How To Use A Rifle Scope – Complete Guideline From A Professional!
A great rifle scope makes a great gun. Even with the best rifle on the market, but with a poor scope, there’s a slim chance that your shot will land anywhere near the target.
But remember, sharpshooting takes more than just plonking the scope on your rifle.
Riflescopes, in most cases, can be a little intimidating. Plus, they come in many different varieties to suit different needs. The purpose of this article is to unravel the mystery of rifle scopes. Here, we provide general tips on how to use a rifle scope to aim and shoot accurately.
Step 1: Understanding Your Rifle Scope
When you step into a well-equipped rifle shop, you’ll notice that there are many scope manufacturers. But rest assured, nearly all of them tend to utilize the same basic components. That said, it will be quite helpful if you first familiarize yourself with the different parts that make up your rifle scope. For starters, the basic terms and components of a rifle scope include the:
The next step in understanding your scope is to determine the type of lens it uses. Is it a single lens or a variable power lens?
Single lens, as the name suggests, provides one level of magnification. Most scopes come with a single lens. A variable scope, on the other hand, comprises a ring that lets you adjust to different levels of magnification.
The final step to understanding your rifle scope is to access the level of magnification it provides. You can simply determine this by looking at the model number.
A scope’s model number comprises two distinct elements: magnification power and the diameter of the objective lens. For instance, 4 x 30 denotes four times zoom and 30mm lens diameter. The higher the first number, the stronger the level of magnification you get.
NB: Riflescopes with variable magnification have a different model number, for instance, 4-12 x 32. The first set of numbers (4-12), indicate a variable magnification that can be adjusted from four to twelve times. The second set (32) indicates an objective lens diameter of 32mm.
Step 2: Mounting Your Scope
Step 3: Aim And Make Adjustments
NB: Most scopes have an eye relief rating. For instance, 3-9x indicates a proper eye relief that’s between 3 inches to 9 inches.
NB: It’s easier to capture a good sight picture with a lower magnification scope than with a higher one.
NB: You can refer to your user manual regarding how far each click of the elevation knob or the windage alters your aiming point.
Step 4: Zero The Rifle
Tips For Rifle Scope Storage And Maintenance:
A good rifle scope used correctly, even on a mediocre gun, can work wonders. We hope that with the above general tips, you now have an idea of what it takes to make that happen.