Re: Scope Magnification for LRH
I use a 4-16 on the LR rifle and a 6.5-20 on the LR varmiter. 99.9% of my LR shooting on critters is Pdogs, and both scopes work great. The higher mag (20x) is great for the sight picture but the 16x has it beat hands down for picking up your target. I thought about swapping scopes on those 2 rifles but, after considering my tendency to walk up on deer and elk at very close distances I decided the 4x power was better served for filling the freezer. FWIW I consistently connect with the hunting rifle at distances that I struggle to connect with the varmint rifle.
Keep in mind the animals we shoot for food and display are not bullet proof. Contrary to popular belief, they bleed and die just like they did a hundred years ago. Being competent with a given rifle is far more important than impressive ballistics and poor shootability. High velocity misses never put a steak in the freezer.