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Hello, next month I will buy a new scope.  Looking for a SWFA SS because of their reputation of value, reliability, and toughness.    I have a bolt action .243.   Main use will be casual target shooting/pinking out to 800 yrds.     Also, some varmint / coyote hunting with shots mostly under 300 yrds.

I need help deciding between the classic fixed 10x, the HD 3-9, or the 3-15, or the HD 5-20.  Only looking at the FFP models with MIL turrets. 

I'm worried that the fixed 10x will limit my FOV at closer ranges for hunting, and the HD 5-20 is probably too big for my needs, so I'm leaning towards either the HD 3-9, or the 3-15.  
Which one do you recommend?          

 
   
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The biggest difference between the HD 3-9 and all the others is that the HD 3-9 does not have an adjustable parallax focus.   Will that be a hindrance for shooting steel at 600-800 yards?     
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For shooting steel at 600-800 yards, the 3-9x works beautifully.

Between the 3-9x42 and 3-15x42, it really comes down to what is more important to you: long range precision or general purpose utility.

The 3-9x42 has a little wider FOV, better color and more solid feeling turrets.

The 3-15x42 has a bit more magnification and side focus for dialing out parallax.

Between the two, the 3-15x42 is unquestionably a better target scope and I have used it extensively for both longer range shooting and for close range shooting with an airgun.  It works exceedingly well for both.

However, for field use where you may need to get quick shots off at varying distances, I prefer the 3-9x42.  

If 90% of the time, this rifle is for target shooting and plinking, get the 3-15x42.

However, if the primary use if coyote hunting and things like that, get the 3-9x42.

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The reticle is bolder on the 3-9x42 as well, and I prefer that to the 3-15's reticle.   
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+1 what the dark lord of optics said, and I have both scopes too.
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Thanks for your input, all of you.  I appreciate it. 
Based on what you said, I will get the 3-9. 

Hopefully they come back in stock online soon!
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