Originally Posted by WEATHERBY460
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.
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.