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Posted: 3/12/2006 1:24:41 PM EDT
I was toying around with the idea of putting a Burris Black Diamond scope (8-32x) on my Varminter. Any thoughts?
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 1:57:47 PM EDT
If its quality is anything like that of my Fullfield II, go for it.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 2:16:44 PM EDT
Well it depends.

If you are going to hang out in a field and shoot ground hogs, prairie dogs. rats or feral dogs, no.

If you are going to prop your rifle on $300 dollar sandbag/tripod setup on a concrete bench under an awning to shoot a known target at a known distance, yes.

The 6-24x50 MD is more than sufficient to take you out to 600 yds. In my experience, most of the fun occurs under 300 yds and that can all be done in the 12x-16x range. Critters move and sometimes have to be tracked so FOV is important. Trust me, every cornstalk at 300 yds looks the same at 20X and even more so at 32X.

In other words, the 8-32 will not perform as well in what I think are the typical ranges 100-300 yds. (smaller pupil. less eye relief, FOV) as compared to the 6-24 X 50.

YMMV

Link Posted: 3/12/2006 2:53:25 PM EDT
I agree. A bottom power of 8x is a little much for anything outside of paper punching, unless you are a dedicated long range shooter. I was once in your position, and even found that 6-24x was too much. I have since learned that 4.5-14 or 4-16x scopes are all I need for 300 yards (which is the exact reason all of my rifles wear 4.5-14 or 4-16x scopes)!
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 3:06:11 PM EDT
Agreed.
I have a Leupold 6.5x20x40 on my Rem M700 VSSF .308 and it is way too much for hunting out of a box stand IMHO. It is only good for the bench. I sold a Nikon Monarch 4x12x44 to get it and the Nikon was better for what I do. Live and learn, or learn from others.

Good Luck
Bill
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 3:15:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2006 3:16:32 PM EDT by astrafire]

Originally Posted By Another-Bill:
Agreed.
I have a Leupold 6.5x20x40 on my Rem M700 VSSF .308 and it is way too much for hunting out of a box stand IMHO. It is only good for the bench. I sold a Nikon Monarch 4x12x44 to get it and the Nikon was better for what I do. Live and learn, or learn from others.

Good Luck
Bill



I am sorry for your loss. IMHO the Nikon Monarch 4x12x44 is the best all around hunting/target scope for the money. I recommend it to everybody, regardless of whether it is for a .22, 30-30 or 30-06.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 5:42:04 PM EDT
I currently have a 20x power scope and I have not had any of the problems you described and I mainly use it for PD's. It seems to me that 32x is even better for that situation
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