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Is 20x enough scope for 500 yards?

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Unread 11-27-2009, 02:43 PM
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Is 20x enough scope for 500 yards?

I want to shoot at 500 yards, will a 20x scope be enough power to see that far. (Zeiss conquest)

Also, how thick of steel do I need for a target to hold up at that range.

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    Re: Is 20x enough scope for 500 yards?

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    I want to shoot at 500 yards, will a 20x scope be enough power to see that far. (Zeiss conquest)
    Unless you're shooting benchrest, it's absolutely PLENTY. If you're shooting steel, it's about 4x what you need.
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    Re: Is 20x enough scope for 500 yards?

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    I want to shoot at 500 yards, will a 20x scope be enough power to see that far. (Zeiss conquest)

    Also, how thick of steel do I need for a target to hold up at that range.

    Thanks
    Your questions are a little too general. For shooting big game, 20X is more than enough. Just a couple of days ago I was sitting up on an ambush spot with a view of ranges from a couple hundred yards to about 1500 yds. So I decdided to do some "scoping" wiht my NF 5.5-22 set on different powers at different ranges. My conclusions.... 5.5x through the NF is more than adequate for deer size or bigger game @ 1000 yds.

    Now when shooting paper with small bullseyes. I like the full 22x. That bieng said, it's possible to get by with much less. For PDs and varmits, 10X or greater would be very nice @ 500 yds.

    There are different types of steel and it depends on what bullets you are shooting out of what rifle at what range.

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    Re: Is 20x enough scope for 500 yards?

    If your going with a standard A36 type steel then I would think that 3/4" should be fine depending on caliber. If your going with an A500 or a mil-std armor plated steel you will be able to go thinner. For what its worth a 30.06 goes through 1/4" A36 steel like butter at 200 yds.
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    Re: Is 20x enough scope for 500 yards?

    With A-36 plate I go with 1" so that it will last for a good while. With AR-500 3/8" will work well. 1/2" AR-500 will stand up to the 50 BMG
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    Re: Is 20x enough scope for 500 yards?

    I have an 18x Nikon that works great at 1000yrds. So 20x would be better for me for more precision, but for 500 you could probably start counting hairs. 10x to 18x should be sufficient. Like another said, if you are shooting bench then all the power you can afford would be a good option. Clear is good!

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    Re: Is 20x enough scope for 500 yards?

    I have made several shots over 500 with a 10X, on big game that is plenty in my opinion, target as other said, is another animal....
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