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    Marksman breakingcontact's Avatar

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    Folks with hunting experience: thoughts on scout rifles?

    I'm no long range pretend sniper.

    At most I may do some hunting with a bolt action 308.

    I know scout rifles set up in the scout rifle with forward optic configuration are loved/hated.

    What are your real world experiences with them while hunting? I know the stock replies but would like to hear from folks who have tried them and loved them or tried them and found it to be less than ideal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by breakingcontact View Post
    I'm no long range pretend sniper.

    At most I may do some hunting with a bolt action 308.

    I know scout rifles set up in the scout rifle with forward optic configuration are loved/hated.

    What are your real world experiences with them while hunting? I know the stock replies but would like to hear from folks who have tried them and loved them or tried them and found it to be less than ideal.
    So far from my experience, you cant go wrong with medium to high end Nikon, bushnell, never owned a viper yet but getting one soon as I have four friends that are avid hunters and swear by them

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    Quote Originally Posted by breakingcontact View Post
    I'm no long range pretend sniper.

    At most I may do some hunting with a bolt action 308.

    I know scout rifles set up in the scout rifle with forward optic configuration are loved/hated.

    What are your real world experiences with them while hunting? I know the stock replies but would like to hear from folks who have tried them and loved them or tried them and found it to be less than ideal.
    But, just for the record.. probably as many people would disagree with me as would agree with me

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    IF you can shoot pool you can use a mop handle.
    What ever you use practice with it and make it familiar.
    The more you sweat in training the less you bleed in battle.

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    Plinker

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfmileharry View Post
    IF you can shoot pool you can use a mop handle.
    What ever you use practice with it and make it familiar.
    I would +1 that answers if it had a + option lol

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    If your pref is for low mag optic when deer hunting, why wouldn't a scout setup be good?

    I'd like to try a Rem 600 w 2X Leupold up front.

    Not used one afield, but buds have them and they seem OK to me.
    EER scopes on handguns me no likey.
    Slap it on something with a stock and they settle down just fine.
    Last edited by Hookeye; 01-12-2019 at 20:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hookeye View Post
    If your pref is for low mag optic when deer hunting, why wouldn't a scout setup be good?

    I'd like to try a Rem 600 w 2X Leupold up front.

    Not used one afield, but buds have them and they seem OK to me.
    EER scopes on handguns me no likey.
    Slap it on something with a stock and they settle down just fine.
    The main case I would make is, with a say 5-25x you would always have the option of reaching out further if you ever wanted to. But that's just me, I realize everyone has a different logic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TangoFoxtrot View Post
    The main case I would make is, with a say 5-25x you would always have the option of reaching out further if you ever wanted to. But that's just me, I realize everyone has a different logic.

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    I've never seen long eye relief scout options with magnification that high. Are you familiar with scout rifles?

    Op. They are ideal hunting rifles for intermediate distances. The main problem is that you have to get long eye relief optics which are rare of the shelf. Or just use the irons. I'm a big fan of them in all flavors.

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    I think TFox is saying going with more mag in a non scout setup would allow him to reach out further.

    OK..........who hunts deer at 25X?

    How much mag does one need to place bullets on target?

    Think some scout scopes in the 2.5-8X range.
    Didn't Burris make a 4-12X EER?

    Thought the idea of a scout rifle was to run irons or scope, so the comb would be lower, and whatever optic mounted would be as low as possible.
    Kinda mandates a small objective.

    T Fox mentions 5-25 X, possibly suggesting that scope would cover everything needed.
    In the woods, a 1 or 2X at the low end makes movers easy.
    Have shot movers at 1X, 2X, 4X and iron sights. I like 1X/2X way better.

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    Grandmaster Hookeye's Avatar

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    Leupold makes a 1.5-5X scout scope.
    Bet that'd be a dandy.
    Price is a bit steep, even the Freedom version scout scope.
    I'd look for a fixed 2X Leupold handgun scope, used. Last one I got was 85 bucks.
    Unfortunately the 600 Remington I want will cost a fair bit more LOL.


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