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#182383 - 08/06/17 11:58 AM Fixed or Variable
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Just curious, do you prefer a fix or variable magnification on your scope and what power magnification do you prefer.
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#182385 - 08/06/17 12:14 PM Re: Fixed or Variable [Re: longhunter]
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Depends on the cartridge and the platform.

I use both fixed and variable pistol scopes as well as fixed and variable rifle scopes in handguns.
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#182392 - 08/06/17 02:15 PM Re: Fixed or Variable [Re: Zee]
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 Originally Posted By: Zee
Depends on the cartridge and the platform.

I use both fixed and variable pistol scopes as well as fixed and variable rifle scopes in handguns.



X2!

On revolvers I usually prefer more compact 2X scopes. On Contender/Encore barrels I usually use variables (2-6 or 2-7). I do have several Contender/Encore barrels with fixed power scopes though. In rounds with heavy recoil I'm more likely to use a fixed power scope.
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#182395 - 08/06/17 03:34 PM Re: Fixed or Variable [Re: pab1]
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Yup. I've got both for different situations and set-ups.
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#182397 - 08/06/17 04:00 PM Re: Fixed or Variable [Re: Handgun400]
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I personally prefer a variable scope for versatility. Not a fan of 2x power scopes, although I think I could get by with a 4x power scope if it came down to it. My #1 choice is the Nikon Force XR 2.5-8x model.
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#182401 - 08/06/17 06:34 PM Re: Fixed or Variable [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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I have several in both flavors. My personal favorite for all around hunting use is the Bushnell Elite 2 x 6 variable. A fixed 2x is fine on traditional revolvers for woods hunting. With the variables I always carry on 2x and crank it up if needed for a longer shot.
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#182406 - 08/06/17 09:36 PM Re: Fixed or Variable [Re: pab1]
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 Quote:
On revolvers I usually prefer more compact 2X scopes. On Contender/Encore barrels I usually use variables (2-6 or 2-7).


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#182411 - 08/07/17 04:16 AM Re: Fixed or Variable [Re: PsTaN]
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a curious incident took place on three different occasions while hunting. The make and caliber of the guns used does not matter because it was after each of the three hunts that I noticed my variable scope was set around 5X... Each time I start a hunt my variable is set at 2X and when I located an animal I turned up the power to a comfortable setting which on each of the three different hunts was right on or near 5X....This was on my mind enough for me to locate and purchase a discontinued fixed 5X Burris.... Now I`am not going to say that a five power LER scope is the answer for all hunting.... but I will say that if your in the market for a fixed power scope, to buy well made 4X and the same if you want a variable. Get the best you can afford... Outside of a .22, all my scoped handguns carry either Leupold or Burris variable in the 2-8X range.....PS- I have yet to mount the fixed 5X..... The photo shows a 2.5-8X Leupold mounted on a FA`s 475 during Cape buff watch. The power is on 2X......
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#182515 - 08/11/17 09:46 PM Re: Fixed or Variable [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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I don't think there is a right or wrong answer, just depends what works for you. That being said, it can be expensive to experiment!

I started with variables on my revolvers, and now am running Luepold fixed 2x on both of them and am liking it a lot. I can see where a 4x could be a better choice in certain situations, but for a lot of my hunting situations the 2x has been nice. Maybe I need to get another gun to put a 4x on!

I like the compact size and light weight of the fixed scopes on the wheelguns, I find that in the "moment" I am not distracted by dials to turn the power up for a better picture, but instead focused on the crosshair and where it needs to go. I think there is something to be said for the durability of fixed powers also. I have had my share of troubles with variables(they were both Burris) and was looking for a tried and true answer that I know can hold up to recoil and be dependable.

There are many very experienced folks on here that have a ton of knowledge to share, and many of them may have differing opinions than mine. that's OK, I may get there some day
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