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Thread: Capped or exposed turrets for open ground hunting and why ???

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    Capped or exposed turrets for open ground hunting and why ???

    Hey folks,
    Recently aquired a leupy vx3 6.5-20x40 for my 7mm rem mag.
    It came with 2 sets of turrets capped and exposed.
    I can see pros and cons for both but what's the general consensus for open ground hunting and why ?
    Thanks
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    i never had my cap on my vx3 with the same turret mine was only a 3.5-10 and was used a lot in the bush too never moved
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    its a varmint/target scope . . the exposed/larger turrets are for range use
    without a picture . .. it never happened !

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossi.45 View Post
    its a varmint/target scope . . the exposed/larger turrets are for range use
    Yup aware of it being a varmint/target scope however it was the best scope I could afford......got it for konus money and it's brand spanking new. Will probably offload and upgrade to something better suited but it will suffice for now
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    Sorry a bit more clarification, was wondering if the benifit of mounting the exposed turrets outweighs the cons of the protection, time, and risk of losing caps if I need to dial up once my quarry has been ranged as the reticle has no holdover marks etc (excuse my terminology)
    Is it worth just mounting the elevation turret to dial up holdover/under etc.
    I reality not likely to shoot at massive range however have access to a 500m range for practice and would like to be confident out to 300-400m mark.
    Rifle will be zeroed at 200m.....am I over thinking this ?

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    Taking the elevation cap off in a hurry to dial can be a pain. I take my elevation cap off (smaller scope) as soon as I get to where I hunt.

    You might want to check that the target turrets are water sealed for hunting in the rain.
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    With your zero at 200 then 300 is easy as you probably know, just hold poa on top of shoulder. With a duplex reticle u can use the top of the thick post to give you another hold over point. Post on Leupold duplex is 4 moa ? Can’t remember but google it for your scope and see where 4 moa comes out on your drop chart . Probably around 400-450 yrd for 7mmRM and decent BC pill. For longer ranges you will have plenty of time to remove the cap and dial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chainsaw View Post
    With your zero at 200 then 300 is easy as you probably know, just hold poa on top of shoulder. With a duplex reticle u can use the top of the thick post to give you another hold over point. Post on Leupold duplex is 4 moa ? Canít remember but google it for your scope and see where 4 moa comes out on your drop chart . Probably around 400-450 yrd for 7mmRM and decent BC pill. For longer ranges you will have plenty of time to remove the cap and dial.
    Thanks, for reference mine is fine target dot.... Again I know not ideal long-range hunting scope but best glass I could afford
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahr View Post
    Taking the elevation cap off in a hurry to dial can be a pain. I take my elevation cap off (smaller scope) as soon as I get to where I hunt.

    You might want to check that the target turrets are water sealed for hunting in the rain.
    Nope definitely not sealed so that answers that question. Thanks

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    i would have said exposed for open country as the liklihood of bumping zero is low, and you can confirm you are set on zero periodically or prior to taking a shot if needed. However, if your turrets are not sealed then yes, i would keep them capped. Have a think though so you can know what features you are looking for if/when you upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oli1102 View Post
    i would have said exposed for open country as the liklihood of bumping zero is low, and you can confirm you are set on zero periodically or prior to taking a shot if needed. However, if your turrets are not sealed then yes, i would keep them capped. Have a think though so you can know what features you are looking for if/when you upgrade.
    I have scopes with exposed turrets on my LR rifles, open country or not there is still obviously the potential to get rubbed on your pack etc if slung and the turrets turned, you just need to always be in the habbit of always quickly casting your eye over them to make sure they are on zero, its no biggie.
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    Exposed turrets is the way to go if you need to dailup in a hurry but if the turrets clicks are soft and rotate easily a capped turret may be a better choice especially if there’s no zero stop and loose your zero. So all my scopes now have zero stop for that reason. There’s nothing worse than having to rezero a rifle in a hunting area.

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    Most of mine don't have caps. If it's open and at long range you should have time. And your going to adjust anyway.
    However if the rifle is shouldered you may bump the turret. May put you out on a snap shot.

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    Always had and preferred low profile capped turrets.

    95% of my hunting, shots are taken well within 100yrds.
    If I am shooting where I need to dial, it won't be on an animal unless at an extreme angle within 500




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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyb View Post
    Sorry a bit more clarification, was wondering if the benifit of mounting the exposed turrets outweighs the cons of the protection, time, and risk of losing caps if I need to dial up once my quarry has been ranged as the reticle has no holdover marks etc (excuse my terminology)
    Is it worth just mounting the elevation turret to dial up holdover/under etc.
    I reality not likely to shoot at massive range however have access to a 500m range for practice and would like to be confident out to 300-400m mark.
    Rifle will be zeroed at 200m.....am I over thinking this ?
    Yip go shoot bro

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