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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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Unread 03-20-2013, 10:37 PM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

Thought about this a bit. Does it make a difference to you guys for first round hits? It does me. Not saying you can't hit first round, but it seems to make at least feel more confident at the LR shot with a higher mag. I tend to lean toward the higher mag scopes and back them off if I need to. Kind of like wearing a coat or freezing......if you have it great, if you don't burrrrrr.

I have a 4-14 and the 5.5-22 on my bigger game rifles. I have various other cheap scopes in the 6-24 range, but they are really junk for LR work. The are fine for wacking ground squirrels.
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Unread 06-08-2013, 11:59 PM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

A lot of that question depends on the quality of the glass in the scope. A lot of guys use the Nightforce 5.5-22. I have a 2.5-10 NF that I would feel comfortable shooting big game with to 1K, but my long range varmint rifle uses a Schmidt Bender PMII 4-16. It has worked on marmots and marmot sized targets out to 1400.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 06:55 AM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

Im gonna agree with brent and say the high mag def helps my confidence for first round hits.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 08:37 PM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

The highest magnification scope I currently use is a Leupold LRT 6.5-20x50 but I would really like to have a Nightforce 22x. I have never used one but from what I have read on here and everywhere else they are top of the line.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 08:59 AM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

When shooting rocks with the aid of a spotter at 1,000 or more, I like 20x....but when shooting alone I usually dial it back to 12x. The advantage of lower magnification at long range, at least for me, is the ability to recover the sight picture through the scope much faster to "spot" my own hits.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 02:05 PM
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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.

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Unread 06-24-2013, 02:18 PM
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Re: Scope Magnification for LRH

I find a power size of 15 to 25 with good glass and a big objective size to pull in the low light just on dark works great for me.
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