I probably should have explained why I chose this particular setting for my scope test.
1) For a crossbow scope evaluation, I use a deer decoy against a background where and when I will most likely take a shot at a trophy deer. A deer trail crosses my shooting lane at 51 yards, generally left to right. A little corn or doe scent will usually cause a brief stop there.
2) That is the earliest, darkest place I hunt. I’ve killed most trophy deer there over the past 40 years.
3) 50 - 60 yards is my preferred shot distance. The closest distance that is virtually assured to have zero deer response to the shot noise other than maybe a slight head raising to look around. and that’s usually looking away since that’s where they heard the sound bounce back to them, since I virtually only shoot when the deer is looking away from me. 50-60 yards thru an excellent rifle scope on 8-10x is a very easy shot.
4) When testing a scope, I try to always have the same background that will exist in the most trying conditions . For a crossbow, the above conditions are it. For my smokeless powder, 40 cal MLers, it’s 200 yards with a deer in the field right against the woodline for my ultralite (3x15 Razor now, formerly Duralyt 2x8) and 300 yards for my heavyweight rifle (6x24 Sightron 3).
5) For working up loads, I’d use a sign with letters or #s as mentioned in post #16.
This is just how I do it. Not necessarily the best or right way. It’s just what I’ve come up with.