Originally Posted by 300rum
Whay you do not purchase IOR 4.5-18x42 on FFP. This scopes are ok, and you will have plently zoom at 18x to see detailes at looooooong distances.
If you have binoculars lets say at 8 or 10x and you spot one animal at 1000 yards, you will need a spotting scope to make sure you can see the antlers, and count them right.
But if you get a scope with at least 16x or 18x you will NOT NEED THE SPOTTING SCOPE.
USE YOUR RIFLE SCOPE, AND YOU WILL HAVE LESS GEAR TO HOWL ALL DAY ON THE FIELD.
This is what I do myself.
SWFA didn't list the 4.5-18 in the FFP or at least I couldn't see it. If the 4.5-14 IOR is anywhere the optics of the Weaver it will do for as long as I think I can shoot. However the 3-18X would be better.
I have binos and a good spotting scope. My rifle @ 12 lbs is way to heavy to use as a spotter. In most areas the field of view is a full 360 Degrees. Where I'm only looking at a specific smaller area that can be covered from a single position I use the binos and rifle only as its all open sage brush plus I don't care much about horns.
If a smaller set of horns would give me a better shot than a larger set out to the limitations of my abilities I'd take the smaller set.