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View Poll Results: What Upper Limit of Power Do You Prefer On Your Variable Power Rifle Scope?
10 303 10.41%
11-16 956 32.85%
17-24 1,217 41.82%
Over 24 434 14.91%
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What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

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Unread 07-08-2009, 11:35 AM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

I said 24+, as I prefer scopes that reach to and above 25X. I do prefer a variable, as I can then dial down the magnification to accomodate mirrage and other atmospheric variables.

Were I forced to a fixed magnification, it would be in the 16-22X range.

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Unread 07-17-2009, 06:35 AM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

I voted and very rarely use a variable power scope.I use a 12X burris signature even on running coyotes .
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Unread 07-26-2009, 08:30 AM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

It all kind of depends on the size of the game, how fast the game is expected to move (considering the shooter is good at bagging fast-moving targets), the ultimate range, mirage concerns, etc.

I require no more than 14X at the top end for closer very small targets such as ground squirrels with a .22 rimfire, although I have used an old Tasco Custom Shop 8 x 40 scope on my .222 and .22 rifles. But....the 8 x 40 on the bench rest .222 makes the rifle weigh a ton.....but no problem because it is used as a BR rifle only, whereas I want the rimfires to be "carryable" as well as being used off the bench.

It just depends on a lot of things. I just ordered an inexpensive Simmons 6 x 18 Pro Hunter with a side-focus to try it out for rimfire shooting, where the ranges are all over the map for ground squirrels, and I found that I was constantly twisting the adjustable objectives on the end of my existing scopes. The Tasco has a huge side-focus knob that makes it easy to adjust. I found that I rarely use the 40X power, but at the time I purchased this monster, there were no other scopes available in the price range that had the side-focus feature. The scope has about a 60mm objective lens with a 30mm tube. The biggest disadvantage is the size and weight of the scope.

For long-range shooting, I found little difference between 20X and 24X in the past. I like to use the high power for sight-in because I am too lazy to drag out the spotting scope.

For wild pigs and coyotes I use a 1.5 x 5 Leupold Vari-X III since I have found that these animals often are encountered at close range and are large enough to not really require anything more powerful. Also, the scope is very light when mounted on my .270 Remington Mountain Rifle, and back problems tend to limit any future carry-rifle scope choices to ones that are as light as possible.
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Unread 07-26-2009, 08:48 AM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

The older I get the more power I need.
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Unread 07-26-2009, 02:50 PM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

The industry trend seems to be towards more and more magnification with ever larger objectives and increasing weight. For an all around scope, one that can be taken farther afield than between the car trunk and the range, I think it is important to put a limit on the size/weight and to have a minimum magnification in the 1-3 range.

My ideal scope would be a 1-20x40mm with illumination, mil/mil turret/reticle, parallax adjusted via the objective, and a weight of no more than 20 ounces. Since that scope is not yet available, I'll stick with my Nightforce 2.5-10x32 which pretty much meets those goals with the exception of the magnification range and objective size.

PS. March has a scope that is pretty darn near what I described above...and its almost $3k...doh: http://www.deon.co.jp/march/25X-25X42_tactical.html
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Unread 08-06-2009, 02:45 AM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

am really limited by the lower power raange like everyone is saying. id like a 4-22.
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Unread 08-27-2009, 12:38 PM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

Tough one---10 power for big game and 42 for 1k BR Competition but seldom get to use the full 42 because of mirage conditions.
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