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Which variable magnification for beginner?

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Unread 03-05-2009, 03:04 AM
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Which variable magnification for beginner?

I just purchased a Remington 700 SPS 308 cal rifle. While talking to the sales guy he ask want I was going to be shooting (target or hunting)? I said targets mainly but I wanted the ability to use it for hunting deer too.

With that he suggested a 3-10x40ish(mm) scope. I live in CA where I'm limited in the amount of shooting ranges. I don't think I'll need/want to shoot past say 300 yards. Is his recommendation right? What do you think/recommend?

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    Unread 03-05-2009, 07:33 AM
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    Re: Which variable magnification for beginner?

    There are many choices available. I think a scope in that range would be fine. I'll take a little better quality over a cheaper scope with higher magnification most any day. Set your budget & keep an eye out for a slightly used one to save/upgrade a little.
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    Unread 03-14-2009, 04:47 PM
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    Why a variable?

    I prefer fixed magnification scopes. A 6x42 would be great for a .308 out to 300yds.

    6 x 42 30mm tube Hunting Scope

    I just ordered one of these for the same use as you described
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    Re: Which variable magnification for beginner?

    Since you live in california and there are hordes of public land that you can shoot as far as you dare -i'd recommend a 4.5x14 class scope.
    4.5x setting will not be too much for close in shots and 14x will be nice when you stretch the 308 out too 700-800 yds..

    Buy a quality name brand scope w/a lifetime warranty when/if you decide to sell it you'll get most of your money back .

    300yds. ? come on dude this is longrange hunting -grin ..Best to you -Mike
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    Re: Which variable magnification for beginner?

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    Since you live in california and there are hordes of public land that you can shoot as far as you dare -i'd recommend a 4.5x14 class scope.
    4.5x setting will not be too much for close in shots and 14x will be nice when you stretch the 308 out too 700-800 yds..

    Buy a quality name brand scope w/a lifetime warranty when/if you decide to sell it you'll get most of your money back .
    He hit the nail on the head.
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