i say..if all else fails, get closer to your target. i have never used those high magnification scopes and done pretty well. i use the 3x9 VxIII from leupold and i have missed opportunities to shoot at game because they were too far for me and my optics, but i also have always had my legs and feet to get me closer. to me, that is what hunting is about....
A good stalk will always be a better story (to me at least) than a long shot story. But its what you want, so go with the scope you like and do it your way. you wont be disappointed doing it your way.
P.S....just make sure you have good glass, it will make all the difference in the world. light gathering, in my opinion, is more important than magnification, most of your shots will be at first or last light so don't lose out because you couldn't see.
Haha, it's starting to go over my head also, but Bitterroot seems to be nailing it. To make things easy.. your question is, "Is a 20X scope overkill?" My not-so-intelligent answer is.. no, not at all.
Originally Posted by westernwannabe
It's up to you how big of an objective you want. I still don't think there is a significant difference between the two. I have two 6.5-20x40mm VX3s that work great for me. If you're in really low light, turn the power down; just as you would a 50mm.
I don't think he's asking for a lecture on how to hunt...
Originally Posted by wileywapiti
yup, you are right. im sorry for getting off track. back to the topic, i dont think its necessary but if you like it then do it.