When buying a rifle scope specifically for hunting, you have to be even more prepared than if you were buying a rifle scope for any other reason. This is because there are more things that you need to take into consideration.
Here are our top tips for buying a hunting rifle scope.
- Find out what your requirements are
- Research what features you need best rifle scopes
- Buy your hunting rifle scope from a reputable shop or online store
Let us look at those tips in more detail and see what else you need to think about when you’re preparing to buy your hunting rifle scope.
Find Out What Your Requirements Are
The biggest thing of all is the compatibility of your scope with your firearm. It’s no good getting a top of the range scope that just will not fit on your rifle when you get it home.
Next up, you need to think about what you are going to be shooting? For big game, you are going to need a higher quality scope than you are if you’re shooting rabbits in the back field.
What else do you need to think about?
Well, there is the distance you will be from your target. There are long range, as well as short range scopes and you need to pick the one that is going to suit your shooting style best.
Research What Features You Need
We all know that magnification is important, but do you need 4x or 10x? You need to think about what kind of shooting you will be doing and which magnification is best for that.
Do you need a fixed or a variable scope? You should also look at how easy it is to adjust the scope. It’s no use to have something really difficult to use with gloves on if you’ll be shooting in below freezing temperatures. So, when considering your features, think about how practical they are for the type of shooting you’ll be doing.
You might want a top of the range scope, but that particular one is no use for what you need it for. It’s best to work out in detail which features you really need before even approaching the store.
Buy Your Hunting Rifle Scope From a Reputable Shop or Online Store
There are many benefits to this. Firstly, you need to have a really good warranty with your scope. Hunting rifle scopes are an essential, yet expensive, piece of kit, so you need to know that you’re covered if anything goes wrong. Secondly, a good gunsmith will advise you on the right scope for you. You might go in the store full of all your research and knowing exactly what you think you want and then your gunsmith has a suggestion for a better quality scope that does those things. He knows his stuff, so listen to him! Finally, you will need to have your scope zeroed. This is a real challenge for those new to rifle scopes, but your gunsmith will be able to do this for you and show you how to adjust your scope to give you the best aim possible. He’s worth his weight in gold.
Above all, when choosing your hunting rifle scope, the best thing to do is research! Talk to fellow hunters, they will be full of advice. There are lots of forums online where other hunters will be more than willing to answer your questions and share with you their experiences. You never know, you might even get a tip on a great place to hunt too!