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Top of the Line Hunter FT Rifle and Optics

Best that I've actually tested was a KonusPro F30. It ranges remarkably well at 16x. F30 is ffp but they have an equivalent sfp. It is not what I would consider top tier but ranges well, is clear at 16x, and has an excellent reticle. The one I have is not perfectly clear at 32x but it's clear enough to be useable and competitive. March, Kahles, and Scmidt & Bender are really the top of the heap but I have no idea how well they range at 16x. My Weaver V16 is pretty good but has a very simple holdover reticle and is objective paralax so is difficult to add a wheel type device to enhance ranging. I'm not a Hawk fan, but many use them in competition. 

Hope this helps some ,

Bob
 
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    whay is price range top of line is $$$$$$$$$$ plus u need air compressor or tank and or a pump so alot to but up front ,I thinl people have to work their way up to teir 1 stuff . as you will develop shooting skill you will lear how to tune gun and repair if say a oring goes 

    LOU

    I dont think any guys here started with the best I know i sure did not
     
    Thomas FT rifle with Sightron SIII 10-50x60

    http://www.thomasrifles.com/ft-rifle.html

    https://www.trenieroutdoors.com/optics-2/sightron/sightron-siii-10-50x60-ft-ir-moa-reticle/

    https://www.ctcustomairguns.com/the-heacutectors-special-scope-by-sightron.html

    https://www.ctcustomairguns.com/hectors-airgun-blog/the-differences-between-the-mil-hash-and-the-moa-field-target-scopes-by-sightron

    Michael Niksch custom builds the Thomas line of rifles in Montrose Colorado

    Sightron is a USA based company out Youngsville NC

    https://sightronusa.com/riflescopes/siii-field-target-series/

    I would also recommend a 6" scope wheel from Scopewerks

    http://www.scope-werks.com/viewcategory.php?groupid=48

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    I shoot some FT in Hunter and I like the big 10-50x60 scopes with a 16x line. I think they make 16x ranging a bit easier and the good ones are very bright and clear. I posted an inquiry here about high end FT guns a year ago. RAW and Thomas guns received the most votes, and as you know both are US made. I got a TM1000 thru SPAW. Great gun and great service. Uj
     
    I sent my Thomas to Mike for a repair and had it back in a couple of weeks. As for the Sightron specs, someone else will have to step in. I think Hector was just trying to say the reticle was calibrated to 24 power. Not sure how to explain it , but nothing to worry about. I do know a lot of the top shooters use them.

    Both of my FT Sightrons are the older models and don't have the 16x marked on them so I would have to use 12x if shooting in Hunter class. I've heard I can send them to Sightron and have them put a 16x marking on it . I believe it's around $150? I was shooting in Unlimited class back when I was shooting FT so I kept my scopes set on 30 power, so it didn't matter to me?

    Also mine are the Hector models that focus from 9 yds to just over 55 yds. Anything beyond 60 yds it starts getting blurry, but that gives you a huge advantage on your scope wheel markings being farther apart than conventional scopes. Makes range finding a lot easier.

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    Wowza...Kdog. That's one sweet looking color scheme. Me likey!

    What class are you shooting in and how many shots to a fill for the shorties?

    Fuss

    Fuss,,,It just arrived yesterday so i haven't gotten to shoot it to see how many shots per fill i will get at 19ft lbs.,,,,should know by next week. I plan on shooting open this year going from HFT so getting on the ground will be all new to me.
     
    Wowza...Kdog. That's one sweet looking color scheme. Me likey!

    What class are you shooting in and how many shots to a fill for the shorties?

    Fuss

    Fuss,,,It just arrived yesterday so i haven't gotten to shoot it to see how many shots per fill i will get at 19ft lbs.,,,,should know by next week. I plan on shooting open this year going from HFT so getting on the ground will be all new to me.


    Thanks man, be sure and keep us posted. Love to hear about those Thomas rifles!