Discussion in 'On Topic' started by AustinL911, Oct 18, 2007.
Is there a rule of thumb to go by on this?
Depends on what you are using it for. Punching holes in paper with $5,000 rifle? You might want 9x or better depending on your eyesight. Shooting soda cans with your 10/22? a 3-4x scope should be adequate.
For target shooting its really personal preference.
For hunting I wouldn't want much over 3-4x at 100 yards.
I see 3-9x in use at 100 yard ranges all the time. 9x seems to be enough for shooting at paper.
Image quality seems to be a more important factor - good glass and an objective lens that gathers enough light to form a bright picture helps.
richk has a nice 3-9x40 scope on his AR and a cheap 3-9x25 on a .22 bolt gun. The x40 scope produces a nice bright image while the x25 scope is dim, grainy, and useless under poor light conditions. That x25 scope isn't really useful at 100 yards - tend to stick to 50 yard stands with that one.
Agreed, I use a 3x9 and 3x10 for hunting, but I hardly ever seem to go above 6x or so since none of my shots ever seem to be much over 100 yards.
For hunting at 100 yards 4x is plenty.
3-9x will work just fine at least out to 400 yards.