Which rifle scope for you: Shooting at long (er) distances.

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What should you watch out for when buying a rifle scope? Such as discussed in previous articles, the choice of a rifle scope partly a personal choice. Below are some tips that can help you in buying a rifle scope that suits you.



Many marksmen and hunters, who shoot at longer distances, opt to purchase a rifle scope with higher magnification, for example, a viewer with a maximum magnification of 18X, 24X or 32X. The reason is simple, the more magnification, the larger the object comes into the picture, which is easy if the target is far away. But here are a few disadvantages. At a higher magnification, it appears, or if it also is reinforced vibrate. This can for a large part be overcome by use of a bipod, or in order to lay somewhere on your gun as you shoots. However, you often remains reflected your heart rate through the rifle scope. Often practice shooting is actually the only thing that helps. In most rifle scopes the magnification infinitely adjustable, so you can slowly increase the magnification of your telescope.


Another point which is very important for shooting on long distances, the size of the reticle. A coarse wires cross, as it were covers the small target at a great distance. Most rifle scopes with a high magnification have a fine reticle (sometimes tactical reticle) in order to overcome this problem. The fact that the rifle scope has a first focal plane, or a second focal plane, a recital can be to choose a particular rifle scope. But more about this in one of the following items.


MOA or minute of angle, about a rifle scope says something about the rise or fall of the reticle relative to the target, if the gun is exactly fixed on the same point. The farther the target, the more the ball is falling, so the more “click” you have to adjust downwards the reticle. Also on the subject will soon be published a separate article. In order to still be at your service now, I give you the tip to buy a rifle scope with a value of 1/4 MOA per click, or higher, preferably 1/8.

Lens Diameter:

The lens diameter, or diameter of the front lens says a lot about the light output of the rifle scope. The larger the lens, the more light output, the viewer. Under low light conditions, but also at high magnification, it is advisable to choose a rifle scope with a large lens diameter, to “grab” maximum light. Therefore, you can choose the best for a lens with a diameter of 50mm or more. A tube of 30mm instead of 25mm is a wise choice.

Image quality:

As a final point I’d like to deal with the aspect of image quality. The quality of the picture is for a large part depends on the quality of the lenses and which coating is applied to the lenses. The use of a lesser quality glass type, or a lens which is not a precise cut, often resulting in a pixilated image. Also cheaper rifle scopes often the nasty habit at higher magnification, the image will “draw”. This means that the outer edges of the image as it were being pulled inwards, which distorted yields through the rifle scope. sowever, this has no influence on the accuracy of the viewer, since the image in the middle usually has no distortion.


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