Using a fixed power scope for hunting? SWFA

Formidilosus

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I’ve read through the above comments several times and still not sure what we’re getting at. When you get behind a scope, I thought eye relief was the factor to scope usability


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No.


Think of a 3”x3” box behind the scope. Anywhere in that box that your eye is, you can see a full picture. Now, imagine a scope with a 1”x1” box. Which one is “easier” to use?
 
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TimberHunter

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No.


Think of a 3”x3” box behind the scope. Anywhere in that box that your eye is, you can see a full picture. Now, imagine a scope with a 1”x1” box. Which one is “easier” to use?
Thanks that makes sense! Is there a general rule of thumb for hunting for what expire you want? Are manufactures numbers accurate?


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Thanks that makes sense! Is there a general rule of thumb for hunting for what expire you want? Are manufactures numbers accurate?

Guessing you mean eye relief? If so, no, not really. Anything more than 3” is fine for me. Sometimes less than that is ok. Eyebox/ease of use behind the scope is scope design dependent for the most part.
 

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I’ve only ever used variable power scopes like 3-9, 4-12,4-16. Very rarely have I ever turned down the dial from the max magnification because second focal plan scopes BDC only work at full magnification. My typical shots have been around 300-500 yards. Hopping to extend that range further with a long range hunting setup

I’m potentially doing a long range hunting setup with a browning max long range or Christensen arms Mesa long range and when researching rokslide for scopes there seemed to be a lot of push for a SWFA scope, especially their fixed power scopes.


Who out there hunts with a fixed 10x, 12x scope? Any regrets for not getting a variable?

Scope I’m looking at is: https://www.swfa.com/swfa-ss-12x42-tactical-30mm-riflescope-3.html?___SID=U



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My rifle wears a S&B 10x42 fixed power scope. with a P3 mildot reticle. Works great I had no problem dialing up 3.1 mils and hitting a 8” rock at 720 yards on first shot.
 

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Great topic and responses. I’m shopping for a scope for my new Tikka T3X Laminated Stainless in 6.5 creedmoor. I’ll be using it to hunt and would like to take shots in the 200-400 yard range. I had settled on a Leupold VX-R 3-9x40... then after more research on a Leupold with CDS which from what I understand Leupold will match the scope to your ammo resulting in exceptional tracking.... I’ve read some people say they don’t have to adjust between 100 and 600 yard shots.

I don’t mean to hijack, but I though it was relevant And after reading this thread I’m reconsidering the need for a magnified scope at all. I never expected a decision like this to require so many hours and days of research!

So if a scope can track properly between 100 and 500 yards, without adjustment, then why is adjustment even needed??? Wouldn’t a fixed magnification be the answer here???

Ot maybe I’m misunderstanding this whole topic. :(
 
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TimberHunter

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Great topic and responses. I’m shopping for a scope for my new Tikka T3X Laminated Stainless in 6.5 creedmoor. I’ll be using it to hunt and would like to take shots in the 200-400 yard range. I had settled on a Leupold VX-R 3-9x40... then after more research on a Leupold with CDS which from what I understand Leupold will match the scope to your ammo resulting in exceptional tracking.... I’ve read some people say they don’t have to adjust between 100 and 600 yard shots.

I don’t mean to hijack, but I though it was relevant And after reading this thread I’m reconsidering the need for a magnified scope at all. I never expected a decision like this to require so many hours and days of research!

So if a scope can track properly between 100 and 500 yards, without adjustment, then why is adjustment even needed??? Wouldn’t a fixed magnification be the answer here???

Ot maybe I’m misunderstanding this whole topic. :(
I’m not fully following you there... but if someone said they don’t need to adjust for shots between 100 and 600 they are either using a hold over BDC reticle in the scope or they are lying. Even the fastest of rifles will fall at least 60” at 600 yards with a 200 yard zero. Kind of like saying I use one stationary pin for archery from 20-80 yards....

While the SWFA scopes get great reviews and are built like tanks and the turret/scope tracks correctly, I elected to go with a 3-15x42 ZEISS HD5 because I believe it fits all my needs and is not overly large or heavy. But a SWFA may work for you.


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Gotcha... I‘m learning here and misunderstood. The Leupold scope with CDS is adjusted quickly, supposedly without having to do any math or use charts. That’s what I misunderstood.... I thought they were saying it made the adjustment automatically somehow. My bad... but that you for the response.
 
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Gotcha... I‘m learning here and misunderstood. The Leupold scope with CDS is adjusted quickly, supposedly without having to do any math or use charts. That’s what I misunderstood.... I thought they were saying it made the adjustment automatically somehow. My bad... but that you for the response.
No problem, not need to apologize. Everyone is always learning. If you get one of the upper tier Leupold and give Leupold good ballistics data and you stick with one bullet and one velocity it is a good system! I bought a cheaper Leupold and not sure it tracks 100%


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I still appreciate lower bottom end for most hunting situations and prefer the 3-9 SWFA. A couple recent examples I can think of with a bull elk a little over 200 yards and a dall sheep around 300 yards I turned the power down from 8-10x to around 5x so I could see others animals in the peripheral and make sure I was on the right one as everything was moving around.
 

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I walk around on 6x shot my last 8-10 big game animals on 6x. Thinking if I ever go truly lightweight a fixed 6x would be just gravy

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