Fixed power scope

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by rfd, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. rfd

    rfd Well-Known Member

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    have a need for a fixed power scope strictly for paper and steel, most distances will be between 200 and 300 yards, but will also require going out to 700 yards. the rifle is a .223rem henry s/s break action. i've had and loved swfa ss 10x42 scopes in the past, for bolt rifles, but never went past 300 yards. getting another swfa s/s, but would 12x or 16x be the better choice? TIA!
     
  2. Mike 338

    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    IMO, for strictly punching paper/steel, a 16x would be fine. I have a SWFA 3x15 that I keep on 15x when shooting for groups on paper. I like the SWFA 10x HD for a general purpose long range fixed power scope, although it's a wheelhouse probably starts at 250 yards. For hunting, I'd drop it down to a 6x.
     
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  3. jpd676

    jpd676 Well-Known Member

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    I love the 10xSS and have several. I have had no probel out to 1k yards on a 300 win mag and other rifles. I killed an antelope at 934 with a 10Xss on my .260, one and done. I have a 16XSS on a 7mag that I only use for targets. The eye relief on the 16X is sensitive and it doesn't gather as much light as the 10X. I don't have the 12x but for me it would be a toss up between the 10x and 12x. I like the 16x but don't use it for anything close up; maybe thats just a preference thing.
     
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  4. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    16X
     
  5. rfd

    rfd Well-Known Member

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    i'd been thinking the 12x would best and that's what the feller at swfa advised this afternoon without me offering what i think. he also said to avoid the 16x, not needed and there will be less brightness. i think that might be the game plan. life is still good. :)
     
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  6. .222 ND

    .222 ND Active Member LRH Team Member

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    I’ve got a package deal on a 12x leupold and a 16x swfa. 375 for both
     
  7. xsn10s

    xsn10s Well-Known Member

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    I think it depends on your terrain if you're going to use it for hunting. Paper or steel 10X-16X should be fine. I had a 12X which I liked, but was hunting in grass for sagerats. FOV was too tight for me so 10X will be my next choice if I go fixed power again.
     
  8. rfd

    rfd Well-Known Member

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    12x42 swfa ss it is. thanx for all yer comments and opinions!
     
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  9. therifleman556

    therifleman556 Well-Known Member

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    How close in can you guys shoot with a 10x? I find myself not wanting to run even a 4-16x variable because of the narrow FOV. Unless you're talking a dedicated paper puncher...
     
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    xsn10s Well-Known Member

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    It all depends on the FOV and terrain for me. I've hit jackrabbits on the run with 9 power at 50 yards. But that was in sagebrush and rocks. 200 yards and grass the sagerats were tough to find with 12X. No problem with my 4.5-14X.
     
  11. rfd

    rfd Well-Known Member

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    variable scopes will typically be best for hunting. i only punch paper and ring steel with guns, and leave my longbows for the hunting of wabbits, javelina, speed goats, deer, hogs ... fixed power scopes are an advantage for me, from 25 yards to 700 yards.
     
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    Axl Well-Known Member

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    SWFA usually has their scopes on sale black friday- I bought a few last year
     
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    Aoudad shooter1975 Well-Known Member

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    10x us optics or super sniper...
     
  14. rfd

    rfd Well-Known Member

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    yup, what i just did.