Buying a telescopic sight is indeed a challenging task for an uninformed buyer. There are several brands and types of scopes of varying magnifications and power capabilities that are available in the gun market today. There are some unfortunate occasions, however, wherein a gun owner would buy an expensive piece of scope only to end up finding that the scope and the rifle were incompatible, or worst the scope was not suited for its intended use. Hence, in choosing a telescopic sight for your rifle, it is very important to have a set of criteria that you can use to zero in on the most appropriate scope for your rifle, without which, you might end up with the wrong scope for your rifle.
You can categorize scopes in different ways. Likewise, you can use different criteria such as budget, magnification or power, brand name, and telescopic sight based on the best rifle scope 2015 reviews. Moreover, an additional category can be added to this bunch of criteria such as the compatibility of the scope with the rifle and the appropriateness of the scope to its intended use. The ease of use can also be added as a pertinent criterium.
Criteria in Choosing a Scope
Most, if not all, reviews agree on the fact that using the abovementioned criteria as bases in making comparison among models and makes is indeed useful; therefore, it is advisable to use these criteria to figure out the ideal scope for your rifle.
- Budget – Some reviews for the best scope of the year include what is deemed to be the best scope under $100 for the benefit of those prospective buyers who are on tight budget. Other reviews present a table of top 10 or 20 scopes of the year along with their prices.
- Magnification or Power – This is the most alluring or mouth-watering criterion that is mostly used in advertisement. Say for instance, 36X POWER or 40X POWER… are definitely awesome! However, these figures portray an incomplete picture of the scope’s parameters. Likewise, you should be wary of these advertisements for they only serve one purpose—as a sales pitch. You will only figure out the quality of the design of a scope by using the different parameters of scope.
- Brand name – Zeiss, Leupold, Burris, Bushnell, or Nikon, are some of the brand names that have gained worldwide reputation in the field of optics. However, brand name should be the last parameter that you should use when choosing a scope.
- Compatibility – This is a parameter which you can readily figure out if you ask other people who have already used a lot of scopes.
- Use or Employment – For varmint hunters, a high-powered scope is the most suitable one due to the target’s small size. Likewise, it is also suitable for competitive sport shooting. However, for those who hunt deer and other animals of similar size, a scope of low magnification is the most appropriate. There are fixed power scopes like the 10 X 50 or variable power scopes like the 4 – 16 X 56. Variable power scopes are great for swing tasks.
- Ease of Use – This is one of the most important criteria that have to be considered when choosing a scope. A “user-friendly” scope where all the necessary functions are easily accessible and can be rough-handled during use is the ideal scope to choose.