What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Rifle Scope?

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  1. 10

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  2. 11-16

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  3. 17-24

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  4. Over 24

    318 vote(s)
    15.1%
  1. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    What Upper Limit of Power Do you Prefer On Your Variable Power Rifle Scope?
     
  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Len,

    It completely depends upon the chambering/quarry and terrain. Since the higher power is rarely much more than 4 times the lower power, and I like having the ability for a low power of around 4x, that limits me to around 16x on the high side. I occasionally would lke a touch more, but not often for big game.

    Also, for some reason, I'm not allowed to vote in this poll.

    AJ
     

  3. grit

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    My upper limit is actually more set by my lower limit. The NSX 5.5 -22 is ideal. If it was 2.5 -40 it would be even better. But, I won't go with an 8-32 per se to get more magnification, because I need the lower end also.

    20 - 22 is plenty on top. But, more wouldn't hurt.
    4-6 is as high as I want on the bottom.
     
  4. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Try again, I fixed it.
     
  5. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Nope, I even logged out and logged back in to clear the cookies.

    ???

    I can see the results and it says I may not vote in this poll.

    Thanks,
    AJ
     
  6. grit

    grit Well-Known Member

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    Funny, we said the same thing.
     
  7. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    Grit do you mean you can't vote either?

    Anyone else having that problem?
     
  8. 7mmSendaro

    7mmSendaro Well-Known Member

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    I am not allowed to vote either.
     
  9. jmason

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    same here....
     
  10. trebark

    trebark Well-Known Member

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    Len: it's June 29th, 9:55pm eastern time. Can't vote on the poll.

    While it might be nice to have a higher magnification, I have a fixed 10x on one of my rifles and do just fine with it out to 1k. jmason can attest to this. As I recall, the Marine Corp at one time used fix 10x on their sniper rifles.
     
  11. LewisH

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    Although I've probably had my longest string of PD hits with 12X-14X, I like the availabiity of higher magnification not particularly for shooting, but for evaluating individual targets...it's more difficult to see bullet strikes using the higher powers.

    FWIW, from my reading on the Net, it looks like the scope most lusted after by serious highpower rifle competitors is the Schmidt & Bender 5-25X...wish I could afford one. :D
     
  12. devildoc

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    For the purposes of what I consider this site to be geared toward I would say between 20-25X. However, every rifle I have has a purpose and the magnification of the scope reflects that. I wouldn't put a 6.5-20X on a heavy rifle that I intended to take to africa for instance. Likewise I wouldn't put a straight 4 power on a long range or benchrest rig. I've also done some super long range shooting with a buddy of mine that 25X isn't enough. If you're shooting at 2+ miles I'd want something boosted to 50X or more.
     
  13. AJ Peacock

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    Len,

    I was able to vote, maybe it just took a couple days to take effect.

    AJ
     
  14. slugger6

    slugger6 Well-Known Member

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    My favorite is the 6-24x50