Category: Rifle Scope
HOW TO BUY NIGHT VISION SCOPES?
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Red Dot With Magnifier OR Variable Magnification Optics What to Buy?
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How to Adjust Scope for Long-range Shooting?
When you’re into long-range shooting, learning how to use scope is a must. You’re not going to hit the target from 500 yards through your naked eyes. Long-range shooting is fun and enjoyable. Furthermore, it is gaining popularity with more scopes for long-range shooting readily available. However, long-range shooting demands that you know how to adjust a scope.
The smallest errors at 100 yards usually turn to big errors at 1000 yards. This means ensuring you achieve a perfect zero before taking any shot. For example, a 0.5-inch zero error at 100 yards usually becomes a 2.5-inch error at 500 yards.
Assuming you’ve already purchased a long range scope worth the money, let’s get straight into how you can get a perfect zero.
Adjusting Your Scope for Long-range Shooting
Have the right rifle
Not all rifles are going to work for long-range shooting. Choosing the right rifle and caliber is a great foundation for any long-range shooting. You obviously need a stable and accurate rifle with an excellent chambering in an aerodynamic caliber. If you walk a lot and climb mountains, then consider a rifle that is lightweight and easy to carry. Here is a list of some of the caliber for long-range shooting to consider:
The 308 Win has been in existence for years and widely used for hunting. It is a decent performer and one that has been used by the US Army. However, it is not the best when shooting at long ranges compared to the 6.5 Creedmoor. At 300 yards, the trajectory of 308 Win AND 6.5 Creedmoor are almost the same. However, the trajectory for the 308 Win tends to fall at 400-500 yards while the one of the Creedmoor remains flatter.
The 308 Win is readily available and still the most preferred choice. If you’re at the shooting range with your .308 Winchester rifle, you will need a good scope for the job.
Types of Optics for Hunting and Why You Need Them?
A rifle scope is basically an optic that mounts on a rifle as the name suggests. This is by far one of the best and most common hunting optics.
A binocular is a pretty versatile optic and one that serves various functions. You’ve probably seen it with tourists when sightseeing. However, binoculars also play a crucial role for hunters helping sight game at long ranges.
A rangefinder is a small device that helps you measure the distance between you and a target. It is a relatively new device but one that has proved crucial for hunters and golf players.
HOW TO AVOID MAKING MISTAKES WHEN BUYING A NIGHT VISION SCOPE
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Long Range Scopes For Hunting: Which Ones Are Good?
I’m sure you’ve heard this gem a time or two from whoever
taught you how to shoot a gun: “The only things a good gun owner will ever need
to purchase is ammunition. There’s no need for extra bells and whistles!” This
statement reflects a fairly common belief held by some of the more
old-fashioned gun enthusiasts out there. These rifle virtuosos have handled
firearms since their youth, tinkering here and there with very few other guns
than the one that their father or grandfather gave them as a rite of passage
into manhood. Such hunters and professional target shooters know their rifle
like the back of their hand, needing only the built-in sight to make their
highly accurate shots! My father is someone who fits this description well and
is the one responsible for the quote above.
But he’s very much wrong, ladies and gentlemen.
While it’s true that any gun can enjoy a long and fulfilling life so long as its owner takes care of it, utilizing the built-in sight alone will only get you so far when it comes to hunting. This fact becomes even more glaring when you consider your hunting style. Not everyone wants to get up close to the action, and not everyone wants to rely on camouflage to attract their prey. Some hunters prefer taking the long distance approach, as it allows them a bit more breathing room without the fear of scaring any deer or turkeys off. Obviously, spotting prey from a long distance can’t really be done with sights alone.
That’s why long range hunting rifle scopes are so necessary! But how does one go about choosing the perfect scope for their rifle?
Do Long Range Scopes Work?
Before we get into how you’d pick the perfect scope for your rifle, we need to take a moment to briefly review the most important characteristics of a good hunting scope. If this is the first time you’re buying a long range scope, it is essential that you do your research beforehand. If you don’t, you may purchase an incompatible scope for your rifle. Some basic parts on long range scopes include:
Objective Lens – The objective lens is the telescope-like glass at the front of the scope. You look into it whenever you spot a target worth your
bullet’s time. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this is the most notable
part of your scope, but there is more than meets the eye to the objective lens.
Pun totally intended, by the way.
When shopping for a long range scope, try not to get one
that’s too big. With newbies hunters, you may find they frequently see a scope
with a huge, gigantic lens and think to themselves, “Look at that! A big lens!
That’ll help me see things very easily!” This is not true. All that a big lens
is gonna give you is a workout…because they make scopes heavy. Do not fall
for this deception–your image can easily be improved by adjusting your magnification level!
Magnification Levels – Also known as the zoom feature of a scope. There are two operative types of magnification systems that are typically implemented on hunting rifle scopes. Fixed magnification levels refer to scopes containing one zoom level. Variable magnification levels, on the other hand, have multiple zoom options.
Which magnification type is the best, you ask? Honestly,
that completely depends on your preference. Fixed magnification levels are good
for those of you looking to hunt from a not-too-specific distance, but still
within a range (far, close, midway, etc). Variable magnification settings give
you much more control over your sight, in the case there’s a very specific
location you want to “make house” at during your hunt. Plus it works from those
with shoddy eyesight…so the ability to freely adjust your magnification is a
What Additional Details Do I Need to Consider When Picking A Long Range Scope?
First thing’s first, it is essential that you keep the overall
quality of the lens in mind at all times. Most sporting goods stores will
let you test out the scopes firsthand, so the lens is the first thing you
should check before making a decision. When you put your eye up to the lens,
can you see anything? How clear is your picture? Do you have to strain your
eyes at all? If you answered “yes”, “very”, and “not at all” to these
questions, then that scope has successfully passed the first round of consumer
For those of your ordering scopes online, the best advice I
can give is do your homework on the available options. You can read reviews
from other buyers, look up Youtube videos demonstrating the products, or you
can go on a hunting forum and ask for recommendations. It might be more of a
gamble when purchasing your scope, but it’s one that can be in your favor if you’re careful.
Another super important feature that you need to thoroughly
evaluate is the reticle marks and positioning. You know those little
marks inside your lens that may or may not remind you of a James Bond film
intro? Those are your scopes reticles, and they should be very bold in texture
(meaning they should be very easy to see). Vertical marks help with bullet drop
compensation and horizontal marks help with wind compensation.
There are two possible focal planes that can help with your
positioning. Each focal plane coincides with the different magnification types.
As such, the one associated more with variable magnification is more accurate
because it’s easier to adjust. As for the focal plane closely related to the
fixed system, it’s caught in a neverending stasis. It won’t move unless you
Now that you know a bit about what to look for in long range hunting scopes, good luck shopping!
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