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View Poll Results: Max Scope Magnification?
4x-10x 12 4.10%
11x-16x 101 34.47%
17x-25x 161 54.95%
25x + 19 6.48%
Voters: 293. This poll is closed


Scope Magnification for LRH

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Old 03-11-2013, 01:27 PM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

I really like 20 to 25x @ +1000 yards. I have used an 18x quite a bit around 1000-1100 yards and, for my eyes, it's almost lacking enough mag.

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Old 03-13-2013, 07:42 PM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

You can get by with 10x or even less but 24x is really nice to have.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:36 PM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

I chose a Nightforce in 3.5 x 15 just for that reason! I use mine as a hunting rifle, I find it more that enough magnification in hunting situation out to a 1000 yds! My longest hunting kill shot with it has been 700 and Farthest rock I have killed was at one of Carlocks classes and was at 1600 yds and i would have gone further than that but ,that was really only because I couldn't get any more elevation, for my 300 WM ! No problems seeing or aiming on 15 mag for hunting! Just my 2 cents
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:00 AM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

I used 14x max at long range for years with good success. My recent purchases have been in the 20-22x high end of magnification. I agree with a previous posts that the higher magnification supports precision with load development. Also, I have found the higher power to be an advantage in being able to determine interfering brush, or shooting smaller targets/game at the longer ranges. With the exception of cost, the practical trade offs in length, weight, and optical quality with today's technology is minimal to non existent. This wasn't always the case. IMO

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:14 AM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

A lot of great input! I think I'm going to go with a Vortex Viper HS LR 4x-16x
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:26 AM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

I have taken three rockchucks at ranges over 2000 yards including one at 2370 yards which was the 2007 Varmint Hunters Longest Shot of the Year shot. All of these were made with a NF NXS 3.5-15x 50mm scope set on 15x.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:13 PM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

I have on my LR rifle right now a 3.5-10X Shepherd. I used it to take my first 1000+ yard bull a couple years ago and have also used it to shoot milk jugs at 1,625 yards. Keep in mind that it is an open reticle so I don't have to worry about the reticle covering up my targets (even really small ones). I will say that it does take a lot of concentration to pick out that little spot and execute the shot with only 10X but it is definately do able. My next scope will have capabilities to go to 20X.
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