I agree, for me i feel the same way. It's like a self defense weapon. I rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. I just use more scope than most out there it seems and works great for me. I won't put anything less than a 4x20 on one of my rifles from here on out.I like a lot of scope. That’s just my preference. True long range I want 24-25x top end. 500 in 10-12x is ok for me. Don’t want anything less for sure.
Great post. I was going to chime in almost verbatim with you. My 1st " long range scope I got used from an ex Army Sniper bc he said its what they use to use in LR comp & real world " center mass shots ". It was a Shepherd 10X. **** good scope. I've had 3 more shepherd scopes since. I know of guys shooting out to over 600yds with a 6X Acog with 556. The 3-18 IMHO is the catsazz in versatity for any hunting terrain & conditions to LR cnop bench rest shooting. The 4-16x & 4-20x are really great " bridge scopes " that can do anything as well as the hands its in are capable of. NOw that being said, I'm 58 & eyes are goin bad fast, without glasses & couldnt shoot open sights on anything. I never thought I'd see the day where I'd be tellin ppl I put a Viper PST gen2 5-25 x 50 IRMOA scope on my long range muzzleloader ( heck, I could never imagine what the evolution in muzzleloaders would develope to ). Though when I'm hunting, mostly in hard woods ow pinetree rown down here in the south. Some fields or cut/cleared pinetree areas, or a powerline & some swamp hunting ( ue to lots of swamp hunting when I was yooung ) my scope is usually on 5-6x but its nice to have quality optics to seel farther distances even outside your range with.It depends on the distance, type of target, type of shooting (benchrest), and your actual vision. For instance, I have a 4-20x50 on my . 270 AI, I shot at a target (rock) at 966 yards on 12X and my son had to take it down to 8X. For most, 3-18/4-20 variable is plenty for a 1K yard, 10X fixed used to be the norm for snipers.
If you are looking for a fixed power to hunt at long ranges I would look no further than an SWFA 10x42HD. Seriously the best $600 I've ever spent on a scope. Mine lives on my 338 Lapua. I originally put the SWFA on the Lapua just as a placeholder until I got a better scope so I could shoot it but I liked it so much for that gun it's still there 3 years later and I've been out to 1200 with it too so it can go the distance.i guess i should have added my looking at a fixed power