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#6478166 - 10/03/16 08:27 AM Favorite magnification for hunting scope
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What's your favorite magnification range for a deer hunting scope?
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#6478277 - 10/03/16 09:27 AM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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I like a 3-9x, 4-12x, or 3.5-10x. 4.5-14x is okay too.
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#6478283 - 10/03/16 09:30 AM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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#6478360 - 10/03/16 10:02 AM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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I like a good 1-4, 3-9, or 3-10 power for basic hunting. For basic box blind hunting, I hunt with my scope on about 3 or 4 power. If I need to make a longer range shot, I will generally have time to dial up. But if I need to make a fast shot at a coyote running through (or similar), it would be very difficult to get on target on 10x or 14x (or higher) magnification. If you hunt on max power, you will not have time to dial down your power, but most of the time you can dial up when needed.
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#6478385 - 10/03/16 10:16 AM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
I like a good 1-4, 3-9, or 3-10 power for basic hunting. For basic box blind hunting, I hunt with my scope on about 3 or 4 power. If I need to make a longer range shot, I will generally have time to dial up. But if I need to make a fast shot at a coyote running through (or similar), it would be very difficult to get on target on 10x or 14x (or higher) magnification. If you hunt on max power, you will not have time to dial down your power, but most of the time you can dial up when needed.


That's good info, Chad. My personal favorite is a NF SHV 3-10 with the IHR reticle. I like the low power for scanning and close shots. I can dial up to 10x and feel good about much longer shots if I need to.
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#6478406 - 10/03/16 10:31 AM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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Yes, I used to hunt on max power, whatever I had. I even had a 20x Burris at one point, and hunted on 20x. Once I started shooting more, I realized less is more. I'm able to make very accurate shots on 3x or 4x power, and get on target MUCH sooner, due to the larger field of view.
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#6478415 - 10/03/16 10:35 AM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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I like a good 3 or 4 by 12, serves me well for whatever I need and whatever kind of hunting I'll be doing.
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#6478499 - 10/03/16 11:13 AM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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#6478524 - 10/03/16 11:27 AM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: FiremanJG]
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#6478587 - 10/03/16 11:55 AM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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First scope I ever bought was a 2X7 and still really like that power range for hunting. The 2 I use most often these days are 2.5X15, but I also use those rifles for longer range plinking and fun. The straight hunting rifles wear 2X7 or 3X9 and some short range rifles have 1X4 or 1X6 power scopes.

Like Chad got to they stay on the lower power unless I feel the need to turn them up and have made shots from 2X setting to almost 250 yards on coyote so for shooting at the ranges I typically shoot I don't feel I need more power for hunting and a large field of view sure helps when tracking a moving animal and finding them quick in the scpope
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#6478663 - 10/03/16 12:36 PM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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depends on the type of hunting..
I like to get out of a blind and like low power like a 1x at the bottom..
Hunting where I might want to make a 500 yard shot? 15x at the top and good glass with a "tactical" scope.

I usually bring several rifles and take which one fits the area, we are on an MLD with over 20 blinds and so the conditions vary. I have taken 2 rifles to a stand many times!

This year I will probably run a 6.5 Creedmoor with a 3-15 for stands with long shot capabilities, a 6.8 with a 1-8 and assuming it all comes together in time a custom 7mm08 with a 1.5-8
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#6479519 - 10/03/16 09:10 PM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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#6479576 - 10/03/16 09:56 PM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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I run either a 3-9 or 3.5-10 typically.

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#6479581 - 10/03/16 09:59 PM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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My personal favorite is 3.5 x 15. Covers all situations

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#6479682 - 10/03/16 11:27 PM Re: Favorite magnification for hunting scope [Re: ImTheReasonDovesMourn]
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1.75-6, 2-7, 2.5-8, 3-9, 3.5-10.
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