i,m a fan of big variables. i use a few 6-24,s you can always crank them down!
what kind of shooting do you do? target, long range varmint?
they say you cant hit what you cant see. high magnification is for rested shots when you have lots of time to find your target in a smaller field of view. when you shoot off hand, lower settings will give more field of view and show less wobble.
also heat and mirage will be worse at higher settings, after shooting for awhile, the barrel heats up and it,s harder to see clearly through the scope.
shooting over a field at prarie dogs, in the heat of the day can be harder at higher settings due to mirage. you will have to crank the power down a bit. i find that even the hottest conditions i can still use 12 power.
buy the best scope you can afford!!!!!!!!! you can get lucky and get a cheap scope that works! but it.s all luck. your chances improve with better scopes! leupolds are good but expensive. i have had luck with sightron, simmons, burris, and bushnell. good luck
I have never found much use for anything over 14/16 power as the heat waves from the ground or barrel usually prohibit any viewing past that range. But I hunted in hot weather. It might be different in your area.
I have a 223 and now the 22-250, both in SS and 26". I have been picking up a few scopes and still trying to decide which to put where. I have accuried a Weaver V-10, Weaver Grand Slam 6x20, Leupold VXII 3x9 and VXIII 2.5x10x50. I wil use them as general shooter from rabbits to ????? Lot of open areas where shooting could go hundreds of yards. I used a Rem. in 22-250 for deer years ago but later went to 243 and now a 308 or a 300 win mag. All on Encore frame.
I have a bushnell 4200 elite 4-16x50 on my 204 barrel. It is an awesome piece of glass for the money. I ranks right up with my Leo VX-III 4.5-14x50 which i have on my 300 RUM. And it costs about $200 less.
Don't skimp on your scope.
a 26" 220 Swift barrel and it wears a Burris Fullfield II 4.5-14 and love it. At the range the magnification is amazing (use to 3-9's) and in the field the variable power is a must, since you never know where the target will be.
A variable is also invaluable as it allows you to dial the power down if mirrage is a problem, then up again when the wind blows it clear. My Ruger Number One stainless laminated in .22-250 wears a Leupold 6-18 VX-II in silver, I love it.
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