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Posted: 1/5/2012 4:51:29 AM EDT
Leaving in a bit for Deer hunting. Taking my AR with 6-24x50 scope. Last I used it it was out at 24x for prairie dogs. I want to dial it back to 10 or 12 for deer. My question is what will it be shooting higher or lower at 12x than 24x? I used to know this stuff but it's been a while.

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:02:52 AM EDT
It will shoot the same

Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:20:40 AM EDT
For some reason I thought it changed.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:28:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TheMercenary:
Theoretically It will shoot the same

Quite a few scopes will move the POI when the power is changed even though they aren't supposed to. Lower priced models have more of a reputation for this than higher priced models but any of them can move.
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 5:29:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/5/2012 5:30:59 AM EDT by Walley]
What changes (or doesn't change) on a adjustable scope is the reticle and range estimation. Say for instance you have a 6-24x44 mil-dot scope. In most cases the mil-dot reticle does not change size as you zoom in or out, so range/size estimation will only be correct at one point between 6-24. The instructions with your scope should tell you this. Same with other range finding reticles. If you have just the simple (+) cross hairs, don't sweat it.

If in doubt, do a quick sight in at camp.
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