Advise on Scope Power
I just finished building a 7mm Dakota with a Borden Timberline action, Krieger barrel, McMillan A-5, smithed by Gre-Tan. The ranch where I hunt is such that my longest shots will be around 800 yards, but I may want to occasionally shoot rocks/steel at longer ranges. I have a Leupold 4.5 x 14, 50 mm objective, 30mm body, side focus, dot reticle, with target knobs and I'm wondering if I need more power. I'm thinking of upgrading to a Leupold 8.5 x 25 LR, but I'm very broke at this point and rather not go into more dept. However, I've come this far and will spend the money if I think more power is the way to go.
What do you all think? Will my existing scope cut it for me or should I go for more power?
I have a bit of trouble picking up the dot reticle in low light conditions,and I am going to have a new reticle installed (if I stick with the 4.5 x 14). I will have custom elavation dials made and will dial the scope in for range when making shots on game (no Kentucky windage here) so I'm thinking of going with a duplex reticle. What do you all suggest for a reticle?