Ideal Scope Size

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

  1. riverboss

    riverboss 12 pointer

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    I don't like anything that starts higher than 3 power, that being said my last 2 scopes have been 1x4 power scopes one on a Ruger ranch and one on a ar15 both used for coyote hunting in the woods.
    My deer rifle sports a 3x10 x40 but I feel the 2x7 is perfect for shots under 300 yrds.
     
  2. reivertom

    reivertom 12 pointer

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    Depends on the area you hunt and the gun. I have several low power (by some standards) scopes on deer rifles. On my lever guns I see no reason for higher than 4X, especially in KY brushy woods. Even 4X is too powerful in some instances because it limits your field of view, so I opt for 1X4X20 or 1.5X5X20. I also have a Savage model 99 with a fixed 4X. I like the variable scopes because I can keep them on low power until I need more magnification, but in dense brush, it doesn't happen much. I also have a 2X7X36 and a 3X9X40 on bolt guns, but I seldom need over 3X where I hunt. Varmint hunting is a different thing, though.
     
  3. predator1

    predator1 12 pointer

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    Really, only two things are important. And your post hits some of that. The ability to stay zeroed. And the ability to see your target. With most modern scopes the only time you will have trouble seeing is lowlight. Unless an individual gets into 50mm or bigger, you aren’t going to be able to use anything much past 6x. That’s why I have a hard time getting more than a 12x Scope. It’s nice to zoom in and look. But in all but a few hunting situations, I’ve never used more than 9-10x. Varmint hunting excluded.
     
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  4. barney

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    The little Leupold VX III 36mm was way brighter than any of the 50-56mm scopes I hunted with, even at max magnification.
     
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  5. reivertom

    reivertom 12 pointer

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    Low light has never been a problem with my scopes. I'm more concerned about field of view. If you can't find your deer in the scope pretty quickly, then what's the point? Where I hunt deer, the longest shot , except for a gas line, would be no more than 75 yards. There is also considerable brush and clutter you have to look past to find the deer on its way to your shooting widow. I agree a good dependable crosshair that stays where you dial it is a must, but magnification isn't as important to me.
     
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  6. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

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    I guess ideal size depends on what you need it for. I got a bunch of cheapos. Got a 3x9X50 on a rifle. Have used lots of 3x9x40s. My ML was a package deal and the scope is a 3.5x10x44. It’s a cheapo but I really like that size. I just bought a 4x12x40 Nikon to go on a rifle that I got a good on line Christmas sale deal on.
     
  7. RLWEBB

    RLWEBB 12 pointer

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    Interesting discussion here. As I’m in the market for a new scope. I’ve always used, and have never had the first trouble with Nikon scopes. These include Pro Staff, Pro Staff 5, and Monarch. I put a Pro Staff 5 on my Savage slug gun and it’s one of the clearest and crisp scopes I’ve ever looked thru. I love it. With the new rifle I have on order, I’m considering a higher end Leuopold, Swarovski, or Zeiss. But I’d still like to have a new Nikon Monarch 5. I do think I want something like a 4x16x42 or 44 mounted with low or medium Talley one piece rings/bases. Like I said though, I’ve never had any difficulty with Nikon at all but apparently they are getting out of the scope business so that’s a factor as well.
     
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  8. Ataulbe1

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    I went with the Talley low mounts witha 44mm and it's perfect. Really like the Talley's.
     
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  9. RLWEBB

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    Me too and I’m glad to hear that the low mounts work on 44mm objective.
     
  10. Ataulbe1

    Ataulbe1 12 pointer

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    I ordered blind, but turned out great.
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  11. HCDH66

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    I have 3x9 on all of my rifles. However, if I fine a good 2x7 on sale, I will buy it.
     
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  12. predator1

    predator1 12 pointer

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    That’s why I started the thread. I’m looking at getting another to put on top of a TC .308. A 3-9 will take care of 99% of any hunting situations I’ll encounter. But sometimes a little extra zoom is nice. One of my current favorite scopes is a Burris Fullfield E1 with the German#4 reticle, illuminated. Strongly tempted to get another. It has great lowlight and that little red dot is awesome when needed. They just don’t offer a higher zoom with that reticle. So looking for other suggestions. My son has ProStaff 5 on his browning. Super bright and clear. 3-14x50 I think. It also is illuminated reticle.
     
  13. 454Casull

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    Some good information here. I have a variety of scopes with varying magnification. You can get better light through a higher end 40mm scope than through a less expensive 50mm. I like the Nikon Pro Staff for the money. Another scope that I think if very clear, and probably a little clearer than the Pro Staff is the Styrka S5. The crosshair is just a little too thick for me. I would suggest buying the best scope that fits your budget. There are a lot of people that say their Busnell/Tasco works fine, which they do, but once you look through good glass it's hard to use anything less. I agree with 1wildcatfan "You can't tell how good glass is by looking through it in a store." My favorite scope that I have is a Meopta Meopro 3.5-10x44. Very clear, I like the fine crosshairs. It took me a long time to bite the bullet and buy a decent scope, but I am glad finally did.
     
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  14. beauhunter41031

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    Most will say it’s a little overkill and I guess but I bought this Vortex on sale for my Howa .308 and love it for the price. For most of my ky hunting I use the .243 anyway But really like having this scope on my 308. Before I went with the Vortx the Burris was my original choice tho
    https://www.sportsmans.com/camping-...s-red-dots/vortex-viper-rifle-scopes/p/p12654
     
  15. 1wildcatfan

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    Talley is all i use. Just ordered more from Talley. I have both fixed and quick release, screw not levers, rings. I've never used their one piece base.
     

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