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Magnification for 500yrd and less

 
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:08 PM
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Re: Magnification for 500yrd and less

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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
Dan, could you explain to me what you mean by "quartering the target".

To the OP, for me, doing load development at 100 yards with anything less than or equal to 9x is tough and unpleasant. I would much rather buy a 6.5x20, 5.5x22, or 6x24 scope just because load development is much easier and precise for me. I definatly shoot better with more mag. power. I think it would be a good idea to buy one high zoom scope for load development then put whichever scope and magnifacation range you desire, if you do load development for a lot of rifles like i do.

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Old 12-14-2012, 09:13 PM
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Re: Magnification for 500yrd and less

Quartering just means that you cut the target into quarters with the reticle's intersection.

If one has the cash for a high dollar scope which remains clear at high power, it can certainly be useful... even for assessing mirage for wind detection.

But when you're trying to keep the price down, lower magnification and better glass is best.

Dan
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Re: Magnification for 500yrd and less

My take on a high power scope is, the higher the magnification, the more steady you have to be. No issue with a bi-pod or a rest but a big issue shooting off hand in the woods. I keep mine turned down for that reason. I have big magnification, I rarey use it. Besides, the higher power you run (ocular), the tighter the eye box becomes. I still like my 3-9's, it's just that the 25X or better top end maks a spotter less of a necessity (for me).

Like having a Cadillac with a corette engine (I have one btw). It does over 170 flat out but I'll never use it's full potential. It's just having it there, makes it worthwhile owning it. Same applies to a scope for me.....and the STSV looks the part too.

I geuss it all distills down to what a person can afford and what they want....

After all, you can always turn down the magnification on a scope but a low power scope, you can't turn up..................
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A mile from the truck and spotting scope we spotted a nice buck way down in the bottom of a drainage and we hiked down steep terrain about 3/4 of a mile to get a better look at the buck bedded in the bottom. 8x binoculars, my 9x scope, partner's 10x scope=looked like a real nice buck. Got down there to shooting distance and it was a doe , We spent most of the day getting down and back up to get a better look at him........er.....Her. We decided we needed to start packing the spotter, I bought my first hi power rifle scope that winter. Turning up the magnification to see how shaky I really am and how to correct it, spotting mirage, spotting hits at the range, aiming more precisely, making sure that buck is worth going down there for. I will never go back.
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Key word....shakey. High power maginifies unsteadyness....
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Yes it does SHOW it more at high power but you can't fix a problem if you can't see or identify it as a problem. I know seeing it has made me a better and steadier shooter and as pointed out earlier just because you have a high end does not mean you always have to use it at max magnification.
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Re: Magnification for 500yrd and less

i have a .450 marlin and 30-06 for brush guns that are very effective. this setup will never be used in anything under 200 yrds. we have several shooting lanes and log roads that are up to a mile long, not that i would take a shot that far. ive been looking at the huskemaw scopes and notice only $400 difference between the 3-12 and the 20x scope and it made me wonder if it was really necessary for the high mag. i believe ill go with the higher and keep it on reserve. thx
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