Re: What magnification is used for hunting???
I went with the 20-60x65 Swaro over the Zeiss due to the fact that I like you am a backpacker and wanted a smaller 65mm scope for this purpose. The problem with the Zeiss is that in 60-65mm you can only get 45x and I wanted 60x. Sure at mid-day, 60 doesnt work well due to mirage ect....But first thing in the morning when I am sizing up most of the critters I am after for legal status and/or trophy quality, lighting and mirage isnt a problem. I have twice been able to count growth rings on rams in the morning light. One was at 600+ yards and the other was nearly 800 yards. I have also been able to size up trophy quality on coues deer in the morning light as well with good results. At mid-day, I seldom use 60x but even then, it still amazes me. Evenings are good too, but morning light seems a bit better.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.