I find that I like to leave a variable set on 5x or 6x. I find I don't need any less than 5x even in heavy cover and in more open terrain I leave it on 6x. The lowest powers aren't needed by me. What power do you find most useful?
I keep mine on 3x- 4x most of the time. If I need higher power to check out a deer,then it's usually far enough away that I have time to turn it up. But on the other hand,if an opportunity for a fast shot happens,there usually ISN'T time to turn it down.
On ANY variable power rifle scope I always keep it set on the lowest magnification. You nearly always have time to turn the power up if it's required but you don't always have the time to turn it down if you happen to get a quick shot at close range.
U.S. Army Infantryman(11B20-Sgt.) 1978-82
172nd Arctic Light Inf. Brigade (Alaska)
9th Inf. Division
Driving bear........ 2x
Sitting on a deer stand....... 2 or 3x until I need to look a deer over.
Shooting across a foodplot....... 20x
Similar for me. I have a 1-4x on my bear gun and I'm always a driver so it's on 1x. My rifles for deer usually I set at 5x. I don't do much field shooting, but if I do I'll max it out....for most that's 9x, on my 280 it's 14x.
You really under estimated the ramifications of the boondoggle you have just perpetrated!