Picking the best rifle scope is very important as a hunter. There is such a wide variety of scopes and the best way to think of a scope is to think of it as binoculars. Even with binoculars you can have a lower grade that only works for certain distances. Scopes are similar but with only one tube of lens. This tube has many different components to it to adjust and focus in on your target.
Understanding the Rifle Scope
The first approach to obtaining a rifle scope is understanding the importance of it for a hunter. The scope is like a partner to the hunter. It is like a best friend relationship. You want to be able to depend on it. Let’s go over some aspects of the rifle scope that you should understand prior to purchasing.
- Eye Piece– This piece is simply the piece on the scope that holds the ocular lens that is attached to the eye-bell.
- Eye Bell– Is just the part of the eye piece that the tube gets attached to.
- Ocular Lens– Is the lens closest to the eye.
- Eye Relief– This is the distance between your eye and the scope where you get your precise view. It is important that this distance is enough to give room for slight recoil of the rifle so that you don’t hit the eye and damage it or give yourself a black eye.
- Windage Adjustment– This will adjust the aiming point of your scope horizontally. This changes your sight in. Your “Minute of Angle” adjustment is critical because your shot won’t be the same if you’re aiming a further distance than what you’re adjusted to. Just ¼” can affect your aiming by 100 ft.
- Power Ring– This is a similar adjustment ring that binoculars have. It is used to focus in and adjust the magnification of the scope on the target. It changes the light going into the scope causing a different magnification as you adjust the power ring.
- Elevation Adjustment– This will adjust your aiming point of your scope vertically. Your MOA adjustment is similarly important as the windage adjustment for the distance of your shot.
- Tube– This piece is as simple as it sounds, a rifle scope is just a tube inside of a tube. The inner tube will refract the light and the outer tube is a protection for the inner tube and protects the eye. It also holds the mount and the eye bell of the scope. Important to pay attention to the diameter of the tube you have on your scope. Most scopes are in US 1” diameter, so be careful to not tighten the outer tube on a smaller diameter tube or you will damage your scope.
- Objective Bell– It holds the objective lens and the tube that it gets attached to.
- Objective Lens– The objective lens will collect the light that comes through the scope.
- Exit Pupil– This part of the scope is like the pupil of our eyes where it adjusts or dilates like our eyes.
- Reticles– This is where you see the “cross hairs” that you want to match up with the target like a bull’s-eye.
Picking a Riflescope
Now that you have a better understanding of what is involved in obtaining a good riflescope, you can begin your selection of getting a new scope. There is a few things to think about when you go and get your new scope.
- Know the type and size of your rifle before looking at scopes
- Find out the distance that your rifle shoots as that makes a difference in the type of scope you will need to go with your rifle.
- Think about the amount of money you are willing to spend on a scope. You will definitely get what you paid for. If you buy a cheap scope you will be able to tell the difference in its functionality and quality.
- Figure out if you want to purchase the scope on the internet or do you want to go into a gun shop to purchase.
These are just a few things that you will need to think about as you get ready to purchase your riflescope. Hopefully, this information was helpful.
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