Decision time..(NF 5.5-22 vs 8-32)

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Jake in NC, Jan 3, 2003.

  1. Jake in NC

    Jake in NC Well-Known Member

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    .. I'm gonna order an NXS in the next coupla days and it's decision time.. I was pretty sure of the 8-32x but I hear a lot of opinions that the 5.5-12x has some advantages.. Scope will have S1's NP-R2 reticle and will be used mostly under 1K for varmints and deer from a "stationary" rifle.. Opinions requested..
    Roy says better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.. Waddayouthink.?? JiNC
     
  2. Brent

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    Jake you posted "5.5-12", I assume you know it's a 5.5-22 and mistyped. 12 would not be enough, but 22 is just way nice on targets.

    I feel strange using all 22 power though, probably because I'm so acustom to 12 at max and it's such a huge jump and small field of veiw from what I'm so familiar with. 30x would be nice if always at or beyond 1000 yards but not unless, for me. Sometimes I already feel like I'm looking through a paper towel roll as it is. I think I'd get closterphobic looking through a 30 power tube and trying to find the target at 8x would be even tougher yet too.

    I agree with Roy on this one too, the more just come in the form of FOV field of view though. [​IMG]
     

  3. Guest

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    32 power is great past 600 yards on cold dry days. 8 power is not to cool on close range targets. Unless the rifle will make its living past 600, I would choose the 5.5x22. [​IMG]
     
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    I don't like too much magnification. Kills my FOV. Plus I believe the NP-R2 is a non-magnifying reticle so it works on high power.

    How often are you going to be on 32X?

    The leupold on my STW is 3.5x10. My Lapua is getting a 4.5x14.

    I don't shoot varmints, just deer & up so you probable could use a little more power for the varmints.

    I think the 5.5 x 22 would be perfect for you.
     
  5. ewallace

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    Its 2.5x on the bottum and 10x on the top power I think you should have the 5.5x22 and 8x32 [​IMG] But if I had to pick one the 5.5x22 for the elevation adjestment but that would only come into play past 1000 yards. I have a 8x32 and shoot 32 power a lot.
    Crow Mag
     
  6. Jake in NC

    Jake in NC Well-Known Member

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    ..Hmmm.. Still kindof a head-scratcher.

    Brent.. I don't know how many times I proof read my post.. Man, I must be geezin'.. Yessir,I did mean 5.5-22x.. Hehehe.. You said " 22 is just way nice on targets." What targets are you referring to.? Live or paper.? My concern was that a 'hog makes for a small target on out past 5 or 600 yards.. But finding them in a plain green backdrop is a pain with a small FOV, also.. In reality,most shots will be well under 1K with the majority under 750.. This rifle is a 280AI(as of today @ 1435hrs,anyhow.) pasture/cut-over special.

    S1.. No "Howdy" today.?? Feelin' sick.? [​IMG]
    Unfortunately,my little fat furry friends don't seem to have an appreciation of colder weather.. But I DO have a few six-packs of cheap soda that don't care what the temp is [​IMG] .. So shooting is done in both conditions.. Roy's theory being that I can always throttle back the 8-32x but there's nothing I can do to increase the 22x.. However.. I have a 20-60x spotter and I routinely have to cut it back to half power to get the clearest image of a target at 500 yards.. Hence,my reason for seeking the advice of others who have been down this path prior to my arrival.. The consensus seems to lean to the 5.5-22x .. My usual 'hoggin setup is one "long gun" and a Contender pistol in .17Rem for anything under 250 or so.. So the possibility of "shorter" shots is high..

    John M.. I know whatchya mean about the "too high" magnification.. Roy brought one of his 36x BR scopes afield once and it wasn't very easy to find 'hogs with it..

    Crow mag.. I can count on you to finance that little venture(two NF's) for me,right.? [​IMG] I know you shoot crows.. Have ya done any 'hoggin with your setup.??

    JiNC
     
  7. ewallace

    ewallace Well-Known Member

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    Jake
    I have shot deer crows ground hogs Prairie Dogs with the 8x32 and like the ability to crank the power up. I have had the 8x32 NF on my 220 swift 6.5/284 and 338 Yogi it is clear on 32 power . I shot with RBrowning yesterday we could see the numbers on the target at 900 yards on 32 power in the snow with low light. As for the finances I will get one for you if you get one for me
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    Crow Mag
     
  8. Guest

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    Yes its true that you can turn 32x down but you can't turn 32 up.

    BUT....

    The NP-R2 Reticle is non-magnifying so you will use it on 32x. you can do the math in your head to use it 16x or 8x.

    What about 17-31x?

    22x can be used @ 22,11 & 5.5x

    500/22 = 22.72
    22x will make a 500Yd target apear to be 22.72 yards.

    Good luck
     
  9. wannabee

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    is 32x really enough for fine targets(prairie dogs) out to say 800 yards?
     
  10. Brent

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    You're really in an area you could go both ways man. I do a lot of hunting under 300 yards with mine so there's no way that rifle will have a 32x on it, 8 just doesn't offer the FOV needed to find and follow game.

    I think like S1 said, if it is 600 yards or so and better a 32 would probably be fine, but under that your running into more and more comprimise. At 700 and out the 32 would start to shine on targets at a foot or smaller.

    I shoot the basic Leopold targets and they're good to 500 yards or so on 10-12x but beyond that I like the 22x or I have to modify my targets with a marker to see so I can really be consistant with the aim point.

    I wouldn't worry about the adjustment range with either, that can be worked out fairly easy. You'd be happy with either one so I wouldn't fret it too much.
    A fixed 36x would suck in the field. [​IMG]

    Think 8x vs. 5.5x, those are easy to compare with what you have in the field, just give it some good thought when comparing them. 32x is a big step up over 22x also, so you WILL see things like ticks [​IMG] you won't see with the 22x. [​IMG]
     
  11. Nicholas

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    One thing that hasn't been mentioned much is the environmental distortion that occurs at long range. I myself would go with the 5-22x over the 8-32x. Mirage will kick in heavy at 400 yards and beyond. Sometimes 10x is too much but not very often. [​IMG]
     
  12. Jake in NC

    Jake in NC Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the advice,guys.. I'm gonna wait till I find a used one or SWFA gets more in if I can stand it.. I really think NF is a great scope but their practice of price fixing really chaps my ass..
    .. If mirage is a problem I'd think that turning the power down on either would be a solution.. [​IMG] JiNC
     
  13. Brent

    Brent Well-Known Member

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    There are people out there that will negociate the price privatly, I found two locally. They would both order them and I would just have had to wait a week or so. They will not of course tell NF they do or that's the end. I think they wanted a little over $1100. for the 5.5x22.

    I got mine on an IOU at a local shop and had a couple months to pay for it, so I paid the $1200. instead just to take the piece home that day. [​IMG]
     
  14. Guest

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    I have 3 8.5-25x50 LR Leupolds and they are a little much for shooting deer at ranges you are looking at-- there IS a big difference in 5.5x and 8x--field of view drastically decreases going upi to 8x. I can consistently hit deer size vital areas out to 1000yds. with the scopes set on 8.5x.
    I will agree with S1 on this subject and say go with 5.5-22x56 and be happy... [​IMG] [​IMG]