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Thread: Question scope use

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    yup if you cant kill deer at 300 yards with 9x its time to go to the eye doctor or take that blister pack tasco off and buy a good scope. One of the longest shots ive made on a deer was 524 with a yards according to my range finder. Gun was my 7stw. Deer dropped at the shot and my buddy asked where my scope was set for a long shot like that. I looked and it was set on 5x. Sure didn't look in the scope and think that I needed to turn it up. thought never crossed my mind. I usually leave them all on 6x figuring if I need more I can turn them up but other then just playing around and trying higher power leave them right there. Don't even know how that one got down to 5x.
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    You say your old 3 x 9 doesn't cut it anymore. Question: How old is your scope? The improvements in optics has been stunning over the last several years. Some of my old scopes are dark and difficult to use anymore. Even my Leupold's. They've aged. I've aged. I've noticed vast improvements with some new scopes like those made by Vortex. It hasn't been so much any increase in magnification, but improvement in light transmission. Overall I use a 2 x 7 for most hunting, until I get into a planned long distance environment. Then it's usually a 3.5 x 10. Most of my serious hunters have a Vortex 2 x 7. It's the clarity and modern reticles that work for me, even though I use tri-focals to eat breakfast.
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    Question to guys who shoot a lot of deer at 300+ yards. Are you shooting supported. Longest shot
    I have ever made on a deer was 250yds with 308 M70/ 6x. The deer that I have shot supported were
    shot off Round bales with 270 Ruger/ 6x and were damage permit deer, still none exceeded 300yds.
    The longest shot I ever made was on a groundhog at 600yds off sand bags and was more or less luck
    With my 243/ 12x at 400yds GH was dead meat, 600 was a Hail Mary. Were I do my deer hunting
    long shots aren't common because of terrain. Here in Ohio we always saw deer at 300yds+ in farm
    fields. Way out of range for slugs and now with our rifle season we are only allowed strait cased 38
    cal min cartridges. Our average shot is still going to be 100yds or less. Unless you are going to hunt
    fields from stand it's not practical to sight in these type of rifles for long range. I was forced to put
    a 2x8 on my Ruger #3/ 375win because of eye relief/ position of rings. Off a rest I would feel Ok to
    take 250yd shot but wouldn't trust futher. I don't like the scope for in the woods would much rather
    have 3x for my area.

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    300 yards would be just paper targets. Here in MO, I am lucky to shoot 150 on Deer. Could never aford a high class scope, Have used Bushnell,Tasco and BSA scope for years

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