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    Getting.35 deer ready

    I am looking at putting a scope on my .35 for deer season. Contemplating on the Nikon omega black powder scope. It has bullet drop out to 250 yards- I won’t be shooting but 125 to 200 yards. Thoughts?
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    I do not like all that bullet drop on my scopes personally. I would stick to a normal riflescope too. Usually shotgun and BP scopes have more eye relief at the cost of field of vision and typically the parallax is set closet too.

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    Agree on the eye relief. I have a couple of Leupold scopes on other rifles, but they shoot to well to mess with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Bear View Post
    I am looking at putting a scope on my .35 for deer season. Contemplating on the Nikon omega black powder scope. It has bullet drop out to 250 yards- I won’t be shooting but 125 to 200 yards. Thoughts?
    Hey Bear - I'm not particularly a fan of scopes with "bullet drop", but that's just me. Hornady's Leverevolution ammo (the "gummy tips" stuff) claims a MV of 2,225 fps out of a 24" barrel. From a 20" barrel rifle, let's assume a MV of 2,100 fps. At that velocity, with a .35 sited in at 2" high at 100 yards, the bullet will be 5" low at 200 yards, which is still within the kill zone of a whitetail with a "dead on" hold.
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    Thanks. This.35 is new to me, so I am still trying to figure it out. Also my eyes are not what they used to be.
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    I agree with the rest, normal duplex reticle. Don’t like the bullet drop reticles. I like 1-4 power, or up to 2-7 power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Bear View Post
    I am looking at putting a scope on my .35 for deer season. Contemplating on the Nikon omega black powder scope. It has bullet drop out to 250 yards- I won’t be shooting but 125 to 200 yards. Thoughts?
    My 35 already had a Nikon 2-7 on it when I bought it and works good enough for me for now. It will eventually be topped with a Vortex Diamondback 3-9 with the duplex reticle. I’m not a fan of the BDC scopes. I just learn the ballistics of what I’m shooting and then zero it and see where it shoots at different ranges. Just my thoughts.
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    I've got a few 35s and owned several more in past. I've never used a scoped 35. If you are going to use it for a woods deer gun 1 would not go over 4x scope. I have scoped several other leavers 30/30, 45/70, 375W and 44mg. I am best off with 2x to 3x scope for woods shooting. 3x is plenty and pratical for a 35cal rifle. Any bigger than 4x are a waste considering practice range of the 35. I'm not into scopes on woods deer rifles but I have rifles that I can't see the back sight. To shoot them they have to be scoped or reciever sights installed. Also believe in optics with the least bells & whistles. Plain old straight power will serve you well.
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    Given the distances you mention you may want to look at those that are 1x or 2x on the low end with 7x or 9x on the upper end. I've taken plenty of deer out to 150yds with my 308 which has a 3-9x40 on it and I've yet to have a need for 8 or even 9 power setting. Generally I'm in the 6 or 7x setting unless it's really close like 50yds and under I'd be at the 3 to 4x. Just my thoughts on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil Bear View Post
    Thanks. This.35 is new to me, so I am still trying to figure it out. Also my eyes are not what they used to be.
    Lil bear,never blame your eyes! My secret when sighting my rifle in and have a rogue shot is to blame my spotter! He's older than me and probably fell asleep. My .35 had a scope and I struggled with it,spotter issues.
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