You may be a regular shooter, survival expert, hunter or weekend range visitor. This may necessitate you to use a rifle regularly. Purchasing rifle scopes will turn out to be a tricky business if you are not well informed of your choices.
First-time buyers picking up a rifle scope will be stunned by the price a simple scope comes at. Interestingly, the majority of the A-grade scopes’ prices match or exceed the price of a rifle. If you want to help yourself avoid the confusion between the best and the worst scopes, you will need to learn a thing or two about them first.
Do not get lured by the cheapest scope available on the market because it is obvious that if it is priced lower than average, then the material and the labour used would also be below average, invariably resulting in a drop in quality and resilience. Mounting cheap scopes on your rifle will lead to hitting zero targets simply because the scope’s precision is unreliable.
Now that you know a few nuances of rifle scopes, you can move on to read the four things that are a must to consider before you pick a scope.
What you hunt and where you hunt will serve as the primary determinants of the scope you want to mount on your hunting rifle. Going back in time, custom, riveted 5x or changeable 4-8x scopes were the ones widely used in hunting rifles. Since they hold good for targets under 100 yards, ranging from wild boars and bucks to prairie wolves, these low amplification scopes were deemed to be the ideal ones.
The build of the scope or the ‘body’ can be in different radiuses of 12.5mm, 15mm and 17mm, mainly banking on the style and the kind you are seeking. Considered crucial for long-range targeting, picking scopes with bigger tubes facilitates enhanced room for materials on the interior. Moreover, larger mounting needs special rings which are highly priced and offer minimal choices.
In simple language, the lens towards the end of the scope accountable for disseminating light is known as an objective lens. Here the case is plain and simple: the bigger the lens, the more light pierces through the scope facilitating better vision, especially in gloomy environments. To know your scope’s lens power, look at the second digit to the left of ‘x’.
No rifleman wants an injured eye after he fires a shot at his target. In this sense, eye-care during shooting gains prominence. So, what is eye-relief? When a shooter picks up the rifle and pulls it up to his eye to view through the scope, the space left in between the shooter’s eye and the surface lens is called eye-relief.
A Golden rule to end with: Invest a minimum of 50 per cent on buying scopes compared to the amount you have spent on purchasing your rifle.
It takes experience to understand that all rifle scopes do not hold good for a particular kind of rifle. The factors mentioned above will help you make an informed decision. Instead of making your special rifle into a supermarket fantasy toy, you should invest in learning the mounting capacity of your rifle to avoid it turning into an awkward and clumsy firearm. Avoid undoing what has been done right.
Author Name: Andrya Fayina