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Do I need a scope?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by colwyn, May 26, 2015.

  1. colwyn

    colwyn Active Member

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    I am buying my first air rifle (Stoeger X20) but I will only be shooting it in my back yard at a maximum distance of 20 feet. With scope it costs £140 but only £90 without scope. Given the distance I'll be shooting it will I have any need to buy the one with the scope? I'd like to think I could get the open sights one and be able to be accurate enough to hit a 1" mark from 20 feet. Anyone have any thoughts? Thanks.
     
  2. terry1001

    terry1001 Major Poster

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    I would think that the open sights will be fine. 20 ft is quite close for most scopes to focus anyway so you'd probably have some problems using a scope at that close range and using open sights will help develop your shooting skills. So give it a try and think about getting a scope when you can shoot at longer range and have a bit of experience under your bely.
    ps welcome to the forum.
     
  3. Gunfun

    Gunfun Engaging Member

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    No you don't need a scope for shooting to 1" over 6 or 7 yards, open sights/irons are a good aiming system. Get a scope later on if the bug bites.
     
  4. gasman

    gasman It tasted like chicken

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    You can all way take the scope off, and put it back on as and when
     
  5. colwyn

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    Thanks Terry. What you say is good news and should save me £50 :)
     
  6. Patrick

    Patrick Donator

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    Open sights should be fine at that distance and besides the scope that comes with the rifle as a package probably wouldn't focus that close i.e 6-7yds anyway.If at a latter date you want a scope to use at that range something like the Simmons 1.5-5x32 scope would suit as it will focus down to that distance on the lower magnifications and it's only £25 from JS Ramsbottom.
     
  7. colwyn

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    Thanks Gunfun. Don't know if I will be able to put a scope on at a later date (just my ignorance on the matter) but I could buy a better one if, as you say, the bug bites.
     
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    colwyn Active Member

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    Thanks Patrick. Appreciate your help mate.
     
  9. bhodge

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    Yes, I'll go along with the general consensus - a scope over that range will be more of a hindrance than an advantage. If you eventually decide to 'scope up' then you can get a reasonable one for a lot less than the £50 you quote above.
    By the way...your location, would it be the bay near Llan?
     
  10. Akita177

    Akita177 Addicted to Iron

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    For 6-7yards i would stick with open sights and save your self the £50.
     
  11. colwyn

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    Thanks mate. This is good news that I won't need the scope at the distance I'll be aiming. Yes - re location - quite near.
     
  12. colwyn

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    Thanks mate. Due to comments made I've decided to leave the scope out and save the £50.
     
  13. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Welcome to the forum mate,

    I'm sure someone on the forum will have a scope for less than £50 when you eventually want one:)
     
  14. David M

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    Welcome to the forum...:up:

    I agree with everyone else that open sights are all you need at that range. I enjoy using vintage air rifles with open sights at ranges out to 20 yards or so. A simple great value scope like the Nikko Stirling Mountmaster 3-9x40 AO with mounts would focus down to 5-7 yards on lower magnifications (3-5) but would not be necessary until you break free from your back yard plinking IMO......:up:

    http://www.jsramsbottom.com/product...px-adj--riflescope-with-mounts-nmm3940ao.html
     
  15. twodoctors

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    Agree with everyone else. Open sight is more fun than you think!

    With scope at that distance you will get parallex error as most scopes are parallex free down to 30ft/10yards. Bear that in mind if you want to you scope at that distance. Also remember the backdrop when shooting in the garden. Any stray pellet and it could well be jail! Beware!

    Good luck!

    Adrian

    PS Do consider one of many chinese offerings at that budget range. Or even the Hatsan 55 or 60s.
     
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  16. Jesterdog

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    Agree with all the above ...............as long as you have good eyesight LOL
    I'm getting old (56 bloodly hell, I've arrived), I can focus on the target and I can focus on the sights ......... I can do both :up: But not at the same time :down: I need a scope just to zero on the target :eek:
     
  17. colwyn

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    Thanks for your replies guys. As a newbie I just had no idea if the scope was crucial or just plain unnecessary. Thanks for the education :)
     
  18. twodoctors

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    Your eye sight is normal if you can't keep both the ironsight and target in focus at the same time. You are supposed to have the sight in focus only, and the target is supposed to be slightly blurred.

    Adrian
     
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    I agree with the others, but I do like a scope on a rifle, even my Webley when I was a kid had one.
     

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