I have no fewer than four Leupold SG scopes in 1-4x20 and 2-7x33 flavors mounted on rifles I use. All are "incident free" and among the favorites of all my "woods rifles" scopes. I am a huge fan of that HD (heavy duplex) reticle. I'm glad to see similar satisfaction from someone with a lot of use on that same type scope on a rifle.Several years ago, I had a along talk with Leupold people about putting a strong heavy reticule scope on a couple of my big bore African rifles. They suggested the Leupold "shotgun" scope. So I purchased 2 of these scopes and mounted them to a .458 Win mag and .416 Remington mag. both where model 70 Winchester Safari type rifles. So now it has been some 1,500 rounds down the tube of both rifles and several years and all is well with NO complaints, scopes held up great to the heavy recoiling.
The Tasco 2.5x Shotgun scope is a viable alternative for the budget-conscious (I can't believe I just wrote that)....Well back to square 1, I ve decided to remove this scope and place it on my Howa 1500.I am going to go with designated shotgun scope since these are designed to take the shock.Again thanks to all for input.
My shoulder got sore, just reading that!The Tasco 2.5x Shotgun scope is a viable alternative for the budget-conscious (I can't believe I just wrote that)....
My brother and I have, over several years and several guns, tried to break one. We'd use it to check accuracy & work up loads for rifles & shotguns, then switch to open sights / "quality glass" once we were sure the rifle got to stay. Most rifles got to stay. Here's what that little Tasco has survived so far:
No.1 in .416Rigby, .416RemMag, .470Nitro
M77MkII .416Rigby, .375H&H
M70 .375H&H, THREE 300winmags
700 .416RemMag, TWO 8mmRemMags
Currently on a lightweight 9.3x74R double; also survived a previous 9.3x74R
And I can't tell the difference between a 5.5lb slug gun and a 9lb rifle in a heavy caliber as far as recoil is concerned - I just never shoot them sitting down! Also I was taught to shoot w/both eyes open at all times. Still do. I can see the game as the weapon recoils that way. FWIW....