Best Scope for 100-300 Benchrest on a 6ppc?

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  1. Ccrider

    Ccrider Silver $$ Contributor

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    Daydreaming about buying a new scope for my 6ppc that presently has a Leupold 36x. Just wondering what the best options are with the pros and cons.

    I see that the the Leupold 45x is very popular. Sightron has recently released a new 45x scope as well.

    March has recently released a new 48x52 “Highmaster”. They also have a 50x52 that is still available on the shelves.

    What is the best option?

    Thanks
     
  2. bichettereds

    bichettereds Silver $$ Contributor

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    Best or best for the money?

    I wasn’t impressed with the new fixed power 30mm sightron. It wasn’t bad but I preferred the Leupold lcs.

    I like the 40x over the 45x. At least with the scopes I’ve had, the 40 was more clear.

    If you want to upgrade I’d look at the LCS 40x or 45. I can’t speak to the higher dollar scopes.
     
  3. Tim Singleton

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    March 40x is my choice
     
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  4. Ccrider

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    Best and best for money. I don’t see a lot of the top shooters using the March scopes, but from what I have been able to find, they seem to be top notch. You can buy two Leupold for the price of the Highmaster. What do you get for all the extra cash?

    Is more magnification better? Larger tube better?
     
  5. Tim Singleton

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    I dont know or have any experience with the high master
    I have had several Leopold lcs 40and 45x
    I have several March 40x
    I've moved all the leopold's on their way
    A used March 40 can be found at a good price if you watch for it
     
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  6. Ccrider

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    What did you see as the different between the March 40x and the Leupold 45x?
     
  7. R.Morehouse

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    I use a March fixed 50 from the advise of a HOF PPC guy in my state (Pa).I use a March 36-55 EPZ on another gun that i think would work great on a PPC they are very low in weight as well.

    Regards
    Rick
     
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  8. IdahoSharpshooter

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    Leupold 40's and 45X's are available here pretty often, in the $800 price range. I just bought a 45X here.

    A March will set you back about three times that amount in the same magnification.

    Literally hundreds of thousands of BR groups under .1 moa have been shot at 100/200/300 yards in registered competition over the past 45 years with the Leupold 36X models.

    Perhaps a Vortex Golden Eagle 15-60X variable would be a good option. Variables are the best way, imho, to handle mirage.

    Rich
     
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  9. Tim Singleton

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    I have a frozen 36x scope and a Hood scope checker
     
  10. Kyle Schultz

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    I have a Valdada 36 on my 30BR which I've shot at 300Y with no issues whatsoever. I started with a second Valdada on my LV 6 PPC but swapped it out for a March 48X just because I could and wanted to put the Valdada on my RFBR rifle. I think a lightly used Valdada 36 is an exceptional value. If you are patient, they can be bought for about $850. Good luck!
     
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  11. Pete Roberson

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    Leopold competition scopes in 35x;40x;And 45x are no longer made!
    While some swear by them just as many or more swear at them and
    you'll find many thoughts both ways but I feel the fact that they are no longer made says it all?!
    Good Luck with what ever you decide!
     
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  12. urbanrifleman

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    Nightforce benchrest
     
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  13. Dusty Stevens

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    Valdada is the holy grail of ppc scopes... well they are if you have a scope checker, if not anything else will work fine.
     
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    Their website still shows the 45x.

    https://www.leupold.com/scopes/rifle-scopes/competition-series-45x45mm
     
  15. WyleWD

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    I'm in agreement with Kyle and Dusty on the Valdada. Between my brother and I we have a 36x Valdada, 45x Leupold, Sightron 45x, and 36x Leupold and a T36 Weaver. The Valdada is best in mirage and clarity and the clicks are very crisp. He recently acquired a 45x Sightron which is pretty darned impressive too. Of the 5 the Valdada we like best, with the 45x Sightron a very close second, the 1/16" dot and clicks is handy and works very well.

    Some shooters strongly prefer crosshair, others prefer dot and crosshair. Your preference is what's important if you have one.

    Also know the weight of the scope as it can be a deal breaker when trying to make weight and maintain balance if weight is a consideration for a given discipline. JME FWIW. WD
     
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    It is so strange that no one is even mentioning Nightforce, which is the most popular scope one the line anywhere I go...
     
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  17. Tim Singleton

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    I’ve seen a few on the line this year fixed 42x
    I tried one I couldn’t deal with the eye relief. Really hard for me to get back on target for the next shot
     
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  18. urbanrifleman

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    What about the eye relief? Which one did you try?
     
  19. Tim Singleton

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    Fixed 42x
    It seemed to me to be very critical on the eye box

    I kept having to move my head around to find the cross hairs after a shot
    A lot more so than a leupold or March fixed 40
     
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  20. INShooter

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    I have used all flavors of scopes for so-called short range benchrest. Weavers, Sightrons, Leupolds, Valdadas, Nightforce and March. Have also used several of the "frozen scope" variations. I believe there are two critical factors and anything other than those two factors are just personal preferences. Those critical factors are, can it make weight restrictions and does it HOLD point of aim or point of impact? The shooter must have absolute faith in the scopes ability to do this.
     

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