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Best Optic for Grizzly/Brown B. hunting .... #14633834 03/05/20
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... opinions wanted for scope options to go on a .338WM for dangerous game hunting in AK. Obvious priorities being substantial FOV, eye box, relief, waterproof, quick target acquisition and glass clarity/quality to draw light in rainy/foggy/dreary conditions. Illuminated reticle may be beneficial in this application as well. Would like enough mag. to also utilize for moose, caribou and maybe a future Safari trip with son. Thanks for any opinion/advice -

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I've used 3x12 Swarovski, 2.5x10 Leupold, and 1x6 VX6 Leupold for all my grizzly & brown bear hunting. If I could only pick 1 it would be the VX6 - 1x6.

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Not saying these were the BEST but I used a 3x9 Leupold on my .375 brown bear (40) yards and a 6x42 with a heavy duplex on my grizzly .300. (150Yds) Plenty of rain with both.

Would use either again.


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I hunt griz country in WY all the time, and alone I might add, and prefer fixed 3x or 4x, but a 1x4 up to 2.5x8 (could add 3x9) would be my second choice.

Used a 375 H&H on my sole AK hunt, fixed 4x on it worked fine.

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I used a Leupold VarX-III 2.5x8. It was a baited grizzly hunt @ 100 yard-----shot was @ midnight. But in AK in June, that's twilight or maybe dusk. Rifle was a 375 Ruger Hawkeye. I took the same rile/scope to Africa for a cape buffalo hunt----worked great. Plan on using it again in AK for another grizzly in 2021. If I was going to buy another it would have the illuminated reticle.

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Murkydismal ... which scopes have you used (make & model)? Thx -

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I'd like to pick up another NX8 1-8x24 for my .375....I've been using one of the NX8's on an AR for a while now playing around and I really like it for what it is.

Illuminated (daylight visible as well), wide FOV on low power, up to 8 power and the zero stopped elevation dial could be nice on a .338 as well. Compact, tough little scope. For dangerous game I think it would be tough to beat.

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My choice is the Zeiss V6 1-6. Illuminated #4 reticle. Just mounted that scope on my 9.3x62.

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JCM & Steve - Sorry I didn’t specify but need to stay South of $1K.

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I too have found that a variable w/ true 1x and a daylight visible reticle is ideal at close range and works well to 300 yards. I have a Trijicon Accupoint 1-4 on my AR and find it fast, easy to use w/both eyes open, outstanding in low light and very rugged.

This or a similar model would work well, 1-8 would be even better. If the bear gets close I would prefer a sight that is very easy to acquire and works well in any light.


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Perfect scope with the deal of the year...
Call me today and I'll do a Meopta Meostar R2 1.7-10x42 in your choice of BDC-2 or BDC-3 or the Meostar R2 2-12x50 BDC-2
for only $999.99.

We are open till 8 tonight.

Those who know these scopes know how slammin' a deal this is and how great these scopes are


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Thanks for the support.

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Up until 2018, I was hunting bear here in SC AK with a .300 WM topped with a Leupold VX2 3-9x40, or a .300 WSM with the same scope. My son used a .308 Win topped with a Burris FFII 3-9x42. I have since gotten a new Ruger 77 Hawkeye in .338 WM with a Leupold VX3i 2.5-10 on it. Honeslty, the .300WM with the VX2 on it was all I ever needed for bear, moose, or caribou here.

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Leupold 3X !

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If you need to magnify a bear more the 4x , you need to learn to stalk.


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Leupold FXII 3x Big Bore, Leupold FXII 4x (use this most), and Leupold VX3 2.5x8. Also have used Leupold FXII 6x especially when hunting high country mule deer, and have no qualms about it even in timber.

In my opinion the whole FOV issue is overthought.

I have killed numerous animals in thickets/timber of AR-MO-CO-WY-AK with 4x and 6x scopes with no problems.

The key is familiarization and practice with your gun/scope until it just becomes second nature.

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Originally Posted by Mid_MO_Hunter
JCM & Steve - Sorry I didn’t specify but need to stay South of $1K.


Staying south of $1K the Nightforce 3-10x42 SHV with illuminated Forceplex is a solid scope if you're ok with 3x on the low end.

Re: Best Optic for Grizzly/Brown B. hunting .... [Re: VernAK] #14634709 03/05/20
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Originally Posted by VernAK
Leupold 3X !

While guiding that was the only scope I used. There are no flies on them.

I now have a 1-4x24 Vortex Viper on my 375AI and it has accounted for quite a few brown bears over the last number of years without issue. I do not plan to change it anytime soon.


Mark Begich, Joaquin Jackson, and Heller resistance... Three huge reasons to worry about the NRA.
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Originally Posted by 458Win
If you need to magnify a bear more the 4x , you need to learn to stalk.

The clear voice of experience...


Mark Begich, Joaquin Jackson, and Heller resistance... Three huge reasons to worry about the NRA.
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Best advice?

Listen to the guys that do this for a living.

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Originally Posted by 458Win
If you need to magnify a bear more the 4x , you need to learn to stalk.

Some great wisdom.
I like my Leupold 1.5-5 x 20 Well, I think that's what it is. Getting old is okay sometime.


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