This has been puzzling me for a little while now the amount of posts about scopes and nearly always the advice comes out for some scope with a high magnification and 50mm+ objective. Just why are such scopes needed?
After all larger means mounted higher. Heavier and far more expensive. I remember fitting my first 6x scope it was a 6x42 and it took a little while to get used to it after using a 4x magnification scope for so long. MY first ever scope was a BSA 4x20 on my Meteor the BSA 270 when I bought that used had a Nikko Stirling 4x32 Special Sporting scope on it and the width of the view was a eye opener compared to the 4x20 . Then I bought the Brno ZKK in 308 and the Zeiss Jena 4 x scope for it the heavier cross hair was much easier to see in the low light of early morning and later evening so a 6x42 scope was bought to replace the 4x32 with it's fine cross hairs and everything seemed BIG.
Once I got used to it though it proved effective and not the handicap at closer distances in the wood that I thought it might be but I would not want more magnification for such use. So why does the modern shooter need such big scopes?
What I am I missing here?