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You get what you pay for” —-Anonymous

This old adage is pertinent in so many areas of life, especially in hunting and outdoor equipment.  This is certainly no different when it comes to considering optics for hunting applications.

We are told technology duplicates itself once every seven years.  That is, the body of knowledge doubles in that time.  This is also seen in rifle scopes.  The scopes of today are lighter, yet stronger, than ever before.  As well, the clarity of scope lens themselves have improved greatly.

So, when considering purchasing a new rifle scope, I have found that three considerations are most important for this selection. These include: The type of firearm used, the type of shooting, and personal preferences for features like color and reticle type.

Simply put, different firearms require different sorts of scopes. For example, a .22 rimfire rifle has a much shorter range than a centerfire .270 or greater caliber. Another consideration is the shock produced by the rifle. A large magnum caliber rifle is going to generate a great amount of shock that could damage a scope.

Manufacturers market scopes tailored to a variety of tasks. Some scopes are designed simply for target shooting and have different demands from those scopes that will be used in the field. Some hunting scopes are designed for speed of use, just as shots are often fast in the field.

Lastly, personal preferences will help seal the deal for many outdoorspeople in selecting a rifle scope. All of the popular manufacturers like Leupold, Nikon, Bushnell, and Pentax offer a variety of finishes from a multitude of camoflague types to black to stainless. Also, the reticle offered means a great deal to shooters. For example, I recently chose a rifle scope with a bullet drop compensation reticle to assist in long range shooting.

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