25 January 2021
Finn Aagaard wrote for big game hunting scopes, he liked the Weaver K3, or even 2.5x scope since his problem was not seeing the game, but holding out to 300 yards for a clean kill.
I agree simpler is better. I've developed a "Rule of Thumb" for scope power:
- Big Game: 2X power for each 100 yards of expected yardage
- Varmint: 4X power for each 100 yards of expected yardage.
- Target (Benchrest): 20X minimum up to what I can afford.
- Deer and coyote on my Savage 99 . 243; 6X since 300 yards is my capability with this rifle.
- Prairie dogs with my SAKO .222 Remington Magnum; 6.5X20 since 500 yards, with a spotter helping, is the ultimate.
- Ruger #1 .22 Hornet: 8X since 200 yards is really stretching the .22 Hornet.
Prairie dog shooting each day usually ends up around 12X or 14X, that is all that is needed to 250/300 yards. More power introduces field of view and mirage to consider. Simple crosshairs or duplex at the most, the fancy crosshairs simply clutter the view and keep you from seeing the wind and mirage.
Military Modified Scope (MSS) class restricts to 6X and some very fine scores are being shot with these rifles. This shows that people adapt well to the rules and work within them.
Note: The secret to getting prairie dogs with a hammer is driving a Dodge pickup with a Cummins Diesel. For some reason, the prairie dogs are not afraid of this noise and you can drive right up to them. I am thinking of installing speakers on my gas F-150, recording the Cummins, driving much closer and increasing my percentage of hits.
Farm boy from Illinois, living in the magical Pacific Northwest