Is 9x magnification enough?

Discussion in 'GATE Long-Range Shooting' started by SpectreRider, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. SpectreRider

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    Armed Citizen

    Feb 2, 2009
    SoFla... want to move to America.
    Hi Zak,

    My question is whether a good quality 3-9x42 will provide enough magnification for 800-900 yard shots .

    The rifle is a DPMS pattern ar in .308.
    The scope I have on order (still a couple of weeks to cancel if I need to) is a Pride and Fowler RR-800-1, 3-9x42.

    I really like how the reticle is set up. It seems ideal for someone just learning long range shooting. The reticle can be seen here:

    Street price for the scope is about 650.00

    If you can suggest something not too expensive I am open to other ideas if the choice I have made is not a sound one.

    Thanks for your help.

  2. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith
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    Millennium Member

    Aug 25, 1999
    Fort Collins, CO, USA
    It all depends on the target size and target contrast.

    9m is on the low side to 800-1000 yard shooting, but you can get by.

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