Discussion in 'Long Gun Accessories and Optics' started by d2wing, Apr 24, 2021.
When I had my AR set up for hunting, I had a 4-16 on it because I wanted a little more magnification for coyote. That's more of a personal preference, I don't think you'll have any issue with a 3-9 or 3-10 I just like more. My AR wears the 1-6 to be more of a generalist rifle now though because I bought a Weatherby Vanguard in 223 which wears a 4.5-14 for the hunting role.
If you want more precision for varmints at longer ranges then more magnification might not be a bad idea. And if I just had a 3-9X or similar scope sitting around unused and didn't want to spend money on a new one that would work too. I just find magnification less than 3X to be more useful than anything over 6X.
I wouldn't have any problems using it hunting, within the 5.56's limited range.
No experience with either of the scopes mentioned, but good advise from LoonWulf. You should be OK with the 3-10 range. I don't worry much about weight, but I don't venture too far from the jeep.
A lot depends upon your eyesight. I used 3x9 for years on my hunting rifles, still do for bigger game. @ 84 YOA, eyesight is not what it once was so my preferred predator hunting scopes are now 4.5-14x42. I just replaced a 3x9 Burris E1 for a Burris 4.5-14x42 FF E1 which is more suitable for those coyotes that hang up beyond 200 yds.
The E1 is best predator reticle I've found for my eyesight, as it is just a bit bolder than the ballistic plex reticle, but center cross hairs fine enough for the longer shots. I keep power set @ 4.5x when calling, which provides enough field of view for quick target acquisition on closer shots and there's always time to crank up power on the shots over 200 yds.
ETA: There is really no single answer to the question. The area you plan to hunt also has a bearing on the power best suited. The heavy timber or brush makes for closer/quicker shots = lower power.
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