40mm vs 50 mm Objectives

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by texan79, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. texan79

    texan79 Well-Known Member

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    Seen a lot of posts asking the difference on the two, so I figured I would throw my .02 in and share my recent experience.

    I've shot 50mm bells exclusively up to recently, when I put a Leupold 4-12x40 on my 6mm Remington.

    I can honestly say that I have bought my first and last 40 mm objective scope. It can not compare to my 50mm's in low light. I was sitting there during "magic hour" last night thinking, "why did I buy this?"

    So for the next post that askes the difference, and what to buy, my heart felt opinion is to buy the bigger bell. Carry the extra few ounces to make the shot with confidence.
     
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  3. WYcoyote

    WYcoyote Well-Known Member

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    OK, you lost me.
    Did you mean you put a 4-12x40 on your 6mm?

    Not sure of the model, but quality has a lot to do with brightness.
    Try a Zeiss Conquest or a Minox.
     
  4. royinidaho

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    That's why my last purchase for a heavy LR rig was 56MM.

    I think the rules in my state are 30 min ahead of sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. Plus it depends whether one is at the top of the mountain or in the canyon.:)
     
  5. texan79

    texan79 Well-Known Member

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    Thats exactly what I meant. Thanks for the catch.
     
  6. Dalebow

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    50mm for me on everything, to me I can find things quicker in the more open bell, 40mm look like Iam looking town a paper towel roll, to each their own but my leupolds and zeiss are 50mm, oh yeah the new nightforce I ordered is to