What is your preferred scope magnifcation for 600 - 1000 yards?

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  1. Shootin4fun

    Shootin4fun Well-Known Member

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    I've been shooting at 100 - 500 yards, and am gearing up a new rig to eventually reach 1000 yards.

    So I'm wondering what is your preferred scope magnification setting for 600 - 1000 yards? What's the minimum you think is appropriate?
     
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  2. rscott5028

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    depends on your application

    42x works great for targets when mirage isn't too bad

    20x is a little more versatile between target and LRH

    10-14x will actually work well with the right reticle and target/lighting conditions

    -- richard
     

  3. 1000ydshooter

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    #1- us optics. $3000 + . god, I wish I has 3 scopes. best clear n bright.
    #2- nightforce. $2000+. good, not bad, either. best clear n bright.
    #3- leopold. $1100. good, not bad, either. I have 3. 8.5-25x50, varmint redicule.
    I never set my scope higher than 14x-16x. I couldnt see. now I know better.
    buy a 20x scope, not the 25x. this is for varmint hunting.
    paper hunting, Id have gone with the 30x-35x-40x by whatever they got. the scopes of this magnatitued, the scope tells when you can shoot, heartbeat, breathing.

    I am 60. hunted the last 15 years, 165 sections up in wyoming, 10-12 hours a
    day, 365 day a year. taught myself how to reload, and they aint too shabby.
    now live in deming, nm
     
  4. liltank

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    As much as you can afford.
     
  5. D.ID

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    I can get by with 10x but feel 20x is far better suited. Love the 6-24x50 for that purpose and believe much more would probably be unusable so often as to not warrant the compromise. Could be wrong but 10x will do and 24x will do amazingly comfortably.
     
  6. Shootin4fun

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    OK thanks for the input guys....I was hoping to hear 20x is a good compromise for paper and LRH, which is what this gun is destined to do. Monarch 5-20x44 out the door for $440 is a prime candidate right now. I have a 4-16x42 that I really like.
     
  7. COBrad

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    IME, a lot of the decision depends on the quality of the glass in the scope. My personal favorite is a Schmidt Bender PMII 4-16 X50. I have been shooting Marmots out past 1100 yards with it this year. The scope offers such great resolution and contrast that even little targets like this are easily seen. I have an IOR 6-24 on another varmint rifle. It's a really good scope, but not an S&B. I seldom use it at 24 because mirage becomes so bad I can't see through it. I use it mostly around 16, and sometimes up to 20 if it's cool enough outside.
    The Monarch is a good enough scope, but there are other much more noted for superior turrets than the Nikon. SWFA makes a like of moderately priced scopes that are known for accurate and repeatable turrets. The Nightforce 5.5-22 would be, probably, the best compromise for your use. It's not cheap, but still close to half what a S&B, Premier, or US Optics will run, and the turrets are absolutely reliable. Very important on a long range rifle. Spend the bucks now and save yourself a lot of frustration. If you are serious about long range, you'll end up with a better scope than the Nikon anyway.
     
  8. J E Custom

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    For all round hunting and target shooting I like the 3.5/4.5x14x50 scopes.

    For 600 and 1000 yard targets I would recomend 6.5x20x50/55.

    I have a 8x25x50 and it is great for targets but to much for hunting at any distance
    because of the field of view and the usable eye relief in my opinion.

    J E CUSTOM
     
  9. D.ID

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    I must be blessed with my own mid range optics as I have never had mirage force me to turn down the magnification on my 6-24x50 elite 4200s. I have two and even in 108 degree weather I always end up shooting on 24x and with a great view. I read all the time of people having to dial down the magnification but I never have needed to. I do on occasion have issue with my spotting scope, sometimes 60x is too much.
     
  10. Shootin4fun

    Shootin4fun Well-Known Member

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    Lots of good input guys...I didn't realize I'd get so many specific scope recommendations...maybe I should have included a budget number...I need to stay under/around $500 with this.
     
  11. D.ID

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    For my part in this I just wanted to say.....my elite 4200T scopes cost me $550 and $512.
     
  12. WildRose

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    Depends on what you are shooting at.

    Deer sized game and up 14x will do just fine.

    Smaller than that you need to go up to the 20-24x range.
     
  13. liltank

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    For that kind of money, can't go wrong w/ the Vortex Viper. Very repeatable turrets, good glass and a great power range. There is also the weaver scopes, millet lrs, and falcon menace. Go check out swfa.com. They are a good company to buy from. Check the classifieds on accuratshooter.com and on this site. You might be able to get a higher end scope for the same money.
     
  14. rscott5028

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    The Nikon is plenty good to get you hooked.

    Others have made great recommendations with Vortex, SWFA, etc.

    I also have to agree with others that recommended, save up and buy the best you can afford.

    If you're going to hunt, you'll also need a top notch LRF. And, they aren't cheap.

    -- richard