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6x vs 10x fixed scope #15670303 01/17/21
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Would any of you prefer a 10x fixed scope for big game hunting? I have an SWFA 6x42 on my deer rifle that I like a lot. The low price and reputation for durability convinced me to give it a try and I'm glad I did. Now I am considering a new rifle purchase and am wondering if a 10x scope could be worth a try.

What are some calibers/situations where you might prefer a 10x scope instead of a 6x?

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Re: 6x vs 10x fixed scope [Re: mcclure] #15670315 01/17/21
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Half my hunting rifles wear fixed 10's.....

Depends on the country but out west, a fixed 10 makes loads of sense....


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Re: 6x vs 10x fixed scope [Re: mcclure] #15670352 01/17/21
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I’d be fine with fixed 10 if I knew I didn’t need to make any quick shots inside of about 100 yds. I don’t think I’d prefer 10x over 6 until shots were 200+

Re: 6x vs 10x fixed scope [Re: mcclure] #15670423 01/17/21
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My fixed 10 is a Zeiss on a 722. I did the skip a line when I was a teen. That gun was a .222 for years until it shot out, now wears a .22-204 Hart.

In country where I hunt, I want a variable, 10 fixed too much.

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I have both and the 6x is a hunting scope. The SWFA 10x sits on an AR-10, its great for longer range steel and hunting under a feeder.

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Re: 6x vs 10x fixed scope [Re: mcclure] #15670638 01/17/21
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The 6x is a fine scope but the older I get, the more my eyes appreciate the additional magnification. Where I hunt, the 10x has not proven to be a detriment.

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Re: 6x vs 10x fixed scope [Re: mcclure] #15671522 01/18/21
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I have two S&B 10x42 PMII for my 223 and 308 Tikka Lite Stainless..


But I also have a Kahles 4x36 and 6x42 if I hunt in heavy forested areas.


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Originally Posted by mcclure
What are some calibers/situations where you might prefer a 10x scope instead of a 6x?


Prairie dog shoot is the only hunting situation that I’d prefer a 10x to a 6x.

Re: 6x vs 10x fixed scope [Re: mcclure] #15671913 01/18/21
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What are the available fixed 10x scopes out there right now?

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I used to have a fixed 6x on one of my 270's and gave it up for a fixed 4x to increase my FOV. I have no trouble hitting the 12" plate at 400 yards with a fixed 4x. No dialing. No fancy reticle. Just sending a lot rounds down range each year from my rifles.

Unless you're shooting consistently beyond 400 yards there is no advantage to 10x on a big game rifle. If you're consistently shooting at big game beyond 400 yards, get closer.

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Originally Posted by elkrazy
What are the available fixed 10x scopes out there right now?


The SWFA SS 10x42 is the one that I am considering.

Originally Posted by TREE_EM
Unless you're shooting consistently beyond 400 yards there is no advantage to 10x on a big game rifle. If you're consistently shooting at big game beyond 400 yards, get closer.


That is sort of what I was suspecting, but I have been curious. I think that if I get the urge to go higher than 6x, I will probably just get a variable.

Re: 6x vs 10x fixed scope [Re: mcclure] #15672066 01/18/21
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A 10x wouldn't work well for me. I do have a 6x I like. A 2x10 or 3.5x10 would work for me and has in the past.


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Re: 6x vs 10x fixed scope [Re: mcclure] #15672148 01/18/21
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my older eyes like a 10 power but i use a Nightforce scope 5 1/2 - 22 x56 set on 10 x or higher but a 56 over a 42 does see more too and it does help me see better.


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Re: 6x vs 10x fixed scope [Re: mcclure] #15672294 01/18/21
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Over the years have gravitated to higher magnifications for deer. Talking 25 to 400 yds. Early on used 2.5x, 3x, 4x. Later shot a bunch on 8x, 9x, 10x, and 12x. Couple reasons for the shift.

First, got over hurried shots at running animals. Not ethical for me.

Second, average 10k clay targets/annum got me comfortable shooting both eyes open. And better at accurately pointing targets or game animals.

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Variable scopes are very popular for good reasons. They are useful in a variety of situations, up close and out yonder. Their optical quality is great, durability has improved as well. As much as I like fixed power scopes, I can't see why I'd buy another one for the hunting I do.

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My main elk rifle wears a fixed 10X. I used to think it was too much but after a few years with it I now don't think that is the case. It may bite me at some point but until then I'll continue to praise it. This is in the open west though. In tighter cover I still roll with a fixed 6X.



Re: 6x vs 10x fixed scope [Re: mcclure] #15673726 01/18/21
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I must drink too much coffee or something. Anything over 8x and I can't seem to keep the crosshairs steady. I have 2.5 - 10x Leupold; I shoot better groups when I dial back to 8x than I do at 10x. My other rifles wear fixed 6x, fixed 4x or a 2x-7x. I'm plenty happy with those.

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I used a S&B 6X42MM on my Mod70 .270 Win for twenty years without a glitch. I also use S&B Zenith 1.5-6X 42MM on rifles for some of the larger magnums for elk & moose. The 1.5-6X42MM only weighs about 7 ounces more than the straight 6X. Had zero problems with the two S&B 1.5-6 one is new the other over twenty years and some pretty rough hunts. For hunting a 6X is pretty practical. For me the only advantage a straight 10X would have would be at the range working up loads. My take is a 2.5-10 or 3-9 in a quality scope like a S&B fits most hunting conditions, that is why they are so popular. I like the 6X but I am not one to change scopes on and off rifles for range and hunting use. Also the S&B Zenith 1.5-6X42 is just short money more than the straight 6X. I also have a S&B Zenith 3-12x50 MM illuminated and a 1.1-4X24mm illuminated. I also like Leupolds and have used them on many of my most memorable tough conditions hunts without any problems.

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I like a 6. Elk and even deer are pretty big targets.


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The SWFA 10x42 is an excellent glass. I have two. Very good for .22x calibers, 6.5 to 7mm range.

Great for open-country coyote hunting and ANY target or game past 200 yards.


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