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What is your preferred scope magnifcation for 600 - 1000 yards?

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:28 PM
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Re: What is your preferred scope magnifcation for 600 - 1000 yards?

For all round hunting and target shooting I like the 3.5/4.5x14x50 scopes.

For 600 and 1000 yard targets I would recomend 6.5x20x50/55.

I have a 8x25x50 and it is great for targets but to much for hunting at any distance
because of the field of view and the usable eye relief in my opinion.

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Re: What is your preferred scope magnifcation for 600 - 1000 yards?

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IME, a lot of the decision depends on the quality of the glass in the scope. My personal favorite is a Schmidt Bender PMII 4-16 X50. I have been shooting Marmots out past 1100 yards with it this year. The scope offers such great resolution and contrast that even little targets like this are easily seen. I have an IOR 6-24 on another varmint rifle. It's a really good scope, but not an S&B. I seldom use it at 24 because mirage becomes so bad I can't see through it. I use it mostly around 16, and sometimes up to 20 if it's cool enough outside.
The Monarch is a good enough scope, but there are other much more noted for superior turrets than the Nikon. SWFA makes a like of moderately priced scopes that are known for accurate and repeatable turrets. The Nightforce 5.5-22 would be, probably, the best compromise for your use. It's not cheap, but still close to half what a S&B, Premier, or US Optics will run, and the turrets are absolutely reliable. Very important on a long range rifle. Spend the bucks now and save yourself a lot of frustration. If you are serious about long range, you'll end up with a better scope than the Nikon anyway.
I must be blessed with my own mid range optics as I have never had mirage force me to turn down the magnification on my 6-24x50 elite 4200s. I have two and even in 108 degree weather I always end up shooting on 24x and with a great view. I read all the time of people having to dial down the magnification but I never have needed to. I do on occasion have issue with my spotting scope, sometimes 60x is too much.
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Re: What is your preferred scope magnifcation for 600 - 1000 yards?

Lots of good input guys...I didn't realize I'd get so many specific scope recommendations...maybe I should have included a budget number...I need to stay under/around $500 with this.
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Re: What is your preferred scope magnifcation for 600 - 1000 yards?

For my part in this I just wanted to say.....my elite 4200T scopes cost me $550 and $512.
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Re: What is your preferred scope magnifcation for 600 - 1000 yards?

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I've been shooting at 100 - 500 yards, and am gearing up a new rig to eventually reach 1000 yards.

So I'm wondering what is your preferred scope magnification setting for 600 - 1000 yards? What's the minimum you think is appropriate?
Depends on what you are shooting at.

Deer sized game and up 14x will do just fine.

Smaller than that you need to go up to the 20-24x range.
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Re: What is your preferred scope magnifcation for 600 - 1000 yards?

For that kind of money, can't go wrong w/ the Vortex Viper. Very repeatable turrets, good glass and a great power range. There is also the weaver scopes, millet lrs, and falcon menace. Go check out swfa.com. They are a good company to buy from. Check the classifieds on accuratshooter.com and on this site. You might be able to get a higher end scope for the same money.
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Re: What is your preferred scope magnifcation for 600 - 1000 yards?

The Nikon is plenty good to get you hooked.

Others have made great recommendations with Vortex, SWFA, etc.

I also have to agree with others that recommended, save up and buy the best you can afford.

If you're going to hunt, you'll also need a top notch LRF. And, they aren't cheap.

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