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#6809301 - 08/25/12 07:31 PM Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: Swampman700]
Mathsr Offline
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Most of my scopes have been Leupold VXII 2X7. I have used varilable scopes whose powers ranged form from 1.5X to 10X, but most have been combinations on the lower end like 1.5X5 or 2X7.
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#6809331 - 08/25/12 07:48 PM Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: Mathsr]
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Registered: 11/11/09
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Variable or straight I've shot the majority of mine at 6x. Magnum Man

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#6809368 - 08/25/12 08:07 PM Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: Magnum_Man]
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Registered: 02/22/07
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Ingwe, very nice rifle sir, trust they balance PERFECT smile
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#6809385 - 08/25/12 08:16 PM Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: 65BR]
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I only hunt deer. All have been taken with 6x scopes or variables set @ 6x.

Only exception was one I took with a 1.5x Burris that was mounted on a .416 Rigby #1 when I bought it. I sighted the rifle in and worked up loads. Many folks asked me what I was going to do with the rifle... I told them: "Hunt deer!" So for a laugh, I carried it out the 1st day of season. Unfortunately for a nice meat buck, it's course of travel passed within about 80 yds of my stand. Well, I took a sight for a double lung shot and squeezed it off. smile Good thing one was enough, because I could no longer see because of blood running in my eye. shocked blush I swore then and there I would never shoot a kicker again with anything BUT a 1.5x5 Leupold! A decision I've never has cause to regret!

BTW: Both the Rigby and that #%&@ Burris scope and I have parted company. wink

GH

P.S: It's ok to laugh is you want... grin
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#6809417 - 08/25/12 08:33 PM Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: 65BR]
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Of the guns I use to shoot big game with, there are one 3-9X, three 2.5-8X, one 2-7X, one 1.75-6X, and one 4X. Can't recall what they were all set on, but pretty sure its 9X or less.
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#6809509 - 08/25/12 09:19 PM Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: Kodiakisland]
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Registered: 03/05/08
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A long time ago Browning sold a fixed 5x which was made for them by Redfield when it was number one and Leupold was second or third. I always wanted one.

The old Leupold 4x and 6x had lots more fov than the current scopes. The old 6 had nearly as much as today's 4. I would gladly swap a smaller " eye box" for more fov. The Leupolds have more eye relief than needed at the expense of fov.

Will stick with 3x9.


Edited by RinB (08/25/12 09:20 PM)

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#6809522 - 08/25/12 09:29 PM Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: 65BR]
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Registered: 07/24/01
Posts: 33727
Loc: Banana Belt, Montana
65BR,

Have hunted with both the older 3x Leupolds and two of the new ones, and don't really care about the field of view. In my experience FOV is one of the most overrated aspets of scopes--or optics in general. Have killed plenty of animals with 6x from 10 to 50 yards, including some runners. But then I shoot a lot with 6x scopes.

My wife shoots most of her big game with scopes from 8x to 10x, and has no trouble at 40-50 yards.
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#6809530 - 08/25/12 09:31 PM Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: RinB]
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Loc: Banana Belt, Montana
Rick,

Weaver's 4.75x is a fine scope too.

See my above post for my opinion of FOV.
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#6809536 - 08/25/12 09:34 PM Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: Mule Deer]
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Registered: 07/24/01
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Loc: Banana Belt, Montana
As a genneral comment, my longest kill with iron sights was 350 yards on a caribou, using a Lyman 48 and the factory front bead on a pre-'64 Model 70 .270. Consequently I tend to laugh a little when people suggest 4x to 6x scopes should work for 300-400 yard shooting.
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#6809685 - 08/26/12 12:32 AM Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: 65BR]
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Registered: 01/28/07
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4X mostly...or variable set at 4X.Others with 2.5X,3X,and 6X(not many).

I cranked a variable to 8X once to kill a buck;and have turned other variables down below 4X in heavy cover, even though it was more for the security blanket affect than out of necessity.

I like 3x,4x and 6x.
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