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30.06 w/ Nikon Buckmaster and 150 grain silvertips.

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Esox357, Oct 6, 2002.

  1. Esox357

    Esox357

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    Hey gang, I figured with deer season around the corner I wanted some advice. While sighting in my Savage 30.06 I found that my scope was mounted incorrectly. I returned to the place of purchase to find out that my scope a Bushnell (unsure of model) 3-9x40 elevation diopter fell off. So I purchased a Nikon Buckmaster to replace it. Are the Nikon scopes rugged and how do they compare to other scopes on the market in that price range. I dont know much about them. Any additional information good or bad is a plus. Also part II of this question is I am using 150 grain winchester silvertips which I am using for deer. Are they adequate in terms of expansion or should I use something else. Any experiences?
     
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    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

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    I've never used Nikon scopes before. But, their binoculars are first rate. I would think that their scopes would be (first rate) too.

    I've never been much of a fan of silver-tips for deer. I always thought they were better for bigger game - elk, moose, bear. I used them when I was a kid and had a .32 Win Speacial. The hard tip kept the bullets from deforming when loading and unloading my model 94.

    I think I'd use Remington Power-points in 150 or 180 grain for deer.

    Having said all that, a silver-tip throught the heart will get the job done.
     

  3. sooner pete

    sooner pete STOOPS FOR PRES

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    Nikon is a very good scope.My favorite hunting bullet is the 165 gr.nosler partition.
     
  4. mpol777

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    i've never owned one but my boss had one on his .300 win mag. it lasted him about a year, before something internal broke. not sure what it was but it rattled. i don't think it would be a great scope if you hunt hard or from horseback like he does. just too much bouncing around i guess.
     
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    Nikon makes a good scope. Clear and tough from what I've experienced. Silvertips are pretty thin jacketed nowadays and work fine on the deer/antelope class of BG.
     
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    You did just fine. Nikon is a good scope, and I have harvested several deer with Silver Tip ammo out of my 32 Winchester Special.
     
  7. Quail Fat

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    I had the same thing happen to my Bushnell 4-14x45 last week with my 7mm shooting a 150g bullet.

    Today I was looking thru a 2.5-10x50 Swift w/ a 30mm tube. The image was razor sharp, and very bright from edge to edge.

    http://www.moosegear.com/model.asp?PID=504

    I just bought it even though I had already bought a Redfield 4-16x44 with a 1" tube last week. The Redfield is made in Japan and the image is pretty nice but not as bright as the Korean made Swift.

    http://search.cartserver.com/search...ategory=Optics&maxhits=20&keywords=o01scoperd

    I paid $200 for the Redfield and would sell it for $150 (s&h included)
    and may put it up for sale on eBay. I
     
  8. SSC

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    In my opinion, Nikon makes the best scope for the money. I have had one on my Winchester featherweight 300 win-mag for some time. I use the Monarch series. The light trans is great. I like them more than my leupold vari X 3 scopes. The nikons are just plain brighter and clearer.

    I prefer 165 fed premium loads for deer in my 30-06. Good down range numbers, retains its thump and doesn't drop as much as the silvertip. It also shoots into half inch groups at 100 yards. I have taken my share of deer with this load.

    Regards, SSC
     
  9. johnboy

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    I have a Nikon Buckmaster 3x-9x on my Rem.700 30-06. I am very pleased with the scope. It is very clear, anti-fog, and gathers light very well. It has always held its zero for the 3-4 years that I have owned it.