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Was going to hold out for a SS variable but it seems like they will not be out for a few more months.  I am looking into getting a SS for target shooting.  My local range only goes out to 300yds.  I have property to shoot longer but most will be done at the range.  I plan on using my scope on my AR .223 and my .17hmr.  I can't figure out which power to get 10? 16? 20?  I was thinking about going with the 16x since it is a happy medium.  But after reading that the optic quality of the 10x is the best I am lost again.  I have a fixed 10x on my 308 and it seems more than enough, but with my .223 and smaller at 10x I can't see the holes.  Any thoughts and comments are appreciated!
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Only thing I can think of is what size target? If you trying to focus on a 3" Bull Eye at 300 yards you will be able to see it with a 16X. More than likely the holes will be visible also.
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I use either the 3" or 6" generally
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One of the most common mistakes made when using an optically sighted rifle is to try to see the bullet holes.
The proper method of sighting is to place the crosshair on target, concentrate on the crosshair, and press the trigger when you reach your resipiratory pause. 
By doing this you will find the group has formed under the crosshairs.  If you concentrate on seeing bullet holes you are going to shoot patterns.

For the ranges you shoot a 10x is plenty.  The crosshairs on the 16 and 20x obscure alot of the target so by increasing the power you diminish your ability to shoot precisely.
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Another thing you might consider is your target. You may use it already, but there are VisiShot targets by Champion that leaves bright orange impact holes on the black bull's-eye. Makes it a lot easier to see. Shoot-N-C is another brand and it leaves bright yellow impact holes.
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Just shot 20 rounds with a new 6-18 X 40 SF BuckMaster at 100 yards. The scope has fine cross hairs with DOT in the center. In bright Sun light set to 14X was the clearest and cranked it up to 18X to view bullet holes on orange 3" target. In my opinion the fine cross-hairs are less obstructive and DOT is just the right size for diamond in the center.
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The truth is you need one of each,  well at least I do. I have the 20x and plan to buy a 10 x before too long. irregardless which one you buy you will be happy with the quality of it. For general all around use the 10x is the best choice by far but if you are on a target range where you dont have the luxury of going down and looking at the target frequently and would like to see the holes buy the 20X and dont look back. The 20x works just fine for lots of things and if you do a lot of bench rest shooting it is perfect. Do buy the lens shade also and the lens caps.
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