An Easy Guide To Choosing The Right Rifle Scope — Hometown Station | KHTS FM 98.1 & AM 1220 — Santa Clarita Radio
Choosing the right riflescope can be a difficult decision, but it doesn’t have to be. When buying your new riflescope, you should consider five main features: magnification, lens diameter, eye relief, red dot sight and telescopic sight.
These five factors can help you determine what type of optic is best for your shooting needs. This article will break down those specs to make sure you pick the perfect one.
The magnification of your riflescope is essentially the same as the size that objects appear when looking through them. Higher magnification means enlarging an image, which makes it easier to see details beyond 100 meters. However, a higher power level also makes it more difficult to keep the target stable and increases the parallax error, which means that the target appears to move through your field of view as you adjust the scope.
A fixed magnification is ideal for beginners using their rifles up to 100 meters and below. This level of performance provides a clear, sharp image with no complex numbers to remember or adjustments to be made that could affect a target at the wrong time.
2. Red dot sights
Another great option for beginners who want to aim quickly is a red dot sight. Using the best AR-15 red dots is much easier to set as there is no need to align crosshairs or any other image with the target. Most models have a single crosshair pattern, which means you need to position your rifle so that it is directly aligned with your desired mark before firing. They are best for short range shooting where accuracy is not a priority. Because of this, they’re great for plinking or target practice, but not much else.
The reticle patterns are usually red dot sights with an illuminated center point that make it easier to spot in low light, or those that use a simple crosshair with no lighting when you want to take pictures during the day.
3. Lens diameter
When it comes to optics, the size of your lens plays a huge role in determining how bright and sharp objects will appear through your riflescope. The larger the number, the better you can see on days with little light or at night, which is why 56mm riflescopes are ideal for long-range hunting. It’s also important to remember that the larger the lens you choose, the higher your rifle scope sits above your rifle. This can be a problem when using a flat AR15 with a fixed visor as it could interfere with the optics from obtaining an accurate visor image.
The perfect solution is to buy a scope between sizes with a lens diameter large enough to see your target clearly but small enough not to interfere with the fixed scopes.
4. Eye relief
The distance between the lens of your riflescope and your eye is called the eye relief, which you need to see through. This specification refers to how far away are the eyepiece lenses that sit right in front of your eyes. You can comfortably hold your head without exerting yourself. For the best viewing experience with your riflescope, maintain an eye relief of approximately three inches. This means that if you can see about an inch on either side of the eyepiece lenses, it is ideal. Anything else is not good as it could make target acquisition difficult.
Riflescopes are an excellent tool for any gun enthusiast, but it’s important to keep in mind the specifications that make each one unique. If you are looking to buy optics worthy of your next hunting trip, be sure to read this post before making a decision.
5. Telescopic sight
The reticle is an important part of your riflescope that you need to focus on before making a decision. There are two main types:
Both work equally well, but it’s best to choose one based on the intended use of your rifle.
A duplex or fine crosshair is a thin, black crosshair with no clear markings. It makes it ideal for hunting because the reticle is sharp and doesn’t clutter your field of view, so you can better spot animals in thick forests or bushes.
A mil-dot reticle consists of a thick center line that splits into two thinner lines on either side, spaced apart in one-thousandth of an inch increments. It’s called a mil-dot reticle because it uses the exact measurements to determine how far apart two objects are from each other when you use your rifle scope.
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