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Has anyone here used a Shepherd Scope? Please share your experience. Thanks

Question by AlaskanExile. Uploaded on September 13, 2009

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

A friend of mine has one and they work great I have shot his rifle and the scope is exellant the down fall the damn thing ways a ton.

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from 406caddis wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Great scopes, pricey but you get what you pay for.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I watched a guy use one at the local range a few years ago. It appeared to function just as advertised and he was happy with it. I talked to another guy who said he had been using one for years and has no complaints. He said that the factory is great to work with if you have any questions or need work. Sometimes Dan Shepherd answers the phone. Seems to me that the plant is located somewhere in Nebraska. To me esthetically they give an "aged" appearance but what the heck if it works.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I've never heard anything about them but with scopes it it more true than anything else...you get what you pay for. It is usually worth it to spend more money and get a good one.

Are they pretty pricey?

I have a Leupold FX II 4 x 33 on my rifle and it is awsome.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I just googled the website. Wow they are up there in price!

I would like to look through one sometime just for curiosity.

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from Rem700-06 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

My friend has one on his .338 Sako, and he absolutely loves it.

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from Rem700-06 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

My friend has one on his .338 Sako, and he absolutely loves it.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I've never shot a 338...how hard do they kick?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

A buddy has one. I never figure out whether the scope was no good or he if he was just a lousy shot. He never hit anything with that .300 Win Mag with the Shepherd scope. Maybe it was too complicated or he thought he could buy his way into MOP. I think he is a Vegan now.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Wa Mtnhunter,
Maybe it's his low protein levels that were messing with his marksmanship.........

With a 300 Win. Mag and a 200 yd zero you wouldn't need that reticle. Is this the guy that's not in the club anymore???

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

@ sgaredneck

Different guy that I used to hunt with occasionally. (Operative pharase = "used to") He was real good at the range, but couldn't hit squat in the field. He got rid of the .300 WM and got a Tikka T-3 in .30-06, but I never hunted with him after that. Hunting stories were always about missed shots and never about tender backstraps, hence my Vegan comment!

The guy that is no longer in our camp is from down your way over in N. Alabama. He wasn't good at the range neither.

@ IanS

IMHO a .338 Win Mag kicks like a rented mule. I am a wuss about recoil since I shoot a lot. I got rid of my .338 Win Mag long ago due to recoil and bought a .35 Whelen for tooth and claw critter country. Maybe it was the construction/design of the M-70 synthetic stock and the weight of the rifle, but it was more than I cared to deal with. Many on here will disagree, but that's just me.

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from T.W. Davidson wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Exile:

I have a Shepherd scope on my .257 Roberts. I am very pleased with the performance and quality of the scope. The factory folks are some of the nicest people I've ever talked to.

There are two major points to remember with a Shepherd scope: First, make sure the scope model you buy matches the ballistics of the rifle you put it on. This is critical. Second, carefully read the enclosed instructions, for if you turn the correction knobs in reverse order, you'll never get your scope zeroed in. (If you turn the knobs in the correct order, and if you are using a very solid rest, you can get your rifle zeroed in just two or three shots. The literature says you can do it in one shot, but I don't think this is possible unless your rifle is locked in a vice and is returned to the same exact position as when fired in the first shot.)

Shepherd scopes are excellent and the company people are the kind you'd like to invite home for supper. Highly recommended.

TWD

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from AlaskanExile wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Thanks everyone!
I'm building a heavy, long barrel, 264 Win Mag "deer sniper" rifle. Something I can use for long range shots on deer, pronghorn and caribou. Weight is not too much of a factor as this is mostly going to be a "flat-ground" rifle.
I've heard everything you've said before, I knew there would be someone here with some first-hand info.
AKX

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from jj wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

alaskan exile the shepherd is a great scope. it is designed for the for your rifles bullet drop.there is no range finder needed. the circles on the shepherd are for 100 through 1000 yard increments. the circles are meant to point at the chest with an 18 inch circles which is the size of the chest. if you get a shepherd i would recommend a 6x18 that way you can see your bullet holes past 500 yards on paper. mounting and lapping/reaming scopes rings is rarely done so any scope can move.

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from jj wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

alaskan exile the shepherd is a great scope. it is designed for the for your rifles bullet drop.there is no range finder needed. the circles on the shepherd are for 100 through 1000 yard increments. the circles are meant to point at the chest with an 18 inch circles which is the size of the chest. if you get a shepherd i would recommend a 6x18 that way you can see your bullet holes past 500 yards on paper. mounting and lapping/reaming scopes rings is rarely done so any scope can move.

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from delmont223 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I have several Shepherd scopes, almost one of each. I "filmed", called the wind and range for a friend of mine and he made a 1022 yard shot in a half value 20+ mph wind on a small button buck.
If you want to see it, go to youtube.com and search for shepherd scope. It should be the first video listed and titled 1000 yard shot with a Shepherd scope. It explains the whole event.

it may seem incredible and har to do, but if I can do it, you can do it too.

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from David Hill wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I have owned Shepherds for about 10 years and currently have 4--A 6 x 18 V1 on a 300WSM, 3x10P2 on a 270WSM and 25 06 and a 22 long rifle on a 45-70 Buffalo classic. I would not trade my Shepherds for a box full of any other scope. IF you match their scope to the ballistics of your load you will be amazed at the results. I have 5 kills over 500 yds with the 300 and 270 and one 300 yd doe kill with the 45-70 (that's about a 4 foot drop at 300yds)
I have explained the scope to several people who had never heard of one--then handed them my 300 to shoot a 300 yd target and not one has missed the 12 inch square yet. IF its your first Shepherd scope--give them a call and set up the 6 x 18--you won't be sorry

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from Cbass wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

This is an old topic, but I found a lot of answers I was looking for. Visiting the Shepherd website, it looks like it hasn't been updated in some time, but midway has them in stock with outstanding reviews.

I have been looking for scopes with range-compensating reticles: Nikon Monarch BDC, Leupold Boone & Crockett, Zeiss Rapid Z, Bushnell DOA, etc. This Shepherd looks to be on parwith or better than the rest, at least from a user-friendly standpoint. Thanks to all for the insight.

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from cboneill wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Yes - I purchased a 3-10 MOA "Professionaal Shootist" in the early 80's to install on my Steyr SSG 69 PII (.308) with bull barrel. The primary reason for selecting this scope was for its "one shot" zero feature that allows the shooter to stop on the side of the road, take one shot, verify zero or adjust to zero, the proceed to the location where the weapon is required.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

A buddy has one. I never figure out whether the scope was no good or he if he was just a lousy shot. He never hit anything with that .300 Win Mag with the Shepherd scope. Maybe it was too complicated or he thought he could buy his way into MOP. I think he is a Vegan now.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

@ sgaredneck

Different guy that I used to hunt with occasionally. (Operative pharase = "used to") He was real good at the range, but couldn't hit squat in the field. He got rid of the .300 WM and got a Tikka T-3 in .30-06, but I never hunted with him after that. Hunting stories were always about missed shots and never about tender backstraps, hence my Vegan comment!

The guy that is no longer in our camp is from down your way over in N. Alabama. He wasn't good at the range neither.

@ IanS

IMHO a .338 Win Mag kicks like a rented mule. I am a wuss about recoil since I shoot a lot. I got rid of my .338 Win Mag long ago due to recoil and bought a .35 Whelen for tooth and claw critter country. Maybe it was the construction/design of the M-70 synthetic stock and the weight of the rifle, but it was more than I cared to deal with. Many on here will disagree, but that's just me.

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from ishawooa wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I watched a guy use one at the local range a few years ago. It appeared to function just as advertised and he was happy with it. I talked to another guy who said he had been using one for years and has no complaints. He said that the factory is great to work with if you have any questions or need work. Sometimes Dan Shepherd answers the phone. Seems to me that the plant is located somewhere in Nebraska. To me esthetically they give an "aged" appearance but what the heck if it works.

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from T.W. Davidson wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Exile:

I have a Shepherd scope on my .257 Roberts. I am very pleased with the performance and quality of the scope. The factory folks are some of the nicest people I've ever talked to.

There are two major points to remember with a Shepherd scope: First, make sure the scope model you buy matches the ballistics of the rifle you put it on. This is critical. Second, carefully read the enclosed instructions, for if you turn the correction knobs in reverse order, you'll never get your scope zeroed in. (If you turn the knobs in the correct order, and if you are using a very solid rest, you can get your rifle zeroed in just two or three shots. The literature says you can do it in one shot, but I don't think this is possible unless your rifle is locked in a vice and is returned to the same exact position as when fired in the first shot.)

Shepherd scopes are excellent and the company people are the kind you'd like to invite home for supper. Highly recommended.

TWD

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from idduckhntr wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

A friend of mine has one and they work great I have shot his rifle and the scope is exellant the down fall the damn thing ways a ton.

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from 406caddis wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Great scopes, pricey but you get what you pay for.

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from David Hill wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I have owned Shepherds for about 10 years and currently have 4--A 6 x 18 V1 on a 300WSM, 3x10P2 on a 270WSM and 25 06 and a 22 long rifle on a 45-70 Buffalo classic. I would not trade my Shepherds for a box full of any other scope. IF you match their scope to the ballistics of your load you will be amazed at the results. I have 5 kills over 500 yds with the 300 and 270 and one 300 yd doe kill with the 45-70 (that's about a 4 foot drop at 300yds)
I have explained the scope to several people who had never heard of one--then handed them my 300 to shoot a 300 yd target and not one has missed the 12 inch square yet. IF its your first Shepherd scope--give them a call and set up the 6 x 18--you won't be sorry

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from AlaskanExile wrote 4 years 28 weeks ago

Thanks everyone!
I'm building a heavy, long barrel, 264 Win Mag "deer sniper" rifle. Something I can use for long range shots on deer, pronghorn and caribou. Weight is not too much of a factor as this is mostly going to be a "flat-ground" rifle.
I've heard everything you've said before, I knew there would be someone here with some first-hand info.
AKX

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from Rem700-06 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

My friend has one on his .338 Sako, and he absolutely loves it.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I've never heard anything about them but with scopes it it more true than anything else...you get what you pay for. It is usually worth it to spend more money and get a good one.

Are they pretty pricey?

I have a Leupold FX II 4 x 33 on my rifle and it is awsome.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from IanS wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I just googled the website. Wow they are up there in price!

I would like to look through one sometime just for curiosity.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from jj wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

alaskan exile the shepherd is a great scope. it is designed for the for your rifles bullet drop.there is no range finder needed. the circles on the shepherd are for 100 through 1000 yard increments. the circles are meant to point at the chest with an 18 inch circles which is the size of the chest. if you get a shepherd i would recommend a 6x18 that way you can see your bullet holes past 500 yards on paper. mounting and lapping/reaming scopes rings is rarely done so any scope can move.

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from jj wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

alaskan exile the shepherd is a great scope. it is designed for the for your rifles bullet drop.there is no range finder needed. the circles on the shepherd are for 100 through 1000 yard increments. the circles are meant to point at the chest with an 18 inch circles which is the size of the chest. if you get a shepherd i would recommend a 6x18 that way you can see your bullet holes past 500 yards on paper. mounting and lapping/reaming scopes rings is rarely done so any scope can move.

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from delmont223 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I have several Shepherd scopes, almost one of each. I "filmed", called the wind and range for a friend of mine and he made a 1022 yard shot in a half value 20+ mph wind on a small button buck.
If you want to see it, go to youtube.com and search for shepherd scope. It should be the first video listed and titled 1000 yard shot with a Shepherd scope. It explains the whole event.

it may seem incredible and har to do, but if I can do it, you can do it too.

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from cboneill wrote 1 year 50 weeks ago

Yes - I purchased a 3-10 MOA "Professionaal Shootist" in the early 80's to install on my Steyr SSG 69 PII (.308) with bull barrel. The primary reason for selecting this scope was for its "one shot" zero feature that allows the shooter to stop on the side of the road, take one shot, verify zero or adjust to zero, the proceed to the location where the weapon is required.

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from Rem700-06 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

My friend has one on his .338 Sako, and he absolutely loves it.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I've never shot a 338...how hard do they kick?

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Wa Mtnhunter,
Maybe it's his low protein levels that were messing with his marksmanship.........

With a 300 Win. Mag and a 200 yd zero you wouldn't need that reticle. Is this the guy that's not in the club anymore???

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Cbass wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

This is an old topic, but I found a lot of answers I was looking for. Visiting the Shepherd website, it looks like it hasn't been updated in some time, but midway has them in stock with outstanding reviews.

I have been looking for scopes with range-compensating reticles: Nikon Monarch BDC, Leupold Boone & Crockett, Zeiss Rapid Z, Bushnell DOA, etc. This Shepherd looks to be on parwith or better than the rest, at least from a user-friendly standpoint. Thanks to all for the insight.

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