Re: Reaching out for Mulies
If I can put my 2 cents in here also.
I prefer more magnification at extreme range and the reason is, the type terrain you or the fellow from Montana or myself, may be hunting in may be completely different.
I have seen areas where the bullet is "sucked up" to the point where you can't see a hit to save you and then when hunting in sandy, dusty areas the hit can be seen at a mile with your naked eye. Snow will suck up the bullet real bad. That's another reason I went to the 338/416IMP with the 300 gr bullet. The hits can really be seen.
If I were him (I'll call him Montana), I would be using a Leupold 8 1/2 to 25X with the side wheel focus especially when hunting alone.
The additional power can make or break a missed shot, or hit, on the animal.
Many times I look at my scope power after the shooting has stopped and the animal is down and find that I only turned it up to 18X.
The hits in Montana and Colordao terrain can be much easier seen with higher power. 8X or 10X is not enouigh for my hunting partners or myself.
We use bigeyes of 22X Wide angle and I feel the scopes on your rifles should at least have the ability to approach that power.
Just another opinion when shooting alone and trying to watch your hits.