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High Magnification, Really?

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.

 

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People want the newest

People want the newest highest power scope on the market because they think that it makes them a better shot.  I have to admit that I fell into the same market hype years ago when I bought my first 22-250.  I bought a 6.5x20 for it thinking that those ground hogs wouldn't stand a chance.  I have since learned better.  While that was a great scope and to buy the same one today will put you back around $1500.00 I found that I really didn't need it.  As far as scopes on a muzzleloader I got the horse laugh a few weeks ago on a scoutting trip when I pulled out my old Renegade with the open sights on it and took a few shots.  Two others that were with me had the new fangled inlines with 1 power scopes on them because that is all you can use in Utah with a muzzleloader tag.  The funny thing was that I out shot them with mine and open sights at 100 yards. 

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I've had comments from others

I've had comments from others as to why I handicaped my two daughters rifles with 4X Leupolds. The Rem. Model 7 in .260 has worked for three antelope at 135, 289 & 326 yards. The Boss (aka the wife) acounted for the long shot - said she never noticed the magnification. The Vangard 7-08 will be tested this fall hopefully.

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Sometimes I wonder how any

Sometimes I wonder how any animal was killed back in the 1800's and early 1900's when the average hunter couldn't afford a scope of any power.  I know that the .30-06 that a uncle gave me had a peep sight on it and I used that for 8 years and in those 8 years it took a lot of game including my first elk and a brown bear at 150 yards.  A lot of times simpler is better you have a lot less to go wrong. 

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Back when I started hunt i

Back when I started hunt i just used iron sights and was good out to 200yrds it took tons of practice. I didnt start using a scope till about 5 years ago, now i have  3x9x40, thats really all i need.

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My dad has a 2-10X leupold on

My dad has a 2-10X leupold on his marlin .444! Explain that one. Well I guess if he antied up and got the new leverEvolution ammo it might fill a niche. But I think me and my brother have finally convinced him to pull the scope off and use it as a timber elk gun. It would excell at that.

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high powered scopes

I guess its each to his own!! I'V used iron sights I'v used fixed power they did the trick. BUT I would never go back.I like to see them blink at 300yds.LOL.  

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i agree on a muzzleloader

i agree on a muzzleloader why?

BUT i have a 243 with a 4-16Xmonarch on it an love it...

a 300H&H and 375 H&H with 14Xzeiss and love them also...

i shoot probly a thousand rounds a year and CAN hit a garbage can at 400 lol... actually we shoot 6 inch ballons at 600 off a cheap 20 wooden bench

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don't know

Personally I can't see any reason for more than 6X when biggame hunting and 9X or 10X for long range target shooting.  What really scares me is that there are some people out there who use their high magnification scope for glassing and viewing.  Very bad!

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