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Old 07-07-2011, 02:18 AM   #1
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Default 3x9 or 4x12 riflescope?

i know the 4x12 is alittle more powerful scope on the high end as apposed to the 3x9 just curious what power scope you use on your rifles and why you prefer a 3x9 or 4x12 over the other. i was thinking of just getting a 3x9 scope for my 7mm mag but a part of me says get a 4x12 for it.

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Old 07-07-2011, 02:40 AM   #2
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if your heart is in for the 4x12 then go for it. sometimes having more magnification is a nice thing.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:47 AM   #3
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sometimes having more magnification is a nice thing.

....I've got a 6-18 on mine and love it.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:01 AM   #4
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I absolutly love the Leupold 3.5-10x40mm. For me it has the perfect eye relief at all ranges of magnification. I've tried the 4.5-14x40, but when changing magnifications, I have to move my eye closer or farther back to get a clear sight picture.
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Old 07-07-2011, 06:39 AM   #5
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Default Re: 3x9 or 4x12 riflescope?

I have a 4.5x14x44 on my 7mm rem mag. A good open country scope. I do miss the 6.5x20x50 i used to have on the rifle. 4x12x40 would work if that is what i could afford.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:58 AM   #6
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Default Re: 3x9 or 4x12 riflescope?

If I were buying a scope and had to choose between the 3x9 and the 4x12 I would go with the 4x12. It is not that much heavier (only 1-2 ounces).

For me a lot of it boils down to confidence. If I can take a gun to the range and shoot good groups it give me a confidence factor in the field that will make me a better shooter. From 9x to 12x is almost a 50% increase in magnification. That will make a big difference siting in at the shooting range and will also help out in the field.

Ever since Leupold acquired Redfield I have heard nothing but good things about them. The Redfields are made right here in Oregon and from what I understand has the same Leupold lifetime warranty. They make a nice 4x12 40mm model that won't break the bank. Is it as good as a Leupold? No, but they are a good value for the price. IMHO.

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Old 07-07-2011, 08:44 AM   #7
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I would have to agree with Cal. The extra magnification could easily make the difference at some point.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:12 AM   #8
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I am into light weight so right now all my guns have Leupold 2x8 its all the magnification and weight I want to carry. Another option is a 2x7. Big scopes add weight. Now if your already carring a 9 lb long range rifle then the bigger magification might have merrit.

If your using your gun for varmit a higher mangification might make sense. Big scopes also get caught on more stuff and just seem to be in the way more.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:35 AM   #9
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2.5x10x50mm......I absolutly love it, huge FOV and the brightness is amazing
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:02 AM   #10
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I have a 4x12x40 Redfield on my 300 rum for east side. I also have a 3x9x40 on my 243 for west side.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:11 PM   #11
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i know the 4x12 is alittle more powerful scope on the high end as apposed to the 3x9 just curious what power scope you use on your rifles and why you prefer a 3x9 or 4x12 over the other. i was thinking of just getting a 3x9 scope for my 7mm mag but a part of me says get a 4x12 for it.

I can only speak from my own experience, and that tells me that as I get older so do my eyes. More magnification has never been a bad thing to me, within reason. This becomes even more important when shooting long distances when animal identification is difficult. Things like making sure that what you are shooting as is a spike bull or if he is forked at the tip. I know a lot of people that don't think you can shoot at moving targets through a scope up close, I also have known a lot of moving targets that would disagree with that. I keep all of my scopes on 6 power for all of my hunting and then increase it if I need the extra for identifying my buck or bull at long range. I still like to put it back on 6 to squeeze the trigger when I can, just because the shake I can detect at higher power takes a lot of my comfidence away from me. It sucks to get older.
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:42 PM   #12
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Default Re: 3x9 or 4x12 riflescope?

I have a Leupold 4-12x40 on my 7mm mag, and I like it a lot ... at the time, it was the best that I could afford ...... In a perfect world I would like to have a higher power scope...

I guess what I'm saying is that 3-9 would work but 4-12 is better ...

My two cents is to go out and buy the best that you can afford.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:03 PM   #13
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I am into light weight so right now all my guns have Leupold 2x8 its all the magnification and weight I want to carry. Another option is a 2x7. Big scopes add weight. Now if your already carring a 9 lb long range rifle then the bigger magification might have merrit.

If your using your gun for varmit a higher mangification might make sense. Big scopes also get caught on more stuff and just seem to be in the way more.
You make a good point about the light-weight and I agree completely. But when I think of a light-weight mountain rifle I envision a short action chambering like a 308, 7mm-08, or 243 with a 22 inch barrel (or shorter). He is shooting a 7mm magnum which is going to be long action and will have at least a 24 inch barrel. You don't see many 7 mags in light-weight configuration.

Just curious: What is your set up and what is the weight including the scope? I am interested in putting a light-weight rig together (maybe a 308 with a 20" bbl).

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