I didn't want to hijack the Perfect Magnification thread so will ask my question here.
I currently have a 4x-12x scope on my 30-06. I have pre-ordered a .300 Win Mag, and am looking to go out to CO next year on my first (and perhaps only) elk hunt. I am looking at putting a 5x-25x scope on it. I have never had one - or needed one - of that magnification, as all my shooting has been < 150 yards. I don't know what I'll encounter next year, but I know I'm most likely only going to get one opportunity. I'm taking "enough rifle" for the trip, and I'd also like to make sure I'm taking "enough glass" as well.
For the moment I'd like to set aside the discussion of brands; I know that some manufacturers are far superior than others. I'd prefer to concentrate first on the best magnification, then I'll choose the brand. While I won't say "money is no object", in the end I'm going to buy whi
leupold anyday, everydayTake my 3-15 to 800 yards regularly. It’s all I’d need on a big game rifle.
Precision work requires excellent tracking, along with glass quality, and high magnification.
I regularly shoot matches where 1/100th of an inch is difference of winning or placing. Or losing.
Different world than hunting.
Sightron SIII 10-50X60 sitting on my wife's Savage 110FP. Choate Ultimate Varminter stock.
As seen rifle weighs 14lbs.
If you can't see it, you can't hit it! Lol
IMO - 5X is more magnification that you will want at first and last light. 25X is REALLY tough to hold steady in the field. It can be done but even with a good bipod and back bag in the prone position......it is tough.
I really like the Swaro Z5 in 3.5-18 power. The glass is super super clear and great at low light. Went shooting with a buddy and we had three guns. Two of the guns had vortex Vipers and one had a Swaro. We could see good enough at first light to shoot the gun with the Swaro but had to wait quite a few minutes to look through the Vortex Viper scopes. Had a buddy wound an animal a few years ago. Animal got out to 964 yards and was looking to go over the hill. He asked me to shoot the animal if I could. The gun was pointed at the sun and I could only use 6X. Two shots in a row hit the animal and it rolled down the hill. Didn't need magnification to get the job done. Was shooting a vortex at the time and really wished I had more clarity instead of magnification.
Unless there is something going on with your base/rings, i've never seen a scope limited to 1 revolution on elevation.I also have the Swarovski Z5 3.5-18x44 scope. The glass is outstanding. Elevation turret is limited to one revolution, which equates to 13.25 MOA. To do over again I would purchase the X5 5-25-50
I should have said My Z5 has a total 58 moa of elevation adjustment but only 13.25 from the zero-stop incorporated in the ballistic turretUnless there is something going on with your base/rings, i've never seen a scope limited to 1 revolution on elevation.
Before just buying a higher power scope, i'd investigate your setup first.
Your lucky with the 308 sized bullet holes. The 223 are harder to see at distance!
For those not shooting these types of matches, the dot in the center is the "X ring". Depending upon type of match IBS, UBR and who is holding the match it counts as either an "X" or 11. Smallest circle is obviously the 10 ring.
2 targets in the center are for sighters.