Deciding on scope power

Jun 22, 2010
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At what point does one cross the line (in longer distance shooting) in moving up the scope magnification ability? I have an S&B Classic 3-12X42 which I use on my 6.8 out to 500 yards without too much issue (considering that I have almost 70 year old eyes). I am in the process of acquiring some guns to shoot out to 1-1.5K - is that the point in time to up the magnification to something like a 5-25X56 power scope? Or is just a personal, "see what works for you" situation?
 
Oct 17, 2017
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If you're talking 1,500 yards, I think 25x is pretty reasonable. Can it be done with less? Sure. Is it easier with more as long as the glass quality is the same? Yes.
 

VegasHKShooter

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Feb 28, 2013
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I use my S&B 5-25 at about 18-20 to shoot out to about 1200yds. I will often go up to 25X to read wind and mirage (which tells me what the wind is doing). My GAP-10 has a S&B 3-20 on it. I love it at 16-18X to shoot, 20 to read mirage/wind.

I do think it comes down to scope quality though. A bad scope at 35x is just a recipe for a headache and eye strain. That said, a NF ATACR in 4-16, being great glass, would take you to 1000 EASY.

Personal preference I think, but quality beats quantity (Power) every time.
 
Feb 10, 2013
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What you intend to hit should factor into your plan as well. are you shooting f-class targets or prairie dogs? I wouldn't do either at 1000 with 16 power, at least not in an ideal environment. large game out west or steel targets? the ideal magnification for that is much less imo.
 

W54/XM-388

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A really nice 25x or similar top end on clear glass is great to have as even if you don't shoot that high, you can double it as a spotting scope if you want to see your bullet holes after a string.