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For general hunting?  Not Varmints or anything like that.  My lowest power scope is a 1.75X5 Burris Signature Safari.  I never use 1.75 because I can't tolerate seeing the end of the barrel through the scope.  About 2.5 is the lowest I really use, and I've never been in a situation where it seemed like "too much power", even shooting at a running deer at 20yds.  Most of my scopes are 2.5X8, 3X9, and one 2.5X10.  I never use over about 6X at the high end, at least while shooting at something.  I am guilty of using a rifle scope as a spotting scope now and then.  Anything over 6X is too shaky for me to shoot.  In some of my oplder 3X9's, 6X is about all that's really usable anyway becasue the image quality degrades.  In my newer scopes this is not the case.  Wouldn't be all really be better off with a 2X6 on our deer rifles?  They'd be better optically, as well as lighter and smaller, not to mention more durable.  What about everybody else?  Do you really use 14X on the high end to shoot at a deer?

 

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The most popular and widely used scope is a 3-9X40. It is enough for most hunting situations. Most people don't take extremely long shots at a deer unless it is absolutely necessary. So a 9X scope is more than enough to get it done. Don't know about anyone else but I wouldn't wanna take a 300 yard shot at a deer and miss. Wait a whole year then watch your buck run off just because you weren't patient, but thats just me. Hunters that do opt for a 14X may like the challenge of taking a deer at long distances. Or like you mentioned want to use it for a spotter as well.  Hunters usually want that 50 or 56mm objective and that high power when they hunt in wide open lands. Sounds like you're never in the situation when you would need that extra scope. Those high powers do get shaky and can get kinda dark. The larger objective will usually counter that high power and make a 14X look almost as clear as the mid range power's on a 3-9X40. I hunt with a 3-9x40 on my rifle, and I am the same as you I never need anything over a 7X. 

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Guess it depends on the terrain and the animal you are hunting..... out here.... where we get so many "out of staters":
alot of the local HUNTERS, myself included opt for trying to draw for smoke pole season ( way less hunters, and far better weather) so that would be some kind of tru-glo type open site.... zero power.
Hunting in a heavily timbered area ( elk, deer, moose, blk. bear, mtn lion ) :2-7x.
Hunting above tree line (sheep and goats): 4-12X.
Plains, prairie, and desert (antelope, ibex, sheep, prairie deer, and puma): 4-16x.
Predators ( fox, coyote, bobcat):6-24x.
Vermin (anything as small or smaller than a house cat): 6-24x
All of the above ALWAYS carried set on lowest power.

My suggestion is... that untill Bulter Creek starts making caps with clear inserts ....for timber and woodland hunting, leave the damn things at home. There is nothing worse than suddenly seeing the "animal of a lifetime" and by the time you fiddle frick around getting the flip-ups open, the shot is gone....

Been there, done that.... got the T-shirt!    
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I think a 2.5-10 is the perfect whitetail scope.  A 6x42 would work for 90% of us.  We do sell a lot of higher powered scopes to people using one gun for several applications.  A good 4-16 works well for target, varmint and big game (in most cases).
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i like a 3-9, or 3.5-10 for all around hunting, a 4.5-14 for long range big game, 3-9, 3.5-10, or 4.5-14 for predators, and a fixed 10x or 6-24 for varmints.

cory

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