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Old 03-25-2019, 07:44 AM
TN Lone Wolf
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It's just my preference, but I don't like 2x power scopes for any shooting beyond 50 yards. The majority of the optics I use on my hunting handguns are Nikon Force XR 2.5-8x variables. You can turn them down to 2.5x for the wide field of view, or crank them up to 8x power for 100+ yard shots. They're built tough and hold their zero despite all the abuse I've put them through, from heavy recoiling loads to accidentally banging them against something. Additionally, they have a BDC reticle you can easily map out with their SpotOn software if you know the specifics of your load. I've tried it on a few different guns and loads, and the software's incredibly accurate from my experience.

The only downside is that the eye relief changes quite a bit when zooming in from 2.5x to 8x. At 2.5x, it's about arm length on me, but at 8x it's much closer. That doesn't bother me, since if I'm using it at 8x power, I've got the handgun resting on something solid and can lean in closer to it.
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