Which variable magnification for beginner?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by gnet158, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. gnet158

    gnet158 Member

    Mar 5, 2009
    I just purchased a Remington 700 SPS 308 cal rifle. While talking to the sales guy he ask want I was going to be shooting (target or hunting)? I said targets mainly but I wanted the ability to use it for hunting deer too.

    With that he suggested a 3-10x40ish(mm) scope. I live in CA where I'm limited in the amount of shooting ranges. I don't think I'll need/want to shoot past say 300 yards. Is his recommendation right? What do you think/recommend?

  2. sourdough44

    sourdough44 Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2009
    There are many choices available. I think a scope in that range would be fine. I'll take a little better quality over a cheaper scope with higher magnification most any day. Set your budget & keep an eye out for a slightly used one to save/upgrade a little.

  3. A/C Guy

    A/C Guy Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    Why a variable?

    I prefer fixed magnification scopes. A 6x42 would be great for a .308 out to 300yds.

    6 x 42 30mm tube Hunting Scope

    I just ordered one of these for the same use as you described
  4. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2005
    Since you live in california and there are hordes of public land that you can shoot as far as you dare -i'd recommend a 4.5x14 class scope.
    4.5x setting will not be too much for close in shots and 14x will be nice when you stretch the 308 out too 700-800 yds..

    Buy a quality name brand scope w/a lifetime warranty when/if you decide to sell it you'll get most of your money back .

    300yds. ? come on dude this is longrange hunting -grin ..Best to you -Mike
  5. britz

    britz Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2007
    He hit the nail on the head.