Tips For Buying A Good Gun Scope
Tactical has become something of an umbrella term recently, but gun scope optics are actually one of the most important items in which this terminology actually means something. When you're after a better scope for hunting, what you need is a good tactical scope. This will improve your chances of hitting your target dead center and reduce your chance of running into dead accuracy. It can make the difference between a successful hunt and a disappointing one. It will also make the difference between a good day and a great day out. With that in mind, you should take some time to learn more about the difference between tactical and general scope optics.
Both Gun Scopes and Eye Relief differ from each other primarily based on what is required of them. Gun scopes need to be capable of handling and magnifying light as well as the bullet that is going to be fired. On the other hand, eye relief is what refers to how far away that the sight can be held from your eye without having to shift your head too far to see it. General purpose firearms optics can handle both tasks very well. They just need to have a bit more focus or power in order to do so. Let's take a look at the differences between these two very important aspects of gun scopes and why you should care about them.
The first thing that you need to know is that there are three main types of magnifications in terms of rifle scope magnifiers. These are the full power, intermediate power, and the mini power. All gun scopes have some form of adjustment that can be done using the reticle on them. The reason that there are so many different variations of these is because they are used for different purposes. Let's look at the more common types and how they work.
Full power magnification is usually the best scope if you plan on shooting in long distances. For example, if you plan on hunting large animals, you will want a much greater magnification power than someone who just wants to target their pistol in the back yard. You can purchase scopes with higher powers for this purpose. On the downside, they also have higher reticles which can make aiming at moving targets harder than one with lower magnification powers. This isn't really a problem unless you plan on hunting at night or in dark conditions.
Some folks like to use intermediate powers for medium to long distance shots. What I mean by this is that the gun scope needs to be able to handle seeing small to medium sized groups of matter. For instance, if you were to hunt waterfowl in the spring with a scope that has a little bit of correction, you would likely not get a very good overall shot at this range. However, if you were to use the same scope with higher magnification, you would. This is the same scenario as with larger caliber firearms. Smaller guns will appear to be a lot further away than they really are when you are hunting these types of large animals at longer ranges.
If you do end up purchasing a scope with a high degree of magnification power, make sure you understand how the numbers are derived. Many manufacturers will give you a DXO (Dot) rating, which is the calculation for the power of the objective lens. The bigger the dot, the more power the scope will have. Scopes with higher powers will require more expensive gun sights to properly accommodate the larger objective lens. The more expensive scope may be well worth the investment, however, if you can afford it, go ahead and do so.
When purchasing a gun scope, you also want to make sure that it is adjustable. It is not enough to put it on a pole and aim it at the animal you want to shoot at. You need to make sure that you can adjust the scope to zero in on the target as close to it as possible. It is very easy for you to wind up with a scope that is too high or too low, or perhaps even close to dead center, making shooting from your old stand in the woods to your new bow not only frustrating, but nearly impossible.
Fixed power scopes are excellent for hunters that have a fairly good degree of shot making experience. The advantage to having a fixed scope, is that you are not limited by the power of the rifle. It is entirely possible for you to hit a one inch target from 100 yards and nothing will happen. This is not the case with many of the larger portable scopes available today. They can compensate for varying wind conditions and other variables that may affect the accuracy of your shot.