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 Post subject: Fixed power versus Variable power
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:16 pm 
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What’s everyone using these days on top of “Ole Betsy” aka your favorite hunting rifle?

Why?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:28 pm 

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Location: Kendrick, Idaho
Ole Betsy for me is a .308 Savage 99 and it carries a Leica ERi 2.5-10x42. In the mornings I may be looking at elk in the deep, dark timber right before daylight trying to discern what is what, and in the afternoons I may be shooting at coyotes across the fields of the Palouse at 400 yds. That particular Leica in that mag range excels at both, and at 19 oz, isn't a pain to carry around all day.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:18 pm 
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Most of my rifles have variables but a couple do have fixed power scopes. My favorite is a custom m700 338 RUM with a Leupold VX-6HD 3-18X50mm scope.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:57 pm 

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Only fixed power scope I have today is a Leupold fixed 2.5 power scope with the heavy duplex. Was mounted on my Marlin 375 Win for many years, but is atop my Marlin 41 Rem Mag today.
Once upon a time, I had Leupold 6x42 on my 6.5x55, but changed it out for a Vari-X III 3.5-10x40 as I hunted a mix of bush and open country with that rifle.
I also spent a lot of time on the range shooting that rifle out to 400 yards and found the higher power to be beneficial for seeing my groups on the further targets as I did not own a spotting scope back then.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:03 pm 

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Almost all of my hunting rifles have a 6x Leupold on them.

Leupold has earned some negative feedback lately (poor tracking when dialing, loss of zero, etc), but the Leupold 6xs I use have given me good service. Note that I don’t dial at all with them, I prefer holdover reticles.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:20 pm 

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joelkdouglas wrote:
Almost all of my hunting rifles have a 6x Leupold on them.

Leupold has earned some negative feedback lately (poor tracking when dialing, loss of zero, etc), but the Leupold 6xs I use have given me good service. Note that I don’t dial at all with them, I prefer holdover reticles.


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All of my personal rifles have fixed power scopes on them except for my 280 AI build which has a VXIII 4.5-14-40mm B&C reticle (prefer hold over reticles)
.22 LR has a 2-7 Leupold rimfire scope (forgot that one)

4x Leupold - 30-06
6x-42mm Leupold 6mm Remington
6x-36mm Leupold. 25-06 Remington. (sold this rifle & scope)
.22 LR 4x Weaver
.22 LR 4x Weaver

Sons:
4x Weaver K4 6mm Remington Model 600
4.5-14x40mm Leupold B&C reticle Ruger MKII 6mm Remington
3.5-10x44mm Zeiss. Winchester Model 70. 300 WSM

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:58 pm 

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Use only variables. Haven't had a fixed power for several years and then it was on a 22. Even on my 35 Rem I use a 2.5x8 Dan.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:07 pm 

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My MRC 26 Nosler wears a Steiner GS3 3-15x50 S1
The 6.5 Grendel upper has a Weaver 2-10x42 MilDot TTs
The 300 BLK upper has a Trijicon US army issued 4x ACOG(my buddy broght it back from Afghanistan)
Several of my TC barrels wear 2x burris fixed


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:14 am 

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I guess my favourite piece of glass would be the Leuy VX6 but I do have 3 others that are very close, my Leica, my Diavari & B&L Elite.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:30 pm 

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Variable power definitely!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:25 pm 

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Variable's on all. I got rid of the fixed power scopes back in the 70's. I now have primarily Zeiss and Leupold. The reason is clarity and long distance advantage. When I am hiking and hunting my scope is usually set on five, if in the dark timber, as low as it would go. Trying to pick a spike bull in a herd of 10, cross canyon, in the timber at 400 yards is a tough assignment. For my 4.5 X 14's the extra depth and clarity makes it more workable. The fixed powers are running short at long distances.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:38 am 
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I have two fixed powers right now and some variables. A leupold fix 6x on my ruger african 275 rigby, and a weaver k4 on an interarms mark x 30/06.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:14 pm 
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fixed powers are harder to find in my price range- BUT - strictly for hunting a fixed power would be my choice if I had the cash. I set all my variables to 4x or 6x when hunting and leave them anyway. Don't seem to have enough time to turn up and down when the right shot presents itself. But then I cant hit much beyond 300 yds any way :) CL

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