People choose scopes for their rifles the same way they would when they get beers after their 9 to 5 work. But, when you choose the best scope for your rifle you have to do some homework. Here are some essential steps to follow when making an informed decision that will best justify your investment.
Scope Use and the Environment
First things first, you have to know what you are going to use your scope for and exactly where you plan to use it. There are several kinds of scopes that can be used in various situations, good and bad. Lukasz from GunHub notes that very bad weather conditions, moisture, humidity, extreme temperature changes are some environmental conditions to bear in mind.
When we speak of magnification, there are two factors to consider. These are the two kinds of magnifications that are widely used:
- Variable Magnification. Rifles that are utilized in various ways will benefit from variable magnification. Hunters can use varying ranges from hunting and will need better magnification at certain distances.
- Fixed Magnification. When the rifle is used for one type of usage, the fixed magnification can be ideal, particularly for ranges that are less a couple hundred yards. Low-level magnification does away with blurring and enables fast target acquisition.
Scope OLD (Objective Lens Diameter)
Scope magnification will have to do with OLD or the objective lens diameter. The OLD is often the same size as the glass found at the end of the scope. The number knows how much light is allowed to your scope. The most typical OLD are 30, 32, 36, 40, and 50. Higher scope magnification will need bigger OLD.
Scope Parallax Issue
Small scopes and target shooting are free of parallax. This means that crosshairs in the scope remain in a fixed position even if you shift your head or eye. As you hunt, your breathing and heartbeat can impact the parallax which affects your shot accuracy. The scope that is parallax free will have a knob that will help you dial from a distance and help amend crosshairs issues.
Eye relief is the distance hunter hold their eye from the scope as they shoot. This is crucial as you hit yourself in the eyes with the scope when you shoot and can lead to some serious damage.
As there is no practical scope that can be taken straight of the box and used fast, you will have to be familiar with how you make adjustments as soon as possible.
The scope reticles or crosshairs of your scope come with a wide variety of settings and configurations. Overall, unless you fully comprehend and know exactly how to use other forms of reticles, make sure you stick to the good old duplex reticle or the crosshairs type.
These steps are useful as you choose the right scope for your rifle to help raise your level of satisfaction with your scope and justify your investment and turn your hunting game up a notch higher today.