Ideal Scope Size

Discussion in 'General Hunting' started by predator1, Dec 13, 2019.

  1. predator1

    predator1 12 pointer

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    For all around, general purpose use. What’s your favorite scope size and why? Used 3-9x40’s for years. Lately, I tend to lean more towards a 3-12x50. But honestly can’t say the added magnification does much for me. The 50mm does seem quite a bit brighter though in low light. That being said, I’m trending more back towards 3-9x40 and going for higher quality glass.
     
  2. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

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    Doesn't matter if it is a 40 or 50 mm bell if you have a cheap Chicom scope. You can't see much in low light or far away either.
    I myself like a lot of X...magnification. You can always turn it Down but you can't turn a turn up a low power scope.
    Depends on where and what you are shooting at anyway, don't need many X 's for deer hunting in the usual Kentucky spots.
     
  3. EdLongshanks

    EdLongshanks 12 pointer

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    I have a Nikon Prostaff 3x9x40 bdc on my 30.06. I look forward to the day when I pony up and get more magnification. Can’t wait. If I attend an elk hunt out west next year....it will become a priority.
     
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  4. Bubbles

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    I have 1 50mm scope and wont buy another. Like said, i will buy a higher quality glass in 40mm and be happy. 50mm is just too bulky
     
  5. kyoutdoorsman

    kyoutdoorsman 12 pointer

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    It doesn't bother me if it's a 40 or 50. Would rather have a 4 with a 12xor 16x than a 3x9. Once you get away with a 3x9 the price realy creeps up,. Has anyone tried the CV life scopes off Amazon
     
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  6. 1wildcatfan

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    My opinion.......The leupold vx3 2-8x36 is a great all around scope but depends on how far your shots are. The new fad/trend is high magnification scopes that the majority of deer hunters don't need, For me, If you're hunting woods, 75-100yd shots, 2-4x is more than adequate. Shooting out to 200, 6x. Jump out to 500+ for deer size game, 12-15x. For elk, don't need that much. The higher the power, the slightest movement is accuented and the field of view is minimum making it tough to find and get back on your target. Also, need a rock solid rest. The high power $300-$400 scopes are Asian crap.
    I have one schmidt & bender 4-16, I've never turned it past 9 on a hunt. 40-44 mm bells are all u need. The 50-56 mm only helps the first and last 15 minutes of light but adds cost and weight but has the cool factor that some want cause thats what tv hunters use. I have everything from a fixed 4 to a fixed 36x target scope. Have one variable up to 25x leupold on a 22-250 u cant shoot when the temps are high or when the barrel gets hot, too much heat waves. I'm speaking from experience as i have them all. My all around perfect scope would be 2-12x44 with european glass. You can't tell how good glass is by looking through it in a store.
     
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  7. beauhunter41031

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    I never gave scopes much thought until a couple years ago. Looking thru a 3x9x40 scope with GOOD clear glass blew my mind. I could shoot more accurate with it then a cheap scope on 20x. Perfect size for me would be 4x12x40 or 44. I like to keep scope low as possible
     
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  8. davers

    davers 12 pointer

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    3 X 9 X 40 M/M Leupold scopes are mounted on most of my rifles. Got a Leupold 2.5 - 7 power "Heavy Duplex" on my M/L & one on my Ruger 77/.44 Magnum.
     
  9. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

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  10. Drahts

    Drahts 12 pointer

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    I don't like going much above 40mm for objective cause some guns you can't put a 50mm on it without raising the height of the rings. Not always but some. And I like the lowest rings I can get. Thats a personal choice. If you buy cheap glass your gonna have a cheap scope and problems. Most likely of which is poor low light performance. I'd rather spend $800 on great glass than buy a custom rifle. Off the shelf guns broke in right with quality glass will shoot
    exceptionally. Get the best glass you can afford is what I tell folks that ask me. Everyone can't afford Swarovski optics, buy the best you can and learn trigger control and proper set up and shot performance. You will become a better shot! Look at all the glass you can in your price range, observe the entrance pupil of each scope. Typically the largest entrance pupil will draw the most light. I believe you can look at the specs of each scope company online to see what the entrance pupil size is. You will still need to look at them to see how they perform. JMO.
     
  11. woodsman92

    woodsman92 6 pointer

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    I bought a hawke 4-16x44 a few years ago. It’s my favorite scope, I have it on my 204 for coyote hunting. The zoom usually is sitting on 9 or 10, but it’s nice to have the option to turn it up when I get in some big fields
     
  12. predator1

    predator1 12 pointer

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    Pretty much any scope on the market will work for legal shooting light. I honestly don’t mind the weight of a 50mm. It certainly does give a brighter image. No denying that. I find that I’ll lose the reticle long before I lose the ability to see clearly thru the scope in lowlight conditions. Especially with fine crosshairs. And crosshair design can have a huge impact on that. German #4 is probably my favorite reticle.
     
  13. 4 -12 or 4 16 , 44 or 50mm and a good brand
     
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  14. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    The Leupold VX3 2-8x36 is the brightest scope I ever looked through.
     
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  15. kyoutdoorsman

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    I like the 4 x12 4x16 44 or 50
     

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