In Africa this year, I had a 1X-4X and spent most of the time at 1X. In Maine, I used the same power range, and again spent most of the time down at the low end of the dial, except to shoot a coyote, for which I came up to 4X. In Montana, I had a 3X-9X and shot my deer at 9X because I had been looking him over before pulling the trigger. I could as easily have done it at 6X or 4X. In West (by God) Virginia, I had a 2.5X-8X and spent the whole time at 2.5X.