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1 minute ago, fpo said:

Do you recommend any binos?

The vortex diamondback line is a good budget option.  the 12x50 would work well on a monopod with the vortex tripod adaptor.  Don't plan on holding them in your hands unsupported to spot hits, you won't be able to hold them steady enough.  I use a cheap amazon basics monopod and it's worth its weight in gold.

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13 hours ago, Pyr0monk3y said:

The vortex diamondback line is a good budget option.  the 12x50 would work well on a monopod with the vortex tripod adaptor.  Don't plan on holding them in your hands unsupported to spot hits, you won't be able to hold them steady enough.  I use a cheap amazon basics monopod and it's worth its weight in gold.

Oof... nothing beginner range at the 70~90 USD range?


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16 minutes ago, fpo said:

Oof... nothing beginner range at the 70~90 USD range?

Some of the cheaper spotting scopes are OK, but when you're getting up into 40x or more magnification, the coating on the optics and quality of the lens grinding make a big difference.

 

I'd recommend getting on a site like Optics Planet or Midwayusa and reading reviews of stuff in your price range. All reviews are subjective, but there should be a bunch of them and you can see a trend,


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11 hours ago, fpo said:

Oof... nothing beginner range at the 70~90 USD range?

Honestly any bino's that retail for under $200 are iffy.  That's the least I would ever spend on medium powered binos. The price/value curve is pretty flat until about $200 then it's nearly vertical until $800, then it's flat again.

 

Just save up until you can get the good stuff.  Binoculars last literally forever.

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To illustrate the value of a good set of binos, the farthest target in this photo is at 1140 yards and I could watch bullets drop in from the horizon and hit it.

The photo was taken with an iphone SE through one side of a set of Maven B5 18x56 binoculars.

 

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On 7/26/2020 at 9:22 AM, vetali said:

Hate it when I have enough money to splurge on a rifle and because of unprecedented times everything is out of stock or marked up a ton. Was wanting to build an AR15 with mostly aero precision parts but everything is outta stock. My friend was on a waiting list for a p320 for damn near a month. Shits crazy.

Aero parts, with the exception of lowers, can still be found with ease. Optics Planet, as just one example, has a wealth of parts; complete uppers, stripped and uppers with covers/forward assists installed, barrels, gas blocks/tubes, BCG's, handguards, and a wealth of muzzle devices at prices that generally speaking, aren't above pre-pandemic times. Cart code 6U-F3-V7, as an example, is a build that a friend of mine pulled the trigger on yesterday afternoon. Mostly Aero, Noveske CH as it was a few bucks cheaper, and a VG6 brake


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2 hours ago, Semper said:

Aero parts, with the exception of lowers, can still be found with ease. Optics Planet, as just one example, has a wealth of parts; complete uppers, stripped and uppers with covers/forward assists installed, barrels, gas blocks/tubes, BCG's, handguards, and a wealth of muzzle devices at prices that generally speaking, aren't above pre-pandemic times. Cart code 6U-F3-V7, as an example, is a build that a friend of mine pulled the trigger on yesterday afternoon. Mostly Aero, Noveske CH as it was a few bucks cheaper, and a VG6 brake

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On 7/22/2020 at 12:38 PM, Semper said:

I don't, no. I can't justify the price tag that they carry when you can build up a rock solid platform on something like a Ruger Precision or Tikka T3x

 

You got any experience with the T3x in particular? I have one myself, and love it, however the majority of my long range shooting experience is with other firerarms. Mines in .308 and I've only pushed it out to 600m. I want to drop some money and upgrade it a bit, and start pushing it out reliably to 1000m.

 

I'm strongly considering dropping it in a KRG Bravo, and putting something like a Vortex Viper HST 6-24 on it. Any other recommendations? I've heard nothing but good things about the stock, and I know Vortex is solid, but the majority of my shooting experience is with high end Schmidt, so I don't know much about the "mid" tier glass.


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3 hours ago, Statik said:

You got any experience with the T3x in particular? I have one myself, and love it, however the majority of my long range shooting experience is with other firerarms. Mines in .308 and I've only pushed it out to 600m. I want to drop some money and upgrade it a bit, and start pushing it out reliably to 1000m.

 

I'm strongly considering dropping it in a KRG Bravo, and putting something like a Vortex Viper HST 6-24 on it. Any other recommendations? I've heard nothing but good things about the stock, and I know Vortex is solid, but the majority of my shooting experience is with high end Schmidt, so I don't know much about the "mid" tier glass.

No direct personal experience with the T3x line, no. I know they're well regarded, as is everything Tikka makes, especially at their cost.
I have experience with a T3 Super Varmint in .222 Rem, not really a long range platform, but I had no complaints about the craftsmanship, fit/finish, or performance of the gun (with the exception being that the polymer mag included with the gun, while not unreliable, didn't feel like it would hold up well to even mild abuse)

Again, no personal experience with anything KRG, but I know that they're frequently paired with Howa's 1500 actions for impressive performance at a relatively low entry cost.

Being that I don't own a long range platform yet, my knowledge on the subject of glass isn't deep enough to be of substantial value. All of my personally owned magnified optics are really to be considered entry level close/mid range; Crossfire II Scout, Copperhead, MTac LPVO, AX-Freedom (VERY strongly do not recommend), P-Tactical 3-9, SLx 1-6, and a Juliet4 on a Romeo4s.

Mid tier glass, as is to be expected, will be a downgrade from something like an S&B, Nightforce, Steiner, Zeiss, Trijicon, ETC, but that doesn't mean "bad". You'll get some of those compromises that come at a lower cost, abberation, "imperfections" in your glass, lower light transmission, smaller FOV, eye box, ETC, but if those are going to prevent you from making a hit (at least in context to hunting), it's my belief that you've got fundamentals that you need to improve on before that becomes the issue. The SRS that I had hands-on with had a FX1000 6-24 MRAD on it, and it was plenty capable of keeping up with the platform it was on, I'd say that It's interchangeable with a Viper, if not a half step above. A Viper should serve you well, until you're talking about advanced skill levels, the likes of 50% IPSC AC targets at 1500+


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23 hours ago, Semper said:

No direct personal experience with the T3x line, no. I know they're well regarded, as is everything Tikka makes, especially at their cost.
I have experience with a T3 Super Varmint in .222 Rem, not really a long range platform, but I had no complaints about the craftsmanship, fit/finish, or performance of the gun (with the exception being that the polymer mag included with the gun, while not unreliable, didn't feel like it would hold up well to even mild abuse)

Thanks, I love my Tikka, I just find there's not as much info on upgrading them comparing to something like a Remington 700. I like the rifle itself, i just need an adjustuable cheek weld, and a more vertical pistol grip.

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Again, no personal experience with anything KRG, but I know that they're frequently paired with Howa's 1500 actions for impressive performance at a relatively low entry cost.

Being that I don't own a long range platform yet, my knowledge on the subject of glass isn't deep enough to be of substantial value. All of my personally owned magnified optics are really to be considered entry level close/mid range; Crossfire II Scout, Copperhead, MTac LPVO, AX-Freedom (VERY strongly do not recommend), P-Tactical 3-9, SLx 1-6, and a Juliet4 on a Romeo4s.

Mid tier glass, as is to be expected, will be a downgrade from something like an S&B, Nightforce, Steiner, Zeiss, Trijicon, ETC, but that doesn't mean "bad". You'll get some of those compromises that come at a lower cost, abberation, "imperfections" in your glass, lower light transmission, smaller FOV, eye box, ETC, but if those are going to prevent you from making a hit (at least in context to hunting), it's my belief that you've got fundamentals that you need to improve on before that becomes the issue. The SRS that I had hands-on with had a FX1000 6-24 MRAD on it, and it was plenty capable of keeping up with the platform it was on, I'd say that It's interchangeable with a Viper, if not a half step above. A Viper should serve you well, until you're talking about advanced skill levels, the likes of 50% IPSC AC targets at 1500+

Yeah I'd consider myself an advanced shooter for sure, but my local range only reaches out to 1000m, and I unlikely would push a .308 past that. So my main uses are deer/bear, and target out to 1000m. And I was just looking for opinions on glass, so thanks for the info, my experience with high end glass has only been in a professional setting, with minimal time behind mid tier, and I certainly don't shoot enough in my personal time to justify $5000 the price of my rifle on an optic.

 

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Does anyone here have experience with Nightforce compared to Vortex?

 

I'm looking at getting a Vortex Viper PST Gen 2 (FFP) 5-25 ($1500 CAD), but also am interested in the Nightforce SHV F1 4-14 ($1750 CAD). I'm interested in the NF because...well NF...

 

But I'm still leaning towards the Viper, due to it apparently being brighter, having a much better eyebox, slightly better FOV, and mostly due to their unbeatable warranty.

 

Opinions?

 

I'm throwing it on a Tikka T3x in .308 if it matters. Ranging from hunting at ~50m, to shooting steel at 1000m.

 

I'm not particularly hung up on the magnification, I prefer to shoot at lower magnification, and even shooting at ~1600m I usually sit around 18x  (give or take.)


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12 hours ago, Statik said:

Does anyone here have experience with Nightforce compared to Vortex?

 

I'm looking at getting a Vortex Viper PST Gen 2 (FFP) 5-25 ($1500 CAD), but also am interested in the Nightforce SHV F1 4-14 ($1750 CAD). I'm interested in the NF because...well NF...

 

But I'm still leaning towards the Viper, due to it apparently being brighter, having a much better eyebox, slightly better FOV, and mostly due to their unbeatable warranty.

 

Opinions?

 

I'm throwing it on a Tikka T3x in .308 if it matters. Ranging from hunting at ~50m, to shooting steel at 1000m.

 

I'm not particularly hung up on the magnification, I prefer to shoot at lower magnification, and even shooting at ~1600m I usually sit around 18x  (give or take.)

Higher-end Vortex scopes are fantastic, a few friends of mine have them on rifles and I am always impressed. 
 

Nightforce is of course highly regarded, but really there is a good bit of competition in that space now, and honestly some of it is likely better as those brands are really trying to innovate and make names for themselves.


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3 minutes ago, Nine Tailed Fox said:

Crossbreed holster got delivered. Took 3 weeks from being made to shipped.

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21 hours ago, Nine Tailed Fox said:

Crossbreed holster got delivered. Took 3 weeks from being made to shipped.

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Careful holstering that while it's on you!  Those hybrid holsters tend to force people to flag themselves while holstering (to try to create enough space to fit the gun in) and there are minor concerns with the trigger getting caught up in the soft side and causing a discharge.  

They aren't huge concerns, but it's definitely something to keep aware of.  


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4 hours ago, vf1000ride said:

Took a couple new pictures of my oldest rifle.  1891 Argentine Mauser, by serial number it left the factory in 1892.  Chambered in 7.65x53mm Argentine, 5 shot capacity.

 

Oh hell yes, nice rifle. I have an 1891 Argentine made in 1893. Mine's not original though, it was one of the numerous rifles sporterized by Kodiak and sold through Montgomery Ward during the '60s. It has about a 21" barrel, numbers all match but the stock was cut down along with that barrel. 

 

I recently put a 2.75x Burris scout scope on mine that I need to sight-in, but prior to that I've shot it a good bit and it's a hoot. Loading is pretty easy too if you can track down brass, but the PPU stuff works fine.


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