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Scopes The stupid question is the one you don't ask, we'll see :)

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Dusty605, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Dusty605

    Dusty605 Active Member

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    Hi, I have a 3-9 x 40 scope. With regards to the zoom side of it I'm a little confuzzled. When would you use the lower end of the zoom, surely it's best to have it on the highest magnification possible without things going out of focus or am I missing something. The majority of the time my zoom is on 9, in fact I don't think I've ever come lower. I figure I'm not making full use of my scope so any advice on this would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. r10hunter

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    The main reason to use a lower zoom would be to get a brighter image when shooting rabbits at dusk lets say.
    Or to have a better field of view to find your target quickly like when you are lamping.
    Or to keep every thing in focus when shooting very close and at medium range like when ratting.
    Some people also don't like the way a big magnification shows up their wobble.
    The main advantage of high magnification will be accuracy and being better able to see your hold over/ under.
    Cheers Andy
     
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  3. Elk hunter

    Elk hunter Keyboard Hero

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    Use what works for you!
    All my rim and centre fire rifles us 4 or 6 fixed magnification scopes and I shoot plenty. My air rifle all have variable mag scopes but tend to keep them on 6/8 mag.
    But I all depends on what you shoot game or targets. Target shooters tend to use high magnification.

    Andrew
     
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    Be aware that altering the scopes magnification can can move the zero slightly as the moving lenses inside the scope can move very slightly out of alignment. On a decent scope it should be insignificant, but worth bearing in mind, check your zero after changing the mag to be sure. As already said lower magnification has its advantages. I've settled on 5x and leave it alone.
     
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    I've only got cheap scopes with second focal plane reticles, the mil dots are on the money at 6x so I stick with that.
    I go down to 3x for ratting, I don't use mil dots for that as it is all close range stuff, & I just use higher magnifications for bird watching...
     
  6. Dusty605

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    Thanks for the replies on this. I might experiment a bit and see which works for me rather than just put it out at 9 every time as I have been
     
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    My hft scope is set at 10x but my ft scope is set at 40x but i come down to 10x to find the target then back to 40x
     
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    I'm struggling with this myself. On my scopes I've found lower mags to be much clearer and brighter image with better focus, yet when looking at a 1" bullseye at 30 yards it just doesn't provide the required accuracy. Dunno how to get round this problem.
     
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    Are you adjusting the parallax to clean up the image Dan?
     
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    Yes Stu, but I find at higher mags on my scope (which only goes up to 12x), i can't get the same sharpness of focus even using the AO.

    The other thing Ive found is at the higher mags the eye position is much more sensitive to movement.
     
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