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Old 03-26-2008, 12:46 AM
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Enough power?

Hi,

Im about to purchase a Kahles 4-12x52 Helia CL with multi zero.

I want to be varminting rabbits out to 300-400 metres and goats at max of 500 metres.

Will 12x power be enough for this?

This seems to be the highest magnification Kahles are making.

(scope will be used on a 300wsm)

Thanks for your help
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:57 AM
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12 power would be ample for those ranges. I use a 9 power on my .222 for rabbits and that works fine out to 400 yards. Good scope choice to, Kahles are very good optics.
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:07 AM
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You should be fine. Im using a 3.5-10 Mk 4 for crow and coyote. I can still see crow around the reticle at 300 yards easy. Depending on how thick your reticle is bunnys at 400 may be more difficult but do able, goat at 500 and beyond will not be a problem.
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Old 03-26-2008, 07:48 AM
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A year or so ago someone was looking to put a 2-7x scope on a deer rifle and wanted to know if it would be OK for 300 yard shots. My next time hunting I did a test for him and this was my reply. I think that it should be useful for you too.

I had a chance to test my scope at 7x yesterday.

From where I sat I could see a power-line tower that according to Google Earth was 408 yards away from my position. There is a Danger No Trespassing sign that measures approximately 18h x 24w inches.

I sat with my back to a tree and had a tall bi-pod attached for hunting.

First, I left the scope on 3x. I could not read the writing, younger eyes may have been able to
With no particular spot to aim, I found that the crosshairs danced around but stayed easily in the kill zone.

Second, I adjusted the scope to 7x. The writing was clear, even for me. I decided that the "D" in Danger looked to be a nice size target, and at 7x I could keep the crosshairs on the "D" without too much trouble.

When I left for the morning I went over to the tower to see the sign. The letter "D" looked to be about 4 inches high and about 3 inches wide.

IMO a 7X scope, assuming a good rest is certainly more than enough scope for hunting.....and if any "letters" get in your way...they are toast


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Old 03-26-2008, 01:56 PM
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Thanks guys,

I thought it would be fine, but ive just had some sheeple suggesting
I get 6-20 power. But Kahles dont make this type of magnification.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:07 PM
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Does anyone else have any input before I commit?
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:44 PM
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Hi,
Im about to purchase a Kahles 4-12x52 Helia CL with multi zero.
I want to be varminting rabbits out to 300-400 metres and goats at max of 500 metres.
Will 12x power be enough for this?
This seems to be the highest magnification Kahles are making.
(scope will be used on a 300wsm)
Thanks for your help
IMO (after 40 years of hunting, from PDs and elk in Montana to plains game in Africa) you would be much happier, in the long run, with one of the top-of-the-line 4X-16X range scopes rather that the 4-12 or 6-20.

If I had the funds I'd go for the 3.2-17X U.S.Optics SN3.

I don't think you quite need 20X for the longer shots, and the 3.5-4X lower end is better than 6X for the closer shots.

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