View Poll Results: What power scope do you use for western big game?

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  • Fixed Power

    1 2.86%
  • 3-9

    10 28.57%
  • 4-12

    8 22.86%
  • Adjustable Greater than 12 Power

    16 45.71%
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    What Scope Magnification do you use?

    Not diving into brands. Just wondering what magnification you guys use for western style hunting.

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    I've got a 4-16 and a 3-12

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    I primarily use a 4.5 - 14

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    Here is what I use:

    Elk rifle (.300 Wby)- 4x14; deer/antelope rifle (25-06)-4x14; deer/elk (30-06)- 3 1/2 x 10; varmints (.220 Ackley Improved Swift)- 6x18; varmints (.17HMR)- 3-9.
    All scopes except the 3x9 on the .17, have ballistic turrets. Every scope is the same brand and has the small objective lens (30 mm I think).

    One other thing I'll bet most of you don't have....all my scopes have dot reticles.
    Last edited by Colorado Cowboy; 12-28-2017 at 01:00 PM.
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    4.5X14 On my main big game rifle. I have 3x9s and 4x12s on several other rifles I own. I like the 4.5x14 the best.

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    I have a 2-7 power on my rifle and since I am not a long range shooter it is plenty for me, 400 yards is a long shot for me.
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    I start with wanting the low end magnification to be around 3 power in order to take a close quick shot if I need to. The last thing you want is a 30 yard shot and not being able to find the animal in the scope. I had a 4.5 at one point and it was a tiny bit much for me. Respecting that, I like as much magnification as I can get on the high end and 5X and 6X multipliers are becoming more and more common. I now hunt with 3-15 and will soon be using a 3-18 on my primary hunting rifle.
    Last edited by Umpqua Hunter; 12-28-2017 at 12:04 PM.

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    I have a 4-12X40 on my 300 WSM. I like the fine duplex.

    Interesting results so far across the board.

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    Most of my hunting scopes are 2-7x33 or 3-9x40. 15+ years old or more. Last scope I bought was 4-16x44, 3 years ago. 98.23% of the time they all stay on 5x ish. I’m good to 400 at 5x. I like a smaller scope profile, and do like the 4x, 5x, 6x, ... multipliers. So future acquisitions are likely to be 4-16, 3-15 and the like with no more than a 44 objective lens.

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    Elk/Deer (.30-06) 4-14
    Elk/Deer (.270Win) 4-14
    Elk/Deer (7mm-08) 3-12

 

 
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