Close Focusing Scopes

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    Mendopellet
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    With this question, I only want to learn. Curiosity is killing me.

     

    Other than the one reason I can think of, having only 10 yds to shoot in, is there any other reasons for wanting a close focusing scope ?  Because I have a personal thing, where knowing it is almost a certain hit at shorter distances, I really never look for / find anything to shoot under at least 25 to 30 yds. So I am just wondering the whys? 

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    bowwild
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    I want a close one because, even though I live in the country and have own property, I shoot in my walk-out during the winter. 

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    toku58
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    Shooting rats at night sometime it's less than 10'. My ATN can focus down to about 8'. 

     

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    mister12ax7
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    Field Target competition is one reason. 

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    deke
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    If you wait for food to walk to a sporting distance you probably go hungry!

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    MScottLeeman
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    Winter here in Michigan can get pretty "brisk". During these times I Really appreciate being able to shoot indoors at shorter distances. (10-16 yds). Better than Not shooting and trust me…if you get bored,just practice the offhand standing position. Keeping score is a real ego-deflator! Not to mention a Fantastic way to evolve ones skill level. 

    Just my .02

    Mike.

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    Mendopellet
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    Thanks guys !  Now I understand.

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    eeler1
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    Well, just piping in, but airguns are generally only good for 0 to maybe 50 or 60 yards.  If you give up the close stuff, you are losing maybe 20% of your potential range.  If scopes would focus down to 5 yards would be even better. 

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    CampFussell
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    If you need something that focuses really close for indoor shooting, I would choose the Bug Buster line of scopes by UTG

    Length 8.1" and weight just 13 oz and they say it will focus as close as 3 yds?

    You can get it cheaper in other places but Pyramyd Air always has the best descriptions and reviews so I try to buy from them when I can catch things on sale. Amazon and Walmart are usually cheaper.

    https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/UTG_3_12x32_AO_Bug_Buster_Rifle_Scope_Mil_Dot_Reticle_1_3_MOA_1_Tube_Medium_Weaver_Rings/7972

    I used to have one of the older 3-9 models and it was a great little scope.

    https://www.pyramydair.com/search-results-ext?Ntt=bug+buster&sid=1375A617A415&N=0&Ntk=primary&q=bug+buster&cx=002970863286801882398:jlcminxfwdw&cof=FORID:11;NB:1&saSearch

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=UTG+3-12X32+Bug+Buster

     

     

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    Mendopellet
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    I am lucky to live on 3 acres of wilderness. Sometimes I do see things I could shoot at 10 or 12 yards, but since I know I can hit it easily, it bores me and I choose not to shoot. But if I were shooting indoors, I see how important it would be !  Thanks again

    My personal minimum focus is 25 yds for a scope. If I am shooting under 25 yds at something, I'm usually shooting on 4 to 7 power anyway, and parallax is not really an issue. On lower powers, my scopes focus clear to 10 to 12 yds, when the AO ring is set to 25 yds. Just not on high power 

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    eeler1
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    Mendocino County?  I used to live in Humboldt and had the luxury of 1.5 acres in the country.  You are exactly right about focus and variable power and range.  Now that I'm a City boy, my range distance has been truncated and I have to worry about noise and neighbors and maybe even the police.  Heck, I have to drive to a range just to shoot more than about 15 yards!!

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    Coldair
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    Close focus AO in case you need to shoot a rat or a roach few feet away.

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    L.Leon
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    Coldair

    Close focus AO in case you need to shoot a rat or a roach few feet away.

    CA

    Most of my misses on rats have been those that have been under ten yards!

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    Mendopellet
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    Spit wads through a straw. When there are under ten yds, that is, LOL.  Just joking of course. I have missed every shot possible over the years, lol.

     

    Always trap roaches. When you shoot em, it doesn't leave enough meat when you clean them.

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    Mendopellet
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    eeler1

    Mendocino County?  I used to live in Humboldt and had the luxury of 1.5 acres in the country.  You are exactly right about focus and variable power and range.  Now that I'm a City boy, my range distance has been truncated and I have to worry about noise and neighbors and maybe even the police.  Heck, I have to drive to a range just to shoot more than about 15 yards!!

     

    This would be my Mendo county abode …

     

     

    Down the mountain a few miles, is the HUGE city I live closest to. Here it is !  HUGE huh ? LOL

     

     

     

     

    It rains a lot in the winter. But I have four large storage buildings on the property, which I can shoot from inside to the outside. But I lived in the big city before. I was too depressed to shoot inside. But always drove hours to a shooting range to shoot. It was terrible. I should offer airgun vacations here ! LOL  And Airgun B&B, without the breakfast, unless you're eating whatever I am, LOL.

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    SMH77
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    Nice property-I like it!  I too live on a nice piece of land here in WI and enjoy seeing all the wild life.  As part of maintaining the property, I end up having to manage the chipmunk population living in my retaining wall.  Sometimes when I am stalking on a ways away, another pops up in the 6-7 yard range and bega me to ‘tend to it first’.  That is another reason why I appreciate scopes that focus closer than 10 yards.  But the hold over is aweful the closer in you get.  Below 5 yards you may as well not even use the scope!

     

    Sean

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    flynviking
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    I’m late to the party but I’ll pipe in since no one else has mentioned it.  One of the reasons why I started down the rabbit hole of airguns was because my nine large trees on my property were full starlings that were crapping all over my property.  I often walk underneath my trees and shoot up into the trees at close distance.  A scope that can focus down to 10 yards is a nice feature and I use it often or at least I did until the starlings figured out it was detrimental to their health to hang around my yard.  

    BYW- my aunt and uncle live in Comptche and I’ve been to Mendocino many times.   That’s a very beautiful place.  

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    Mendopellet
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    No way … Tiny Comptche? Now guess where I was working on a falling redwood garage today ?  Comptche. I live 10 miles from Mendocino, in Albion. Up the ridge ( mountain ) several miles from the ocean. 

     

    I so very respect everyone's reasoning. I just have never once had a parallax error issue, or a clarity issue while airgunning with scope which parallax down to 25 yds. I also don't see just how it could be an issue personally. I mean, if I am shooting under 25 yds, I would only use the lowest power on my scope anyway. Anything stronger would be overkill at such a tiny distance. In the lower powers, say 4x , parallax is almost impossible to be an issue. And clarity only becomes an issue at under 15 yds, when I dial up the power. 

     

    But I am certainly informed now on a myriad of reasons. why others find it so important. I am glad it doesn't limit me. I would go NUTS trying to only find scopes which focus down to 10 yds ! LOL

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    Mendopellet

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    Mendocino County?  I used to live in Humboldt and had the luxury of 1.5 acres in the country.  You are exactly right about focus and variable power and range.  Now that I'm a City boy, my range distance has been truncated and I have to worry about noise and neighbors and maybe even the police.  Heck, I have to drive to a range just to shoot more than about 15 yards!!

     

    This would be my Mendo county abode …

     

     

    Down the mountain a few miles, is the HUGE city I live closest to. Here it is !  HUGE huh ? LOL

     

     

     

     

    It rains a lot in the winter. But I have four large storage buildings on the property, which I can shoot from inside to the outside. But I lived in the big city before. I was too depressed to shoot inside. But always drove hours to a shooting range to shoot. It was terrible. I should offer airgun vacations here ! LOL  And Airgun B&B, without the breakfast, unless you're eating whatever I am, LOL.

    WOW. Very nice! When can I come over?

     

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    steve-l
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    Varmint shooting at 10 yds. or less with any scope is problematic. I use a PCP pistol with after market quality open sights because it allows much faster target acquisition and field of view, as well as damn good pistol practice.

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