Questions about fixed power

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by timl, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. timl

    timl Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    I'm thinking about a Super Sniper scope for my 300wm. My questions are--is the 16x power a good compromise for close and long shooting? Is the 10x enough for 500-700 yard shots? I'm assuming the 20x power is too much for a rifle that is not a dedicated LRer. Thanks for any thoughts/advice.
  2. Coyboy

    Coyboy Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    I would go with the 10x if your shots end at 600-700 yards. 16x would be ok if only shooting stationary targets.
    Remember quick shots on close range game, may be difficult to find the animal in the scope. This could cost you a couple of seconds and the shot. Some of this depends on the optics as well. The crisper or sharper the image makes good lower power scopes shine. I have a 6x that shoots out to 600 yards on a 308. Very sharpe optics and a small dot make MOA shots easy. On the other hand if 16x were going on a PD gun I would say go for it.

  3. royinidaho

    royinidaho Writers Guild

    Jan 20, 2004
    What I did was put the 10X on a 270 WIN and a 16X on a 270AM.

    The 10X is plenty good for 1K and a bit beyond but 16X has gotta be better. The limiting factor in your case would possibly be field of view. For walk and stalk the 16X is a bit much, the 10X is pretty decent.
  4. Triggernosis

    Triggernosis Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    I shoot occasionally with two snipers/former sniper and one uses a fixed 10X, the other a 3-10X and both shoot out to a 1,000 yards. At 500-600 yards, the 10X is plenty enough, so a 16X should be plenty, plenty.
  5. bigrich954rr

    bigrich954rr Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2004
    i have a SS 10 power love the thing but if i take it into the woods or get a close shot in a field i feel its still a little to much. SO where are u shooting which type of area all plains at long shots go 16 any thing close or with trees to add into the mixes go 10