My turn to start an argument -er- discussion. Can someone please tell me why you'd put a high magnification scope on a rifle used 99% of the time on short to mid ranges? A 4X12 on a Marlin 336 or a muzzleloader? Really? I'm admittedly biased - scopes on a smoke pole or a .30-30 is just plain goofy. Especially when the longest distance shot at from the blind or after sneaking up in timber is maybe 75 to 125 yards (how many hunting shows have you seen where the sport cautiously threads his/her .300WSM topped with a 6X20 mildot reticle beanfield deluxe out thru the window to pop the whitetail standing broadside at the far end of the clearing way out there at a lasered 148 yards).
I understand that the rifle just might be used for an elk hunt or high mtn sheep hunt, etc. but considering that the typical shot is taken at 200 yards or less or that the typical hunter (self included) can't confidently hit a dumpster at 400 yards+ let alone a chest cavity I just can't figure out the why for to a high mag scope, other than just because you can. Then again, that's probably a good enough reason.