Scope magnification for long range hunting

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Scope magnification for long range hunting

Postby OSDaisyCutter » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:14 pm

I just purchased a Browning A-Bolt II Long Range Hunter chambered for the mighty .300 Remington Ultra Magnum. I intend to use it for the purpose it's name suggests, long range hunting. Not one to pass up a close range opportunity though, and will take this rifle in the woods, shots could go anywhere from your typical moving woods shots up to 600 yards or more. What magnification range would you recommend? 3-9? 4-16? 5-20? 6-24? Anyone?
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Re: Scope magnification for long range hunting

Postby MOhuntingGuy » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:17 pm

I'd say a 6-24x50. Got one mounted up on an AR-10 and it is awesome actually being able to see you shots on paper out to 300+.
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Re: Scope magnification for long range hunting

Postby ajmorell » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:52 pm

6-24 if you're really going to use it at long range, mil dots and turrets and learn to use them

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Scope magnification for long range hunting

Postby Botiz630 » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:30 am

MOhuntingGuy wrote:I'd say a 6-24x50. Got one mounted up on an AR-10 and it is awesome actually being able to see you shots on paper out to 300+.


What scope do you have on your AR?
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Re: Scope magnification for long range hunting

Postby Sagebrush » Fri Jul 20, 2012 11:01 pm

The old scopes were 2 or 4x in the old days 2x being used in Africa for quick shots.

They then went to 3x9 to fill the bill for most hunting needs.

6-18 was used for varmit and targets since most shots were from 100 yards out and longer.

20 power is great but with power comes added scope jump from breathing,heart beat and wind and the days
heat can also cause problems with higher powers. A 40 power spotting scope is a good example of how
heat waves can distort the view on a hot day.
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Re: Scope magnification for long range hunting

Postby OSDaisyCutter » Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:24 pm

Thanks. :sniper:
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Re: Scope magnification for long range hunting

Postby MOhuntingGuy » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:30 pm

Botiz630 wrote:
MOhuntingGuy wrote:I'd say a 6-24x50. Got one mounted up on an AR-10 and it is awesome actually being able to see you shots on paper out to 300+.


What scope do you have on your AR?

I think it's an old tasco from back when they actually made good stuff. I don't think it has tactical turrets on it but it for sure has mil dots. Its a beast of a scope on a beast of a gun.
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Re: Scope magnification for long range hunting

Postby Sandman3400 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:25 am

6x on the low end is going to be a handicap for close range shots. I don't think you will ever need 24x for big game. That is more in line for small varmints at long ranges. If it were my rig, I would go with a Leupold 3.5-10. As a matter of fact, I did. I don't think you would ever need more than 10x or 12x for large game, and you can easily get by with a 3-9x.
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Re: Scope magnification for long range hunting

Postby MOSSBERG935 » Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:07 am

Save your money and buy a good scope from the get go. I bought a Leupold Mark 4, 4.5 x 14, target turrets. Mil-dot reticle. I absolutely love it.

I started out with a Bushnell, it broke in the first year.


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Re: Scope magnification for long range hunting

Postby apexhunter » Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:26 am

While a 24X scope would be useful for 600+ yards I agree with mossberg in that the 4.5x14 is a good range. At that distance a 10x may or may not provide enough detail for a comfortable shot but much past 14x you begin to lose brightness and mirage & paralax come into play.

That said you do want a scope with as large of an exit pupil that you can get in order to provide the light transmission for the morning and evening times...and these do not come cheap.
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