Basic Things to Know Before Buying a Scope
Besides a rifle the most important accessory to any hunter or target shooter is a scope. The Canadian market is flooded with different manufacturers and models; it can be difficult to know what is most suitable for your purpose. To get the facts straight I sat down with our own very knowledgeable Guy Pounder.
The two most important factors to consider before buying a scope are the application and your budget.
Your application determines what magnification is required. A standard hunting rifle is best suited with a 3 – 9 power optic. Varmint calibers require higher magnification, 16 up to 24. For example 4-16 or 6-24.
An adjustable objective is a must if you get over 10 power because parallax becomes an issue. Parallax can be defined appropriately to riflescopes as the apparent movement of objects within the field of view in relation to the reticle.
Generally you want to have a bigger objective if using your scope in low light conditions. A 50mm objective is recommended.
If your budget allows go to a 30mm tube. The largest benefit of a 30mm tube is the light transmission. The larger tube allows more light to travel through it. The more light the clearer the picture.
Next you need to consider what reticle will be best suited. A general rule of thumb “Keep it Simple”. A standard crosshair is best for big game hunting. In a target or long range situation is where the MilDot and bullet drop compensation come into play. (Where you have time to make the perfect shot.)
The final area of consideration is what turrets you want. Exposed or covered. Exposed turrets are better for target application. Covered turrets are better for hunting. If you are carrying your rifle and moving it around you can bump the turrets and you will never know they moved. Ultimately this will throw off your shot.
Before buying a riflescope you must know your application and budget. This will determine the magnification, objective size, tube diameter, reticle and turrets that are best suited for you. And remember, buy the best quality riflescope you can afford.