Rifle Scopes Fixed power scopes

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I see that most mil-dot fixed scopes are 10x but a few companies offer fixed powers of 16 and 20 as well. Is there any down side to these higher power scopes at ranges under 200 yards?
 

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Re: Fixed power scopes

Field of view and mirage. I'd suggest a variable if you need up to 20x at times.
 

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Re: Fixed power scopes

I do plenty of target shooting at 100-200, and occasionally hunt out to 500. Maybe I should be considering a variable with FFP.
 

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Re: Fixed power scopes

I'd choose your magnification based on the closest possible living/moving target you might be engaging.

You are gonna have a hard time picking up a deer at a fast trot at fifty yards with a 10x--the scopes field of view is gonna be way too small. Unless the deer is walking in a wide open area or something.

If the closest thing you might be shooting is a coyote or groundhog at 200 yards, 10x works fine.
 

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    Re: Fixed power scopes

    For hunting I have a fixed 4 and a fixed 6. For target shooting I'd say a fixed 10X is the way to go. Fixed 15 to 20 and you end up with less eye relief and a smaller field of view, anything less than 10X and it starts to become "too little" magnification. 10X is a good in between.

    Also you will have no problem selling a fixed 10X tactical scope whereas the higher power fixed ones have a very small selective market.