So I am sure you are now wondering how I arrived at the above-reviewed scopes. Well in the many years I have been hunting I have learned a thing or two about shopping for gun scopes. In this section, I will be sharing some of the things I consider when searching for a rifle scope. And without more ado let’s get right into it, shall we?
Rifle's max size
Did you know that different rifles are designed for different purposes? While some guns are designed for long range shooting others are designed for short to medium range shooting. The round that a gun uses will tell you whether it is a long range gun or short range. A rifle that fires a 30-30 round or a 300 blackout round will be more suited to short range shooting. If your gun uses these rounds, then there will be no need to spend thousands of dollars on a scope with a magnification of 18X and above. The scope you choose should be compatible with the range of your gun. For short range rifles, go for scopes with a maximum magnification of 10X and below.
Rifles can also be distinguished based on caliber. Large caliber weapons can shatter a weak scope to pieces. Therefore, if you use a large caliber weapon such as a 375 H&H magnum, go for a scope that is built to be tough. Generally, speaking the toughest scopes will also be the priciest. On the other hand, if you use a small caliber rifle, for example, a 223 rifle, then there is no need to invest in a heavy scope. Instead, opt for a lighter scope that will not add a lot of weight to the overall weight of your small caliber gun.
Where you hunt
This might not be so obvious to everyone, but the optic you choose should be in line with your hunting tactics. If you hunt in bushland areas, then a fixed scope such as a red dot sight will be a better option. Contrastingly, if you hunt in the open fields or mountains an optic with a variable magnification will be ideal.
Apart from these determinants, there are several other determinants I consider, and these are;