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#6830712 - 09/01/12 Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: Gasman]
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Registered: 02/22/07
Posts: 12647
Loc: NW Louisiana
Hmmm, sounds like Leupold needs to come out w/a 5x35 fixed wink Lol.

Gasman, I'd reckon a good % of hunters who have time, often crank their variables to the max power for their shot by habit, just b/c it's there.

For less experienced shooters, it can cause overconfidence and a hurried trigger snatch pulling the shot in the field.

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#6831577 - 09/01/12 Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: 65BR]
tmick Offline
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Registered: 02/19/07
Posts: 84
Loc: Montana
Last 10 years - 3x9 Leupold - in the timber sitting on 3x, otherwise resting at 5x.

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#6832948 - 09/02/12 Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: 7 STW]
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Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 5950
Loc: Michigan
Probably my favorite scope for big game is the Leupold 2-7x33. The 3-9x40 is also very nice but I wouldn't want anything larger than 40mm on a big game rifle. I usually sit with the scope on 4x and only crank it up for volunteers past about 200 yards.

This summer I sat with a bud looking over a bean field with my FN Mauser 7x57 with a fixed 4x Leupold on board (crop damage permit, strictly legal). A volunteer came into view at 200 yards. When I brought up the rifle I thought that deer looked mighty small through that scope! That's when I would have reached up and cranked the mag ring on a variable. I did kill the deer though.

Now I don't often shoot on 2x. Only when sitting or moving through the thickest of the thick. I have never kilt a buff or elephant but I can understand how low magnification would be beneficial there. A diaper and a roll of toilet paper would probably come in handy then too. wink
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#6833021 - 09/02/12 Re: Survey #2 - what Scope Power used for big game killls ?? [Re: Big_Redhead]
Tackleman Offline
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Registered: 01/14/11
Posts: 136
Loc: Vail Arizona
I live out west, and most of my shooting seems to be at distance, so I crank it up from 6X to max power. Usually it is 14X or 9X.
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