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Re: Is 20x enough scope for 500 yards?

Ive used a 12x Leupold and killed mule deer size game out to 500yrds but I Agree with what everyone is saying. I wish I would've had more power to really see what I was shooting. The last one I killed was a good one and I knew it even from that distance but there was no way I could tell how many points at that distance with only 12x
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    In spite of what the experts on this forum will tell you, a 10x scope is plenty of glass for 1k shooting. Its a shame some company doesnt make straight 10x mildot scopes for a fair price( NOT 1200.00) for those of us on workingman budgets. A Weaver T-10 would be just the ticket if it had mildot reticle, but many shooters do fine with it with the dpx or fine CH or CHdot. Weaver T10s and Redfield 3-9x40 Accutracs were among the first sniper scopes used in RVN in the 60's and 70's. Most were zeroed at 500y. So ditch the 28-50x80 multi-ranging super side focus and go with a straight 10x.
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    Re: Is 20x enough scope for 500 yards?

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    In spite of what the experts on this forum will tell you, a 10x scope is plenty of glass for 1k shooting. Its a shame some company doesnt make straight 10x mildot scopes for a fair price( NOT 1200.00) for those of us on workingman budgets. A Weaver T-10 would be just the ticket if it had mildot reticle, but many shooters do fine with it with the dpx or fine CH or CHdot. Weaver T10s and Redfield 3-9x40 Accutracs were among the first sniper scopes used in RVN in the 60's and 70's. Most were zeroed at 500y. So ditch the 28-50x80 multi-ranging super side focus and go with a straight 10x.
    SWFA SS 10x is quite the bargain for the scope. A lot of guys use them and like them. They won't break the bank either.
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    I hunt wit a leupold 6.5-20 and have shot several game animals at 730 and 752 yrds plus. You will be fine if your limit is 500. But I think you should stretch out and shoot at least 1000 . i can shoot under 9" at a cool grand with my loupoldvx3..
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    Ive used a 12x Leupold and killed mule deer size game out to 500yrds but I Agree with what everyone is saying. I wish I would've had more power to really see what I was shooting. The last one I killed was a good one and I knew it even from that distance but there was no way I could tell how many points at that distance with only 12x
    Isnt that what a spotting scope is for???
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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
    I have the same scope...3 of them now in fact...and it depends on your target! Prairie dogs at 500..?? Nope.. Groundhogs at 500...yes. Mule deer...certainly.

    The secret to the steel target is to let it "swing" free via 2 chains. ( Mount it in a Y with the chains) It deflects..and 1/2" is plenty. Mount it solid...you have to be so thick you cant carry it.
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    The secret to the steel target is to let it "swing" free via 2 chains. ( Mount it in a Y with the chains) It deflects..and 1/2" is plenty. Mount it solid...you have to be so thick you cant carry it.[/QUOTE]


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