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    Default Best Scope for .338

    Got a new Ruger MKII and need to scope it. I'd appreciate any experiences or advice from .338 shooters.

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    Default Leupold Scopes

    For hard recoiling rifles it is hard to beat Leupold, the Leupold VX-III 1.5-5 in particular. Durability, light weight, 5" + or - eye relief, full unconditional lifetime warranty, made in U.S.A., and resale value. Of course if you are never going to sell it, don't care if it's imported, don't mind a few cuts above your eye every now and again, and don't mind if it fogs up or won't hold zero then anything else should do just fine.

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    I have a 2-7 Leupold on mine for the past 15 years; never a complaint. J.

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    I would vote for the 2.5-8x36 Leupold VX-III. I have had 2 of them and will be buying another here shortly.Very good scope,probably the clearest (atleast I think) of all the Leupold's.Hope this helps.

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    Leupold - takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'

    1. 2.5 x 8 would be my first choice
    2. 1.75 x 6 would be my second choice
    3. 1.5 x 5 would be my third choice

    Final decision would be dictated by anticipated use/range of shots. 1. prob covers the greatest spectrum, 2. is reported to be one of the most recoil resistant and covers the middle ground - my son used this scope on a 7mm Dakota to one shot kill his last sheep at a lasered 400 yd 3. more for closer range but would not hesitate to use out to 250 - 300 yds. Good luck.

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    Talking Burris

    I have a Ruger M77 stainless 338 that wears a Burris 3-9X50.
    It is absolutely waterproof....and survived a drop onto concrete during my last range trip....oops.

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    Thumbs up 1.5x5 Leupold

    I'm a big fan of the 1.5x5 Leupy...and own 4 of them. It suits all my Alaskan needs. They are light, bright and tough. I don't need more than 5X. I have them on a 30/06, 338Win, 330Dakota and 375H&H. Have tried numerous other scopes up to and including a Swarovski 3x10-42. Always returned to 1.5x5 Leupy....probably always will.

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    I went with a Kahles 2 X 7 X 36. It also has a circle plex reticle, which has very fine cross hair along with a circle for fast acquisition of the target. This is on my 340 Weatherby. Very clear.

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    Smile Way out of order...

    Shphtr has his scopes way out of order. For the 338 I would put the 1.75-6x32 first unless it was more of an in the alders kind of handy rifle and then would opt for the 1.5-5x20 with a no. 4 reticle. The 2.5-8x36 should only be used when shots will be taken beyond 319 yards on small animals like sheep.

    Any of those Leupold scopes are top notch. I also have to add a good word for the Kahles 2-7x36. I have a couple of these and they are very bright, very rugged with excellent adjustments. A one inch tube but still a little more bulky than the Leupolds above, super optics.
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    I put a Leupold 1.75X6 with the heavy cross hairs on my Winchester M70 .338 It has held up very well for me. I've never done any bear hunting...but at 1.75 I can find things fast enough and at 6 I can see well enough to shoot as far as I'm willing to. I like the larger lense on the 1.75. It may not pull in more light...but I think it does.

    I mounted a 2.5X8 on a .270 and it worked out great, but I wanted the lower power (bigger field) for the .338

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    You want ample eye relief from the scope mounted on a .338WM. The one I have on my .338WM is a matte Leupold Vary-X III 2.5-8x. It has been on my rifle for over twelve years, and not a single problem with it except for a few very small dents I have put on the tube. I carry the rifle with the scope set at 2.5X, and crank it up to 6x or so when taking shots over 200 yards, although I set it to 8x at the range when testing loads.

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    Thumbs up Leupold 3.5x10

    I put a Leupold 3.5x10 with the BC reticle on my 338 Win
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    Although I've always used Leupolds with no complaint, I opted to put a Bushnell Elite 1.5-6x on my MkII in .338. I like the scope and the setup, have shot game at 100 and 225 yards with no problems. Plenty of eye relief, no no shiners...

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    Another vote, like Murph's, for the 1.75X6 Leupold.

    I've owned and used both...to my eye, the 32mm objective outclasses the 20mm in low light conditions.

    Wish they made this in a 40, but the current production is world class.Just get used to seeing some barrel on very low settings...a bit distracting initially.

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    When I was a kid I was always told what you pay for your gun is what you should pay for your optics.

    I dont always belive, that however your gun is only as good as its optics.

    I love Leupold, I have a VXL 3-9x50 for my .300 and love it beacuse it mounts low to the reciever and gives you the increased field of view. Its a little pricy but worth it. Best of luck!

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    I use a Leupold Fixed 4X. Doesnt seem like I need more than that, as I rarely take shots longer than 150 yards. Even then, it is more than adequate for 20 yards or 200 yards.

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    Either the 2.5 x 8 or 1.75 x 6 Leupold. I have used them both. I also have a 1.5 x 5 with the German #4. Good stuff. Most of my shots are under 150 yards and the 2.5 x 8 scope was left on 2.5 power for most of the shots.

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    On my old win 70 in 338 win
    I have a Unertl 6x Condor in Weaver rings

    On my new 338 win a Leupold 3.5x 10
    warne tactical base and Warne QR Lever Rings
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    NOT sure which 338 you have (338 WM or the 338RCM) I've got both. The 338 WM has a 1.75x5x20 Burris the 338 RCM has a 1.75x6 Leupold these provide ample magnification and minimal weight increases. Both have an extended eye relief and are crystal clear, and on low power will focus on a target that's on the end of the barrel and not just give you a picture of a brown patch of fur. IF you plan to use the scope on dangerous game in the brush/alders pick a scope with a heavier cross hairs that are easy to pick-up fast, as your target will be at 10-40 yards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barko View Post
    I went with a Kahles 2 X 7 X 36. It also has a circle plex reticle, which has very fine cross hair along with a circle for fast acquisition of the target. This is on my 340 Weatherby. Very clear.
    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy View Post
    ...I also have to add a good word for the Kahles 2-7x36. I have a couple of these and they are very bright, very rugged with excellent adjustments. A one inch tube but still a little more bulky than the Leupolds above, super optics.
    +1 All my rifles including my .338 wear Kahles scopes. Most are fixed 4x, all have 4A reticles. Great scopes.
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