Re: What is your preferred scope magnifcation for 600 - 1000 yards?
For general hunting applications I agree the 3/ 4.5 to 14's or 16's is enough for many people. If you are a long range plains hunter or LR elk hunter I believe a scope with 20 power capability is not going to hurt you. I notice with my 4.5-14 power Zeiss that the reticle (rapid Z-800) washes out nearly an entire antelope vital at around 600 yards at 14 power with a serious loss of precision....varmints....NO WAY, they would wash completely. I made 669 and 505 yard kills with it this weekend, HOWEVER this was at the max of my comfort zone with ZERO wind and a rock solid rest. With a finer reticle I would push it maybe 100 yards farther. With deer sized targets I feel exactly the same as with antelope. Elk I have taken comfortably at nearly 800, however I would have loved an extra 5-8 power for that shot. I think its important when you go to higher magnification to pay for scopes that offer you proper eye relief. Another poster didn't like higher power I bet that is the reason.