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Do I need the power?

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Unread 06-06-2008, 07:16 AM
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Thanks guys I'm going with the 6.5-20x50 now
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Unread 06-08-2008, 06:18 AM
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Good choice, as I think you would out grow the 4.5-14x in a year or two as I did.
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Unread 06-08-2008, 10:36 PM
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It depends on the resolution of the scope. I have gotten rid of 6.5X20 power scopes and replaced them with 3.5X15 power NXS scopes and I am happier with what I have now. I have 3 3.5XS15 NXS scopes, I have 1 5.5X22 NXS and 1 5X25 S&B. I use the 3.5X15 the most and have taken game out to 777 yards and I have never felt under powered. The 5X25 S&B I am going to mount on my 338 Lapua and this rig is going to shoot out to 1800 yards or so.
I would rather have a high quality 10 power than a so so 20 power.
range it,check the wind, dial in correction, aim and only one shot
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Unread 06-08-2008, 11:23 PM
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Well, here's what 1800 yards look like at 18X magnification. The scope is IOR 3X18X42.

Here's what it looks like at 7X from my Swaro Range Finder.

To achieve the maximum possible accuracy, all variables must be remove or at least minimize.
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Unread 06-13-2008, 04:36 PM
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Big magnification -quality resolution is the ticket.

Look at it this way -" IT'S A LONGRANGE GUN !!!

6.5x isn't going to be too much power -so now you're only decision is 14x or 20x -->>20X<<--.........

Some longrange group shooting and you'll be glad you got the 20x for sure...
I've got a 4.5x14 and a 6.5x20 -both zeiss conquest -for longrange work -6.5x 20 all the way.---------ME
AIPAC for president !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Unread 06-16-2008, 11:44 PM
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Another good thing about high magnification is you can see how steady your hold is. Its easier to detect slight movements while in your shooting position on a high power scope. Little movements seem big, turn the power down you don't notice it as much.

You seem to have more confidence when your target appears closer.

You can use the high power scope to view mirage easier, target shooters use mirage to detect wind movements. A hunter could do the same.

You can use the extra magnification to see antlers better, as long as you have the resolution.

I prefer a higher powered hunting scope, because it makes bench testing loads easier.

You can actually learn to shoot animals at close range with high power, practice on jackrabbits.

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Unread 06-17-2008, 11:54 AM
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Thanks guys I got a VX-III 6.5x20LR on the way..
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