OVER-POW­ERED HUNT­ING?

Airgun World - - Points Of You -

Con­sider, in WW11 the most ef­fec­tive snipers in the Ger­man Army were us­ing 4x scopes and tak­ing out tar­gets at well over 600 yards, with these sup­pos­edly lim­ited op­tics’ 4x power – I doff my cap to the fallen. So, the ques­tion from air ri­fle shoot­ers is, are we shoot­ing our­selves in the foot by us­ing over-the-top (24x) pow­er­ful scopes for hunt­ing? A vari­able scope could lose its zero much eas­ier than a fixed pow­ered scope be­cause the shooter is con­stantly chang­ing the work­ings and pa­ram­e­ters within the scope, so at some weak point the in­ner work­ings can break down.

A fixed-power scope is not worked so hard be­cause it is fixed at one power set­ting, say 6x, so the only thing that might be ro­tated from time to time is the par­al­lax ring, if fit­ted. The old adage is 1x power equals 5 yards, so 6x power equals 30 yards and this seems a much more sen­si­ble op­tion for air ri­fle hun­ters.

We know that on most high-pow­ered, se­cond fo­cal plane scopes you can zero on the top-end power set­ting, say 24x, but when you turn down the power ring, say to 12x, and shoot at the same target, the aim points above and below the cen­tre of the cross hair will have changed. Per­haps it’s best to keep things sim­ple? NEIL ED­WARDS

Well, Neil, as a user of what you would re­gard as ‘high-pow­ered’ scopes in the hunt­ing field, I’m obliged to dis­agree with you, but I’m sure plenty of our read­ers would sup­port your view. I pre­fer the pin­point zero checks those higher mag’ scopes pro­vide, plus they aid target iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and plot­ting the path of my pel­lets when shoot­ing in fo­liage. What do our read­ers think? – Ed

Are we us­ing too much scope in the hunt­ing field?

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