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I am looking to install a scope on a Remington 700 Varmint rifle in .223 Remington caliber.  The scopes that I am looking at are the Burris 4X-16X-50mm Black Diamond with the Ballistic Mildot reticle or the Burris 6X-24X-50mm Black Diamond with the Ballistic Mildot reticle.  Which power range would you choose for a 223 caliber varmint rifle?  If I go with the 4X-16X-50mm should I have the Burris target turret knobs installed?
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I have the 4-16 Black Diamond.  It sits on my 300 win mag though.  I did send it back in to have target knobs put on it, and was glad I did.  I then had custom knobs made by Kenton Industries.  It is a great scope.

What ranges are you looking at shooting?  Targets? Varmints?  Both? I personally think 16x is high enough on the top end, but I use it on a big game rifle.  Actually my 22-250 has a Burris XTR 3-12 on it and I have never wanted anything higher yet.
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My wife is a very avid prairie dog shooter and has the Black Diamond 4-16x on her heavy-barrel Remington 700 .223. She is fond of fairly high magnification (she normally shoots big game with 3-9x or 3.510x scopes turned all the way up, even at close ranges) and finds the 4-16x plenty for her .223.

I would get the target knobs installed.

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John,
Thanks for the advice.  I was pretty sure that I would go with the 4X-16X, but just wanted to make sure.  Your optics advice has always been very helpful.  I will have the target knobs installed. 
Helios,
I will be using this rifle on both paper targets and varmints.  Most of the shooting will be under 300 yards but I may occasionally want to stretch it to 600 yards.
Thanks.
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