As a result of a quest for reduced weight and having had advice from Hornet 6 and Tamus, I bought a Swaro Z3 3-10x42 and fitted it to my .243.
For years I have had scopes of 6X mag minimum so wondered what the 3X would be like ? Answer...very good at shortish ranges.
In my last two outings I have shot a Red, two Roe, three Muntjac and a fox, all with the scope set on 3x and at 40 to 80 yds distance, all in woodland.
I have found that, at first light the scope on 3x is as bright as my Swaro 7x42 Porro prism binoculars and the low magnification is just fine for woodland.
It made me think of yesteryear when about the only scope one could get (or more relevantly afford) was the Nikko Sterling Gold Crown 4x40 wide angle.
However did we manage ?