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Posted: 9/7/2005 10:11:12 AM EDT
What do most who shoot varmints or targets @ 200-300 yards like for magnification on their scopes and why? I have a Nikon 3x10x50 and am thinking of going higher like 3x15.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 10:18:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2005 10:21:20 AM EDT by 55Kingpin]
I've got a 6-18 VX-II.....works for me. I have found that I like to keep it cranked down to 8, 10, or 12 b/c of mirage and I shoot better at the lower magnifications at that range. This past weekend I was shooting at ~400 yards with 75 and 77g BH and I was getting <=3" groups on 10x. At 18x they opened up to around ~4". I attribute this to any slight movement being more noticeable at the higher mag.

Rifle is a 24" RRA Varminter. I was shooting prone with a bipod...surrounded by cattle claymores.

ETA: I also did some shooting at ~950 yards and the 18x helped alot.....for those occassions it is nice to have a higher mag. I think the 6-18 is about "perfect" for my purposes with that rifle.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 10:27:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2005 10:27:54 AM EDT by VARminator]
Good Info. I noticed I have now turned it down from 10 to about 8 for 200 because 10 wasn't enough and the movement. Looks like the groups have shrunk by 1/2" or more. I just wonder if I would go up to 15 if I could at 200. Sounds like not.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 10:37:40 AM EDT
On my varmint rigs I use 6x24 variables. These are for shooting at 200 yards for the shortest shots, and targets are roughly the size of a soda can.

Don't cheap-out on the scope. the cheaper ones will not have the clarity you'd like.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 11:01:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2005 11:02:34 AM EDT by VARminator]
I never cheap out, thats not my style. Thats why I have a Nikon. I reasearch and buy what I feel is the best bang for the buck, even if it is a lot of dollars. I don't want to say what I spent on my set up.
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 4:59:15 PM EDT
I have used various 3-10's, 4-14's, and 6-24s--all on prairie dogs. I have never cranked-up any scope beyond 16x for more than 1 shot due to mirage and the difficulty in keeping on target during recoil at that high a magnification. Most shots are at 12x or so and that is out between 200-500 yards. I won't ever spend the money on "high magnification" again. Use that money and get quality glass with snap and contrast and 12-14x will be all you ever need for prairie dogs with a .223
Link Posted: 9/7/2005 8:17:08 PM EDT
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