Last Updated on October 18, 2020
A sponsored post from Scopes Field to The Prepper Journal about how to choose the best rifle scope. Their take on taking some of the guess work out of the process. guessing. Their step-by-step scope guide you’ll need to read.
What is the best scope for you? Nobody really knows because everyone has different uses for a rifle scope. Some people hunt in the outback of Australia while others hunt in subzero, arctic temperatures.
Different environments require a different kind of rifle scope. So, there’s no such thing as ‘the best rifle scope in the world.’ It doesn’t exist. Sorry.
However, there’s the best rifle scope for you. But…at a cost. To find that secret answer you must be willing to sacrifice hours reading through very technical, dry jargon about objective lens diameter, parallax adjustment, MRAD, and mountains of other data.
Is that how you want to spend your time? Of course not! But if you want to make an informed decision that is exactly what most of us have to do. Come on, one should be shooting — and we hope the information below gets you shooting sooner as we’ve created a shortcut with a to-the-point, simple guide on how to choose the best rifle scope for you.
Read it. It explains everything you need to know about scopes. Read that and you’ll be more knowledgeable than 90% of scope users. Isn’t that great?
With that kind of knowledge, you can now cut through all the technical jargon and finally find out…
With the scope guide knowledge, you now know the answer to this question: it depends on your rifle scope needs. Some only target shoot while others need it for big game hunting in extreme environment.
So, ask yourself: What do you plan on using the rifle scope for?
Because there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all for rifle scopes, which is why we’re going to break it down, step-by-step, to find out…
What do you use your rifle scope for?
To find a good scope for your needs, we’re going to break down the most important scope basics like:
- Shooting Distance
- Magnification and Objective Lens
- Fixed Vs. Variable Scope
By the end, you’ll know exactly what kind of qualities to look for in a scope. And more importantly, you’ll make the right decision.
So, let’s start off with the most important question, your…
Rifle Scope Usage
Do you use your rifle primarily for homestead defense and stalking game? If so, refer to 1A below.
Do you use your rifle primarily for stalking large game and hunting in closed landscapes like forests and mountains? If so, refer to 2A below.
Do you use your rifle primarily for hunting in large, open landscapes like deserts and fields? If so refer to 2A below.
1A. Do you shoot up to 100 yards? If so, refer to 1B below.
2A. Do you shoot up to 200 yards? If so, refer to 2B below.
3A. Do you shoot 200+ yards? If so, refer to 3B below.
Magnification and Objective Lens
1B. Use a scope power (or magnification) between 1-4x and >28mm objective lens diameter.
2B. Use a scope power (or magnification) between 5-8x and 30-44mm objective lens diameter.
3B. Use a scope power (or magnification) between 9-12x and 50mm objective lens diameter and up.
Now you know what kind of power and diameter to look for, the final question we constantly get asked is which is better…
Fixed Power Scope Vs. Variable Power Scope?
The answer to this question is dependent on your usage. If your scope needs fit within 1B, you should only buy a fixed power scope. It’s cheap, reliable and gets you straight to the range.
But if you’re in an unpredictable environment that requires you to be versatile, then definitely go for a variable power scope. Sure, it costs more but it’s very versatile.
Yet, at the end of the day, what matters is what works for you. If I had to choose one type of power scope, it would definitely be a fixed power scope. It’s cheaper, faster to sight in, and allows you to invest more in the scope’s build.
With the scope basics out of the way, we can move onto the last part, your…
This is the part that you have to decide. Do you need extra scope coats due to the extreme weather conditions? Or do you prefer a specific reticle?
That’s the easy part because you know what you’re looking for. However, that’s the key — knowing what you’re looking for.
That’s the hard part, but at my site Scopes Field we make choosing the best rifle scope for you super easy (check out our best scope for AR-15). If you ever have a scope’s question, come on over!
Because, let’s be honest, when you’re buying scopes this costly, being well-informed is the difference between a good buy and buyers remorse. Don’t suffer the latter.
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