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?