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Old November 30, 2023, 11:54 PM   #26
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It’s funny you bring this up. I agree with folks above depends on glass quality. I have a good 1-6x scope on my deer rifle, my friend has a 5-20.5x. He would make me glass deer to determine if they were legal to harvest or not. He’s 10 years younger than me so I thought he had bad vision but I finally looked through his scope and that thing is trash.
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Old December 2, 2023, 06:34 AM   #27
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Old December 2, 2023, 10:40 PM   #28
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It depends on how and where you hunt. If you are on stand, watching a field, etc. then a big scope is pretty handy, but I would still want to be able to crank it down to 3 or 4 power on the low end. A scope that can give you a few more minutes of daylight to see and shoot is nice.

If I am walking a fair ways, especially woodlands, then I want a light fast handling rifle with a low powered varible like a 2 x 7 power, kept on 2 for a fast shot. If you need to crank up to higher powers then you probably have time, but you don't have time to crank it down on a quick fleeting opportunity.
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Old December 15, 2023, 11:23 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by Greybeard Classic View Post
The rifle (25-06) I have on lay-away comes with a 6x18x44 Vortex Crossfire 2 BDC Dead Hold scope, much larger than I would have chosen. It seems to be a good scope and I like the reticle, so I'm going to keep it and keep the power cranked low. I live in western Pa. so I won't be shooting over 250 yards. Anyone use a scope this larger than they need? I suppose it's better to have more than enough than not enough...

Just Enough - is optimal for hunting.

Lower power optics increase field of view, and bring the kinematics of aiming closer to the Natural 1:1 ratio, so there is less crosshair "dance."

Running game is also easier.

One does not need to see the precision, just to be able to aim accurately and hit with precision.

1x/100 yards works fine in the field, and you will shoot better and quicker.

So, 2.5x is a good field magnification out to 250 yards.

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Old December 15, 2023, 12:29 PM   #30
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To be fair, it depends on the size of the target I try to hit. For me it is 1moa minimum, ideally 4.

Say a soda can at 300yd is about 1moa. 4x brings it to 4moa. Mighty good enough for target identification and sight placement. I don't need to read the brand to hit it.


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