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Unread 11-28-2011, 11:26 AM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

Originally Posted by chas3stix View Post
I'm a bit confused about this change of POI with different power settings. If I zero my scope at two inches high at 100 yards@10X,then dial in my shots to hit that point. Now I change the scope to 6X. Shouldn't I still hit at two inches high at 100 yards?

Once a scope is zeroed at any range the change of power is ill relevant to point of impact. Point of impact remains the same throughout the power range whether on 2 power or 10 power.

Most people sight in at 100 yards with the scope on the highest power for clarity and hunt with the scope set on the lowest power. Point of impact is consistant throughout.

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Unread 11-28-2011, 01:27 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

Thanks for clearing that up,Jim.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 12:42 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

I use a Leupold VXIII 4 1/2 X 14 on my custom .300 Wby. It has a Leupold ballistic turret that is made for my handloads. Depends on the terrain & cover which setting I use. The 14x really comes in handy when I am punching holes in paper, use it for shooting the the spotter for results. I usually don't use it iver the 10x when I hunting.

Great combination and suits me fine.
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Unread 12-03-2011, 12:59 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

I switched to 6-24x50 bushnell elite 4200 last year and find I end up shooting on 24x all most exclusively but like having the 6x for target acquisition......I got hooked on that magnification and no longer Need the spotter for the hunt. Still need the spotter to plan the hunt but not necessarily when climbing the mountain. Now all my 12x scopes seem inadequate altho I know even a fixed 4 will reach way out there with the right reticle. I really like that 24x when getting ready to drop the hammer................Duke
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Unread 04-07-2012, 09:15 AM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

Interesting comments. I'm preparing for my first oppportunity to Elk hunt and setting up a new rifle. I topped it with a Leupold VX2 3-9x CDS model. I was leaning towards the 4-12x but chose the 3-9x in the end. I'm accustom to close in hunting in PA, so the higher bottom end seemed a bit high for me (majority of my scopes are 1-4x and 2-7x). I also liked the brightness of the 3-9x over the 4-12x.

Working on my loads for the CDS dials now. Leupold's special promoting the new VX2 CDS scopes will provide the opportunity to set up two load options (probably a 180gr and 165gr variation).
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Unread 04-08-2012, 08:35 AM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

Unlike the experts on this forum I'm all in favor of straight power scopes, lighter, crisper, faster to use, nothing to adjust mess with or fall apart in the field. I'd go with a 6x for mixed trees and open western hunting. Maybe an 8x if youre not gonna hunt the thick stuff, or put it up on see thru rings ( OMG no real pro uses those THINGS :( LOL ) . Actually 6x is ideal for all western hunting to 600y. Good luck.

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Unread 04-22-2012, 09:24 PM
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Re: Rifle scope for elk hunting

I would advise using a Bushnell 3x9. Remember its not how far away you can shoot an elk, its how much pleasure you can get from the hunt. Never bog yourself down with making hunting stressful.
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