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To make a long story short, I have a choice between a Leu Fx-2 (6x36) or Vx-2 (3-9x40)for a 17 HMR that will be used on squirrels (mainly) and groundhogs.  

1.  On the 6x scope, I was thinking of getting the parallax set to 50 yards.  Stock, it's set to 150.  Since most squirrel shots will be closer, is there any practical reason to have the parallax adjusted since it's only a 6x scope?  

What about the 3-9?  I've heard that above 10x parallax becomes a greater concern.  Is it any concern at all (practically) with my needs on 9x?

2.  How is repeatably on the 3-9?  Good enough?

3.  How well does the 3-9 function in terms of clarity, etc. at powers above 7x?  Does quality start to diminish, or is it pretty good?

4.  Do I lose much in terms of function when going from the simple fixed scope to the more complex adjustable?

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Also, for my needs, which would you go with? 
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Why isn't there a way to edit posts?  

I saw this on another forum:

I don't have anything against the higher magnification scopes. I have a couple on my play toys. But on serious rifles, I think a quality 3-9 or 3-10 scope provides lots and lots of versatility. Imagine this, a 6x riflescope allows the same shot potential at 300 yards as open sights to at 50 yards and is easier, for most people, to aim than the iron sights. What you can shoot at 50 yards with good iron sights should be what you can shoot at 300 yards with a 6x scope or a variable set to 6x. With a 9x, you should be able to shoot with the same general level of vision at 450 yards as you can with good iron sights at 50 yards.

Of course, all this assumes perfect trigger control and follow through and a solid rest. But a higher magnification scope isn't going to afford you a more solid rest.

I don't think there's much of a difference between a 3-9x scope or a 4-12x scope and if it makes you feel better to have the higher power scop, then knock yourself out. I think confidence is a good thing when it comes to rifle shooting. But It always cracks me up to see guys with a heavy barrel rifle and a 6.5-20x scope shooting from a bench and they will swear up and down that higher power allows for smaller groups. Maybe they do but if you can't take advantage of it, then it's a waste. If you have a heavy barrel rifle and a high power scope and you're shooting 5" groups at 100 yards, then... well... you need some help or training. I've seen plenty of guys shoot 1" or smaller groups with a lightweight (not sporter weight) rifles and a little 4x scope.

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So, for the 17 HMR, would a 3-9 be any better than a 6x?
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I would choose the variable.  I always think it is better to have options rather than sticking yourself with one mag.  You can make your variable 6x if you want, but can't make your 6x something else. 

He makes good points, about not needing a higher mag scope for many uses.  They certainly have their place and fit many roles, but in a all around gun a 3-9x is a great choice.  They are making many scopes these days with 6x and higher erectors.  So you can have both the low mag and the high mag in one scope.  My hunting guns have 3-9x, 2-12x, 3-12x, 1.5-6x, 1,5-5x, 4x.  I own one scope that is a higher mag scope it is a 5-20x, but I seldom use it over 12-14x. 



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Honestly, between 6x and 3-9x it mostly comes down to personal preference and your style of shooting. If you might run into situations where you need to acquire the target quickly and get a shot off, having 3x available is a nice thing. If you will always have time, the practical difference at your distances is minimal.
Personally, if I will do a fair amount of shooting offhand, I prefer to do it with lower magnification. The crosshair looks steadier (it isn't, but it looks that way), which I like.

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Originally posted by carved carved wrote:

Why isn't there a way to edit posts?


Welcome to OT, carved!

The forum settings are configured so that you cannot edit, post photos, etc until you've reached 50 posts. I believe this is part of the measures put in place to discourage spam.
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Another vote for the 3-9x40 Leupold.
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I have both 3-9 and 6x scopes for airguns and .22. The 6x is not very versatile for hunting because squirrels can be close and moving, stopping, moving. Having the ability to dial down to 3x with the larger FOV is huge.
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I own that 6X FX 2 and really like it.  

The Leupold scope line includes Ultralight and Rimfire Variables in 2-7X28 and 3-9X33.  The standard Ultralights are centerfire and probably set at 150 yards. 

https://www.leupold.com/hunting-shooting/scopes/rimfireultralight-riflescopes/

If within your budget the VX-2 3-9X33 with the adjustable parallax would be a nice choice.  I'm cheap and might pick the VX-1 2-7x28 if I wanted a variable. Leupold Rimfire parallax is 60 yards I believe. These scopes are sized to my eye for a rimfire rifle.
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