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Old May 22, 2013, 10:40 PM   #26
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I would say it depends a lot on which cartridge you're using and the size of the target. The absolute range of a 10x (or any other magnification) is predicated on so many variables that a definitive answer to your question is well near impossible without knowing all of the factors in play for a given proposition or application.
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Old May 23, 2013, 08:47 AM   #27
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When much younger, I'd have killed for a 10x scope on my varmint rifle, but with the prevalence of variables and much better optics, find more flexibility in 4-14x variables.

It's amazing how well I can define objects with my Leopold Vari-X II and 2 scopes at 8x. At nearly 300 yards, i can clearly see strings across the blueberry field laid by the harvester crew. Most lower quality scopes can't do that for me. Surely, there are more expensive scopes and higher-powered ones that will do better than that at the same power setting, but why bother use one in Maine, where wind, water vapor, mirage, and trees/hills prevent high-probability varmint/game shots beyond 400 yards?

Under ideal conditions, from a bench, my rifles will shoot 1/2 min or better, but field shot length on deer is "self-limited" to 400 yards, even with a rest.
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Old May 23, 2013, 05:07 PM   #28
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I still have a 10X Leupold on my .22 bolt rifle. But it's used exclusively for informal target and plinking.
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