A good rifle scope is one the most valuable tools for any hunter or rifleman. With it, they can take accurate shots at long-range distances which would ordinarily be impossible to hit. This is why it is important to choose the right rifle scope for your needs. If you get a scope which isn’t fit for your firearm or one that doesn’t perform as it should, you are bound to miss your shots. However, choosing the right rifle scope can mean a better view of your target, and a better chance you will hit the bull’s eye.
When you first start shopping for rifle scopes, you will notice a lot of different brands and manufacturers, such as Leupold, Nikon, Burris, Sightron, and many others. While rifle scopes may be manufactured by many different companies, the basic principle behind them remain the same; you have an optics lens which can magnify up to a certain amount and an aiming reticule through the view lens. However, there are differences between the brands, for example, Bushnell rifle scopes are known having a special water repellent lens coating, and Burris rifle scopes are known for their excellent light gathering capabilities.
Rifle scopes are labeled with with their magnification power, followed by the diameter size of the objective. For example, a rifle scope labeled 10×50, would mean its magnification power is ten times, and the diameter size of the objective lens is 50mm. Remember, the larger the diameter of the lens, the wider the view and the brighter the view will be. Some rifle scopes come with an adjustable magnification power, such as 10-15. This means you can change the power, anywhere from 10 times to 15 times.
Unless you are taking your firearm to a gunsmith or shop, you will have to manually mount the scope on the rifle. Most models are pretty simple and come with special mounting rings. However, you may run into some mounting problems with larger sized scopes, since they expand so far on the end of the scope. On those, you will have to be sure they come with the proper mounting equipment.
Rifle scopes are made to hold in light, brightening up the view for the user. It is important to remember that the higher the magnification power of the rifle scope, the less light it will retain. So if you are doing fairly close range hunting, stick with a low power rifle scope. For long-range shooting and target practices, you should purchase rifle scopes with a higher magnification power. It won’t have as much light as a lower powered one, but you will get a much closer and accurate view.
Another factor to consider is the aiming reticule or crosshair. Originally the standard was a simple cross; now there are a variety of different reticles. One of the most popular is the duplex reticle; this reticle is a standard cross with slightly “thinner” lines on the inner half of the reticule. This allows a better, clearer view of the target. Since rifle scope reticles don’t make any technical difference, it is still wise to check out all the different ones; you may find one you prefer more.
You will want to be sure you find a rifle scope that won’t fog up. If you are in a store looking at them, you can breathe on the lens to check to see if it is fog-proof or not. If you are shopping online, the product details should tell if it’s fog proof or not.
Water can do a lot of damage to scope, which is why you should make sure your rifle scope is waterproof. The majority of quality rifle scopes manufactured today are waterproof, however, some are not.
Often people forget about the warranty when they go shopping for rifle scopes. It is important to make sure the rifle scope you choose has a good warranty. Check with the store to see if they offer a warranty, and also check to see if there is a manufacturer’s warranty with the rifle scope. A good warranty should protect you from any unforeseen malfunctions.
Take the time to find the perfect rifle scope that suits your needs. You will see how much of a difference a good rifle scope can make the next time you are hunting or target shooting with your new rifle scope.