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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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What power scope for a western hunt?

I have a 3x9 Zeiss Conquest on my .270 A Bolt.

Am thinking it may not be a bad idea to go with something with a little more magnification like the Leupold VX 3, 4.5-12. I have somewhere to put the Zeiss, by the way.

I am going to hunt Mulies and antelope in Wyoming.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 07:54 AM
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Re: What power scope for a western hunt?

the few times I was "out west" The locals like just about everything from 6x fixed power up to what ever and the 3-9x40 seemed just as popular with the locals as it is here in PA. when watching the "flat landers" gear I noticed that most are into the 4.5-14 variable Leupold. I am a huge fan of Leupold but lately I also am very pleased with sightron SII and above models, check them out.

It may be a poor choice of words but I am smart enough to understand what you meant.
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post #3 of 44 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 09:27 AM
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Re: What power scope for a western hunt?

I can vouch for 4.5-14 Zeiss Got one on a 270 weather warrior great combo

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post #4 of 44 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 09:38 AM
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Re: What power scope for a western hunt?

Your 3 x 9 will handle the west. However if you have the itch for a new scope the Leupold is a fine one too.

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Re: What power scope for a western hunt?

If you can't get your game with a 3X9, it's too far to shoot at.
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Re: What power scope for a western hunt?

I have to agree with Ken and Rflmn. A 3x9 is plenty sufficient. Most of my rifles for PA and beyond sport Leuppy 2x7s. World renouned whitetail expert from Texas John Wooters has been touted as saying that whitetails can be hunted and killed anywhere with just a plain ol 4 power scope. He said the big objective and high power scopes are all overkill and only have a place in Varmint or bench shooting. I also own plenty of 4x Leuppys on several of my rifles. It's more than enough. If you think you need high power for point restrictions or far distances you should purchase a pair of good binos for that application.

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Re: What power scope for a western hunt?

Our milk hauler was out west for mule deer and he was shooting 270 with a 3x9x40 Bushnell on it. Notch, Ken and Rifleman are right, stick with 3x9.

Should I shoot? I don't care, im not the one holding the gun, if it was me, we'd be skinning by now.
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Re: What power scope for a western hunt?

A 3x9 Leupold is a great scope, a 4.5x14 is better. Use what you are comfortable with.

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If you can't get your game with a 3X9, it's too far to shoot at.
You Obviously need a bigger, more accurate gun
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post #9 of 44 (permalink) Old 12-27-2010, 01:42 PM
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Re: What power scope for a western hunt?

With my eyes getting older, the 4.5-14 Zeiss I used this year on a long Montana mule deer shot (550 yards) was better than any 9 power. It isn't where you're hunting that makes the difference, it's how far the shot may be, and the effective range of the gun it's on. Consider that and if you're out over 400 yards or so, I'd consider getting the new scope. Besides, it sounds as if you're looking for a reason to put the 3-9 on something else anyway - what more reason do you need?

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Re: What power scope for a western hunt?

I use a 3-9X out west. I never turn it below 6X while hunting though. Out on the prairie there is no need to go below 6X. My Grandpa hunted Antelope with a straight 4X though and that worked for him.
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