Originally Posted by J E Custom
Without getting into a long drawn out reason for the best power range "FOR ME" I would say
that the 4.5x14x50 is the most usable of all the combinations.
Anything more than 4.5 lower and 14 to16 upper power comes with its own problems
J E CUSTOM
I couldn't agree more. Most hunting situations, most distances, 14 to 16 is plenty, without being too much.
I've recently (last fall) got into shooting beyond 700 yds. Did quite a bit of shooting/spotting from 700 out to 950. 20X-22X was really working good for the 700-950 stuff, but anything higher power than that just had too small field of view and too much interference from mirage. Even when acting as the spotter, I found myself turning the power on the spotting scope down to around 20 most of the time.