Yep, that eyesight thing slips right up on us. I didn't realize how much I needed new glasses until I could not focus on the front iron sight on one of my hunting rifles. And yes, my shooting accuracy was suffering. I was fortunate I received my new specks before our twice per year weapons/range qualifications at work. My scores were better than the last year's qualifications, also.
I have a 8X-32X 44mm with target turrents I may slip onto my BMAG to see what it will do or improve. The present 6.5X-20X is OK. I have a 6X-24X on my HMR that does a fine job as for tree squirrel hunting.
Considering the effective range of the .17 WSM, I don't think the 8X-32X is too extreme.
Funny story about getting the Tasco 8x-32x scope. A young fella at work and I do a lot of "horse trading" and he had the scope for sale for the huge sum of $40.00. The original finish on the scope was a black rubber coating. Someone put some chemical on the scope and it converted the coating to a tough thick black goo. He finally sold the scope for the modest sum of 20 buckeroos to me after some serious dickering, just to be rid of it. He finally conceded old Indians are much more skilled at the game when later that day, he saw the scope after the clean-up. I reminded him this old Indian is not just fresh off the Reservation. I labored an hour using some alcohol hand sanitizer and discovered a nice new looking blued scope after removing the goo.
I cannot afford high priced scopes. Tasco, Simmons, Weaver, BSA, and Bushnell have fullfilled my needs just fine and have always held up.
Edited by Old Hickory, 07 March 2015 - 08:20 AM.