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Magnification for 500yrd and less

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Unread 12-14-2012, 03:30 PM
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Magnification for 500yrd and less

While I would love to mount a big ol 5.5x20, is there really any need? Would say a 4x12 or something do the job just as well? I want to buy one scope, the right scope, the first time, as my budget allows one purchase of a quality scope.
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    Unread 12-14-2012, 03:50 PM
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    Re: Magnification for 500yrd and less

    depends, what is your purpose?
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    Unread 12-14-2012, 04:13 PM
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    Re: Magnification for 500yrd and less

    Mainly a big game rifle (300RUM) with a few trips to the range, and the local range maxes out just shy of 700yrds
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    Unread 12-14-2012, 04:26 PM
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    Re: Magnification for 500yrd and less

    Most people over-scope... mistakenly thinking that they'll shoot more accurately with more scope power. This is rarely the case...

    You could quarter anything worth shooting at with a 9 power scope at 700 yards... all you have to be able to do is quarter the target, and you can make a good shot.

    I actually bring out a 4 power scoped Savage .270 at our local 1000 yard matches, and at our long range school--just to show people that you can hit a 24" plate at 1000 yards with a lowly little old 4 power scope.

    I'd much rather have better glass and lower magnification than to blow the budget on a big zoom scope that's low on clarity.

    Dan
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    Unread 12-14-2012, 05:44 PM
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    Re: Magnification for 500yrd and less

    I wouldn't even go up to 4-12x.

    Any of the selectables should work. 4x, 6x, 3-9x, 2-7x, etc.

    You'll shoot better with a good scope with lower magnification than with a lower quality scope in high magnification.

    Take the money you save and buy more pills and powder, and shoot and shoot and shoot. You can reach out further than 500 if you want to.
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    Unread 12-14-2012, 08:49 PM
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    Re: Magnification for 500yrd and less

    I shoot better "over scoped" FOR ME: that is a fact. May not apply to everyone but for me it is true even at close range. Started with 3-9 and got noticeably better with a 4-12 and holy cow I can drive tacks with a 6-24. That being said: Q: Necessary? A: NO, I can effectively engage a high contrast target 12" in diameter at 1200 meters with a 4x fixed 24mm objective scope. I would much rather do it with a 24x 50mm scope but it can be done. Now I can't even see bullet holes in white board at 100 with that 4x scope but I can aim well enough to shoot. If you want the smallest groups: the magnification can help, If you want to spot the hits in paper at 300 without a spotting scope: the magnification can help. If you want enough to get it done: It really does not take much. If your likely to be shooting at running animals at 50 yards 6-24 is not going to be your best option. Quality is going to be necessary in any scope in order to be trustworthy. Magnification is just a side note based on preference and intended purpose.
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    Re: Magnification for 500yrd and less

    i can understand the last post, my groups got better with more scope power too.
    iv got a 6-24x50. its great. i use all the power, especially shooting paper. i find my target then zoom right in. (thats paper and any long range shots)
    in saying that, im sure you can get by without it, but i wont be going back. and situations like thick bush, or shooting any close game, id never use that much power.
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