Elk Hunting...

Im From Central Texas and we hunt whitetail and feral hogs here on our place.. This will be a completely new experience for me..

Thanks

JJ

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Depending on your price range

Depending on your price range there are a ton of good scopes out there. Leupold, nikon, Zeiss, Swaroski. It all deends on your budget, I wouldnt go with anything less than a 3x9x40. I'm sure there are a lot of people on the site that wil give you more detailed info for that unit as far as lenghth of shot veggitaion and such. I personaly have a 3x9x40 nikon prostaff with a bdc reticle and have a burris fulfeild 4.5x12x42. both are great.

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elk hunting is a short range affair...

despite all the publicity of long range hunting. Keep your scope light and small if possible.  Hard to beat the versatility of a 3-9x40.  I'm a hypocrite and I do run a 4.5-14x40, but I've never taken the magnification up while elk hunting.  That scope is a little bigger and heavier than what I would run if it were a dedicated elk rifle.  

On more specialized elk rifles I've had 2-7s, 4xs and 3-9s.  I can't see any good reason to have a large diameter objective (50ish mm) for a rifle that you plan to do any serious walking with.  If you need the extra light gathering, it's too dark to shoot anyway.

 

Oh and it's tough to beat the value of Leupolds, Nikons and Burrises.  Is a Swaro really worth 4 or 5 Leups?  Is it better?  Maybe, but not 5x better.

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First of all welcome to

First of all welcome to BGH.

The Tikka is a great rifle that usually shoots very well, I have two of them. You can adjust the trigger yourself down to 2 pounds and breaks clean. The scope mounts are not the best especially on a heavy recoil rifle. I would suggest getting a set of DNZ GameReaper mounts from MidwayUsa, they are much better.

Any good 3x9 or similar scope is fine. Nikon, Leupold or similar. Don't cut corners on your scope, get a good one.

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Leupold VX3 4.5-14X50 is the

Leupold VX3 4.5-14X50 is the 1 im actually looking at (seems to be a great scope)

http://www.leupold.com/hunting-and-shooting/products/scopes/vx-3-riflescopes/vx-3-4-5-14x50mm-long-range-illum-reticle/

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That's a lot more scope than

That's a lot more scope than you need and is really more for long range varmint hunting.  Go with the VXIII in the 3x9x40 or 50 with Leupold dual dovetail mounts and you won't be sorry!

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Do yourself a favor

Get a smaller scope.  That's a huge scope to pair up with a light rifle.

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Thanks for info.. Thinking im

Thanks for info.. Thinking im going to pick up Leupold VX-II 3-9x50mm....

but was wondering?

Does anyone use a scope with built in range finder? Bushnell Yardage Pro 4-12x42 Rangefinder Scope

http://www.bushnell.com/products/scopes/riflescopes/yardage-pro-riflesco...

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I think that a 3x9x40 or 50

I think that a 3x9x40 or 50 is plenty enough scope to be hunting out west here.  I do have a Burris 3x12x44 and it is a great scope....I very seldom have turned it up to 12X though...think the most it has been up to is 9 or so.

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Just got a Cabelas sale flyer

Just got a Cabelas sale flyer in the mail yesterday and they have a Nikon Prostaff 4x12 or something close to that on sale with BDC for 180 bucks right now. Not sure exact power on the scope because I left the flyer out in the car and it's too cold to go get it right now.

I would grap oone quick if I needed a scope right now.

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I personally would stay away

I personally would stay away from the scope/range finder combination.  Just get a basic 2x7 or 3x9 and you will be fine.  If you want a range finder then buy yourself a range finder but I have never seen a need for one while shooting a rifle that I know.  Just make sure that the scope that you buy is a quality scope and the Leopold is one of the best ones out there.  I have 3 of them and have never had a problem with any of them.  Every time that I think that the scope has been knocked off of its zero I have found that I didn't do my job and that the scope was just fine.

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