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  • So I bought my daughter and I each a Thompson Center Compass rifle for Christmas. I bought her a 6.5 CM and a .308 for me. Inexpensive little rifles with great value and some amazing accuracy. I put a 20 year old Simmons scope on hers and shot 5 shot groups I could cover with a quarter. I haven't tuned in the .308 yet, but I'm excited for it. Both came with cheap polymer stocks, but I'm going to order laminate stocks from Boyd's which should make them even more accurate.

    Regardless, I also bought a Remington 700 AAC-Sd tactical in 6.5 CM for myself. That one I want to turn into a distance shooter and medium range hunter. It's already getting a Triggertech trigger and a KRG stock, but I'm pondering scope choices. Trying to stick around $1500 or so. Scopes I've researched are Steiner T5X, Leupold Mark 5 5-25, Vortex Razor 2 HD 5-25, Bushnell XTR 2 and DMR Pro 2, and a few others. Some of these companies offer LE discounts which put them in my price range. Nightforce isn't in this range to consider. Anyone had any interaction with any of these scopes and can offer an opinion? Mitli?

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    • Originally posted by fortsbest View Post
      So I bought my daughter and I each a Thompson Center Compass rifle for Christmas. I bought her a 6.5 CM and a .308 for me. Inexpensive little rifles with great value and some amazing accuracy. I put a 20 year old Simmons scope on hers and shot 5 shot groups I could cover with a quarter. I haven't tuned in the .308 yet, but I'm excited for it. Both came with cheap polymer stocks, but I'm going to order laminate stocks from Boyd's which should make them even more accurate.

      Regardless, I also bought a Remington 700 AAC-Sd tactical in 6.5 CM for myself. That one I want to turn into a distance shooter and medium range hunter. It's already getting a Triggertech trigger and a KRG stock, but I'm pondering scope choices. Trying to stick around $1500 or so. Scopes I've researched are Steiner T5X, Leupold Mark 5 5-25, Vortex Razor 2 HD 5-25, Bushnell XTR 2 and DMR Pro 2, and a few others. Some of these companies offer LE discounts which put them in my price range. Nightforce isn't in this range to consider. Anyone had any interaction with any of these scopes and can offer an opinion? Mitli?
      10-4. Try the Steiner. I have 2 of them, both 3-15x50. I've had the Razor and its also very good...but its Japanese glass vs German glass, and IMO I just think the German glass is a bit better in that price range.

      I think for the money, you can't beat the glass and I also really like the turrets and the Zero stop on the Steiner.. Its almost as good as my scopes that ran me 3500-4000 dollars, and when you get right down to it glass is such a subjective argument . Unless you are hunting at the very fringes of darkness (or morning) or shooting out to 400-500 yards then the idea of a 3K or 4K scope starts to become a bit overkill. I also have a couple of the XTR IIs that are really good for the money.
      Last edited by UncleMilti; 2 weeks ago.

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      • Originally posted by UncleMilti View Post

        10-4. Try the Steiner. I have 2 of them, both 3-15x50. I've had the Razor and its also very good...but its Japanese glass vs German glass, and IMO I just think the German glass is a bit better in that price range.

        I think for the money, you can't beat the glass and I also really like the turrets and the Zero stop on the Steiner.. Its almost as good as my scopes that ran me 3500-4000 dollars, and when you get right down to it glass is such a subjective argument . Unless you are hunting at the very fringes of darkness (or morning) or shooting out to 400-500 yards then the idea of a 3K or 4K scope starts to become a bit overkill. I also have a couple of the XTR IIs that are really good for the money.
        Sweet. Thanks for the info. I had been looking at the Steiner 4-16, but with this 6.5 CM I'd really like to be able to shoot out to maybe 1000 yards. Could probably do it with a 4-16, but 5-25 would be sooo much better. The wife just planned a spring break trip for the family that is going to take my scope money for about 3 months, but I can still be researching to pounce when I have the funds.

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        • Originally posted by fortsbest View Post

          Sweet. Thanks for the info. I had been looking at the Steiner 4-16, but with this 6.5 CM I'd really like to be able to shoot out to maybe 1000 yards. Could probably do it with a 4-16, but 5-25 would be sooo much better. The wife just planned a spring break trip for the family that is going to take my scope money for about 3 months, but I can still be researching to pounce when I have the funds.
          I can easily get to 1000 yards with the 3-15 on my 6.5 rig right now.

          The 6.5 really isn't a game round past about 600 yards if you go with the 1000 ft/lbs of energy rule, but I know guys who have taken kills out to 700 yards with handloads.

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          • Originally posted by UncleMilti View Post

            I can easily get to 1000 yards with the 3-15 on my 6.5 rig right now.

            The 6.5 really isn't a game round past about 600 yards if you go with the 1000 ft/lbs of energy rule, but I know guys who have taken kills out to 700 yards with handloads.
            I keep that in mind. This rifle is primarily for paper, steel, deer and pigs. Nothing more than 400 yards for live targets. When I finish this one, I have my 7 Rem Mag that I'll start modifying. that's my primary elk and big deer gun. And until I get some long distance under my belt with the other, I don't shoot past 400 yards at a live target anyway. Or I haven't had to yet.

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