Choosing Your Rifle Scope
Any true sportsman knows that he needs a quality rifle scope to enhance his hunting experience. Rifle scopes are also used in military applications, and sometimes for trap shooting. Scopes are available for crossbows, shotguns and handguns as well as for rifles. Spotting scopes are used by a variety of people including golfers, hunters, and for birding. The basic purpose of a scope is to allow the user to see clearer and further than he would with the naked eye. The scope magnifies the target and it's surroundings. Even lower quality rifles are greatly enhanced by good rifle scopes. Nikon, Leupold, Bushnell, Sightron, Aimpoint, and Burris are all manufacturers of quality scopes.
Let's begin by researching the basics of rifle scopes. A simple one has an ocular lens, an elevation and windage adjustments, and an objective lens. The glass is generally coated to increase visibility and to decrease glare. The size and magnification of the lenses are additional considerations when purchasing rifle scopes.
The cross hairs on scope are called reticles. Reticles may also include dots and other configurations to provide various functions. These help to align the firearm to the target, however if you are using the rifle to shoot smaller targets, the dot in the center of the scope may be too large and actually hide the target. Some manufactures, including Nikon, Leupold, Bushnell, Sightron, Aimpoint, Burris, as well as others produce excellent riflescopes. Many manufacturers, Aimpoint for example, also have a laser dot scope, that shows the hunter where his bullet will hit when the rifle is fired. There are night scopes available for rifles as well. Nikon makes an excellent all purpose scope, while Bushnell has a lens that is water repellent. Leupold and Burris rifle scopes have excellent optics, and Sightron is well known for producing quality riflescopes at a lesser price.
A higher magnification is not always necessary or even advantageous. There is such a thing as overkill. It takes great care to not only choose the correct scope for the rifle itself, but to also choose the correct scope for the task it will be used for. Over magnification can ruin a good shot and, at close range make it difficult to acquire your target. It is important to understand the not only how high it can magnify and collect light, but also how low it can go. A close shot will not require great magnification and will likely be made with the same rifle as a further one. Firing from the hip won't produce the result as using the correct riflescopes will.
After choosing the correct rifle scopes from whatever manufacturer you prefer, be it Nikon, Leupold, Bushnell, Sightron, Aimpoint, Burris or others, it is very important to site in the scope. To do so, a good laser boresighter will be invaluable. This will ensure accuracy, and save ammunition.