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Old 11-09-2012, 12:12 AM   #11
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the "knob" you are refering to is called a parallax adjustment... if the parallax or focus as you will, is not correct it could can effect how you see the crosshairs.. in some cases the target could appear in front of the crosshairs, instead of the way it should be. this can be helpful when shooting very close, and very long distances.

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http://www.nikonhunting.com/products/riflescopes/monarch

They looked like that.

It had yardage markers on the dial, from 30 to 1000 yards then an infinity setting.

That's why I thought it was some kind of range finder thing.

Dudes had me all confused.
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lol.. sometimes the guy behind the counter doesnt always have all the anwsers

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lol.. sometimes the guy behind the counter doesnt always have all the anwsers
Cabelas aint' full of experts sometimes.

One guy said that if you focus using that dial and it's clear, if you look at the number on the side of the dial, that is the approximate distance to the target.

He was saying that with the combination of that range and the BDC, you should be able to find which circle to use to center on your target.

But he was about the only guy that sounded like he knew anything, and he was going on lunch. lol...

I thought a 4-12 would do but they were like - no - go 4x16 or 5x20, and I was like - would that really help anything? The other guys did not really have an answer. Should have waited for the old dude to get back from lunch.
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Cabelas aint' full of experts sometimes.

One guy said that if you focus using that dial and it's clear, if you look at the number on the side of the dial, that is the approximate distance to the target.

He was saying that with the combination of that range and the BDC, you should be able to find which circle to use to center on your target.

But he was about the only guy that sounded like he knew anything, and he was going on lunch. lol...

I thought a 4-12 would do but they were like - no - go 4x16 or 5x20, and I was like - would that really help anything? The other guys did not really have an answer. Should have waited for the old dude to get back from lunch.
nice... magnifacation is your choice.. depends on how close you feel you need to zoom in on a target. generally most good scopes over 10x have a parallax adjustment. some even have it on the 3x9..
just remember, the more you zoom in, the shakier your scope/rifle will be, and also your field of view will be smaller... you are on the right track.. go to some places. hold and look through several brands. research online, and ofcourse ask here
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Great advice. Much appreciated.

One guy at the counter said a lot of people that get the higher zoom shoot from a fixed point, like a shooting stand on the ground or up in a tree.

I'm not nearly that involved. Why would I want to sit at what basically looks like a school desk with rifle rests on it when I'm out in the field?

I felt like I was on a different planet.

I did not know enough to tell of they were BS'ing me or telling me things that were not quite accurate or even true.

It all "sounds" good, but do I want to spend $500 on a scope without finding out for certain?

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Plus you start to lose clarity in the upper ranges, also magnifying the haze or heat waves in the air. And high magnification in a small housing doesn't gather as much light, so using it on high in the wee hours of the morning when hunting is best kind of defeats the purpose.
I thought a 4-12x40 would do at first - the Prostaff.

But they mentioned 4-16x42 and 5-20x44 Monarch.

I didn't feel comfortable with the size of the 50's I saw, and thought 44 might be about as high as I could possibly go without feeling it was too big.

I have a 3-9x40 Prostaff and like it a lot, so that is why I was thinking another Prostaff. But I guess their job is to upsell, at least in part.
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