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What recommendations on magnification would you make for using a SS for PD hunting?

 

We shoot a great deal up to 200 and occasionaly out to 400 on larger targets.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

scoot

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Welcome ScOOter, I do not own a SS scope ( probably a mistake on my part ) but I see them as a target / tactial / indestructable optics choice. First and foremost I shoot prarie dogs. All of my scopes tend to be set on 12 thru 16 power and I do not mess with the magnification that much. If I leave the power the same it gives me a quick reference as to the distance to the target.If the targets are very close and your magnification does not allow you to turn it down you will have a very narrow field of view. From what I have encountered I would say that 10 power would not be enough for small targets (pups) at 400 yards. and 20 power would be to much at closer distances and also under recoil the higher power would make you lose your sight picture (not good).not allowing you to see your dust signature,if you miss, heaven forbid. Because watching them explode is what it is all about.In conclusion my pick would be the 16X. Now you have to decide on side or rear parallax adjustment.

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I have  used a 10 power in the past but wished for more, one reason I bought a 6 to  20 Nikon from swfa last year. I have not had the chance to try it on pd yet but it looks like a big improvement at the range.

 

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I use Shepherd 6-18 power and usually stay around 12 power out to about 400 yrds when on a 360 degree bench .  Just  cant hold steady  above that due to  wind.

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Lack of field of view from the higher magnifications will drive you crazy at those ranges. Past 500 yards you could start to consider a 16x but still maybe then. Really comes down to what you like.

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The reality of high magnification scopes is that the exit eye pupil doesnt let much light through the scope later in the evening. In bright daylight the 20x or the 16x should both work well but if you do much in the early morning or evening a fixed high power is not the right scope. Variables do not suffer from this as you can turn the power down as it gets dark. There are some great deals on the Nikon Monarch  5.5-16.5 and

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