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#5560706 - 01/23/15 03:47 PM Question for the long range shooters/hunters
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What magnification range do you run on your scopes? Looking at scopes for 500+ yard shots. Thinking something like a 4-16x50 would probably do fine for that. But I'm curious what the max effective range of a 16x would roughly be? What do you guys who shoot 800+ yards prefer?
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#5560735 - 01/23/15 04:03 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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Whats the size of the intended target? 10x has been proven for a long time to be effective. Its more about the shooter , weather etc with the shooter being the number one factor.
I only use 9x out to 600 yds for deer the more magnification the harder it is for the shooter to keep steady unless you are completly stationary which in most hunting situations is hard to accomplish.
4-16 as you mentioned should suffice for most decent sized game.
I only use the minimum amount of zoom that is needed to hit the target.

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#5560792 - 01/23/15 04:42 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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A 4-16 would be fine. I use a 5.5-22, 3.5-15 and a 2.5-10 and have no problem seeing the target with a lower magnification scope even at 1000 yds. For me it's more important how good the glass is and how repeatable the scope is than the max magnification.
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#5561029 - 01/23/15 07:16 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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You are going to be fine with a 4-16. I like at least 12 power on the high end, and it's simply because I can instantly see the holes in the target at 100 yards. I rarely shoot at 16 power. Mostly I keep the scopes on 8 power when I'm edge hunting.

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#5561212 - 01/23/15 08:38 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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Thanks guys.
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#5561888 - 01/24/15 10:43 AM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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Well camera land just reduced the price on the crossfire II 6-24x50. So looks like I may go ahea and go bigger, even if I may not need it.
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#5562164 - 01/24/15 02:32 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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#5562194 - 01/24/15 03:01 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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If you have a second focal plane scope I believe you are supposed to run it on the highest power to be accurate at all yardage.

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#5562283 - 01/24/15 04:25 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: headhunter54]
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Originally Posted By: headhunter54
If you have a second focal plane scope I believe you are supposed to run it on the highest power to be accurate at all yardage.


That's only with Mil-Dot reticles using the mil-dots as a range finder. Scopes with mil-dot reticles in second focal plane, the dot is only a set number of milliradians at a certain power setting, allowing you to range the target with the scope, usually.


Edited by Slow Drifter (01/24/15 04:25 PM)
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#5562594 - 01/24/15 08:21 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Slow Drifter]
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I have two 6.5 CMs. On one, my custom, I have a 5-40x56 and I use 25 and love it. The other my AR 6.5 CM I have a 6-24X50 and I like to shoot with it on 20....for hunting I always have them turned down tho to lowest power and turn up accordingly.

Originally Posted By: Slow Drifter
Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.


^^^^^^^^^^^^

Totally agree!

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#5562655 - 01/24/15 09:03 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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I think this rifle will possibly be a 6.5 creed more eventually.
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#5562698 - 01/24/15 09:28 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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I shoot a 3.2-17. And usually shot with it on 10-14 power. Too much magnification is just as bad as not enough. IMHO 6 is too much on the low end.

Walter

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#5562725 - 01/24/15 09:52 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Slow Drifter]
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Originally Posted By: Slow Drifter
Originally Posted By: headhunter54
If you have a second focal plane scope I believe you are supposed to run it on the highest power to be accurate at all yardage.


That's only with Mil-Dot reticles using the mil-dots as a range finder. Scopes with mil-dot reticles in second focal plane, the dot is only a set number of milliradians at a certain power setting, allowing you to range the target with the scope, usually.


Right, but that's an extremely small percentage of using a Mil reticle.

You can hold elevation corrections in Mils, or hold windage correction in Mils, or correct both in Mils. The easiest way to shoot a Mil or MOA reticle is to dial elevation and hokd wind, all in Mil or MOA. With a second focal plane the only correctly subtend at one magnification setting, usually max magnification.

I have two 6-24X and one 5-20 X. I like the 5-20 X the best. You can do a fine job outside 600 yards with a 4-16X. Yes more magnification shows more shooter error, therefore it shows what you need to correct in your form. If stability, light, and mirage allows I will shoot the far shots at maximum magnification. If the conditions do not allow I will turn it down. But I only shoot FFP so a Mil is always a Mil.
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#5562814 - 01/24/15 10:41 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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I use a 4-16 FFP mil based scope currently usually its sitting on Approx. 10x which I have shot out to 1400yards on that power. I will be going to a 5-25 when I get enough money set aside for it.

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#5562830 - 01/24/15 10:47 PM Re: Question for the long range shooters/hunters [Re: Tff caribou]
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Jesus, (Spanish pronunciation if offended) I feel like Forrest Gump reading this. Thank God my shots have been from 100 and in!!
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