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Posted: 10/5/2014 2:53:45 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 2:57:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 2:58:21 AM EST by RIA45ACP]
For my area, heavy brush and maybe 150 yard shot max I'd take the 1-4. Other areas would make me lean to the 10x. So like everything else, it depends.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 2:58:09 AM EST
1-4. Quick, close shots may apply
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 2:58:14 AM EST
1-4x. I can see targets pretty well out to 600 or 800 yards with a 4x. So, it should be plenty enough for a regular contour deer rifle.

Plus, I've actually thought that a 20" .308 bolt gun with a 1-4 or 1-6 mil based reticule and exposed turrets would be kinda neat.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 2:58:26 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 2:58:29 AM EST
Depends on where and how you hunt. If you like to hunt wide open fields or woods. If you hunt flat or wide open fields I'd say the 10x for everything else 1-4x.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 2:58:52 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 3:02:16 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 3:03:06 AM EST by woodbutcher223308]
Need coffee . .

Get two rifles, and two scopes.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 3:11:57 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 8:40:36 AM EST by bob1946]
I've got an old Weaver 2-10 scope that was great for hunting. I don't know why I still have it, it is bent from the time I dropped my gun and it landed right on the eye piece but it was so nice I just can't bring myself to throw it out. That scope survived me falling out of a tree stand with my gun strapped to my back and me landing on it only to have it fall in the house while cleaning my gun ruin it.

ETA: Weaver still sells 2-10 scopes I'm going to pick up another. They have V series 2-10x38mm for about 300 bucks, Super Slam series 2-10x42 for about 700 bucks and Super Slam series 2-10x50 for about 800 bucks.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 3:17:35 AM EST
How about a 2-6x?
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 3:44:51 AM EST
The biggest mistake most new hunters make is over scoping a rifle. A fixed 10x scope is too much for me and I hunt the plains in Wyoming.
At "ethical" hunting ranges that you would reasonably take a shot, 10x is going to give you a very small field of view up close.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 3:51:29 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Aimless:
Let's mix of open farm fields and heavy woods
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Originally Posted By RIA45ACP:
For my area, heavy brush and maybe 150 yard shot max I'd take the 1-4. Other areas would make me lean to the 10x so like everything, it depends.
Let's mix of open farm fields and heavy woods


1X4 beyond a doubt then.

10X is only good for Wyoming and other wide-flat areas hunting game easily spooked at long range like pronghorn.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 3:55:00 AM EST
I wouldn't want a fixed 10x on anything if there might be woods involved.

That said, I prefer a 3-9 or 4-12 on my deer rifles.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 4:14:30 AM EST
Neither
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 4:20:30 AM EST
1-4x would probably work best ninety percent of the time.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 5:03:21 AM EST
Of the 2, 1-4x

2-8x or 3-9x is a better answer.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 5:12:00 AM EST
For a hunting application there is almost no need for a fixed 10x. You would have a tough time even finding the target and a worse time if you had to fire off hand.

Here in Alaska where there are plenty of open areas I still use a 1.5 X 5 because I have to go through dense brush when moving from one ridge to another. Always use the scope with the best field of view at close range if you value your life
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 5:13:08 AM EST
I am in the 3-9x40 camp.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 5:19:11 AM EST
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Link Posted: 10/5/2014 5:29:48 AM EST
Even with mixed farm land and woods you still are going to want the 4x for the woods, i would anyway, around here you cant hardly see to the bottom of the hill's because of the brush and trees, 1 or 2 x would be ideal.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 5:29:54 AM EST
For whatever the reasons of your selection, neither. I'd rather a 3-9 X 40, preferably a 30mm tube but 1" will do.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 5:38:45 AM EST
LOL....Now I know why the scopes on NY hunters rifles I've seen are nearly as big as the 742 they are mounted on....Gotta have see-thru mounts too.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 5:51:53 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 5:56:15 AM EST
1x4 and just leave it on 4x
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 6:17:57 AM EST
1-6.

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 6:19:11 AM EST
1-4x due to field of view. I can't imagine you'd get anything worthwhile out of a 10x fixed scope for hunting.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 6:25:36 AM EST
Poll fail.


Get both.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 6:36:23 AM EST
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Moi aussi.

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Link Posted: 10/5/2014 7:37:23 AM EST
The 10x will be fine if it focuses up close and the deer is standing still. On runnung deer forget about it but you shouldn't be shooting at those anyway with a rifle.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 7:48:54 AM EST
1-4, easy. Not many open spots in Maine, unless you are standing on top of a mountain or shooting across water.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:26:11 AM EST
Aaaaa.....get both is the only correct answer
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:29:07 AM EST
Get the one with the 10X. Take off the scope, sell it, go get a 3X9X40 and pocket the difference.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:32:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 8:32:42 AM EST by pcsutton]
1x4. I hunt from ambush these days so I don't do much snap shooting and have time to turn the ring on my scope.

I prefer a 3x9 as it allows a greater range of distances, and a fixed 10x scope is jut too powerful for anything under about 150 yds.

YMMV

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:39:02 AM EST
I voted 10x as I use a super sniper on my bolt gun and a PA 6x ACSS on my AR.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:43:27 AM EST
Fixed 10X on a deer rifle? That's real retarded sir.

Seriously unless aall your shots will be 300+yrds the 10X would be mostly useless. Truth is a.fixed 4X is would be much better if you have to go with a fixed power. It would work for both short and long range shots. Might not be ideal for both but it would work.

Try taking a 35 yard shot in the thick stuff with a fixed 10x. Good luck.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:46:00 AM EST
1-4x here. Or, a 2-7x like I did on my 6.8SPC for this season.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:49:18 AM EST
You pretty much need to be proned with a bipod or shooting off sticks or a rest to make 200 yard plus shots anyway.

You have to be a dead aim to hit a deer over 200 yards while standing or leaned up against a tree. Even harder when cold, tired and suffering buck fever.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 8:58:31 AM EST
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1-4x here. Or, a 2-7x like I did on my 6.8SPC for this season.
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I really like having 2 power available and then being able to crank up the magnification when I wanted. Going from a 3- something scope to a 2- something scope doesn't sound like that much of a difference but in the woods when a deer is close the difference in how fast you can get on target is really noticeable.

When I first got my 2-10 scope over 20 years ago the difference was so noticeable I shot trap with it just to see if I could. At the time NY was shotgun only where I hunted so I had it mounted on my smoothbore slug barrel.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:01:06 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:02:31 AM EST
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Get the one with the 10X. Take off the scope, sell it, go get a 3X9X40 and pocket the difference.
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Best answer.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:02:57 AM EST
If it's truly going to be used for hunting and not just a paper puncher then the 1-4 is the only choice. 10x is insane in the woods.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:03:44 AM EST
I wouldn't put a fixed 10x for a deer rifle.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:04:16 AM EST
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Originally Posted By RIA45ACP:
For my area, heavy brush and maybe 150 yard shot max I'd take the 1-4. Other areas would make me lean to the 10x. So like everything else, it depends.
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Pretty much this. Totally depends on the area. If you are out in open country: 10x. If you are in the woods: 1-4. I hunt in the NH woods and there are few places I could use a 10x. I happen to have a 4-12x on my .308 bolt action deer rifle and it pretty much stays on 4x when I'm hunting. There are plenty of times when I wish it were lower.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:06:59 AM EST
Get the variable and DBAS
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:07:13 AM EST
Fixed 10x is probably too much for a deer rifle.

Fixed 4x scopes were the normal hunting scopes for many years. They are now hard to find because everyone keeps buying zooms that aren't really needed.

Leupold makes a fixed 4x with 33 mm (FX-II) objective that weighs 8 oz. Leupold also makes a fixed 6x with a larger objective. The 4x is about $100 less than their comparable 3 x 9 power zoom.

I just bought the fixed 4X. It is quite small and compact and seems to be pretty bright.

I am mounting it on a muzzleloader and plan on hunting with it in Virginia this muzzleloading season.

Hopefully, I will get a chance to compare it with some other scopes that my brother in-laws hunt with.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:11:27 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 9:13:28 AM EST by paris-dakar]
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Originally Posted By BladedRonin:
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This. IME, fixed 10X isn't really good for much in the field, maybe groundhog shooting from a set rest position.

2X7 to me it seems ideal.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:15:33 AM EST
I can barely shoot 10x off a bench, no way in hell I could do it in the woods.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:18:48 AM EST
Average shooting distance would be the determining factor for me. If you're hunting in brush or under 150 yards then I'd go with a 1-4.

FWIW, the land I have access to will allow for a maximum 250 yard shot and I've found my 1-6X to be perfect for jack rabbits and larger.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:20:43 AM EST
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Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:23:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 9:26:41 AM EST by BayEagle]
1-4 with QD mounts on my CZ550 FS .308. Perfect for swamp, woods, palmetto prairies.


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Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:24:50 AM EST
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Originally Posted By BayEagle:
1-4 with QD mounts on my CZ550 FS .308. Perfect for swamp, woods, palmetto prairies.

http://s7.postimg.org/oqpsj7at7/cz550fs_Scoped.jpg

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Do you have a cheek riser for that stock? That thing looks pretty high.
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