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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: November/20/2008 at 05:33
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I'm looking for new scopes for my 17hmr & 223.  Currently they have 3-9x40 & 4-12x40 Leupold VX1's which I don't like because of the huge variation in eye relief and the power adjusting ring is so tight I feel like I'm going to twist the scope off the rifle.  For the replacements,  I've almost decided on the Bushnell Elite 4200 4-16x40 for both, however one thing that bothers me is the length of these higher magnification scopes.  14 or more inches is getting a bit long, especially for short actions, however I really want the higher magnification so that I can pick the part of the rabbit I want to hit at 200m away rather than just 'the rabbit'.  So for the smaller dimensions I'd have to go back to 4-12 max.  I'm wondering if the higher quality scopes like Swarovski & Kahles can provide an image clarity that will make up for lower magnification.  For example, is a 4-12 Kahles at 12x going to give me a sight picture that is as effective on long range varmint targets as an Elite 4200 at 16x?

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: November/20/2008 at 05:48
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I would say yes. Firstly the difference between 12x and 16x is not that much in real life. Secondly a clear smaller image is better then a less clear bigger image.
I am sure some of the OT guys will pitch in soon with their advise.
The old adage still applies: Buy quality, not quantity.
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