Picking the Right Rifle Scope


Most experienced hunters know that they need an excellence rifle scope to improve his hunting skill. Rifle scopes are also used by the military and law enforcement, and from time to time for trap shooting. Scopes are obtainable for crossbows, shotguns and handguns as well as for rifles. Spotting scopes are often used by golfers, hunters, and for birding. The purpose of a rifle scope is to permit the user to see further and more clearly than he would with the unaided eye. The scope magnifies the target and its surroundings. Lower quality rifles can benefit greatly when enhanced by good rifle scopes. Nikon, Leupold, Bushnell, Sightron, Aimpoint, and Burris are all manufacturers of excellence scopes.

We will begin by studying the basics of rifle scopes. A straightforward one has an ocular lens, an elevation and windage adjustments, and an objective lens. The glass is usually coated to increase visibility and to decrease glare. The size and magnification of the lenses are also considerations when purchasing rifle scopes.

The cross hairs on scope are called reticules. Reticules may also include dots and other configurations to give various functions. These help to align the firearm to the target, however if you are using the rifle to shoot smaller targets, the dot in the center of the scope may be too large and actually hide the target. Some manufactures, including Nikon, Leupold, Bushnell, Sightron, Aimpoint, Burris, as well as others produce outstanding riflescopes. Many manufacturers, Aimpoint for example, also have a laser dot scope, which shows the hunter where his bullet will hit when the rifle is fired. There are night scopes available for rifles as well. Nikon makes an outstanding all purpose scope, while Bushnell has a lens that is water repellent. Leupold and Burris rifle scopes have outstanding optics, and Sightron is famous for producing excellence riflescopes at a lesser price.

A higher magnification is not always essential or even beneficial. There is such a thing as overkill. It takes great care to not only select the correct scope for the rifle itself, but to also pick the correct scope for the task it will be used for. Over magnification can ruin a good shot and, at close range make it difficult to acquire your target. It is important to understand the not only how high it can magnify and collect light, but also how low it can go. A close shot will not require great magnification and will likely be made with the same rifle as a further one.

Once you have selected the right rifle scopes from the manufacturer you prefer, be it Nikon, Leupold, Bushnell, Sightron, Aimpoint, Burris or others, it is very important to site in the scope. To do so, a good laser boresighter will be invaluable. This will ensure accuracy, and save ammunition.


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