This isn't much of an offering, but I moved from a Vortex Diamondback, 4-12X40 on an H001M to a Leupold Freedom 3-9X30.
The Diamondback wasn't holding zero, so sent it back to Vortex. They repaired it apparently and said it was defective. While I was waiting for the scope to come back from warranty, I couldn't hold off from shooting, since the H001M was the only rifle I had, so I splurged and bought a Leupold Freedom, 3-9X40, and never looked back.
So now, the Diamondback has made its way onto the new H001T (octagon 22LR) that I bought a few weeks ago. I've been shooting hundreds of rounds at the range with this new setup, and today, something changed the game for me. I was aiming at the bullseye, and once every few shots, I hit red, then high and right, and low etc, this setup was behaving just like it did when the DB was on the H001M months ago. Keep in mind, I'm using the full 12X magnification on the DB, so I can see small potatoes spiked on top of the target board, as closely as possible, and yet I never miss with the Freedom 3-9 when it's on full power on the 22 mag, but miss regularly with the DB on full power on the 22LR. — ???
I've been shooting these small potatoes at 50 yards for the past week or so using the "repaired" DB, hitting, missing, hitting bullseye, missing. It must be ME that's missing, not the scope and certainly not the rifle or ammo (BLAZER 22LR)
Out of frustration I turned the magnification all the way down to 4, just to see what it looked like through the scope. The potatoes and targets looked painfully small (not what I'm used to) and yet, the reticle and FOV was so much clearer, sharper, I thought why not try shooting this way.
To my amazement, I hit ever single small potato, one after the other, and then even smaller pieces and remnants of potatoes that clung to the toothpicks they were stuck on.
Instantly, the rifle was accurate, the cross-hairs didn't shake when I breathed, and the sight picture seemed much more still and clear.
1: Why and how would the DB be so inaccurate on full magnification, and extremely accurate at the lowest magnification?
What's causing that hit and miss deal when I'm dialed up in magnification, yet when I'm dialed down to 4-6 power, it's bang on?
(Knowing that I was absolutely dead still and the rifle was well rested.)
Is that a parallax issue because the scope has variable power? Or is it a flaw in the reticle/mechanics of the DB?
Please explain if you can. Thanks