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Looking for a good scope to accuratly shoot anywhere from 50 to 200 yards.

I was thinking about something in the 3-9X50 size/range but now I am thinking about something more in the 4-16X50 range for the distances past 100 yards to 200 yards.

Would a 4-16X50 be overkill here? Or will it be easy to pinpoint a target at 200 yards with the 3-9X50?
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Better glass beats higher magnification.  I'd get a good 3-9.
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Originally posted by swtucker swtucker wrote:

Better glass beats higher magnification.  I'd get a good 3-9.
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Lower Quality Glass at higher magnification will be less usable than quality glass at 9x
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Assuming the glass was of the same high quality, would the 3-9X50 be powerfull enough to sight in a small target at 200 yards?
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yeah.  I have used a 3x9 for clays at 300 yds.
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Nice. I don't want something that is more than I need, however even worse would be something that is not powerfull enough.

Thanks for the info.
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I have no problem whatsoever (hitting deer sized targets, i.e. deer) at 200 yards with a fixed 4 power
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Just keep in mind that occasionally a bit more magnification may come in handy.  There isn't a lot of difference between 3x and 4x, but there is between 9x and 16x at 200yds.
 
I dropped .040" off my 100yd average with one of my rifles from going from a 14x to 24x optic while shooting.
 
For larger game though there won't be enough of a difference at that range to really make it worthwhile.  Just depends on what you are doing with the rifle.  I'd be more than confident in a 3-9x optic for hunting deer at that range.  When it comes to small critters, I'd probably go with a bit more magnification. YMMV
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I got a sightron big sky 3-12x42 duplex like new except minor scratch on one of the caps. its for sale for 375  add 10 bucks to ship. Its also VERY light for its size. Only reason I'm selling is its on a heavy barrel gun. I'm selling the gun and buy a very light sporter. I want to put a tiny little scope on  the new gun. I've had it 1 .5 years. fired 200 rounds of .223 with the scope on the gun and thats it. it just sits in the safe mostly.
 
Great glass and just the right power range for most any hunting. Low enough for most situations and high enough for some occasional varmint shooting. The scope was 500 bucks new. comes with box lense covers and instructions.
 
 
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Already bought a 3-9X50

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You'll get plenty of light transmission through that objective. For those reading this who haven't yet bought a scope, 3X9 is really plenty for most rifles and most shooting. It is possible to get a sight picture with a 4X or higher, but I can't say that I enjoyed it either of the two times I had to on a running antelope and a cow elk. A 2.5 or 3X low end is much better for close-in shots. A fixed 4X is quite decent out to 200 yards and 9X is comfortable out to 400 yards.

Beyond that, you're getting into a whole different realm of shooting anyway, in which case the magnification range still plays an important part. But other details, like ballistics, wind and shooting experience/practice, matter as much or more.
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