Need help from the Nightforce crowd
Ok, so I'm looking into putting together my first long range rifle. While the jury is still out concerning what the rifle will be, I know that I want a Nightforce scope.
So, I made an hour and a half trip today to the closest stocking Nightforce dealer to actually get my hands on one. They had a couple of the 5.5-22X scopes (different reticles). I liked the scope overall, but I have a few questions. (Neither scope was equiped with the zero-stop mechanism.)
Question 1 is this: I noticed when I dialed the elevation knob down to as far as it would go there was about two or three clicks left to go before turning all the way to zero. How does the zero-stop work? Will it make the elevation knob dial down to zero? How do you sight a long range scope like that in and then be able to find your zero again? I thought the whole point in scopes with the target turrets like on the NF was to allow you to zero in (say at 100 yds.) and be able to go back to that zero. In the case of this scope how would you zero it without loosing MOA that could still be turned down further? I hope this makes sense.
Question 2: Although the dealer did not have any 8-32X scopes, do you guys find you like the added magnification with the bigger scope? I really don't see the difference between 5.5 and 8X magnification for closer range work. Also, I noticed that with the scope turned to the 22X magnification level the scope was not as bright and clear, which is expected, but at 32X on a bigger scope does the 56mm objective lens allow enough light in to brighten it up?
Thank you all for your time and for your replies. I appreciate all the help on this matter that I can get.