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    Scope recommendation

    Hello, following on from the introductory post, here's my question for you guys:

    I have a Cz 455 in .17 hmr and my main target is rabbits. I'm not after mass killing sprees, but more the one shot worth noting - the longer ranges.

    I don't particularly like the mildot approach, I prefer the exact measurements, dial in method.

    I currently have a Nikko gameking 4-16 which isn't really practical for constantly dialing in.

    My budget is going to be limited. Lets start with £300 new or SH, and see where we go from there.

    So can anyone recommend a scope with good/reliable turrets, adjustable mag and side focus? I quite like the look of the MTC viper, but the reticle is a little busy for what I want to use it for - then again, there's no harm having such a reticle for a wider application further down the line?

    Over to you all, what can you recommend.

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    I have a similar budget and will likely go used. Will be watching this thread.

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    To be honest, I think you're hampering yourself by looking for more spec than you'll need or propably ever use. The HMR will kill rabbits at 200 yds but is so wind sensitive that for all practical purposes its a 150 yd gun. With the vast majority of shots taken within 150 yds a fixed parallax set at 100m (110 yds) is perfect. You can have parallax adjustment but you'll find you never touch the focus wheel. Similarly, used within its limits the HMR is sufficiently flat to make assisted aiming reticles redundant. With a 110 yd zero you'll only need 2" of holdover at 150 yds and around 4" at 180. Nor will you need huge mag. I've never found the need for anything higher than 12 and that only for zeroing so I can see the strikes. In the field I very rarely go higher than eight. Far more use is bright glass.
    Knowing what I know now after putting 3000 odd rounds through my HMR at rabbits, I'd go for a 3-12X50 or 56mm scope, 110 yard fixed parallax, 25 or 30mm tube - it doesn't matter, a simple fine duplex or A4 type reticle and the best glass you can get for your budget. I'd also choose a scope that will suit a CF rifle as these are keepers. My shortlist would be:
    A Zeiss Duralyt 3-12X50 S/H a bit over budget at £450ish
    Meopta Meopro 4-12X50, excellent. About £390 new, half that S/H.
    Leupold VXII 4-12X50. Should find a good one under £200 S/H.
    S&B 8X56 S/H. Stalkers favourite. Plenty to be had cheap as chips.
    Last edited by Finch; 24-07-2013 at 15:39.

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    i have a sightron ii bigsky 3.5x10-50 some scratches but all ok, tube was scatch by a dealer when fitting rings !
    £250 buys it thay are now £500 new, i paid £640 when it came out from the chap at AIM store
    also have warne rings ext high QR's or med fixed for sale



    Quote Originally Posted by manxjason View Post
    Hello, following on from the introductory post, here's my question for you guys:

    I have a Cz 455 in .17 hmr and my main target is rabbits. I'm not after mass killing sprees, but more the one shot worth noting - the longer ranges.

    I don't particularly like the mildot approach, I prefer the exact measurements, dial in method.

    I currently have a Nikko gameking 4-16 which isn't really practical for constantly dialing in.

    My budget is going to be limited. Lets start with £300 new or SH, and see where we go from there.

    So can anyone recommend a scope with good/reliable turrets, adjustable mag and side focus? I quite like the look of the MTC viper, but the reticle is a little busy for what I want to use it for - then again, there's no harm having such a reticle for a wider application further down the line?

    Over to you all, what can you recommend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch View Post
    To be honest, I think you're hampering yourself by looking for more spec than you'll need or propably ever use. The HMR will kill rabbits at 200 yds but is so wind sensitive that for all practical purposes its a 150 yd gun. With the vast majority of shots taken within 150 yds a fixed parallax set at 100m (110 yds) is perfect. You can have parallax adjustment but you'll find you never touch the focus wheel. Similarly, used within its limits the HMR is sufficiently flat to make assisted aiming reticles redundant. With a 110 yd zero you'll only need 2" of holdover at 150 yds and around 4" at 180. Nor will you need huge mag. I've never found the need for anything higher than 12 and that only for zeroing so I can see the strikes. In the field I very rarely go higher than eight. Far more use is bright glass.
    Knowing what I know now after putting 3000 odd rounds through my HMR at rabbits, I'd go for a 3-12X50 or 56mm scope, 110 yard fixed parallax, 25 or 30mm tube - it doesn't matter, a simple fine duplex or A4 type reticle and the best glass you can get for your budget. I'd also choose a scope that will suit a CF rifle as these are keepers. My shortlist would be:
    A Zeiss Duralyt 3-12X50 S/H a bit over budget at £450ish
    Meopta Meopro 4-12X50, excellent. About £390 new, half that S/H.
    Leupold VXII 4-12X50. Should find a good one under £200 S/H.
    S&B 8X56 S/H. Stalkers favourite. Plenty to be had cheap as chips.
    Thanks very much for the reply there Finch..

    Would that short list of scopes all be reliable for dialing in? My 195 and 205 shots were both in a 5mph 90degree wind, and despite people saying you can holdover, would prefer to still dial in for my shooting style.

    The reason I suggested a higher mag was to make it easier on my eye while aiming. My right eye is the weak one and so the bigger picture helps out there. Also the rabbits I shoot will be for human and pet consumption, so putting the bullet in the head is critical. I'm worried that on a low mag i'd be able to line it up accordingly? What's your thoughts?

    when it comes to scopes I am a novice, so all this information is proving very useful.

    I'll take a look at those scopes anyway

    thanks
    Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul o' View Post
    i have a sightron ii bigsky 3.5x10-50 some scratches but all ok, tube was scatch by a dealer when fitting rings !
    £250 buys it thay are now £500 new, i paid £640 when it came out from the chap at AIM store
    also have warne rings ext high QR's or med fixed for sale
    Thanks Paul, i'll keep that in mind.
    cheers

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    Simmons WTC 3.5-10x50 Philippines made not later Chinese version.

    Remember you are putting it on a 17HMR; you do not need the robustness of a top European scope. A decent Simmons or similar will do all you want.
    If you were putting it on full bore rifle then I would go for one of the usual suspects, S&B etc.

    And forget the dialing in, just learn who to judge range and compensate accordingly. Your biggest problem with a 17HMR, as I understand it, is wind.
    Last edited by Irish Bob; 24-07-2013 at 16:21.

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    Here's my opinion:
    I have an HMR and have used it for about 4-5 years, in that time I have learnt the limitations of the caliber, I have a Zeiss Conquest 6.5 -20 x 50 on top of it which I find a great scope for the money (£500 - £550 S/H). You can dial with these turrets, I don't. The reasons why: At sensible ranges out to 150 yards maybe a bit more I prefer to hold over based on my Zero range. Even at these ranges the slightest bit of breeze will move that little 17 gr round all over the place, add to that the quality of ammo and you will spend a ton of time twiddling knobs and wondering why you are not getting many bunnies. I would concentrate on getting within 150 yards using a bit of field craft and taking the shots you are confident in making.
    I can see the fun in dialing on targets at different ranges not sure about practicing on bunnies though. As for a scope in that budget range I guess you are looking at some of the MTC, Falcon type scopes which they use for Airgun HFT stuff.

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    I appreciate everyones comments and opinion, thanks, but I want to dial in as I enjoy measuring the wind and range, and apply such scope adjustments. Even if it does mean I spend more time turning nobs - I like the technical aspect involved in this.

    I've already had some really good success in winds from 5mph to 12mph. People keep saying that wind affects the the hmr so much, but it is still an accurate calibre providing it is measured correctly. Perhaps that is where people are going wrong?

    Anyway, like I said, I do appreciate everyones comments and advice, but I am here for help with dialing in equipment.

    I don't take the shot unless i'm confident. I'd much rather measure the wind and apply the adjustments, than estimate with mildots.

    The mildot approach will never be as definitive as measuring and dialing in. There's plenty of evidence online of dial-in shooters having damn good success at long ranges with this calibre.

    Sorry chaps, i know i'm new to the forum n all, and I'm trying not to sound rude, but i've already decided on the type of shooting I want to do. Check out freedomofabird on YouTube - that's the path I want to walk down, and I really want to stretch out this calibres potential before moving to C.fires
    Last edited by manxjason; 24-07-2013 at 16:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irish Bob View Post
    Simmons WTC 3.5-10x50 Philippines made not later Chinese version.

    Remember you are putting it on a 17HMR; you do not need the robustness of a top European scope. A decent Simmons or similar will do all you want.
    If you were putting it on full bore rifle then I would go for one of the usual suspects, S&B etc.

    And forget the dialing in, just learn who to judge range and compensate accordingly. Your biggest problem with a 17HMR, as I understand it, is wind.
    +1 on the Simmons. Got one on my .22 and it does a great job.

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