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Postby MinnesotaDan » Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:16 pm

Would it be possible to transition my .243 WSSM to a varmint gun with a more high power scope and maybe a bi-pod? What ranges would I be looking at shooting if I started shooting 55 gr. bullets? Its a long story, but I had it stolen from me a long time ago, then Omaha PD called me and told me they had it. So I have already replaced it as the deer gun it originally was.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:20 pm

My ballistic software shows that it will drop about 12" at 400 yards and still be traveling 2550 fps at that distance. Not bad at all...I've dropped coyotes with a 22-250 at longer distances and that should only be going 2000 fps or so at 400 yds.

You may want to watch for barrel life with 55gr bullets, as you will see velocities around 4000 fps. Heavier bullets will be a bit slower, but give you longer barrel life. 95 gr bullets will drop almost 17" at 400 yards with a muzzle velocity of 3300 fps or so. It will still be traveling about 2300 fps at 400 yards, perfectly acceptable for varmints.
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Postby MinnesotaDan » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:01 am

Thats some good info, thanks alot. Any suggestions on a high power scope? I just have the Bushnell Legend 3=9x40 that it came with it. I don't really plan on doing any target shooting with it considering how expensive shells cost, so I don't think barrel life would be that big of an issue.

I've got a .270 and the slug barrel for slug zones for deer, so I really don't need to use it for anything other than varmints.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Thu Jan 24, 2008 10:59 pm

Like with a lot of things-how much ya wanna spend? I personally like higher magnification scopes, and would suggest them. However, others do not like them as they narrow the field of view.

One I have on a coyote rifle is a Simmons Whitetail 6.5-20x50. It is a discontinued model, and is worth the money at the very discounted price it is offered. Crosshairs are a bit thick for fine target shooting, but are easy to find in the field. SWFA has still has them for $99. I would have bought a 40mm scope, but no one has them in 40mm anymore...and beggars can't be choosers! It has a nice textured finish, and mine has taken a year and a half of hard hunting (and about 1500 rounds at the range) with no problems.

http://www.swfa.com/c-252-simmons-whitetail-classic-rifle-scopes.aspx

A good mid-price scope is the Bushnell 4200 or 3200 series of scopes. I picked the 4200 over a Burris and Leupold VX-III and am not sorry. Others have scoffed, but to my eye, it offered better clarity and brightness than the others. I have used the others, and was very happy with the 4200 in the field when compared to the other two. Theopticzone.com has some of the best prices on them.

I talked my dad into a 3200, and it is almost as clear as the 4200. Either one would be well worth the money.

Also, Natchez has Browning scopes on sale. They are basically a 3200 without Rainguard coating on the lenses. I just ordered a 4-12 for a low-buck Savage .270 carry rifle. They also have the 5-15 on sale. Prices are $189 and $199, respectively.

The 4200 I would reccomend for varmints is the 4-16 or 6-24 (preferably the latter), the 3200 I would use is 5-15.

Of course, if you can afford a Schmidt & Bender, US Optics, or Nightforce scope buy it! If you want to step up to one of them, I can give you a couple of places that have excellent (but still not cheap) prices on them.

Good luck!
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Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:18 pm

Thanks man, thats some awesome info. I won't be getting it for while, because I got schooling and other stuff I gotta pay for, but eventually I'll try to get something nice. Maybe not top of line, but still a good scope.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Sat Jan 26, 2008 10:48 pm

Let us know what you get, I would be interested.

Hope it helped. If you have any questions on anything, I would be glad to help if I can.
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Postby MinnesotaDan » Wed Jan 30, 2008 3:21 am

I saw a infrared night scope or something like that for $500 but its only 2.5x, don't think I would wanna buy that, but the novelty of it seems pretty cool.
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Postby pennsyltucky » Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:59 am

the 9x you have should do you fine out to the ranges that the 55's are good to. after 450-500yards, you need both a better bullet, and a better scope. id suggest you try the 87gr vmax. it will get you all the way to 1000 yards if you wanted to. it will take alot of time, effort and a few bucks to get there, but you wont have to worry about your load changing. the 105amax would be good too, but not needed for smaller critters, and it doesnt perform much better than the 87 due to flight time.

as long as your scope holds solid, and you sight it in to zero at 250, you are 2" high at 150, and 11" down at 400. when you get a good scope, you can dial in your drop and go alot farther :thumbsup:

if you wanna read more about long range, theres a bunch of long range shooters at www.longrangehunting.com that really know their stuff.
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Postby MinnesotaDan » Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:07 am

Thanks for the info, I don't come from a hunting backround, so stuff takes me a little while to pick-up on.
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