Re: scope mounts
TC, I would urge you to mount your scope low. It is true that a high mount is not as strong. Another problem not with just your 209X50 but also with centerfire & rimfires,
trajectory tables are set-up with low mounting in mind (about 1.5"). Also, a lower cheek weld will lessen the effects of paralax & increase accuracy. A 3x9 type scope set on the low end if close range shooting is likely will
give you adaquate field of view. When I was a kid, we would
go outside & aim at flocks of black birds as they flew overhead. Yea, I grew up in the sticks. Now I can keep a running Rabbit in my field of view. With practice you will not need a high mount.
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