The task of choosing a new rifle scope isn’t the easiest thing in the whole world. Over the last few years there have been so many new scopes released to the market it can make choosing a new one very, very tough. Each new scope claims to be superior to all other scopes in terms of precision and accuracy. On top of that a good rifle scope doesn’t come cheap – many of them are several hundred dollars. Just remember a high price tag does not always equal a high quality scope. There are some simple tips you can follow to avoid being taken for a ride when buying your new scope.
Always be on the lookout for slick advertising when it comes to making a purchase. That glossy cover photo on the magazine says nothing about the actual product itself. Always read the fine print in the sales material before making any decision. Watch for accurate comparisons when you’re reading any scope reviews or scope tests. Just like you canít compare an apple with an orange and get an accurate comparison you defintely canít compare a 32mm objective lens scope with a 50mm variable power scope and get an accurate idea of whether one is necessarily better than the other. Look for scopes that are comparably reviewed based on price, objective size, intended use and power range – these are critical factors.
A key item on any scope shopping list should be the warranty itself. Never assume that all warranties are created equal – this is so very far from the truth. Most scopes come with what’s called a limited life warranty but make absolutely certain that you know exactly what is covered by this type of warranty in case something does go wrong (which eventually it will). Also check exactly how long the warranty is and whether or not you need to be the original scope owner in order to be covered by the scope warranty itself.
It’s also worth paying attention to the amount of internal adjustment that a scope can offer. Most people don’t think about this until after the purchase and are then disappointed. Also look at the type of rifle you’re going to fit the scope to. For example, if your rifle is particularly hard to mount, you may find yourself in a situation in which you donít have nearly the amount of range that you thought you did. When youíre not able to mount the scope straight on, you lose a lot of range. Look for scopes that provide a wealth of adjustment, preferably at least 60 inches or more.
Last but not least don’t forget to seriously consider the actual assembly of the scope body itself. Bear in mind that your scope is most likely going to be subjected to rough treatment on a regular basis. Taking the time to take this into consideration now will serve you well and save you money later on.