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I'm new to long range shooting. I'll only be shooting targets, might get into competitive shooting. I just picked up a Ruger Precision Rifle .300 PRC. I would like to be able shoot 1000+ yards, eventually. Considering a Mark 5HD Leupold scope. Would that brand be a good choice? In the Mark 5HD, options include 5-25 x 56 and 7-35 x 56. Which option would be better suited for my intended use? Again, new to long range shooting. Besides what I have read online, VERY recently, I don't know a thing about scopes. Should I be looking at a different brand of scope? I'm not too concerned about the price, so I don't necessarily want something less expensive if I'm sacrificing quality.

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RPR is a good rifle. Great baseline rifle that has changed the industry.

Leupold Mark 5 is a nice scope. It all depends on your budget.

I prefer Nightforce and Zero Compromise over the Leupold.

If you have the means check out ZCO and or Tanget Theta, TT has a great turret zeronstop feature I wish NF and ZCO had.

As far as power. 25x is more than enough at 1,000. I have several 5-25's and a 7-35. I use the 7-35 as much as my 5-25. But not needed for 1,000.

Also reticles might be a deciding factor. I personally like the Tremor 3 or H59 reticles. I have a Mil-XT , but prefer the later.

I don't dial much I use the reticle mostly. So a 35x FFP scope sometimes is too much if I'm using hold overs. But that's another discussion.

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I’m partial to Nightforce too. It’s a great option and not a bad decision at all. I’m not a Leupold fan.

The NXS 5.5-22x50 is a good one. The next up for me is the Nightforce NX8 4-32x50. Then going up the Nightforce ladder is the ATACR 5-26x56 or the 7-35x56. Then a touch higher is the Kahles 525i. All of which have been nice to shoot. Then above that, none I’ve tried yet, would be the ZCO, Schmidt & Bender and the TT.

Sky’s the limit. Try one, try them all. Life is too short to only have one.
 

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I own the Kahles 525i, their new one has a few upgrades. Major issue is the reticle options. I'd take a hard look at what reticle you want and search there to narrow down some options.

Where are you located? I'd let you use any of my glass to compare... so far ZCO and my NF get most of the use by far

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I am, admittedly, a glass snob.
I own/owned almost every top tier optic out there, with two exceptions. Hensoldt and NF.

Hensoldt, because I haven't found one available and had the cash on hand at the same time. I have had the opportunity and pleasure to shoot behind two. Maybe someday. The ZF 3.5-26×56 is amazing. But at $7900, I could have a custom rifle and a S&B to top it.

Never had the desire to own a NF. I have shot behind dozens of NF scopes. Nothing wrong with them, they just don't float my boat.
 

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Did I miss a suggested budget?
 

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To step above a Nightforce, in any aspect, you would need to spend double or maybe triple the price. Furthermore, It would likely take hours of testing side by side for many of us to see the difference in glass quality. What we need is tracking and the ability to return to zero every time we dial. Would the double or triple priced scopes do that better than a NF? No, they cant.
 

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To step above a Nightforce, in any aspect, you would need to spend double or maybe triple the price. Furthermore, It would likely take hours of testing side by side for many of us to see the difference in glass quality. What we need is tracking and the ability to return to zero every time we dial. Would the double or triple priced scopes do that better than a NF? No, they cant.
I hear ya Jeff. When asking myself what scope to put on the rifle I’m taking to Africa, uno what my answer is? No question, the Nightforce NX8 4-32x50 MOAR. It checks all my boxes for that scenario.
 

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To step above a Nightforce, in any aspect, you would need to spend double or maybe triple the price. Furthermore, It would likely take hours of testing side by side for many of us to see the difference in glass quality. What we need is tracking and the ability to return to zero every time we dial. Would the double or triple priced scopes do that better than a NF? No, they cant.
Another comment then I’ll stop. You’re, right. I relate price to glass quality. I forgot about tracking and the other important stuff. So far though the Kahles has been performing for me. Not so sure I like the parallax adjustment location but it checks the other boxes but also probably not worth double what I can get an NX8 for.
 

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To step above a Nightforce, in any aspect, you would need to spend double or maybe triple the price. Furthermore, It would likely take hours of testing side by side for many of us to see the difference in glass quality. What we need is tracking and the ability to return to zero every time we dial. Would the double or triple priced scopes do that better than a NF? No, they cant.
Broz - As it relates to tracking, return to zero and glass: How does the Maven RS.3 stack up to the NF? Considering the Maven is a little cheaper, is there much drop off from the NF?
 

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Broz - As it relates to tracking, return to zero and glass: How does the Maven RS.3 stack up to the NF? Considering the Maven is a little cheaper, is there much drop off from the NF?
I would take the maven RS5 over the RS3 all day long. The RS5 is the best scope available between the size Zeiss V4 and the NX8 price wise. IMO
 

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I own the Kahles 525i, their new one has a few upgrades. Major issue is the reticle options. I'd take a hard look at what reticle you want and search there to narrow down some options.

Where are you located? I'd let you use any of my glass to compare... so far ZCO and my NF get most of the use by far

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I appreciate the offer, I'm in Indiana, but I think you talked me into a ZCO scope. I don't think I found even one negative comment as I did a little research. I'll do some reading for the others suggested in this thread, but I really like the ZCO (at least what I can determine online).
 

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I really appreciate everyone's suggestions. I'm glad I found this website. You know, this is some expensive equipment. It's great to get some insight from someone actually using the scopes before spending a big chunk of change. Thought I set on the ZCO but some of the other suggestions look good too. I'll do some more research and probably come back with a few more questions.
 
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I own the Kahles 525i, their new one has a few upgrades. Major issue is the reticle options. I'd take a hard look at what reticle you want and search there to narrow down some options.

Where are you located? I'd let you use any of my glass to compare... so far ZCO and my NF get most of the use by far

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I'll definitely take a look at the available reticles as I have something in mind already.
 

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I'll definitely take a look at the available reticles as I have something in mind already.
Sounds good. On the ZCO for hunting the 420 is pretty tempting but I already have a 2-20 NF.

Get the new ARC M mount for the ZCO, awesome scope mounts! Next level with SPUHR, but half the price

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I appreciate the offer, I'm in Indiana, but I think you talked me into a ZCO scope. I don't think I found even one negative comment as I did a little research. I'll do some reading for the others suggested in this thread, but I really like the ZCO (at least what I can determine online).
Not sure where you are located in Indiana, but you could always take a peek through my NX8.

I have heard a rumor that the majority of the ZCO folks are people that left NightForce and took a lot for their practices ECT with them. Once again this is a rumor. But if it's true, I prefer to do business with ethical people. I am in no way saying any of this is true. But I've heard it from a few people. I don't have any experience with them. They seem to have a stellar reputation with a lot of shooters.
 

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I would take the maven RS5 over the RS3 all day long. The RS5 is the best scope available between the size Zeiss V4 and the NX8 price wise. IMO
Hey Jeff I’m curious why you would take the RS5 over the 3? I haven’t gotten a chance to look to either one yet.
 

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Hey Jeff I’m curious why you would take the RS5 over the 3? I haven’t gotten a chance to look to either one yet.
The RS 5 is a second focal plane, and is more robust. Not that the RS3 is not a good choice, I just much rather prefer a SFP for hunting and the RS5 is more to my liking.

 

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