Best Mag for BR

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  1. Phil Kennett

    Phil Kennett Active Member

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    So I am new to this and only shooting for fun at the local range. I have be using my springers for BR practice at 25 yds and am wondering what is considered to be an good mag for shooting this discipline. Currently my scopes are set on approx 10x mag but reading some threads on here it appears that would be low.

    Many thanks
     
  2. Dale

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    Most of the scopes advertised as dedicated BR scopes tend to be in the 24x to 45x magnification range.
     
  3. Phil Kennett

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    Thanks Dale
    That surprised me, I didn't expect it to be that high, had a quick look at Optics warehouse and there are several fixed mag scopes as well.
     
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    I shoot springer benchrest on 24x mag, this is about a minimum, as pcp I shoot 35x

    Maybe if you have good eyes a lower mag will do? I couldn’t cope and it would be too much strain.
     
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    Apologies, I didn't make it clear that the BR scopes tend to be fixed mag.

    I don't shoot BR, so don't quote me on this but I believe there are weight restrictions in the classes so the fixed mag scopes tend to be lighter than variables which helps in meeting the requirements.
     
  6. Phil Kennett

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    Thanks, may I ask what your scoring difference is between springer and PCP?
     
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    Thanks for that, I am unlikly to compete but always trying to improve
     
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    At BFTO with there own targets I was dropping maybe 2 shots out of the 100 ring per 50 shots, and 8-10 per 50 shots with the springer. I doubt a better scope would have got me more points with the springer, but like I said that is the minimum mag I can cope with.
     
  9. Phil Kennett

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    Thanks, I have got some way to go
     
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    I shoot Benchrest at 20 yards and use a 24x scope. But I'm currently debating a change to 36x with better glass.

    For me clarity is as important as magnification. I recently changed my sport rifle scope from a cheap Hawke 2-7x32 to a nikon prostaff 3-9x40. Still use it set to 4-5 but the image is tones better so I don't get as much eye strain. Just my opinion my eyes aren't the best.

    Paul
     
  11. Phil Kennett

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    Thanks Paul, coming from the Camera world I appreciate good glass, it does of course come at a price. Likewise my eyes are not the best so any help I can give them is a bonus
     
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    I would say depends on whether you are shooting indoors or out. Indoors I think any mag is suitable as you are only shooting against the target as long as the ret doesn't hide the pellet for precise aiming. Out doors I think you need to be able to see clearly where your sighters are landing when you are trying to identify a condition with the aid of your wind flags.

    I would go for a Weaver T36 if I was going to do it again with the target dot. The dot fits nicely in the 2mm bull at 25metres.
     
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    BR = Weaver T36... Try to find this scope... or leupold 45x45 scope... otherones are not goot for BR.. regards
     
  14. Phil Kennett

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    Thanks for the feedback
     
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    Thanks will check it out
     
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    I shoot 25m indoor and I use 32 mag on my hw101, anschutz 2002 and 36 mag on my s400.
     
  17. Phil Kennett

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    Thanks for the info
     
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    Didn't no you did benchrest. Learn something new every day.
     
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    I have shot benchrest indoors at my club and found at 25 yards anything between 20x and 36x being ok. I did find some days the higher mag made the shooting harder due to pulse movement and a lower say 24 mag worked better. I think everyone will be different and you need to get on the range and experiment until you come up with the best for you.
     
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    shot my 15yd cards today @ 30x: just nice size to define the centre dot and cover it with the dot in my scope.




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