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Ripp
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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RIFLE SCOPE
      #356196 - 20/08/21 07:06 AM

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RIFLE SCOPE..

When it comes to choosing a rifle scope there are a plethora of features and functions to consider. In all honesty there are too many to consider them all. The first step in deciding what you are looking for in a rifle scope is understanding what the various features bring to the table. At that point you can start making an informed decision based on which features are important to your style of hunting or shooting and which features you donít need to prioritize.

We have compiled a list of notable features to consider and broken them down so you can be as informed and knowledgeable as possible when making your next purchase. We will also cover topics that you should know to get the most out of your current scope like how to mount it to a rifle properly and how to boresight to save some time at the range. Here are just a few of the most important features that we will cover.

https://outdoorsmans.com/blogs/rifle-sco..._eid=5e0f591461

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Re: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RIFLE SCOPE [Re: Ripp]
      #356202 - 20/08/21 08:43 AM

The main thing we should ask first is 'what are you really doing with this rifle', then all this will come into play. No good putting on a very high magnification scope with all the whiz bangs on a rifle that will only ever shoot perhaps 50 yards or so!
We are starting to see a lot of younger folks out at our range, including young ladies which is marvellous. Their partner normally has them out for the first shoot with a .308 or they may have some experience with a 22LR. The young bucks may think its fun to boot his girlfriend from one side of the shed to the other for a lark, only for the club to never to see her again!
I have over the years got these young ladies aside & started them on say my 223, explaining to them first what do you want in a rifle, what different types of events we have, showing them or pointing out the different rifles so that they understand & that we're on the same page.
Its not uncommon to see a young one ask the range officer about a certain rifle types, mostly someone is there with what they asking about & the owner will normally give them a go of their own personal rifle.
Most of my gear is nothing really flash but with a little coaching they do surprisingly well considering their experience, some have even shot the pants off their hubbies! Gets the blokes a bit huffy, but when you mention that they'll now have to get another rifle for the missus the cogs get turning - win win situation.


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Re: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RIFLE SCOPE [Re: 93x64mm]
      #356217 - 20/08/21 03:24 PM

https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=hunting.spottinggame

And there ends the lesson.

Rod


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Re: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RIFLE SCOPE [Re: Rod4861]
      #356222 - 20/08/21 07:44 PM

Quote:

https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=hunting.spottinggame

And there ends the lesson.

Rod




Amen to that.

The only thing I would add is buy the best glass you can. MY aging eyes pick the difference far better than my young eyes did.


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Ripp
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Re: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RIFLE SCOPE [Re: Rod4861]
      #356228 - 21/08/21 01:42 AM

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https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=hunting.spottinggame

And there ends the lesson.

Rod




THAT is also a good article..

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Re: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RIFLE SCOPE [Re: Ripp]
      #356232 - 21/08/21 03:11 AM

I especially appreciate this section.
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Tips: Selecting Riflescopes

Be careful not to purchase too much magnification. Too much power can lead you to believe an animal is within range when, in fact, it is too far away for a responsible shot. High magnification scopes are heavier and, because of their large front lens diameter, they must be mounted higher on the rifle. The higher the magnification, the smaller the area that you can see through the scope (field of view). This can lead to an embarrassing situation if you leave the scope on high magnification when hunting. You may be so close to an animal that at high power all you see is hair.

You don't need a variable scope. A fixed 4-power scope will help you place the shot in the vital zone. Fixed power riflescopes are less expensive than variable scopes and often more reliable. If you want a variable scope, select one with 6- to 8-power for the high end of magnification. Variables such as 1.5-6 or 1-8 have a wide fields of view that allow for quick and accurate shots at close range."

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Ripp
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Re: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RIFLE SCOPE [Re: Daryl_S]
      #356262 - 21/08/21 02:18 PM

Quote:

I especially appreciate this section.
"
Tips: Selecting Riflescopes

Be careful not to purchase too much magnification. Too much power can lead you to believe an animal is within range when, in fact, it is too far away for a responsible shot. High magnification scopes are heavier and, because of their large front lens diameter, they must be mounted higher on the rifle. The higher the magnification, the smaller the area that you can see through the scope (field of view). This can lead to an embarrassing situation if you leave the scope on high magnification when hunting. You may be so close to an animal that at high power all you see is hair.

You don't need a variable scope. A fixed 4-power scope will help you place the shot in the vital zone. Fixed power riflescopes are less expensive than variable scopes and often more reliable. If you want a variable scope, select one with 6- to 8-power for the high end of magnification. Variables such as 1.5-6 or 1-8 have a wide fields of view that allow for quick and accurate shots at close range."




I personally believe those power ranges suggested depends on what you are hunting. Or if you are target shooting, your choice may differ.

When hunting p-dogs for instance.. and attempting shots on them 400+ yards.. 8 power may work but 16 will work better.. I have used a 4-14 power range for over 20 years for most of my hunting. Personally I find that perfect for what and where I hunt such as mule deer or pronghorn .. Africa, different story.. prefer a 1-6 and is what is on most of my African rifles..

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