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1x per 100 yards Rule of Thumb?

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Old 01-14-2011, 01:56 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by c3shooter View Post
Shooting WHAT? A military sniper is shooting at a BIG something- a people. When I am shooting for groups, the center of my target is the size of an aspirin. As a combat scope, the 24X has a couple of drawbacks- more internal glass equals darker scope (all other things being equal) and field of view is sharply limited- my paper target is not running all over the place- I can find it with no trouble, even with a 3 ft field of view at 100 yards. During WW II, IIRC, the standard scope on the M1C rifle was 2.5 power.
Originally Posted by M14sRock View Post
The 1x per 100 meters is a military thing. It is intended as a general rule of thumb, but YMMV.

I've found that the quality of the glass is far more important than the magnification avail.

I think it was intended to address the propensity for shooters to crank up to their highest avail setting, thereby being unable to track moving targets easily and being unable to quickly find targets due to limited field of view.

But for dedicated paper punchers the sky has always been the limit. 24x and 36x scopes for shooting at moderate ranges are not uncommon.

I prefer lower powered scopes to higher powered scopes, but it is all personal taste.
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