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View Poll Results: What Upper Limit of Power Do You Prefer On Your Variable Power Rifle Scope?
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What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

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Old 04-25-2011, 09:42 PM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

For me a good buddy with another rifle with a scope is much more useful than a spotting scope. for long range stuff i like high powered optics. For example My .300 wm doesn't get out of the case for less than 300 yards (except to verify zero). Of course my scopes ranging power is max power (22) and since I walk my target out to a random spot range it and them calculate my ballistics that is to say i never practice at known distances. So really I never find the need to dial it down from 22 after i get my range. I practice how I fight/hunt I can almost do the calculations in my head ranging with mil dots, and of course my mil dot master makes it idiot proof.

I always lived by aim small shoot small. at 100 yards watching that reticle jump with every heart beat is crazy. I still haven't mastered firing between beats yet. I am losing weight and getting in better shape which really helps.

They say shooting is most mental and that's true but being in shape really helps.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:46 PM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

Hi it all depends ont he rifle for my lightweight hunting rifles 10 power is enough at the top end with my long range hunting or extreme range shooting the 5-25 premier is just awsome but for F Class out to 1500 yards and soon a mile i cant beat the 10-60X52 AMrch long range scope it has 60moa so i can shoot my 7mm to a mile and i use it regularly at 60 power when the mirrage is flowing and the glass quality makes all the difference if you run it against a Nightforce at 42 power the merrage is easier to see through on 60 power it all comes back to the glass.

Cheers Bill
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:20 PM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

The upper limit for magnification is set for me by air quality. Fog, smoke, rain and dust pretty much put an end to any glass or magnification ability. 12X is my most commonly used. The problems associated with LR shooting never have been "hold", for hunting. Always will be field of view, to see what the wind is up to. Shooting about 20% out of focus to get a good view of the bullet in flight is also a real big bonus. long tube variable 16X with good focus is a cats meow. They can keep all the short tubes that require my neck to grow 2 inches longer to use on the upper magnifications.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:39 AM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

Depends on what I'm doing.

Big game: 10, maybe 15

Long range Varmint: 15-20

Extreme stuff(shooting at chicken eggs at 1000yds): 20+
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:22 PM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

Im a paper puncher only,so for me it's 8- 32 x 50.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:02 PM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

My budget determines what I may magnify too. Currently 4.5x14. And I typically use the 14 for spotting only, if I don't have the spotting scope with me. My normal setting is between 6 to 10. But after being on this sight for a while, I realized I don't know squat anyway. Peope on this site know more about what works best, I can only speak for what I do (which is probably wrong) just ask my wife!
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:41 AM
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Re: What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

Originally Posted by slugger6 View Post
My favorite is the 6-24x50
I have one of these on my 30-30 and I have a hard time seeing my hits at 200 or more yards. I am looking at a 10-40X50 to put on my new Marlin X7VH to use at 500 or more yards. Will this work?
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