Too Much Scope Question
by Leo McCormick
Transporting Moose on a Game Cart
I own a 12 to 20 X 50 scope. Is this too much scope for moose?
I love my 7 mm mag and I shoot 174 grain bullets. It is a break open single shot version. I have shot many animals with the gun and never took more than 1 shot, I will take it this coming October to Canada for moose. I have watched many moose hunt videos and I think most moose go down with one shot.
I am planning to mount this scope on my 7mm. Too much magnification?
Too Much Scope Magnification
Leo, I do think your scope may have a bit too much magnification for hunting moose.
Not that there is anything wrong with having a 50mm objective, in my opinion your scope has too much magnification.
If you get in close quarters with a moose, say under 20 yards (which is quite possible if you are calling), with your scope set on 12X, you are only going to see hair. It will be difficult to determine where on the moose you are aiming.
In my own preference selection for a scope on a moose rifle, I would never put higher than 14 power. I know lots of hunters that use 2X7, 3X9 or 3.5X10 and are very happy with this magnification.
On my own rifle I use the Leupold VX3HD 3.5-10X40 CDS-ZL Duplex scope.
I used to shoot competitively out to 600 meters and for our style of competition we used a 20x or higher power scope. But we were shooting precision bullseye, there are no bullseyes on moose.
I don't see the need for very high magnification for hunting moose.
Mark - The Moooseman