Minimum Scope?


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Apr 12, 2002
Loon Lake WA
What power would folks here consider the minimun power for 600 to 1000 yards? for targets, varmints, deer? Just wondering everyones input.
I know many people use 10x, however I prefer 32+ for pinpoint work out to a few hundred meters and around 15-25x for farther shots. It depends a lot on mirage and the quality of glass.
I have a 3.5-10x40 on my 416wby for out to around 1000yds. I consider it OK to about 500yds on 10x for target work and fairly difficult beyond 700yds. To identify and hold a consistant point of aim becomes the problem with normal size targets. How close can you hold to your aimpint at 1000yds with just 10X?

I think 10x is minimum for deer at the stated 600-1000yd range. I hunt moose and think it's minimum for them but it sees close range work also.....bear in the bush.
For Me--- 8 1/2X to 25X Leupold Longrange with side wheel focus and 30MM tube, for all around shooting at targets and hunting.

Best of all worlds.

Darryl Cassel
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