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Question Another dumb question this time about scopes

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by AJR48, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. AJR48

    AJR48 Well-Known Member

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    Reading some of the information on line it seems that many people don't use their scopes on full magnification. Why? I can see that perhaps with very powerful ones trying to focus on something at 10 metres might be a problem but with an average scope, mine for example which is 3-9x40, what benefit is there in only using, say, 6x magnification?

    Alan
     
  2. Size12

    Size12 Busy Member

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    Hi Alan

    No question is silly if you don't know the answer.
    Most don't use full magnification due to more shake at 9x not that noticeable but at 16x your heartbeat moves the crosshairs a hell of a lot. and narrow field of vision no point filling your scope with your target, better to see some of the background to helps with range estimation and keepin the shot safe.
    Hth
     
  3. Stot

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    Another reason is aim points. Its easier to memorize your aim points at different distances for a specific magnification than all the mags you have available to you.

    Ill use various mags while stalking and target finding then drop to something like 6x for shooting as each mildot is then ~ 10yds for me, so 30yds center, 40yds one dot down, 50 yds 2 dots down etc.

    Cheers
    Stot
     
  4. AJR48

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    Thank you. I can see the logic in that. I have some 25x binoculars and you really need a tripod to see anything through them. As a logical follow on question then. I am interested in pursuing FT and HFT. For HFT I understand that targets are set at between 10 metres and 45 metres. Should I zero the scope at say 25 metres, this being somewhere in between, and compensate with the mil-dots for other distances? I'm quite enthusiastic about this but I can't get out to the range until next Sunday when I have to undergo an induction course so I'm trying to glean as much information as I can before I get there.

    Alan
     
  5. Stot

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    I'd probably still zero to 28-30yds depending on power, I dont think you can change mag midway on HFT anyway can you?

    Download Chairgun and have a play, enter the details of your rifle and scope and then find a magnification and zero combination that gives you easy to remember aim points then go play in a field and see if it works out for real.

    Cheers
    Stot
     
  6. Accuspell

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    There is a tutorial from the HFTA (or is it the FTA?!!) that tells you how to go about setting up for the discipline - what kind of advantages different scopes have and how to go about setting them up to use for whichever. It would be worth you reading that before trying to piece together all the snippets that will come from various replies.

    one thing I would say, from what other people have said, you need a different set up for FT over HFT.....but never having seen either I am only passing on what I have read! I can't see why I couldn't rack up with my SLR98 in .22 and have a go at FT....I might not score well, but I would at least be having a go and there is now, I believe, a classic sporting hunter class, for recoiling rifles of a certain age and duplex only scopes. No mildots, no aim points other than the cross and no HW97 - HW77 is OK because they were made before the date cut off (so is my SLR and the Grand Prix!) That sounds far more my kind of thing!
     
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    I use 10 X in HFT and zero at 30 yards. It suits my gun/pellet combination. The 10 X helps with judging distance; if it's just out of focus it's 40 yards, any worse and I know its 45. Same with closer distances; 15 yards and it's getting fuzzy again, much worse and it's 10 right down to 8 yards.
     
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    I have a Hawke Pro-Stalk 3-9x50 AO....nice glass but it's BIG

    ok at the range, but at 9x it's difficult to 'lock-on'

    having read the classic book by John Darling who sets his scopes to 6x for hunting, I have bought a Nikko Gold Crown 6x40 WA to try

    will be interesting.?

    john
     

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