What do you mean you cant see an inch at 1K you better get your eyes checked
With good contrasting colors and good optics you should easily be able to see a one inch spot at 1K.....or maybe I have good eyes and never realized it. I probably havent shot enough at 1K and beyond to know any better.
I was shooting at an orange 2 inch target spot with the scope on 32X. It was only 800 yards and I could clearly see the black diamond in the center of the target spot and called the shot that went right as being to the right. My group was purposefully 1MOA below the target spot to keep the bullet holes away from the other groups shot with other guns.
Shooting from a concrete bench with good rest and rear bag with a good rifle 2 inch groups at 800 are not that rare, if conditions allow.
Now when I shoot a 3 shot group along the lines of .480 at 600 yards I nearly faint.
My gunsmith shot a unbeleiveably small group with his 6-6.5x47 at 630 yards a few weeks back....but then again he is undoubtedly one of the best shooters in the world and has the records and the HOF points to prove it. I think he tied the current f-class open record twice this weekend with 2 200-15x strings and a 60 shot aggregate of 599-40x. I am hoping that he will beat that at the state match and set another record. I also think he set 4 or 5 ARG rimfire records this year alone.