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Old 02-21-2012, 05:04 PM
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Scope magnification powers

I have been looking at a Vortex Viper Pst 6-24x50. I am used to having my scope down to 3.5 on my Diamondback scope when walking around. Is 6 power too much for quick 50 yard shots?
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:27 PM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

Adjust your scope to 6x and find out by hunting at that setting. There are many variables.

What's the game you might hunt at 50 yards?
Do you expect to need 24x? More than 10x? For what?
Would the Vortex 3.5-10x50 be a better choice?
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:56 PM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

I switched main hunting rifles from one that was running 3-9x40 to one sporting 4-12x40 and then to one that sports a 6-24x50 and worried it might be to much but after using it for one year, I now feel it's benefits outweigh it's negatives. It will be slower to acquire targets at 50 yards but I do not believe it will be by much. I do not believe 6x is to much. My only complaint is that I never feel over scoped with my 6-24x50 but now I feel under scoped with all the others. My long range groups that I have shot since moving to the higher magnification are leaps and bounds improved. It's like cheating but in a good way.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:44 AM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

I hunt both the eastern and western part of the country. In the heavier wooded areas of the east, and the west for that matter, I definitely find that 3 or 4 power for the shots you describe gives faster acquisition, particularly when a second can make a difference, or with moving targets or low light. I use a 5x20 in the more open areas.

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Old 02-22-2012, 11:06 AM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

I hunt for deer and coyotes. There are times i'm in the woods and other times I have shots that are 700 yards. It probably wont be that bad going to a 6X on the low end. Thanks for the replies!
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:09 PM
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Field of view at 6X is 4.5 feet at 25 yds and 9 ft at 50 yds. If you don't see fur when you first raise the scope to your eye, you will loose critical seconds. I agree with a previous poster that you should try this for yourself before buying.

Also, cost, weight, transmission and glare performance tend to get worse as you go up in magnification range. In particular, a 6-24X scope usually has worse glare at 6X than a 3-12X scope at 6X, all other things being equal. The Vortex Viper PST line doesn't have good glare performance to begin with.

I think you're better off buying only as much magnification as you really need. Backing off to 20X max should give you sufficient magnification for coyotes at 700 yds.

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Old 02-23-2012, 06:17 PM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

Denny I think you will be fine with a 6 x 24. I use to hunt Iowa timbers for both cototes and deer. I carried my scopes on 5 or 6 X. Now out here I carry my ar15 on 10 x for fast shots on yotes. For a long shot on a yote out there at 700 15 x will certainly do the job, but if I had a choice it would be on 24 for that shot. Take the hair off a yote and that target gets pretty small, 1 moa or less in height.

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