I have a query about the advice given to many people on restricted budgets- buy secondhand fixed european. Nowadays this almost invariably means a fixed mag of 6x or over. It is advice that I followed myself, and I am the proud owner of a 6x42 Swaro, an undeniably brilliant piece of glass.
My question is whether this is too restricting, in that it surrenders the low mag range? I recently found myself stalking in really dense woodland, trying to pick out a muntjac in the field layer that was about 30 yards away at most. 6x was certainly too much mag for the circumstances.
Would it not therefore be better to identify what is needed, and then buy the best you can afford? Would I not have been better off with a variable with a low minimum mag (1.5-6x?) even if it meant the scope was a Tasco Titan rather than a Swaro?