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New scope for the 204.

orchidmanorchidman Senior MemberPosts: 8,365 Senior Member
After the 3 back to back charters on the weekend my gun fund was looking reasonably happy........................so I went and bought a new scope for the 204.

I originally had a Bushnell 4-12X40AO XLT 650 on it but found the scope didn't suit me ( and/or the rifle ) and wanted something that would be better suited to bring out the potential in this calibre ( esp now my eyes are 60yrs old lol)

So, clutching a fistful of cash I headed to one of my LGS's and picked up a Leupold VX2 6-18x40 AO with the adjustable twirly turret thingies........

Here it is mounted on the rifle......

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I am still in the process of working up a load but decided it could wait till I replaced the Bushnell.
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At the same time I replaced the original Ruger mounts that came with the rifle for ones a tad lower. It has made the rifle more user friendly for me as it now allows me to 'settle' on the stock a bit better.

Initial impressions are that the Leupold is clearer than the Bushnell and ( to me ) is more user friendly.

Have 180+ relatives coming to my place this weekend for a family reunion so I may not get a chance to take it to the range for a couple of weeks, but I might 'bail out' of some of the festivities and disappear to the range for a couple of hours. ( Of all 180+ rellies, I can count on both hands the ones I do like to spend time with)

Am looking forward to learning how to use the adjustable turrets as this is the first scope I have that has them fitted.
Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....

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  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,531 Senior Member
    Congrats.
    If or when you have questions about target turrets, a number of us guys will be glad to jump in and confuse you even more.:jester:
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,365 Senior Member
    Congrats.
    If or when you have questions about target turrets, a number of us guys will be glad to jump in and confuse you even more.:jester:

    Thanks Ernie. I will be calling on you guys for confusion..............er....................advice lol.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    Very nice scope, it looks at home on your Ruger.

    You are a better man than I am for letting that much family on your property all at once. Good luck with them.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,429 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    After the 3 back to back charters on the weekend my gun fund was looking reasonably happy........................so I went and bought a new scope for the 204.

    I originally had a Bushnell 4-12X40AO XLT 650 on it but found the scope didn't suit me ( and/or the rifle ) and wanted something that would be better suited to bring out the potential in this calibre ( esp now my eyes are 60yrs old lol)

    So, clutching a fistful of cash I headed to one of my LGS's and picked up a Leupold VX2 6-18x40 AO with the adjustable twirly turret thingies........

    Here it is mounted on the rifle......

    039_zps2d7eb3bb.jpg

    045_zpsd19cc246.jpg

    I am still in the process of working up a load but decided it could wait till I replaced the Bushnell.
    '
    At the same time I replaced the original Ruger mounts that came with the rifle for ones a tad lower. It has made the rifle more user friendly for me as it now allows me to 'settle' on the stock a bit better.

    Initial impressions are that the Leupold is clearer than the Bushnell and ( to me ) is more user friendly.

    Have 180+ relatives coming to my place this weekend for a family reunion so I may not get a chance to take it to the range for a couple of weeks, but I might 'bail out' of some of the festivities and disappear to the range for a couple of hours. ( Of all 180+ rellies, I can count on both hands the ones I do like to spend time with)

    Am looking forward to learning how to use the adjustable turrets as this is the first scope I have that has them fitted.

    That is arguably about the same scope as my two 6-18x40 Nikon Buckmasters. I like that choice of scope. For what I use those for the 6-18 is just right. And the adjustable objective makes for much better adjustment for a scope of this power range because anytime you get above 9 power the parallax can really affect things. Both of mine are on my 22 centerfires, .223 and 22-250.

    What sort of reticle did you get? One of mine has the classical Nikon style BDC and the other has Mill Dots. I can take either one.

    Also, I like mounts low enough where I don't have to strain even a little having to raise my face off the cheek piece to see through the scope. When you put the rifle up you should be comfortably looking through the center of the scope with your cheek resting comfortably but solidly on the stock. Having it right really steadies things out. When I had my .257 AI built, being as the scope I chose was a Leupold with a 30mm tube, my gun smith had a problem finding any medium or low 30 mm rings and so he put high rings on it. I wasn't really happy with that set up so when I ran into some medium ones on Midway's site, I bought and installed them. That fixed things just right. There really isn't much difference, but it only takes a small difference in height to get it right.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
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