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Scope choice for long range hunting rifle

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I am in the planning stages of a long range big game hunting rifle. I have not been in the LR game long and would like to ask what most folks are using for their long range optics. I know Nightforce is popular along with Huskema and the big Sightrons. I am looking for a zero stop setup with a simple, uncluttered reticle. Weight is also an issue. Not going light sheep rifle but don't want to be much over 10 pounds or so. Open to suggestions. I have a Sightron SII 6-24x50 with target dot that works well from the bench for testing and I like it on my varmint rifles. I could find a turret maker for dial and shoot setup. Thanks.
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I am in the planning stages of a long range big game hunting rifle. I have not been in the LR game long and would like to ask what most folks are using for their long range optics. I know Nightforce is popular along with Huskema and the big Sightrons. I am looking for a zero stop setup with a simple, uncluttered reticle. Weight is also an issue. Not going light sheep rifle but don't want to be much over 10 pounds or so. Open to suggestions. I have a Sightron SII 6-24x50 with target dot that works well from the bench for testing and I like it on my varmint rifles. I could find a turret maker for dial and shoot setup. Thanks.
Your search is almost identical to mine- about 1 year ago. I'll spare you the details... I wound up with a Vortex Razor LHT 3-15x42 on my custom .223 hunting rifle.
Frankly, 15x is more than I need in almost any hunting situation. But the scope performs well and and is a good value for $900 +/-. It weighs 19 oz.

If I were doing this again, today, I'd look hard at the Leupold VX III series. These are fantastic hunting scopes, IMO.
 
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