Rifle Scopes 101

It’s normal for people to see rifles. They see them every day, carried by police officers, guards, and soldiers. But when people see rifle scopes attached to the rifle, they immediately think that some sci-fi, action, black ops movie scene is unfolding in real life. Scopes make rifles look really cool.

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However, these are not just used to make the gun attractive. Seasoned hunters agree that a rifle is pretty much useless for long range shooting without quality scopes. Shooters with average guns can still hit distant targets if they’re using a good scope; but even the most expensive rifles will not do the trick if they can’t see what they’re aiming at properly. This can only be achieved by good long range rifle scopes.

Common Types

Rifle scopes vary. There are many kinds available from leatherwood scopes to air rifle scopes to night vision ones. Although there are many types, all are equipped with the same parts – objective lens, ocular lens, objective bell, eyepiece, and reticle (crosshair). Here is a short description of each of the most common types:

  • Open Sights - Require the users to align two sights – the rear and the front – on the rifle to aim.
  • Aperture Sights – These are just like open sights; but in lieu of the rear sight, there’s a ring. Shooters have to align the rear ring with the front sight to aim.
  • Red Dot Sights – These show the hunter a red dot or an illuminated reticle on the target.
  • Laser Sights – These are the coolest of the four, because it projects laser beams toward a target.

 

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Selection Guide

If you’re new at this, choosing from many kinds of rifle scopes for sale will seem daunting. But choosing is fairly simple if you know exactly what you’re going to use it for. By asking yourself these simple questions, you can start filtering and eliminating some of the choices.

  • What are you shooting at?
  • Where are you going to use it?
  • What time are you going to use it?
  • How far are you from the target?

For example, if you’re shooting at some whitetail deer in the forest, you’d be firing from 50 to 300 yards away with limited daylight. Try a variable power scope with a 2.5x to 10x magnification ability. The farther the target and the darker it is; the higher the magnification setting should be.

When choosing rifle scopes, it is imperative that you consider these factors first. Once you have determined the answers to these questions, it’ll be easy to pick one that best suits your needs.

Happy hunting!