If you are a hunter you probably have at least one rifle with a variable power scope on it. I have s
Fixed power scopes are less trouble and more dependable in most cases, yet variables outsell them. Is the variable ability worth using or is it just a neat thing to have? I think I could get by just fine with a fixed power scope. I can get along fine with iron sights in many cases. What do you think? Most people in my opinion set their scopes for too high a power and lose out on field of view (the amount of area you see in the scope picture). After losing a deer in the woods because of a limited field of view I have begun keeping my scopes on their lowest power except in special situations.
If you have weapons that you use specifically for one hunting style and area, then fixed are perfect for you.
BUT, not everyone had 1 weapon for each hunt, like myself, I have 1 weapon...period.
Therefore it makes sense to get a variable, then no matter what style hunt, or location I go to, I can adjust the weapon for the hunt.
I have a Leupold fixed 12x scope on a 22-250 that I have enjoyed shooting thousands of rounds with. It has always performed extremely well.
That said, there are times I wish I had a little less power, such as on a hot day the mirage issue can get pretty severe. This is easily cured with a variable by simply cranking down the power. I could always use just a little bit more magnification it seems like, but 12x has been plenty most of the time.
I hunt in the woods as well as the open plains for big game so I appreciate a variable on my 30/06. I currently have a 3-9 on it but will probably replace it at some point with one of the Bushnell Elite 4200 series 4-12 power. I was shooting one of these last fall and was very impressed with it.
I have always heard rumors about variable scopes being less reliable than fixed power scopes but I have not seen this in action. Many of the rifles I see being used spend most of their time being bounced around in a pickup truck on farm or ranch. They are usually a 3-9x variable. In my opinion the fragility of variable scopes is a myth.
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