How Much Zoom Do You Need for Long-Range Rifles?

How Much Zoom Do You Need for Long-Range Rifles?

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to look at a target at 1,000 Yards? It seems so small and far away how could anyone even see it? Well luckily we have some excellent optics available these days but the question is, How much Zoom will I need? It is a great question and I get asked all the time how much I use when going beyond 1,000 Yards and the truth is I really don’t need that much. One thing to keep in mind is zooming in does not make the picture clearer, you can just see the objects easier. I set some targets at 500 Yards and demonstrate different levels of zoom at that distance with the vortex Viper PST 6-24 then we back out to 1,000 Yards to take a look at some really far, small targets. The equivalent of a 1.4” circle at 100 Yards the 14” plates at 1,000 seem impossible to see let alone hit the target! But the biggest reason I run high magnification scopes is to better spot dust trace from bullet impacts that far out. Any questions feel free to ask!

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  1. Michael Napoleoni on November 9, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    What do you recommend for a spotting scope for .223 at 300 yards? I was thinking about the Leupold Gold Ring 12-40×60 HD.

  2. Walter Diaz on November 9, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    I shoot 1200 yards to mile i usually use 14 to 16 power

  3. Sam Rowe on November 9, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Well I was unable to see the 1000 yard target and I cudnt see the 500 till u wound it all the way up so it looks like I need something significantly better then 24 power

  4. OKIE OUTDOORS on November 9, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    Nice video. But man that over lay music is way to dang loud and definitely not needed

  5. Wes on November 9, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Lose the video game hard rock background music. It honestly sucks!

  6. K. McIntyre on November 9, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    You’re looking for this —> 1:50

  7. Fishing OverBoard on November 9, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    How is zooming it harder to aim.. you’re just seeing the same movement that you had at 6 power??

  8. Benny Hill on November 9, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    That was a good Video
    Thank you!!

  9. scott left on November 9, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Dude, put a sock over your mic, and your music output as well….seriously, that was so0 distracting….and find a better target.

  10. Appreciative Observer on November 9, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    Music is not part of the subject matter.

  11. Common Sense on November 9, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    This was VERY helpful. Thank you for the effort.

  12. Lenny Kump on November 9, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    What’s the difference between a 2×40 and a 3×42 scope? Are the numbers minimum and maximum magnification?

  13. seymour jackson on November 9, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Great video thanks

  14. Shaun Grobler on November 9, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    I shoot everything up to 1000m on x11

  15. giggergigger1 on November 9, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    FFP vs sfp is a crucial choice also

  16. Doug Bardsley on November 9, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you. That was really cool and helpful. Helped me narrow down my next scope. I would like to see some hunting scopes in low light.

  17. Rebjim Jim Elliott on November 9, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    i dont know man, i cant see a thing until about 12x. My old eyes need that power. 24 sounds nice…..

  18. Danny Warren on November 9, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Dood … thanks … appreciate the vid…but leave out the music

  19. Collin Toerner-Todd on November 9, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Helpful for my needs. Definitely reconsidering some of my magnification options for my ar

  20. troy west on November 9, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Kill that stupid music

  21. Brett Butler on November 9, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Cut the music off…geeeez

  22. heman on November 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Why not clamp your gun in a vise so it doesn’t wabble around so much ??

  23. chris gaede on November 9, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Why does he say it’s harder the hold still when your zoomed in. That doesn’t make sense to me. Like it doesn’t make it harder to hold. IMO it just makes it so you notice how much you move the rifle when aiming.

  24. F&J's outdoor gun range on November 9, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Yeah sorry man couldn’t pay attention due to the music

  25. Nicholas Flemming on November 9, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    thank you! good to see this. I’m budgeting $2500 for a scope. Was looking for up2 a 1000 Yards on a AR10 20" .308 SASS . (will build a better gun for PRS next year).

    I’m looking at: Leupold Mark 5HD 7-35×56 (35mm) M5C3 FFP PR2-MIL

    I’d like to be able to identify some details on a 6" steel target at 1000y. So I feel I need a bit more than 20x to be able to see what I’m looking for.

    Anyone have a recommendation for a scope? I’d like something that I can bang around a fair bit too, just in case. (I don’t baby my stuff much)

  26. Voice of Reason on November 9, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    My weapon with the longest max effective range is my mauser which has a 1000 yard max effective range. Any scope recommendations?

  27. Big Al on November 9, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    I’m 65 and a hunter/shooter all my life. Mostly shoot for fun now and still learn something new now and then. Yours was one of the best/clearest reviews of scope magnification and application I’ve seen and I love to watch vids on guns and scopes.
    Just ordered the Henry 223/556 NATO long ranger lever action. Putting a Arken 4-16×50 ffp moa vpr zero stop illuminated reticle (3mm tube) on top. Check out the Arken scopes. Put one on my Ruger Precision 6.5 creedmoor in the 6-24×50 version and love it.
    I grew up on lever guns so I have a few. I reload so it will be fun developing a load for the Henry. I plan on zeroing with gold dot match ammo (stuff is outstanding).
    Anyway. Great job on your video. I subbed and will be looing at your older stuff. Hope you’re still making vids. Well done

  28. Sappan Devkota on November 9, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    U trippy

  29. DaveMac on November 9, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    im a new uk shooter …. have to say your vid clarified many aspects, many thanks

  30. randy thomas on November 9, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    with you doing all of this I have to have the 16-20 power to really see the target. At 6 power I cant see anything. I have a midas tac athlon 6-24×50, the Aztec 5.5-24×50 and the Hawke 4-16 and out of these 3 the Aztec is the only one I can see past100 yards with so what do I need

  31. DaJackal on November 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    I guess the extra zoom isn’t completely necessary for making a long shot but is nice for target ID (good guy or bad guy) without the need for binos or a spotting scope.

  32. Mik Cun on November 9, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    You wiggle a lot

  33. undermoss on November 9, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    If you have to measure the target and calculate its distance, i’ve found some 6X magnification scopes are not sufficient. Especially ones with 24mm objective lens, the LPVOs. 12x at max magnification is enough. Stronger magnification demands larger lens, equals heavier scope and reduced ruggedness.

  34. John Valenzuela on November 9, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    I really appreciate your time and effort on this video! This video help explain much confusing with optics.

  35. Dog Taggers on November 9, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Fuckin mute the music

  36. Robert Schweppie on November 9, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    this is the best video on scopes I’ve ever seen well-done brother .God bless

  37. Richard C. S. on November 9, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    video is great but music is annoying

  38. Doy Rayburn on November 9, 2021 at 7:50 pm


  39. david haddad on November 9, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you for the comparison, you saved me a ton of time figuring out what scope to buy!

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  41. Watchdog on November 9, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks, i wanted to confirm if the zoom in games is realistic.

  42. West Desert Shooter on November 9, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    See a better and updated video here with clearer information and no music

  43. redfirekla on November 9, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Great video combat AR and AK style riles 6x-16x is the best to reach out to 500yards. If you have a DMR you can go with a 24X power for up to 800meters. Anything more than like than up to like 1200meters a 40x works best. My fav 40x scope is a sightmark 40x

  44. Scatterbrain Brain on November 9, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Cool video

  45. S A on November 9, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    The problem is when you need to zero a rifle. I need to see bullet holes on paper at 100 years. Could you show some bullet holes at 100 or 200 yards?

  46. David Kahler on November 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    I’m a western shooter also. Where is that location you are at in the video?

  47. Land Of The Dark Nights on November 9, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for doing this video!

  48. Hope Peever on November 9, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    How much zoom would I need for 300 yards MAX? I currently have a 2×7

  49. G Rod on November 9, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks; simple and informative.

  50. Stephen on November 9, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Don’t need the music.