As a novice game hunter or target shooter, a hunting rifle scope may cross you mind in two different ways. Most men getting into the regular use of firearms will initially shy away from the use of a scope due to the daunting challenge of choosing from the plethora of nuances available while younger people getting into firearms for the thrill will often buy any old scope they can get for a cheap price. Shying away from getting a scope until you know what you're buying is a great idea, buying a cheap scope is a terrible one. In many cases the scope makes the rifle. You can use an amazing scope on a decent rifle to make it a great rifle or a crappy scope on an amazing rifle to make it the worst rifle in the world. How is this possible? Let's find out.
There are eight parts to a hunting rifle scope; the objective lens, windage bell, elevation adjustment, windage adjustment, power ring, eyepiece, ocular lens, and exit pupil. All of these items pretty much speak for themselves, if you don't know what they are then simply pick of a scope sometime and your sure to figure out pretty quick which part does what. While they come in a variety of sizes, most hunting rifle scopes look like a tube with an inch or thirty millimeter diameter.
Do not confuse rifle scopes with gun sights. The difference is that a rifle scope magnifies the target while a gun sight does not. Different models of scopes are labeled by their magnification range and diameter. For instance, a 3-8x30 scope can magnify the target anywhere from three to eight times what the naked eye can see and has a thirty millimeter diameter.
When shopping for a scope you want to find one that is suitable for the type of game you are hunting. Think about how big your target is and how far away it will probably be. If you're hunting big game at a close range between fifty and a hundred yards then you won't need much more than five to six times magnification at most. If you're hunting small game from further than one hundred yards then you may need a scope that has twenty times magnification. Because of this, most hunters typically have multiple scopes on them at all times for various situations.
Remember, no two guns are exactly alike. Whenever you switch a scope between weapons you will have to refit the scope to fit that gun's distinct qualities which can take a bit of time and practice. Don't make the usual novice mistake of popping a scope onto a gun and expecting it to work immediately. Take time to properly adjust the scope or else it will be utterly useless.
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