When the hunting or long range shooting season is about to set in, it is usually the best time to maintain some of your equipment or buy new ones before you start fine tuning your shooting skills. When shopping for new gear, you need to pay attention to your scope. In case yours falls short in a way, you should consider buying another one. Here are some things to consider the next time you go shopping for a scope.
The magnification of the lenses determines the length of the shooting range. As such, you need to have a clear picture of the shooting you will be doing. Events like competitive target shooting, plinking, varmint hunting all require different magnification strengths. Moreover, the precision levels needed when shooting also determines the magnification power of the equipment.
Ideally, the resolution of the scope is a measure of the amount of light that gets into your eye. Being a measure of the optical quality, scopes with high-resolution gives clear views. Again, the amount of resolution chosen is determined by the type of shooting. If you have small targets, you deal with long range shooting, or if you shoot in low light conditions, a scope with a decent resolution (more than 90%) is highly recommended.
A reticle is a cross-hair or aiming point that is used to ensure you hit the target. There are different types of reticles in the market today. Each manufacturer has a variation in design. For instance, some of the new ballistic reticles have graduation scales aimed at compensating for the distance and the speed. On the other hand, some reticles are also illuminated to facilitate shooting in low light conditions. Ideally, the reticle chosen is not very much technical, but it is a matter of personal preferences.
Ideally, most scopes are used in outdoor environments. As such, you expect to have them banged on rocks or even rained on. In this regard, a decent scope should be sealed, waterproof and strong. This way, you can be rest assured that hold up against the usual rigors associated with any hunting trip. If you get a quality unit, you will never regret. Otherwise, you will always kick yourself for getting something that is not so good.