Re: Top Magnification Needed?
Understood, Sharpstick. A person also has to be aware that as you age, the usable exit pupil goes down--from say, 6, when you are a young stud to about 4 when you are really getting along in age. So if a 56 mm objective has an exit pupil of 7 (at 8 power), my poor, old aging eye does not--at least in theory.
The more I think about it, the more I am tending toward strapping the 3-12x50 on the long-barrelled R.U.M., and putting either a Swaro 3-9X36 or 3-10X40 on the little tote gun.
As to my personal definitition of the term "long range", I really am not going to shoot at ranges that many on this board would call long, simply because I doubt I will be able to do so effectively at this point in life. I would like to be able to take a 500 yard shot, under ideal conditions, with a reasonable likelihood of making a kill. I might try such a shot (just being honest here) on a huge mule deer on the last evening of the season--that I could not approach more closely. But mostly, I would reserve such attempts to feral hogs.
Thanks to all.