Muzzleloader scopes

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  1. Jan 22, 2019 #1

    Tanner Pehrson

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    What’s everybody use for muzzleloader scope? Does anybody use a tactical style scope with Windage and elevation dials?
     
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    You're going to get a lot of different opinions on this one. Everybody likes what they like. It's not necessary to buy a dedicated ML scope as many rifle scopes work fine. Personally I don't like BDC reticles. Most of my hunting shots are within 100yds. and a duplex does the job. Tactical scopes are not needed at ML distances imo.
     
  3. Jan 23, 2019 #3

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    What dragonfly said. I would add if you are going to be shooting stout loads, get a scope with plenty of eye relief, 3 3/4 to 4 inches.
     
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    A friend gave me a scope he couldn't use, I thought what the heck and mounted it on my Apex 45-70, which has since been converted to sml. It is a Konus Pro 3-9x50IR. It has held up to hundreds of shots. Not a bank breaker but a good scope for the money.
     
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    You might be surprised, but there are quite a few that turn turrets, especially long range shooters.
    As a hunter, you most likely won't need to be making adjustments, given the range most game is taken. However if you plan on shooting long range (>200yds), then scope adjustment and ability is a good thing. I was never a proponent of cluttered reticles, until I started shooting long range.
     
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    Its been my experience buy the best you can afford because the low prices scopes will likely give you problems one way or another.
    To zero my scopes and take variables out of shooting I use a shooting bench with a lead slide mounted rigidly.

    With this setup all the recoil test the scopes ability to stay set. All the low cost scopes have jumped. All the more expensive ones stay set.
    Plus the more expensive ones have better focusing capability and clear glass with
    much better reticle detail.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2019 #8

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    I go with Nikon prostaff 3-9x50 nicoplex. nicople go with 50mm for hunting, u can find the animal so much faster thier around 200 dollars.. I have it on my gun, an my boy has the same u won't be disappointed
     
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    How does a 50mm objective help? It raises the scope height. Its not a 30mm tube, its a 1". Higher quality glass with a smaller objective will gather just as much light. FOV is the same as their 3x9x40s. Both have 33.8ft on lowest and 11.3ft on highest.

    IMO the best way to answer the OP is to first know his price range. I would choose higher quality 40mm glass over a lower quality 50mm every time.

    If i was looking at sub $300 Nikon it would be the Pro Staff 5 2.5x10x40 for the better eye relief and better FOV at 100 yards.
    https://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en....html#tab-ProductDetail-ProductTabs-TechSpecs

    A scope that really stands out if you can still find one is the Vortex DiamondBack HP 3x12x42. Its a lot of scope for the money. Good eye relief, 90moa of adjustment and stellar customer service. Should be able to find one for under $300.
    https://www.sportsmans.com/hunting/...s/vortex-diamondback-hp-rifle-scopes/p/p30416
     
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  10. Jan 25, 2019 #10

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    I currently have a Bushnell elite 4 - 12 on my mighty Knighty Bighorn. I normally shoot up to 100 yds here in PA and possibly do not need 12 power but man I like it. Would I go to another scope, possibly but right now you could only have my Bushnell elite if you took it from my cold dead hands. I bought this scope a bunch of years ago and it has seen service on my 270, 7mm mag and now my Knight and I love it.
     
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    Bushnell no longer offers Elites except for Tacticals and those puppies are expensive. The main drawback to the older Elites is short eye relief. Otherwise they are fine scopes made in Japan. The earlier 3200s were arguably better than the later 3500s. Both were made in Japan but the older Elites (3200/4200)were a better scope than the 3500s IMO. The upper end Elite from that time period 4200 IIRC were exceptional for the money. The 6500 was even better but the cost was getting up there too.
     
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  12. Jan 25, 2019 #12

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    IMHO this is very good advice. Buy the highest quality glass you can afford.

    I have several Nikon Inline XR's (now Prostaff 3 Muzzleloader), Leupold and Vortex. All are 3-9x40mm I like them all, but my favorite are the Nikon's. Best bang for the buck from my point of view.
     
  13. Jan 26, 2019 #13

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    image.jpeg I have always used a leupold vx1.5-5x20 on my ML's and rifles. Living in northern New England The furthest shot I've had on a whitetail is 120 yards.
     

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