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Which power scope - 4-16x42 or 6-24x42?

 
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Old 12-23-2010, 07:03 AM
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Re: Which power scope - 4-16x42 or 6-24x42?

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would be nice to know what distance we're talking here. you havn't stated how far you want to shoot these animals. FWIW an image on 24x is only 50% bigger than 16x.
Up to 600y capability on antelope is my goal. I know it could shoot further but I'm not going to say it is something I'll intentionally have as a goal.
I know that lots of guys here shoot at further distances, but I don't own a Kestrel or any of those things and since it's almost impossible to practice over 500 yards here in Michigan it just doesn't seem realistic to think 1000 yards.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:28 PM
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Re: Which power scope - 4-16x42 or 6-24x42?

no question...4 x 16
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Old 12-26-2010, 01:20 AM
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Re: Which power scope - 4-16x42 or 6-24x42?

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Up to 600y capability on antelope is my goal. I know it could shoot further but I'm not going to say it is something I'll intentionally have as a goal.
I know that lots of guys here shoot at further distances, but I don't own a Kestrel or any of those things and since it's almost impossible to practice over 500 yards here in Michigan it just doesn't seem realistic to think 1000 yards.
Does a 25-06 have enough poop (terminal velocity) at 600 yards to really be effective on an antelope? I am not being an ass, I just don't know for sure.

For me, I have 3-9 on all of my hunting rifles. 243, 30-06, 300 Savage - and I have NEVER needed more than 9x to kill any deer (black tail and muley). I have killed deer at 400 yards and (to me) do not feel responsible enough as a hunter to take shots further than that. I know lots of guys that shoot at stuff 600-800 yards off-hand and never hit anything, but by god they got the shot off. They all have 24+ power scopes on their obnoxious rifles, and dont bring home the bacon.

What does all this mean? What do you, as a hunter, feel ethically capable of taking an animal at (distance wise)? Me, as I said earlier, 400 yards is MAX on any animal, and that is with a 30-06 that I hit steel plates with at 600 yards all the time. Downrange knockdown is absolutely necessary to taking big game.

So, that said, 4-16 Sightron is perfect. I have that scope on an AR and hunt coyote with it and it is perfect. good tracking, good clicks, great glass, on sale at Midway when I bought it, plus $50 off from Sightron!!
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:06 AM
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Re: Which power scope - 4-16x42 or 6-24x42?

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no question...4 x 16

+1. For 600 yds it's all you need and then some. For large-game hunting, it is advisable to be able to turn down your power as you never know if you may need to track a wounded animal and need that very rifle/scope for a close-in follow-up shot. All my hunting rigs have the ability to go down to 4 power or less (preferably 3).

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Old 12-27-2010, 02:59 PM
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Re: Which power scope - 4-16x42 or 6-24x42?

Thanks for the input everyone.

I ordered the 4-16x42 today and hopefully I'll have it by week's end.

Now to decide on the stock....
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