Originally Posted by montana_native
Can you tell me why? I am not arguing, just curious. My thinking tells me the more magnification the better.
I have an 8 - 32 NXS NP R2 on my hunting gun.......wish I had the 5.5-22......The reasons.....
1. Lots more elevation adjustment with the 5.5-22. I think it is 110 MOA.
2. For hunting, 8x on the low end is just to much.....I always end up in thicker cover than I figured I would, and 5.5X would be worlds better than 8X.
3. I rarely use 32x on the high end. I have a hunting shack with all my benchrest stuff, and I still rarely use 32X. I seem to gravitate to that 22X setting.
4. On the NXS NP-R2, the ranging is done at 22x (and 11X). It just seems natural to dial the scope all the way up to the highest power to use the reticle for LR shooting. The 5.5-22 ranges at full power. With the 8 - 32, you need to take a look at the scope and be sure to be at the "R" for the ranging to work (22X).....EXACTLY at the "R". Just an extra step I don't want to take.
I love my 8 - 32, but i need the 5.5 -22 on my hunting gun, and the 12-42 on my bench gun.....I have neither!!!