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A very good friend of mine just got done doing a year of chemo and a stem cell transplant. Right before his treatment i took him to a 200 yard range and he had a blast. He asked if we could try out the 770yrd range and i am happy to do it. I have a 6.5 grendel with a leupold 3x9 that is pretty much automatic at hitting steel plates at 200 yards. My fear is that i will need more magnification to have a chance at hitting steel at 700 yards. I dont want to disappoint. This wont be for competition i just want to have a good chance for him to ring the steel at 700 yards. I was thinking something in the 14-16x range might work. I have done well with the nikons in the past and also the leupold. What would get the job done? Thanks for any info.
 

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6t7goat, a 14 or 16x will probably get you there, it just depends on your eyes. I prefer 18x at that distance.

Something to consider other than the magnification is the amount of vertical elevation the scope has. A Grendel is going to need anywhere from 22 to 26MOA of elevation, (depending on bullet weight, MV and BC) to reach 700yds. I’d try to find a scope with at least 65MOA of total vertical, ideally I’d want 80MOA. Optically scopes don’t preform as well when they are close to the upper and lower limits of their operating range.

A 6.5 Grendel at 700yds is without question doable though.
 

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Vortex Viper level scopes are great. They have a nice 6-24x50 also a 4-16x50. Clear glass. And great warrenty. Also if you change to a 20 MOA base it will sight in just fine at 700 here is a 16 power on a good sale.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1020931297
I agree own both nikons and vortex optics. My 6x24x50 nikon monarch fine crosshair is a fine scope however it can run out of adjustment which I believe is 30 moa or 15 up 15 down.
The vortex viper pst 6x24x50 is a great scope, have one thats first focal plane on my barrett 50, if it will hold up to that, it can withstand just about anything. Best I remember it has 60 moa of adjustment or more which allows for more adjusment at range.

The athelon is a good scope, have a friend that has one on a ruger precision 6.5 creedmoor, and its a very clear, and great designed scope thats not gonna break your wallet. All of these would serve you well.
 

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Thanks for the good info. Doug what are your thoughts on the windage and elevation adjustment knobs i have seems some reviews on the athlon where they say they are very mushy and not an obvious click when turned?
 

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Thanks for the good info. Doug what are your thoughts on the windage and elevation adjustment knobs i have seems some reviews on the athlon where they say they are very mushy and not an obvious click when turned?
They upgraded the turrets to a coin slot top (call to order and we will hand pick the scope and make sure you get one of those)
 

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Well, your question is pretty wide open without a price range. When it comes to scopes, I am a Leupold guy. Have a bunch of them and trust them. The other thing is I am not sure how "serious" you are with going out to long range. Is this going to be a regular thing, something you are going to do every once in a while, etc. The other thing to consider is based on your primary use for your 6.5G, what do you need your low side to be? Does this rifle do double duty as a SD/HD gun or do you use it primarily for a purpose that you would want/need a minimal low end? That said, if you are looking for something that you are going to do occasionally, take a look at a scope that has the Leupold CDS (Custom Dial System). You buy the scope, take the card with your load information on it, send it to Leupold and they will send you a dial calibrated for your rifle/load. So you sight it in for 200 yards, or whatever your primary zero is, index the dial, and you are good to go. Then when you go to the 770 yard range, you can dial your scope and will be pretty close, then when you go back to the 200 yard range, you can just dial your scope back and know you are in the same place with not counting clicks, having to remember holdover on a complicated reticle at long range, etc. As not sure your price range, Leupold has a couple that might fit the bill for you in their freedom line, and you can go up from there.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1020956972?pid=242804

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1020957063?pid=904924

As a plus, they both also have a side parallax adjust.
 

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Thanks for all the good info. Doug i will be giving your shop a call tomorrow. That Athlon looks like it will fit the bill. 98% of the time it will be on the range shooting at 200 yards or less. Just wanting to help a good friend and let him experience some long range shooting after a really rough year for him.
 

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I do not haveanny scopes that high in power. For 600 yards I use a 3xp leupold on my ruger 77 in30-06 and use 178 grain match ammo. Recoil is not light. That is why6.5 grendel etc are popular. I am pressing a sporting rifle and scope beyond what they are intended butI know the rifle.
 
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