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    Recently purchased a Ruger American rifle in .350 legend for deer hunting in Iowa, wondering what scope would work well on it?

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    According to Wikipedia, Winchester, the cartridge's designer, claims that the .350 Legend is the fastest production straight-walled hunting cartridge in the world. It is designed for deer hunting out to a maximum effective range of 250 yards.

    So, hitting deer at that range really doesn't warrant going too high on the magnification. A 2-7x or a 3-9x should be just fine. But you will want good glass and coatings if you're needing to count antler points or shoot in low light.

    I like Leupold scopes but have had good luck with Vortex and Nikon too. Nikon is getting out of the scope business so there's some good sales on them right now.

    What's your budget?

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    • #3
      How about one made & calibrated just for it? Click image for larger version

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        T'were it me, and since you asked, I would hang a Leupold 1.5-5 scope on that rifle.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
          According to Wikipedia, Winchester, the cartridge's designer, claims that the .350 Legend is the fastest production straight-walled hunting cartridge in the world. It is designed for deer hunting out to a maximum effective range of 250 yards.

          So, hitting deer at that range really doesn't warrant going too high on the magnification. A 2-7x or a 3-9x should be just fine. But you will want good glass and coatings if you're needing to count antler points or shoot in low light.

          I like Leupold scopes but have had good luck with Vortex and Nikon too. Nikon is getting out of the scope business so there's some good sales on them right now.

          What's your budget?
          I’m willing to invest in good glass but was trying to stay sub $300

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            Originally posted by dewman View Post
            How about one made & calibrated just for it? Click image for larger version

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            Haven’t heard of straka before. Have you shot them?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Amflyer View Post
              T'were it me, and since you asked, I would hang a Leupold 1.5-5 scope on that rifle.
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              That's a good suggestion. My .357 Maximum has about the same trajectory as the .350 Legend, and I have a 1.5-4.5x scope on it. But, I've been hunting two seasons with the .300 Blackout and the 2-7x seems just right for it too.

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              • #8
                Another vote for a Leupold.
                Their "Freedom" series are the old "VX-I" series.
                Leupold "Freedom" 3-9×40 is in the neighborhood of $250.
                I'm shooting 2 "Freedom" series and both are great scopes.
                Besides the 3-9×40, I have a 1.5-4×20. Both are on AR15's.

                I've never heard of Straka either. Requires a bit of investigation.
                I currently have one Vortex "Crossfire II" on a .308 (AR10).
                The Vortex is not a bad scope for the money and service is very amenable....but for a few more bucks, you can get a Leupold "Freedom" and have a better scope.

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                • #9
                  Sorry for the confusion. I spelled it wrong fellas, it's STYRKA. Honestly, no I'm a Leupold man myself but recently my brother was shooting in his new Vortex with his work pal who had a Leupold freedom and they couldn't get his to track right. Bro told me the adjustments were very mushy. They couldn't get it where they wanted. He was going to have me look at it but his pal sent it back before I could. And honestly the latest vx2's were the last ones I bought and they aren't made anymore. All my others are considered "vintage" I think. The reviews for the Styrka seem pretty good. Vortex does well and I think they'll be the new Nikon or Leupold of the future if they keep their quality & customer service up. Just my 2 cents.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dewman View Post
                    Sorry for the confusion. I spelled it wrong fellas, it's STYRKA. Honestly, no I'm a Leupold man myself but recently my brother was shooting in his new Vortex with his work pal who had a Leupold freedom and they couldn't get his to track right. Bro told me the adjustments were very mushy. They couldn't get it where they wanted. He was going to have me look at it but his pal sent it back before I could. And honestly the latest vx2's were the last ones I bought and they aren't made anymore. All my others are considered "vintage" I think. The reviews for the Styrka seem pretty good. Vortex does well and I think they'll be the new Nikon or Leupold of the future if they keep their quality & customer service up. Just my 2 cents.
                    dewman, note of caution!

                    I bought my very first Leupold VX-I about 1977 or 78 and put it on my brand spanking new (?) Parker-Hale .270 Win! Dude would shoot lights out and killed alot of deer with it.
                    About 2015, I figured my old VX-I could use a little Leupold "tune up & cleaning".
                    My idea was they would just clean it up, install new seals, recharge it and it would be good for another 30+ years!
                    Dog gone their ornery hides!
                    They sent me a new Leupold "Freedom" 3-9×40 instead of servicing my old VX-I and returning it!

                    Down in the depths of my "gun stuff", there sits a brand spanking new Leupold VX-I 3-9×40 still wrapped in cellophane!

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                    • #11
                      A 1-4 or 1-5 will do everything you need.
                      Invest in as much quality as you can for your budget.

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                      • #12
                        Stryka looked at one and was not impressed. My vote goes to leupold. Look around and you can find a vx3i 3.5-10x40 for about 299 before tax and shipping. I absolutely love mine.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Milldawg View Post
                          Stryka looked at one and was not impressed. My vote goes to leupold. Look around and you can find a vx3i 3.5-10x40 for about 299 before tax and shipping. I absolutely love mine.
                          That is a great scope. I've got that exact model on my .308

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Milldawg View Post
                            Stryka looked at one and was not impressed. My vote goes to leupold. Look around and you can find a vx3i 3.5-10x40 for about 299 before tax and shipping. I absolutely love mine.
                            I have not actually looked at a Stryka scope, but a Leupold isn't THAT much more expensive at Optics Planet.
                            Plus, the Stryka scopes I saw online have too many "geegaws" for me.
                            I'm a "set it and forget it" type shooter! LOL!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post

                              I have not actually looked at a Stryka scope, but a Leupold isn't THAT much more expensive at Optics Planet.
                              Plus, the Stryka scopes I saw online have too many "geegaws" for me.
                              I'm a "set it and forget it" type shooter! LOL!
                              Yep that many features at that price make it suspect in my eyes. They used to have a model 3x9x40 with side focus knob. It was not impressive the clicks were very mushy and the eye box left lots to be desired.

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