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Minimum magnification you would use?

I plan on doing some long range paper and steel punching this spring. anywhere from 600 to 1200 yards. I have two questions...
Your usage for the magnification suggested and what magnification?

Thanks guys.

Re: Minimum magnification you would use?

Reply #1
10x with good glass would be the minimum I would consider. A 4-16 or 6-24 would be light years better though. Out past 300-400 paper is pretty hard to see hits regardless steel is much easier.
Dave

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Reply #2
I am currently looking at a 4x18 and or a 6x24. years ago I read a book yaers ago that said a minimum of x1 per 100 yards is a good rule. I know a 3x9 at 300 yards is pretty monotonous shooting a 8 inch plate. So I need longer range to keep me interested.
 I like the features of the 4x18 and it is a pretty well proven scope. The 6x24 is not as well known but gets good reviews + has illumination.

oh decisions decisions!

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Reply #3
I am currently looking at a 4x18 and or a 6x24. years ago I read a book yaers ago that said a minimum of x1 per 100 yards is a good rule. I know a 3x9 at 300 yards is pretty monotonous shooting a 8 inch plate. So I need longer range to keep me interested.
 I like the features of the 4x18 and it is a pretty well proven scope. The 6x24 is not as well known but gets good reviews + has illumination.

oh decisions decisions!

Not sure what brand you're looking at but if I were going 1000-1200 on a regular basis I would be using a 6-24 and running it @ about 18, It would probably be clearer than the 4-18 @ 18. Most scopes seem to not be as clear and have a lot of mirage on their highest magnification. I have several 6-24s most with illumination. I've never felt the need to use the illumination.
Dave

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Reply #4
  For me, illumination is critically important in a hunting optic.
 For just punching paper or shooting steel it probably isn't.
If your going to be a Bush Alaskan You need a perfect winter rifle. The Ruger M77 Hawkeye SS in 6.5 Creedmoor is mine.<br>You are being watched.

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Reply #5
If the scopes are of equal quality then go with the 6-24x. You can always dial it down to 18x but can't dial the 18x up to 24x. I usually use between 12-16x mostly at matches for paper and steel to 1250 yards. I have shot on targets to 2500 yards on 17x. No problem seeing it with good glass.

As for illumination, I use it at matches with dark steel in darker areas. Depending on the scope though it may or may not be worth it. What scopes are you looking at exactly?

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Reply #6
I have  a limited budget so I have been looking at the Athlon Argos BTR 6x24 and the Falcon M18+ 4x18. Both seem to get good reviews as far as "bang for buck". The Athlon has illumination (not that I need it, I have night vision) I am worried about tracking in this optics price point. Reviews have shown good tracking for both but that is a small sample size. 
Falcon $350
Athlon $360.
Still trying to figure it out.
My uses, Mostly shooting with friends, Possibly a match later on after some practice. Little hunting deer and yotes but I have other rifles I use for that normally.
Rifle is a PSA 6.5 Creedmoor

AL

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Reply #7
Get the Athlon. And night vision isn't a replacement for illumination. Two different jobs.

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Reply #8
my night vision is day or night. ATN x sight works pretty decent for the money. But I see your point.

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Reply #9
I ended up getting the Falcon 4x18. I am going to get the Athlon later for a another rifle though. I figured the 4x would suit me better for hunting and if the 18 is clear enough that will get me to 1,000.
Arrives Monday.

AL


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Reply #11
The Falcon M18+ appears to be very solid, B-20 reticle looks good, and glass is very clear edge to edge out to 18x. Very clear and solid mil/mil adjustments and a FFP. Good bang for buck as far as I can see so far. I would have liked to see a 50mm objective though.
Range test on Saturday or Sunday.  

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Reply #12
 I hadn't heard of Falcon until a few weeks ago.
 I'm interested in their 1-8 but don't really know enough about the brand.
If your going to be a Bush Alaskan You need a perfect winter rifle. The Ruger M77 Hawkeye SS in 6.5 Creedmoor is mine.<br>You are being watched.

 

Re: Minimum magnification you would use?

Reply #13
They used to be held next to the SWAFA line. So far first impressions are good, I have to compare them to a more expensive Leupold. or Vortex.

AL