What magnification do you prefer for 75+ yard shooting?

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    Michael
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    In two different scenarios:

    1. You know the distance to the target (no range finding)
    2. You do not know the distance to the target & must use the reticle for range finding

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    ajshoots
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    I prefer 12x for both scenarios. I estimate range with the naked eye and rarely use the scope.

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    blueflax
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    The target shooting I have done involved known ranges, Where are you having to estimate ranges beyond 75 yards?

    With air rifles at 75 yards and beyond, I use the 24 and 32 X.

    Ron

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    TonyT
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    I use 20 to 30X for shots at either paper or small targets. For large targets 10x is sufficient.

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    FearnLoading
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    I have the MTC Connect which is true at 10x. So that’s my preferred magnification for anything between 20-50 yards. Between 50 to 120 yards is 12X. I know a lot of shooters who like scopes which go to 20X And shoot 100 yards regularly with that magnification but those scopes weigh a ton and destroy the balance of my bobcat.  So I prefer using light weight scopes which max out at 12X. If someone makes a light weight compact 20X scope I would probably buy it. Got my eyes on the March (super expensive but super awesome)  FFP scopes but I always end up in the intellectual Tussel of buying a new gun vs buying the March scope.  

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    MEC17670
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    I use 10x for all my hunting and 20x for target.

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    DKL
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    I only use  fix magnification scopes and all are 10X and I shot way past 75 yards and over 100yards

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    Matt_Dubber
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    I think it depends whether you’re holding over or adjusting using the turrets. When using the turrets, it makes sense to zoom in since your point of aim doesn’t change. When holding over I will stick to 10x or 20x (Multiples of 10) to make calculations easier. It also depends on whether I’m hunting or target shooting. When hunting I prefer a larger field of view (low magnification) because parallax adjustments and target acquisition can take a long time at high magnification!

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    Ben10
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    “Matt_Dubber”I think it depends whether you’re holding over or adjusting using the turrets. When using the turrets, it makes sense to zoom in since your point of aim doesn’t change. When holding over I will stick to 10x or 20x (Multiples of 10) to make calculations easier. It also depends on whether I’m hunting or target shooting. When hunting I prefer a larger field of view (low magnification) because parallax adjustments and target acquisition can take a long time at high magnification!

    
So does parallax error have less of n impact at lower magnifications?? 

    Thanks 

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    KYAirgunner
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    Parallax error is still an issue on lower magnifications but it’s just not as noticeable. A good way to do it if you want to shoot at a lower mag is zoom the scope in all of the way, fix your parallax adjustment and then return to the desired magnification you want.

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    zachary
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    i use 12x all the time. that way my mil holdover doesn’t change.

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    huntjunky
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    “Matt_Dubber”I think it depends whether you’re holding over or adjusting using the turrets. When using the turrets, it makes sense to zoom in since your point of aim doesn’t change. When holding over I will stick to 10x or 20x (Multiples of 10) to make calculations easier. It also depends on whether I’m hunting or target shooting. When hunting I prefer a larger field of view (low magnification) because parallax adjustments and target acquisition can take a long time at high magnification!

    Jolly good, Dubster.
    Nail on the head!  Eloquently spoken sir.  Spot on!  The only other factor that would dictate to any deviation from your rendition is, the size of the target, especially hunting.  70 yd sparrow I’m cranked 24x…70 yard pigeon 10x will do.  100 to 120 yds. all targets are small to me…back to max x.

     

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    Michael
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    Alright, I guess I should have been more specific. What magnification (zoom) would you use for precise target shooting at 75+ yards?

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    Strikey
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    I think you need all the magnification you are comfortable with using  for target shooting, I  recently mounted a Sightron S111 10 – 50x on my FX Royale .177 with the intentions of having a crack at FT, but it makes targets big & clear at 50yds. I like a challenge so next visit to the range I might try stretching it out to the 100yd mark, reasonably confident will be able to see .177 holes on the target.

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    DKL
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    At the range for air rifles were I go the furthest you can shot is 80 yards and I and a couple of other guys there shoot 1″ targets at that distance no problem using 10X fix magnification scopes…but the majority use 25 magnification.
    More magnification does not mean you can shot more accurately and like said in my earliest post I only have 10X fix magnification scopes. on all of my airguns

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    manabeknives
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    For precision shooting at 75+ yards, I would go with the highest magnification possible while still being able to see it clearly 
    Choices for the job:
    Sightron 10-50×60
    Leupold 45x Competition 
    Nightforce 12-42 BR scope

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    linsfreak
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    Only two scopes I need and own.  Who also own an AEON?

    Hawke Sport Optics 6.5-20×42 AO Sidewinder Tactical Rifle Scope, Illuminated Half Mil-Dot Reticle, 1/4 MOA, 30mm Tube  

    AND
    Aeon 6-24×50 AO Classic Rifle Scope, Field Target Reticle, 1/4 MOA, 30mm Tube

     

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    Coldking
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    I go with the highest magnification possible – typically shoot the 100 yard targets with 40 to 50 mag FFP scopes 
    March, Nightforce ,Schmidt & Bender,  Valdada and Leaupold 
    I believe the quality of the scope should match or exceed the value of the rifle 
    CK

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    Biagio26
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    For me it has to be 9 -12 power for hunting. All the way out to 70 y for target shooting, it has to be my Big Nikko, at 50 power.

    Biagio

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    DLFant
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    The larger the target appears the smaller this miss in a perfect world. But I have a Hawke 8×32 that I use for my 75 yard practice the problem they become grainey at about 26 to 28 power so  that is where I set mine.

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