Reply To: scope magnification discussion – 4 to 14 or 6 to 24
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Well, my first scope is a 4-12x SFP and I would semi-regularly use 4x for pesting up close, and most of the time 12x if my target is at 20 or 30m. With a second focal plane sub-tensions are relative to the zoom range, so in practice, this meant, I would memorize a set of (distance, zoom, sub-tension) range chart. Then I check and possible dial the zoom setting to either 4x or 12x depending on my target.
My next scope was a 6-24x FFP. I have yet to miss 4x. Greatly enjoy first focal aspect as I now only have to memorize (distance, sub-tension) range chart, and can shoot without having to check or adjust the zoom range. I do, however, use the zoom aspect of my scope a lot more, and in particular the 12x to 16x range. Anything beyond that at my target distances would become cumbersome with the narrow field of view.
So to answer your question, I think there is a valve a little beyond 14x for short range pesting, and beyond 16x or so I think you want to shoot longer distances and/or smaller targets. Also, for pesting, I do enjoy the illuminated reticle at dusk, so I can see the sub-tensions.