any advantage (if ANY) a 4-16x turned down to 12x MIGHT have is so miniscule that such advantage (real or imagined) is a wash when guessing the aim point instead of clicking on.
I do see where a scope with high quality optics gives an advantage be it max 10x, 12x (or 16x turned down to 12x) simply because the shooter can separate the edge of the kz from the splatter better. This is precisely why I opted to "trade in" my old Japanese 4-12 Trophy for a 5-15 Elite 3200 years ago. When I tested rangefinding/shooting at a straight 16x the only advantage I noticed was that the kx appeared bigger, therefore easier to see, so I do agree with you that a shooter using a crisp 16x has a bit of advantage opticswise over the 10x/12x shooter, but I personally didn't see a big advantage in rangefinding repeatability over my 12x setting with my ranging ability. The 16x hft shooter certainly doesn't enjoy as much of an equipment advantage over the 12x shooter as the pcp shooter has over the piston shooter in the same class!!!
I've told this story before but for those that haven't read it...........
When beginning to shoot hft I was using my 4-12 Trophy and my brother was using his new 5-15 Elite 3200 turned down to 12x. There was one particular lane through s stand of cedar trees that was very dimly lit, and with one particular target I literally couldn't make out the kz and missed the target twice. To my surprise my brother knocked it down twice and said that he could faintly make out the kz with his Elite. I looked through his scope at the target and just as he said I could faintly see the kz. The very next week I ordered a 4-12x Elite 3200, however I found that it wouldn't sharply focus closer than 18 yards at 12x. Thinking that the scope was defective I exchanged it for another 4-12 3200 and it had the same problem. After that I made arrangements with Bushnell to upgrade the scope to the 5-15 Elite 3200 which would focus down to 10 yards at 12x.
So far I haven't found a 12x max scope with the optical clarity of the Bushy Elites that will focus down to 10 yards and come in a shorter/lighter package for similar cost......so I'll just keep on using what has worked for me for years.
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