Originally Posted by geargrinder
I've heard that it works great for sub 1k target work.
The higher magnification levels would need very solid rests (I'm thinking benchrest) to keep the picture steady. Mirage would also be tough to deal with.
You don't need high magnification for long range. Just enough to get the reticle on target.
Clear glass, tracking, and travel are just as important if not more.
For a 4 figure scope, I'm glad to hear that it's good for SOMETHING!
MY "rests" will (on the platform that a scope of such magnitude would go on) consist of a free-sliding bi-pod on a super-stiff stock with a fine-adjustment thumbwheel under the butt. Paper aside, chucks and coyotes (large varmints) would be my "primary" targets. But if other "targets of opportunity", like say crows for example (small varmints), would present themselves, there just might be some lead headed in their direction also . Other than that, 1 or 2 deer per year.
It seems like nobody else around here likes high magnification, but I have taken a liking to it. But there ARE going to be conditions encountered where 50X isn't going to be the optimal choice. Low light, mirage, moving targets, unstable rests, & non-open areas, would probably be the main ones.
But it's as if many just don't seem to comprehend that you CAN turn the power DOWN, if the situation calls for it. If I had 10-50X, I would be using the minimum of 10x, if I was planning to shoot deer, in the woods.
But if one of those 2 "big 50" models really does only have 20 MOA of adjustment, that REALLY blows, considering the 4-figure price tag.