This is my first time here, so be gentle! Want to hunt big game in Alaska. Got myself a CZ .375 H&H as recommended by almost a hands down vote from several AK guides. It was an excellent choice and the performance is outstanding. My question is on typical ranges I need to sight in for on moose and caribou. Since weather is an obvious factor, I am requesting some advice on a scope I can trust to do its part on the hunts. My physical abilities are compromised these days from an old injury so I expect to have to make some long shots. Not a problem. Just need to choose the right scope. Was thinking Zeiss but didn't know what to look for.
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Fri, 2012-07-27 15:17
Sat, 2012-07-28 17:25#1
The 375 is a nice caliber and
The 375 is a nice caliber and is suitable for both moose, caribou, and a bear if you intend to use it on one. For most it would be considered a little bit large but I know of hunters here in the lower 48 that use it all the time for elk and love it. Also your choice of a Zeiss scope should suit you quite well but I would also look at the Leupold VXII line along with Nikon, and Vortex. I personally like variable scopes so that you can crank them down to a low power while in thicker brush or trees and up to a higher power while you are sitting and watching distant side hills, but a straight 4x scope should fit you also. As for how far to sight it in for depends on where you are hunting and how far your shots are. I would recommend to sight it in 2" high at 100 yards and that should put you into the vitals out to over 300 yards with out trying to figure hold over. Also it is nice to know what the ballistics are for the round that you are shooting just so that if that one shot does present itself out to 400 yards that you know where to aim to make a clean hit.
Mon, 2012-07-30 07:05#2
Thank you! I do frequent shots out to 300 plus yards open sights, but I know my rifles. This 375 is just for the big game knowing I need a one-gun ready for all! Normally I use smaller arms. Anyway, thank you for the scope advice. Its been years since I used one.
Thu, 2012-08-02 07:24#3
I lived in Alaska several
I lived in Alaska several years and while there met Clark Engle. We talked quite a bit qand one thing that came out was that his favorite catrtidge was a 300 win mag and he liked 200gr bullet's. Problem with larger cartridges was the ability of people to handle them well. He said that the 300 is about all most people can handle. But from people that lived there I found most liked the 338 win mag and the 350 rem mag. I did mostly bird hunting up there but I'd carry a rifle fishing with me. A mod 660 Rem in 308 using 180gr bullets. Maybe foolish, but I never felt I needed more and I did have a 338 win mag at the same time.
If you go up there and hunt big bears, your gonna have a guide and he will have a back-up rifle. Couple I knew out of Wasilla carried a 458 wim mag and a 505 Gibbs. Carry what you shoot well that's within reason.
Sat, 2012-08-04 15:39#4
I spent quite alot of time asking several of the outfitters and big game guides up there what their recommended rifle was and each specified the CZ 375. After getting the rifle, I understood why. And I was a bit worried about the size, but this CZ has a special built in recoil arrestor in the buttstock; and, a perfect balance to the weight of the arm that I wasn't expecting. Since I shoot more than most, these two factors played a major role in choosing to stay with the rifle instead of something smaller. It is a big round, but because of the arrestor, you don't feel it that much after several shot groups on the range. Thank God. I really did breathe a sigh of relief that first day! Coupled with the right bullet selection, a good deal of 'practical application' and the right scope, I think I have a keeper. The rifle has a Leupold 3-9 x 40 Rifleman on it, but I was starting this thread because I understand the conditions up there are both wet and can be extreme cold. I wanted references on a scope that wouldn't give me trouble with either condition.
Sat, 2012-08-04 17:27#5
I'm not sure how much your
I'm not sure how much your willing to spend but since your looking at Zeiss I'll throw this out there. Leupold VX-6 http://www.leupold.com/hunting-shooting/scopes/vx-6-riflescopes/vx-6-2-12x42-30mm-cds/
There are many good ones far cheaper but I'd really like to try one of these out. In my opinion for what it's worth I think the rifleman series is a bit too fragile for where your going. My son uses one on his .270 but if it takes much of a bump it seems to move fairly easy. I've had much better results with the VX-II or III series.
Sun, 2012-08-05 04:40#6
I'm using Minox in place of Zeiss and very happy with the results.
Look in to Minox as I believe they are an American subsidiary of Zeiss.
Sun, 2012-08-05 20:18#7
Welcome to the site Armsmaker. I have a Leupold VX3 3-10x40 on my 375 H&H Remington KS mountian rifle. With 300gr. Barnes tsx in front of 70 gr. of Reloader 15 she hits "about" 2.5 in. high at 100 yds. dead on at 200yds and "about" 9 in. low 300. I like the 3-10 Leupold, it has nice field of view and adequate eye relief at all power settings. I probably would have bought a 3x9 Leupold but I picked this one up lightly used on Gunbroker for under $300 shipped to my door. It's silver finish matched the rifle so I couldn't resist.
I hunted black bear in SE Alaska in 2010 in very wet and cold conditions. I had a Leupold 3x9 ultralight on my 300 wsm. It was kept in one of those neoprene booties. It never fogged or took in any moisture. For the money I don't think you can beat a Leupold VX2 or VX3. Good luck in Alaska