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Old 12-12-2005, 12:14 PM
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Default Advice on Scope for Tikka 338 ?

I traded for a Tikka in a 338 and will be using it for hunting in Canada .... average shot about 250 yards ... what scope would best compliment this rife for that type of hunting ?

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Old 12-12-2005, 05:03 PM
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I am not sure what power would be best but make sure it is A good quality scope with alot of eye relief I had a Tikka T3 lite stainless in 7mm-08 A pretty mild cartridge and it would rattle your teeth with factory loads. My dad hunts elk withA 338 Win Mag. he uses a 6x Leupold I hope this info. helps chad
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Old 12-12-2005, 06:06 PM
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DD on a 338 I would put ONLY top a quality piece of glass. You know the difference between "ok, good and great" so I wont go there. Especially for a scope that is not only gonna see knocks from a 338 but is gonna be subjected to MUCH worse treatment... the baggage apes at the airport [:@]! I say go with the 3x10x44 Conquest. Might even order one in mil-dot, though for only 250 or less yard shots you won't need the mil setup. The 3x9x40 Conquest is an equally impressive tube of glass!

If you want other options how about the 4x12x50 VXII? Or the 3.5x10x50 or 4x12x40 Monarchs from Nikon? Awfully hard to beat ANYTHING Monarch for the money. I'd stay away from the cheap imports on something that is gonna be atop a medium bore (or larger) and ESPECIALLY if I know I am gonna be taking that rig on travel hunts. Saving a couple hundred bucks on a scope is NO place to skimp when it's failure could cost you THOU$AND$on a out of state/country hunt!!!

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Old 12-12-2005, 07:05 PM
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Default RE: Advice on Scope for Tikka 338 ?

Thanks Red .. I appreciate the info .. I am not sure at this point if I will keep the rifle or not ... I traded for it to get out of a rifle that I was a little high in ...I think this is a model 65 Deluxe ..95% new .. any idea as to the value of the rifle?

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Old 12-12-2005, 08:43 PM
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I like the choices Red set out for you. I've got a Leupold VX-III 4.5-14x40 that is a nice piece of glass. The one thing it has that my Nikon does not is a good extended eye relief. I don't shoot anything big enough to matter, but the Leupold strikes me as a little less likely to cause magnum eye.
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Old 12-12-2005, 11:16 PM
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As Red Allison stated, Zeiss Conquest 3-10x44. Good luck.
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Old 12-13-2005, 09:21 AM
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Any scope made by ZEISS...
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:39 AM
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I agree on a good quality scope with better than average eye relief. I really like my conquests and for the 338 I would go with 3x9x40 in the conquest line. It affords 4" constant ER (1/2" more than 44 objective) and you'll be able to mount it lower, which is better especially with heavier recoil. The power is more than adequate for the situation you described and Zeiss transmitt light very well so the smaller objective will not hamper you any in low light situations.
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:15 AM
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I put a Leupold Var X II 3-9x40 on my Tikka 695 Deluxe in 338 Win Mag. I bought the rifle in 1998 and its still as accurate today as when I first put the scope on it.

Can save a few bucks putting a VX II, which is the older Vari X III and you'd have a better scope then my set up. For moose in Canada, a 2-7 or 3-9 is more than enough magnification.

Good luck and nice rifle.

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Old 12-13-2005, 06:33 PM
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DD - I'd have to say I'm really hard on my hunting guns and scopes and there are 2 scopes that my rifles will always be wearing. My first choice in glass is the Leupold VX-IIs, I have one on my 7mag (3-9x40) and one on my 243 (4-12x40). These scops survived 2 South Dakota and Nebraska deer seasons (extreme cold, no fogging, in the rain/snow, mud, etc) and gave me no glitches to date. They have never moved a 1/4" since I've owned them (and they get beat around in truck year round, ride on 4-wheelers, been on snowmobiles, etc).

I used to be a big Nikon guy, then I made the switch to Leupold. Nikon is a great scope, I have one left on my Ruger 10-22 and its a 4.5-14x40 Buckmaster, and its a grreat scope as well. I'm not sure you could compare it to the VX-II line of scopes.

I have zero experience with Zeiss scopes, so I can't vouch for what the others were saying.
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