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#6514015 - 10/27/16 06:35 AM A hard sell for the average deer hunter
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"Lower power settings reduce the sense of crosshair tremor and wobble, improving shot placement; and, you don't really give up anything in the way of accuracy. Trust your zero, put the crosshairs where they need to go and the bullet will do its job."

You might have a hard time convincing the average deer hunter that they would shoot more accurately by turning down the magnification of the scope. It just seems natural that if you make the target appear larger, it's easier to hit it. While increasing the magnification most definitely makes that deer appear larger in your scope, it makes it more difficult for you to get off a steady shot. I like to equate using a lower scope magnification to looking farther down the road to keep your vehicle centered in the lane. It just makes it much easier to steer your vehicle to where it needs to be.

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#6514034 - 10/27/16 07:12 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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I don't shake as bad, lol

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#6514039 - 10/27/16 07:16 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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My 4-12 power scope pretty much stays on either 6 or 8 all the time
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Any ideas how to make it hard?

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#6514041 - 10/27/16 07:17 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Pintail711]
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Originally Posted By: Pintail711
I don't shake as bad, lol


Not sure, but making the shaking less obvious might actually help settle the nerves.
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#6514059 - 10/27/16 07:32 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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I've always been told the same...but depending on light and other conditions I will use whatever power I feel is best.

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#6514077 - 10/27/16 07:45 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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Mine are always on full magnification. The better I can see what I'm shooting at the easier it is to hit it.

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#6514093 - 10/27/16 07:59 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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I may zoom in on deer and I may not. But I never shoot game on full magnification. I want to be able to see the entire animal in my scope. Most of the deer I kill are bang flops, but if a deer runs, I may want to shoot him again before he hits the brush. NO way to do that on full magnification, unless you're in wide open country.

When sighting in or practicing from the bench I shoot full mag.

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#6514107 - 10/27/16 08:07 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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Depends on what I'm shooting at. If I'm shooting a boiler room/high point of the shoulder I don't want high power, but neck and head shooting I will usually have the scope on a higher setting, my 3x9's will be on 9. I have never shot at an animal with my 4x16 on higher than 8 power.
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#6514122 - 10/27/16 08:17 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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I sight in on 12, shoot on 4 or 6. Those lead sleds make zeroing in so much easier.
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#6514129 - 10/27/16 08:23 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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If it is a 2nd focal plane scope, POI will change depending on what power you sighted it in at, probably makes little difference for closer shots, but at distance......
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#6514135 - 10/27/16 08:26 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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Interesting to see this conversation. I am 45 and still hunting with the same 30.06 and straight 4 power scope since I was 12. I took my teenage boys to the range to practice at 100 yards with their rifles....we had their scopes on 9 just to make it easier to see the targets after each shot. I normally have them shoot on 5 or 6 and use a spotting scope. They were not even close to being as consistent as they had been on a lower power. It was pretty frustrating for them and we talked about turning the power down for hunting season. They both mentioned how much more "movement" there was in the scope caused by their breathing and normal wobbling.

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#6514148 - 10/27/16 08:35 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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aim I've been shooting a fixed 6 Swarovski for the past 15 years. I love the way it gathers light and I have heavy crosshairs also. I use my binoculars for looking all the time. But it is a hard sell as stated above. bang
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#6514172 - 10/27/16 08:51 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
If it is a 2nd focal plane scope, POI will change depending on what power you sighted it in at, probably makes little difference for closer shots, but at distance......


Unless it's a crap scope, the POI of the center should not change with power, unless you have a parallax issue, correct?



Most of my variables are set on 6. I may or may not zoom from there before shooting.
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#6514258 - 10/27/16 09:36 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Originally Posted By: Western
If it is a 2nd focal plane scope, POI will change depending on what power you sighted it in at, probably makes little difference for closer shots, but at distance......


Unless it's a crap scope, the POI of the center should not change with power, unless you have a parallax issue, correct?



Most of my variables are set on 6. I may or may not zoom from there before shooting.


From what I've been told and read, 2nd focal plane will change impact depending on power at time of sight-in, one of the selling points of 1st focal plain is POI is constant throughout the magnification range.
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#6514274 - 10/27/16 09:44 AM Re: A hard sell for the average deer hunter [Re: Texas Dan]
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I like the shake/wobble of high magnification. Forces me to hold steady and aim carefully
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