Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 (UPDATED 26/10/18)

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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 (UPDATED 26/10/18)

Post by stokesrj » Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:52 pm

I think we hunters have been told often enough that we need high magnification that we begin to believe it. I personally find that for big game out to 300 yards all that is needed is 3X and for most hunting in the eastern half of the US most hunters would be better served by a fixed 2.5 or 4X than a high powered variable.
But the same is also true of hunters with a bias against high power variables. I recently read of a hunter who said that the lowest power setting on his variable was 6X and it was too much. He claimed that on a recent deer hunt when a deer suddenly appeared at 50 yards all he could see was hair and it was like looking through a microscope. When I hear these kinds of claims, I know I’m hearing from a very inexperienced hunter. Take a look at a deer sized object with your scope set at 6X and you will know what I mean. I can easily take a deer with a 6X scope at ten yards so 50 is no problem at all. And for years I used a fixed power 6X for western hunting and have made many clean kills between 400 and 600 yards with it. Yet I currently run a few variables up to 25X and one up to 55X so I guess the marketers have gotten to me too.
But for that beautiful rifle no scope or a low powered fixed would be my choice.


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Re: Rigby Highland Stalker 30/06 (UPDATED 26/10/18)

Post by Rod » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:17 pm

stokesrj wrote:
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:52 pm
I think we hunters have been told often enough that we need high magnification that we begin to believe it. I personally find that for big game out to 300 yards all that is needed is 3X and for most hunting in the eastern half of the US most hunters would be better served by a fixed 2.5 or 4X than a high powered variable.
But the same is also true of hunters with a bias against high power variables. I recently read of a hunter who said that the lowest power setting on his variable was 6X and it was too much. He claimed that on a recent deer hunt when a deer suddenly appeared at 50 yards all he could see was hair and it was like looking through a microscope. When I hear these kinds of claims, I know I’m hearing from a very inexperienced hunter. Take a look at a deer sized object with your scope set at 6X and you will know what I mean. I can easily take a deer with a 6X scope at ten yards so 50 is no problem at all. And for years I used a fixed power 6X for western hunting and have made many clean kills between 400 and 600 yards with it. Yet I currently run a few variables up to 25X and one up to 55X so I guess the marketers have gotten to me too.
But for that beautiful rifle no scope or a low powered fixed would be my choice.
Hard to argue with that summary.

As a kid, before I knew any different, I had a 4x on my .22 and a 1to4 Burris on my .243. Killed plenty of game ranging from wallabies to brumbies and never felt under-gunned or under-scoped.

About 18 years of age bought my first 300 Win Mag, a Remington 700BDL, fitted with a 3-9 Burris. Shot a lot of pigs and brumbies with that set-up and scope used to live on 9X :roll: :roll: Then after a year or 2 I realized (was influenced by target shooters and hunting magazine authors) that my scope wasn't good enough so I bought a 3-9 Leupold VXII with AO. Used that outfit to hunt buffalo, pigs, scrub cattle, horses and donkeys. Thought that outfit was the best all round DG :whistle: outfit going. Most stuff was shot on 6x or 9x :roll:

Then in my mid 20's I was introduced to Mauser 98's, Brno 602's and European optics (Kahles & Zeiss) slowly fell in love (again) with low power scopes and Euro quality. However the price tags took some getting use to.

Your comment "for most hunting in the eastern half of the US most hunters would be better served by a fixed 2.5 or 4X than a high powered variable." is IMO absolutely spot on. Which may seem like a big call from someone who has never hunted there. However I have chased a few whitetails about in New Zealand and I reckon any rifle your comfortable with with a good 2.5x or 3x scope would be ideal.

So I guess I've gone full circle. I just wish that some of the European manufactures would start re-production on some of their low magnification scopes and that a few more hunters would buy them.

Cheers
rod

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