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Scope choice for a .17hmr

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by mbison, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. mbison

    mbison Busy Member

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    I'm considering a scope with the turret adjusts for my Marlin .17hmr I'm getting after payday. (deposit paid, wetting me shreddies in anticipation). I have one at the moment but its a bit crap (UTG 6 - 24 Censored).

    Any recommendations as to what I can get reasonably cheap? I don't have hundreds, as I'm off to uni in a few months to begin my nursing degree.

    Thanks in advance lads
     
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    Nikon prostaff 4-12x40 with bdc ret , don't fiddle with the turrets just learn the drops from primary zero with the ret, great glass and imo better spending on the glass than one with all singing and dancing turrets which aren't really needed on a HMR
     
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    I've changed all my scopes to Hawke Varmint 6-24x44 with side focus and half mildot reticle and find them brilliant (air rifle, .22LR & 17HMR)
     
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    Unless you want to shoot beyond 150 yards, a standard 30/30 reticle is fine. Beyond that it is better to use some form of ballistic reticle. Good glass costs, but the Nikon prostaff range is excellent for the money, better than the Hawke/MTC offerings as the light fades.

    John:)
     
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    Hawke varmint sf 6-24x44 on my ansutchz and must say it's brilliant little scope . But as you mention about target turrets maybe a nikko sterling target master Or a bushnell elite .
     
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    Nikko sterling night eater is a cheap and cheerful too , had one before and it's a good optic with big target turrets . I'm sure the range between £100-150
     
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    I'm a scope snob, for the price of a new nikko you'd get a used VX1, I've always been mighty impressed with these for the price.
     
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    I am running a Hawke sidewinder and its totally over the top in my mind. Have been thinking about putting my Hawke panorama on her, purely because I feel more happy looking through that scope. I think the panorama is a great all round scope. KB1 View attachment 98779 Good value also.
     
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    I use a Hawke Varmint II SF 6 - 24 (?) x 44 on my HMR and it's a good scope for the job. Not too fancy, keeps zero etc. Am very happy with mine and would be happy to keep on using it.
     
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    I have a Simmons WTC 6.5-20x50 on mine.
     
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    nikko sterling mountmaster 4-12x50 ao ir scope excellent value for the money.

    from uttings
     
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    Anything that has a cross hair and no mildots.just not needed on an hmr.point and shoot to about 150 yds no holdover etc.
    Dear to feed though.
     
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    Sorry but I have to disagree with your view above as a scope with mildots is a big plus point for 17HMR if not a necessity as you'll need to gage for windage not just holdover as the small 17g bullet is greatly effected by the wind.
     
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    If its windy....hit the pub.
     
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    :) :)
     
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    A mate of mine runs an old Simmons Aetec scope on his HMR

    It's stunning.

    I put a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x50 BDC on my .22 rimfire (mint, boxed, for £90 :D ) and I'd happily plop one on a .17HMR if I had one. It sucks the light in and has plenty of aim points. Maybe not so good with night vision as a side focus parallax adjustable scope, but excellent as an overall package.

    My late uncle had a Leupold VX3 on is - I must find out what happened to his rifles.
    I have a larger version of that same scope on my Browning .270 :cool:

    Why don't you identify what you are looking for ?

    Unless you spend a bloody fortune I have found that the more flexible the ret, the poorer the low light performance and clarity. Scopes are a massive trade-off of features and you need to identify which are most important to you, and a budget to work within.
     
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    I think an all rounder is a must, won't be doing a lot of NV shooting as I don't have a NV setup but definitely lower light. Tbh as long as it's crisp and stays on zero it doesn't matter, I won't be shooting more than 160 - 170 yards often so will just do my ballistics chart.
     
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    MTC Viper or more expensive (hand picked glass) Taipan. I'e a 6-24x56 on my hummer - makes zeroing at 100yds very easy with all that zoom! :) Is a bit heavy mind and perhaps a bit OTT, dials spot on though.
     

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