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hawkeye69
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“Saltlake58”So far you seem to be validating what I’ve been finding out the hard way.  I have a nice BSA 3-14×44 FFP, and a really cheap BSA 6-24×40.  Just comparing magnification when shooting at 50 or 75 yards, I con’t use much more than 18x tops.  Between the difficulty in lining up my eye with the scope, and other factors, 18X seems to be as far as I can go.  Then again, that’s a cheap scope, only paid $60 for it on sale a couple years ago.  
I’ve been leaning to the Athlon 6-24×50, and am pretty sure that’s the way I’ll go.  Athlon also offers a 4-14×44, so was wondering if the higher magnifications really had much of an advantage.
Will probably go with the 6-24, just for the 18X or maybe a little more on the Athlon.  Goal for this gun will be bench at 75 and 100 yards, so more usable magnification could help.  
Thanks for the comments


I bought the Athlon 6-24X50 recently and the front flip-up cover spring broke almost immediately, so I reversed it and flip down instead. My biggest complaint is that the side focus markings aren’t even close to the actual distance. At 25 yards it reads almost 40 on the scale. Other than that, it’s clear and I like the reticle. Thus far for target shooting I’ve just kept it on 18X.