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Some people dont' use scopes. Personally I don't. Do you?
 

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No I don't use a scope. I am what I call an in-your -face hunter and the type of terrian I hunt doesn't allow for a scope. Peep site is what I use.
 

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Didn't used to until I got older. In all honesty I kinda think of it as cheatin
 

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I do and don't. It depends on what kind of hunting i'm doing. If I'm going to still hunt in thick cover, I use the 30-30 or 7600 carbine w/open sights. If I'm going to post where I could get a 200-300 yard shot, I'll use one of my scoped rifles. I can aquire a target just as quick with a scope as I can with open sights, so I'm comfortable with either.
 

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That makes sense. I know somebody who won't hunt with a scope in the winter time because of problems in the past with fog. There is stuff for it these days but still won't give it another try..
 

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In Maine I'll only use a peep.
 

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I used a scope for about 25 years, but for the last 5 years I've used peep sights. Now things are changing again. I'm going to scope my new 35 Whelen and I suspect that gun will get alot of use this fall.

I usually hunt in some pretty thick stuff and a scope has no advantage there, in fact it hinders carrying a rifle with one hand. I find a scope's big advantage is during low light conditions. There's been a number of times I've been out at first light and saw deer but couldn't see my sights well enough to shoot or couldn't tell if the deer had horns.
 

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If you use a high powered rifle (anything more powerful than a 30-30) it only makes sense to use a scope, as you can not take full advantage of the cartridge. However, if you own a lever gun or an SKS, etc. Going with or without a scope is not a big deal, as the guns are only adequate out to 150yds.
 

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Personally, I obviously use a scope. And a dam fine one at that! Although I grew up using a peep on my "ole faithfull" .32 special that I still take out when I know I'll be in the thick stuff all day.
 

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I do use a scope on all my rifles and even my shotgun for turkey. I lost a lot of my vision years ago while tuna fishing.

I have scope on all my long range guns. I like the ability to get a close look at what I am shooting and the added advantage in low light.
 
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