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Is 9x magnification enough?

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

  1. SpectreRider

    SpectreRider Armed Citizen

    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 3Gunner 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.