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Unread 02-24-2012, 09:14 AM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

I picked up the Vortex PST 6x24x50 FFP ebr-1 Moa. That was a mouthful. It is Amazing! This is my first Nice scope. My last one was a 3.5x10x50 Diamondback and I thought it was nice but not enough power. But this PST is so sharp and the reticle is 10 times better. I will get used to the power on the low end.Thanks for all the replies.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 11:19 AM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

I hunt the southeast woods predominately and keep my scope on the lowest setting 3.5X. As far as I can remember, I have only increased magnification a few times simply to get a better look at something. My upper range is 15X and it is only used for target shooting at long range.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 01:17 PM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

I have always wanted the higher magnification without sacrificing the low end. So why compromise there are scopes that have both. On my mid range rifles, say out to 600-700 yards I have 4 x 16 x 44 scopes. On my long range 338 RUM I have a 4.5 x 22.5 x 50 scope.
While hunting my scopes are always on the lowest power setting even in open country. I shot a cow elk in Wyoming this last December with my 338 RUM. The cow surprised me and it was a running shot at 275 yards. I missed with the first shot (I think I led her to much) then dropped to the ground and hit her with the second shot. I donít want to compromise on the low end and the more I use my 22.5 power scope, the more I see a need for the upper end. Especially when long range practicing or load development. Maybe you can have your cake and eat it too.
When discussing caliber, Dead is dead and itís not worth arguing about.
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Unread 02-25-2012, 10:35 AM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

I was in the same boat as you not knowing if 6 was to much for the thick stuff. I was looking at the same scope as you. I ended up going with the 4x16. I would have hated it if 6x was the reason I missed a big buck.
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Unread 02-25-2012, 01:32 PM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

Originally Posted by denny2 View Post
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?
6x is too much for even a quick 100 yard shot IMHO. As with a caliber, I feel you should pick the right scope for the job. Big/medium game 100 yards and under, I usually take a 1-4x but a 2-10x is a decent compromise. 100 yards and up something like 3-12x or 3-15x. 4-20x is the most I would go if you are concerned about quick shots around 100 yards or so.
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Unread 02-25-2012, 01:42 PM
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Re: Scope magnification powers

I have the two PST 6-24x50 and have had shots at 40 yards without any problem. Just keep in mind to keep them turned down when your in the thick stuff and you will be happy.
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