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Old February 25th, 2018, 04:33 PM #1
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Varying Opinions on Max Magnification for 22 LR Scope

There are some topics that have some differences of opinion, but there seems to be a HUGE range of opinions when it comes to the max magnification required for a 22LR punching paper at 100 yards. I have seen some advocate for 18X and more. I have seen others say anything over 9X will do more harm than good at that range.

What do you guys think?
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Old February 25th, 2018, 05:10 PM #2
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If it is just punching paper then I see no reason to not have a variable that can do a broad range of magnification. The Weaver V series 6x24 is a decent inexpensive scope that I use on one of my paper punchers. I can see the holes at 100 yards easily, which is nice.
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Old February 25th, 2018, 05:20 PM #3
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I went 4-12 vortex diamondback tactical after a ton of research/debating what I really wanted. This was for a subsonic only rifle so I didn't need anything for over 100 yds or so plus I wanted the ability to dial in drop with the exposed knobs.
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The greater the magnification, the greater the movement seen downrange.

The crosshairs will start a dancin'.
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The greater the magnification, the greater the movement seen downrange.

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Good point - so what magnification then?
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Old February 25th, 2018, 05:40 PM #6
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Good point - so what magnification then?
I'm a huge fan of the Nikon Pro-Staff 2-7x32 scopes.

Not expensive.

Well made with clear glass.
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Lots of the 22 benchrest guys run 50 power
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That may work if the OP has a spare Sherman he can park on his rifle to keep it from moving.
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That may work if the OP has a spare Sherman he can park on his rifle to keep it from moving.
Not nearly that bad at all. I test loads at 100 yards cranked to 40 power, no big deal.

Can you shoot 1000 yards with a 4x scope, sure you can. Can you shoot 50 yards at 40x, yep.

If your trying to shoot precision stuff, more magnification the better. Really depends on the purpose of the gun.
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2-7x Leupold VX2 here. Magnification is not a substitute for good glass. If 7x of good glass is not enough for 100 yards, invest in good eyeglasses first. You only need 18x at 100 yards if the glass is drinking-grade.
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