16x or 20x for shots on deer size game up to 600yards??

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by fisher_hunt, May 8, 2009.

  1. fisher_hunt

    fisher_hunt New Member

    May 8, 2009
    I'm looking to buy a scope to put on my new rifle for an upcoming antelope hunt. I would like to extend my range out to 600 yards max. I'm torn between getting a nikon monarch 4-16 x 42 or the 5-20 x 44 model. Is 16x enough power? or should I go with the 20x? I currently own a 3-9x scope and deer past 300 yards look small. I just want to make sure I have enough power to make the longer shots. Which one would you go with??
  2. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2005
    Howdoo and welcome !

    I'd go w/ the 20x -when is the lower power setting of 5x going to be too much -it's not !

    When you start doing your longrange practice the 20x will be nice.

  3. winmagman

    winmagman Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2003
    I've gotta agree with ol mike. You may go a long time without ever cranking up to twenty, but when that one time comes along where you need twenty it's real nice to have. As for the low end, there just isn't that much difference between 4 and 5.