15X for 1000 yrd Groundhog?????

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by DixieFreedom, Jan 1, 2004.

  1. DixieFreedom

    DixieFreedom Well-Known Member

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    I know absolutely nothing about this long range stuff but I want to shoot a ground hog at 1000 yards.

    Looking at the Nightforce line and prefer the 50mm objective, but the mag only goes up to 15.5 ..... Is this enough? Will it work?
     
  2. DANTEC

    DANTEC Well-Known Member

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    qick rule is

    if you see and reach with a iron sight rifle a ground hog at 75 yards so the power is 1 ( no power in fact )

    at 1500 yards

    1500/75 = 20 power to get same image or view of your target confortable

    if you reverse the calculus

    1500 / 15 ( the power of your scope ) = 100 yards

    so if you sucess to sight and reach a ground hod at 100 yards with iron sight ( good eyes ) you can reach the ground hog at 1 K

    last point to check is reticule thickness to not hide the target at 1000 yards

    good shooting

    DAN TEC
     
  3. Michael Eichele

    Michael Eichele Well-Known Member

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    Thats good info DANTEC!

    Thanx
     
  4. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Member

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    Dixie Freedom,
    What time of day do you plan to nail this
    1000yd GROUND GRIZZLY?, early a.m.?, middle
    of the day?, or earlyp.m.?. Depending on the
    time or season of year that you decide to
    pursue your quest, MIRAGE, will be the
    prevailing factor as to what power[x], you
    will need to veiw afforementioned ground
    grizzly. Myself, and my Cohorts always try
    to get the longer distance victims early on,
    in morning, or wait untill evening, when the
    mirage isnt as bad, or is not prevalent.
    I use a 10x unertl,20xunertl,6xto18xleupold,
    6.5xto20xleupold,. One nice thing about the
    variable's is that during mid-morning to late
    afternoon when the mirage is most prevalent,
    you can adjust the power lower to enable to
    see thru the "SWIMMING POOL", as it is
    sometimes refered to.
     
  5. DixieFreedom

    DixieFreedom Well-Known Member

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    Howdy!

    Where is Cross Creek PA?
    I live down south closer to Chambersburg

    Well, actually I would want to shoot them all day!

    I would probably just get the higher magnification Nightforce except for that bigger objective...

    I could hit a ground hog at 100 with irons... so maybe I would be ok
     
  6. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Member

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    Dixie Freedom,

    You'll be fine with the nightforce, and
    its large objective, you will find that
    whenever the mirage is bad, the veiw thru
    your scope using the higher power's of
    magnification, will give you a HEADACHE,
    and distort your target. Turning the scope
    down to a lower power, won't magnify the
    mirage as much, and will enable you to veiw
    your target a little bit better.

    Crosscreek P.A., is in S.western P.A.,
    in washington cty. Lot's of "rolling hill's",
    and we still have some farm's to groundhog
    hunt,. I had 2 kill's this past season that
    were just a little over 700yds, these 2 kill's took 3 shot's apeice, 2 sighter's,
    and 1 for the coup-de-grace.

    Hope my info help's you.


    Don