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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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This will be my first deer season to hunt with a 30-30 pistol. I still havenít decided on a scope yet. Which would be better a fixed or a variable scope? Iíve never had a scoped pistol, so this is a new experience for me. Any and all responses appreciated.


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Mind if I ask how you hunt? I mean, from a stand where you will have a rest easily available? What kind of distance do you expect your shots to be out to? Etc.

In my case, I have several barrels with most having either irons or a 4x fixed scope. But I picked up a 2-6x variable within the last year and have to admit that it's nice having the slightly bigger magnification from time to time when hunting with this .223Rem. Most of my hunting is for hogs and rabbit, with the long shots being at 100 yards, but the vast majority being inside of 50 yards, and quite often much closer. So for my conditions, iron sights work fine usually, and the 4x is almost too much in some situations, but the 2-6x variable went on the .223 to help a bit with the occasional longer shot well past 100 yards when going after coyotes.
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For what it's worth, a variable in the lower power ranges is inherently more versatile. Should you be strolling in for an afternoon hunt, 2,3, or 4X whichever your comfortable with would be easier to hold steady on a deer, or whatever you're hunting. Lonegun is spot on with this.

Once on stand, provided the rest is solid and steady, you can crank it up as far as you like for a bit more accurate shot placement. How high? As high as your practice at the range allowed you to be most accurate, but less than when you saw the crosshair dancing.

Works for me, hope this helped.

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Deer hunting only, shots 100 yards at most. Will be hunting public land using climbing stand. Canít see sights no more so have to use scope.


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4X12X40 would be my choice. 100yds is a long,(but very fun endeavor) on a rabbit.

My first choice is always Leupold, for all reasons, especially being able to hold zero. Really hope we were able to help.
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unless a bipod is used a 4X is usually about as steady as I can hold.
I like a fixed 6 but not on a pistol

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Variable, only because they have larger objectives and gather more light.


A 2x Leupold is a good example, minimal light gathering ability, use one and your evening shooting time will shrink by a 1/2 hour, more on an overcast day.


If your setting in the woods, well, forget it.


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Decided to go with a Burris variable. Thanks to all replies.


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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 12:56 AM
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Think that is a good choice. Personally I will spend much more time at the shooting bench punching paper than hunting and my old eyes need all the help they can get. Iíve always liked the Burris scopes I have used.



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if you were talking rifles id pick variables hands down. But for a handgun I will say this. I hunted with scoped revolvers, tcs in 3030 and 7 waters. All they ever wore were 2x leupolds and I never found that set up lacking.

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