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hey fellas,
got a 2 parter for you.
1. how do you tell the magnification. i.e. on a 8x32 scope what does that mean.
2. what would you say (personal opinion/preferance) would be the best target scope for under $200?
thanks

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The 1st number is the magnification of the scope. In the example you gave (8X32) objects appear 8 times closer than they actually are. The second number is the size of the objective lense...which more or less means how much light the scope lets in, or how bright the target will be.

My personal opinion is the most expensive Bushnell model you can afford, but I've only ever used a cheap as dirt Tasco (junk) and the Bushnell Banner I have now ($220 Cdn). Others here will know more about scopes than I do.

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one more question, what does it mean when it says i.e. 6-8x32

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6-8 is variable magnification. There was some discussion about scopes here:

Scope Power

Might want to take a look at that too. Welcome, Javier.

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Like my fellow members have stated before me, a scope such as 6-8X32 has a 6-8 power "zoom" lens which means the target will be 6 to 8 times bigger looking than with your eye. The 32 is 32mm which is the size of the objective(front) lens of the scope. It is generally stated that the bigger the objective lens the more light that enters the scope(as a rule but only to a point). Not to confuse the issue but there could be another number marked on the discription of the scope and it could be 1 inch tube or 30mm tube which would be the size of the scopes "body" and the size rings you need.
Hope this helped a little. Good luck.

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I think a good target scope would be a leupold 3-9x50mm or a 4-12x50. you will be able to see the target better and if it's too bright for the 50mm you can get a sun shade, it just screws in the end of the scope

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Awhile back I gotta little scope crazy. I just had to have the most zoom and biggest lenses I could find. I learned my lesson deer hunting with a .243 and 6-24X Weaver GrandSlam. I could have really used a nice 2x scope when I made that 70 yard shot. You see every little jitter with a scope set on 6x at that range. You just don't need that much scope for shooting game ... or anything for that matter. Most snipers use 10X scopes and at the turn of the century a 2x was quite an effective tool. I just bought a Leupold Rifleman in 2-7 x 33mm and I love it. I prefer to leave it on 4x which is plenty of zoom for a 300 yard shot. Also, you don't need a 55mm lens to get every possible ray of light into your scope. A 33 in a good scope is more than enough. What is important is that the gun is not put out of balance by a monstrosity and you can use a low mount --which makes for better holding. Still, I do kinda get a kick out of my Springfiled 4-15x55 on a .308 Savage heavy barrel. But that setup is useless for anything but benchwork.

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I agree with 2506deerslayer I use a 3-9x50 Leupold Vari-x III on a .270 bolt action. While this is above the price range you are looking for it is definatley worth the money if you plan to use the rifle for a long time. I also use a Tasco 3-9x50 on my 30-06 BAR this I bought this scope about seven years ago(i was 11) and it has been on four different rifles since then(.357, .30-30, REM 7400, and now the BAR) and it has never failed me. I paid around $100 for it and other than the leupold it is the best scope I have ever owned

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The "only" problem with my old Tasco was that in sub-zero weather it frosted up from your breath while sighting on a target. Since deer rifle season in Sask is in Nov, all my hunting was in sub-zero weather, so you couldn't take too much time setting up your shot. It worked great in summer.

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Thats true I haven't really had to deal with that much down here in alabama. Usually we only get a max of 5-15 days where the temp is 0 degrees or less and those are far and few between.

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I use a simmons AETEC 3.8-12x44 I paid 179 dollars for it a couple years ago. I would recomend it to anyone on a tight budget. its good in heavy timber, clearcuts or powerlines & logging roads it also has an adjustable objective lens

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