What magnification for 500 yard shooting

Jerry D

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Dec 28, 2008
Plan on shooting my .223 out to 500 yards - paper to 500, varmints to 300. I want to be able to see a 8.5x11" peice of paper or an 8" pie plate at 500.

What magnification range would I be looking at? 4.5-14x40?

I have a 3.5-10x40 on a different rifle but I'm thinking a new 4.5-14x40 would be better suited anyhow

My plan is to use a VX 3 and install target/m1/cds turrets.

Opinions from those that have. Thanks.
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4.5-14 and 3.5-10 is what I have on most of my hunting rifles. For my AR (223) that I have setup for target and varmint use I use a 6-24. The 4.5-14 will work, but for seeing lil ol prairie dogs at 300+ yards the extra magnification really helps!
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