just my opinion,but any rifle i intend to be carrying, i prefer a smaller scope.less weight(even though not a whole lot less) becomes more important than more power.more power in a scope used out of a stand is what i personaly look for.another thing is i personaly prefer fixed power scopes on my stalking rifles.but thats a holdover from when variable power scopes were simply not as rugged as they are today. i really dont think you would need that much scope,i think you would run out of steam in a 257 long before you needed more magnification.but its largely a personal choice,if i were hunting from a truck and spotting and shooting far off, might even go with even more magnification.
Re: Any Recommendations? (New rifle optic) in reply to jackinok, 11-07-2012 12:12:39
Where I hunt in Montana is the higher altitude plains (not yet to the Rockies). Long flat shooting is almost the only shot presented. I've taken plenty of muley's with the 3x9 at the 300+ yard mark with my .270, but I just wanted some additional input as to what others thought.
Re: Any Recommendations? (New rifle optic) in reply to BillyinStoughton, 11-07-2012 12:21:36
back when i hunted antelope in wyoming, we mostly would just drive the big ranches trails and when we saw one we wanted would simply shoot either off the hood of the truck or off sticks on the side of the road.my rifle was either a 6mm ruger with a old 3x9 redfield.or a parker hale 7mm mag with a 4x12 weaver. both worked well and i dont recall anytime where i thought i needed more magnification.if we saw one go over a rise or something before we got a good look i would most often grab a highly customized and lightened 7mm mauser,with a fixed six power german scope that i cant even remember the name of,and wished for less once in a while when i was winded and trying to steady that rifle for a shot . little rifle weighed around 5 1/2 pounds,so it was real nice to carry. probaby depends entirely on your style of hunting,i prefer to not shoot at long distances,and probably the longest shot i recall making was MAYBE 300 yards. if you regularly shot longer ranges,maybe more magnification,but keep in mind that as you increase power you decrease field of veiw and on a antelope you may need all the field of veiw you can to pick up a moving one in your scope quickly.
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