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Old 08-30-2018, 12:26 PM
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Default What magnification do I need?

What magnification do i need to spot my .223 shots in paper at 100 yards? My rifle scope goes to 6X and that does not cut it.

Is is safe to assume that all of this is linear i.e. if I need 10X at 100 yards, I need 20X at 200 yards?
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Shoot n See targets work wonders if you are not using them. 6 to 14x should be enough with the above targets.
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That depends on the scope.

Not all 6x scopes are created equal. Naturally it also depends on lighting and background.

For example, I can see bullet holes pretty well with Vortex Razor 1-6x24, but can barely see anything at all with the Strike Eagle at the same magnification.

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It’s not about magnification as it is about quality and objective size

Friend purchased a cheap spotting scope- fuzzy and big was all you could see at 50 or 100 yards

A good quality 20 power works very nicely

The shoot and see targets show the impact easier too
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That depends on the scope.

Not all 6x scopes are created equal. Naturally it also depends on lighting and background.

For example, I can see bullet holes pretty well with Vortex Razor 1-6x24, but can barely see anything at all with the Strike Eagle at the same magnification.

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I have this on a 24” match .223

I can read the manufacturer info on targets at 100 yards

https://samplelist.com/nikon-6-24x50...pe-demo-b.html
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This would make for a good bench top spotting scope

https://samplelist.com/nikon-13-30x5...pe-demo-c.html

That is a sample
Here is an online new price

https://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-1...piece-kit.html
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Or get a higher end spotting scope

http://forum.snipershide.com/threads...e-kit.6900679/
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If your not using shoot and see targets, shoot targets that are mostly white. The NRA style targets that are big black circles, make it very hard to pick out shadows of the bullet holes. Black holes on black paper.

As everyone else said, glass, glass, glass. Its not your zoom range, its the quality of the glass. That said, I wouldn't really want to spot 1/4" sized holes at 100 yards with only 6x zoom. I'd say a optic with a top end of 9 or 10 power would be better suited for that.

Lastly, how is the gun set up while your trying to spot these holes? Are you looking through the scope offhand? Or is the gun set into a NPA on the bench, so that you can relax behind the scope to see easily?
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I see all holes from my 223 through my vortex diamondback 4-12X40. No spotting scope is necessary
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Why spend $500 or more on a spotting scope, which involves putting your rifle down, moving over to the spotting scope, looking thru it to see where your shots have hit, then reverse the process. As a couple here have stated have a scope that allows you to see where your shots have landed and then make your corrections. It seems a whole lot simpler and the money you would have put into your spotting scope could go toward a better rifle scope. Shoot and See targets would be a help also as suggested. My 2 cents.
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24/25x scopes enable you to aim precisely without fatigue or second guessing and you can easily see your bullet holes. There are plenty of 6-24 or 5-25 scopes out there at every budget level. They all have decent glass nowadays. The cheaper ones have garbage turrets, though. Don’t get anything made in China.
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If you're shooting at black targets at 100 yards, I would go with at least 20x magnification. If you're using Shoot N C targets, then a 6x will suffice.
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I use my spotting scope for observing my targets. The power of the scope on my rifles depends on what I am hunting, the caliber of the rifles, and the terrain I am hunting in. I tend to choose high end scopes and I prefer either Leupold or Nightforce.

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http://muelleroptics.com/products/mu...ticator-black/

Put the 3/8 red dot on your last bullet hole and do it again.
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You get what you pay for when it comes to glass. Go with the best 9 power scope you can afford.
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just get splatter targets. problem solved.
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That depends on the scope.

Not all 6x scopes are created equal. Naturally it also depends on lighting and background.

For example, I can see bullet holes pretty well with Vortex Razor 1-6x24, but can barely see anything at all with the Strike Eagle at the same magnification.

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