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#547642 - 01/02/08 07:11 PM Re: too much magnification? [Re: TennBuck]
TnDeer Old Timer
10 Point

Registered: 11/22/99
Posts: 3619
Loc: Hendersonville, TN, USA

 Originally Posted By: TennBuck
a 3-9x40 is the most i would put on a "deer" rifle.

I agree. Yesterday I saw a doe in some brush, but couldn't find her in the scope with it set at 6. Later I re-set it to 4, and used it to shoot a buck. The wider FOV at 4 helped for quick target acquisition.

In a totally different situation, antelop hunting in Montana, my brother in law nailed an antelop with one shot using a fixed 4 power scope. We measured the distance at 324 yards.

I have a 2-7X32 on my ML, and like it as much or more than the 3-9X40 on my .270. Both scopes spend 90% of the time at either 4 or 6. They're at their lowest setting when I'm walking to or from my stand, in case a quick snap shot is required.
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#548664 - 01/03/08 03:26 PM Re: too much magnification? [Re: jakeway]
8 Point

Registered: 09/06/03
Posts: 1453
Loc: LaVergne, TN

finally decided that 4.5-14x was all I could really use on a .270

it should be here Friday!
I have never broken a game least as far as I know

#548676 - 01/03/08 03:45 PM Re: too much magnification? [Re: Thunderroost]
Hillbilly Hunter
16 Point

Registered: 07/15/05
Posts: 18075
Loc: Branchville

I would be worried about the low end of the magnification more than the high side. A quick moving deer in close range in thick cover, and you will have a hard time picking him up. I had a Vari-XIII 4,5 14 -40 on my 22-250. One woods set calling bobcats let me know that I made a mistake in scope selection. To each his own, but 3.5 on the low end is as high as I am willing to go for a hunting scope.
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#551719 - 01/06/08 11:59 AM Re: too much magnification? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
4 Point

Registered: 12/02/05
Posts: 169

I have a 6-24 x 40mm on my 25-06 and love it.
#552454 - 01/06/08 09:53 PM Re: too much magnification? [Re: RUGER77MAN]

Registered: 12/28/07
Posts: 25
Loc: Henderson Co.

You made a good decision on the power, 16x is a personal max I would put on a hunting rifle, that's what's on my heavy barreled .300 Win Mag. and it's plenty.
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