Finding the best Sniper Rifle Scope for your Sniper Rifle
Sniper Rifle's are an elite category of rifle, their selective use and unparalleled precision makes them a highly coveted, exclusive item. Whether you have them on your wish-list, are a proud owner of a single sniper rifle or have an envied collection you're going to want a scope that will match both the quality and the accuracy of your rifle. Whilst a lot of scopes will compliment your rifle adequately some perform particularly better than others. This article will help you navigate, use and make the most of your sniper rifle scope.
Did you know your choice of scope/s is not only important but that many snipers will need a range of scopes – to suit a wide range of situation and circumstance?
How to get the most out of your Sniper Rifle Scope
Getting the most out of your Rifle's scope means first choosing the right scope. This will depend on the rifle you have and your intended target. Once you know what rifle you will be using you need to consider what you will be shooting, this will affect directly the magnification level and accuracy you need. Once you've decided on this another factor is power – do you need consistency in your firepower output? Would you rather a couple of high powered, intense shots, or more of a cross-spread variable fire?
Sniper Rifle Scope Tips and Tricks:
1. Choosing the best Sniper Rifle Scope Magnification
The scope you choose will depend on your needs. The military for example tend to favor a 10X or higher magnification scope but for your average hunter that is precision far beyond our needs and, usually, our budgets. You do want your scope to be useful though so a 2x scope might be a little small on the magnification side of things.
Your scope's magnification needs to match your intended target, your environment and your sniper rifle itself. Choosing a good scope, although not always the case, can often dictate shot success or failure.
2. Keeping your Sniper Rifle Scope Accurate
Also important is your level of vision the scope will give you, based on your field of view. If you are, for example, in a relatively dense urban area (in the case of military for example) your angles are likely to be more constrained – many will leave you completely blind. This translates to more like a -5x range, meaning your scope's effectiveness has literally been halved!
Historically it's suggested the Nazi's favored the 4X scope in their army, with only the very high ranking snipers using 6X. This is because anything above 4X was just not needed, add on to the fact that the higher the magnification, and the further away you are, the larger the resultant jump in accuracy occurs should you be anything less than 100% steady. Whilst all snipers need a steady hand it is a lot easier to keep your sniper rifle aimed within a centimeter, than within 1-2 millimeters!
On top of FOV is the terrain you are on, which will directly impact your accuracy – the angle terrain is on for a start and secondly how steady you can keep your feet – plus directly affecting how much grip you can sustain on the sniper rifle itself.
3. Advanced Tips for your Sniper Rifle Scope
Three factors will effect which scope you choose for your sniper rifle, they are:
- Price (budget)
- Intention (Target Use, Environment, Terrain, Angles, Range, Lighting, Noise, Accuracy, Magnification)
- The Sniper Rifle Itself (What you are using it on; Compatibility, Suitability, Aesthetics (looks)).
The best tip for finding a good price to fit your budget is to shop around. Don't just buy the first scope you see that 'looks good' or is 'on sale.' Often prices can vary dramatically and whilst you don't have to spend months analyzing every hunting shop in the region checking out at least 2 or 3 different stores can yield you significant savings. This is particularly true if purchasing more than 1 scope – remember you don't have to buy them all from the one store, and you may find some stores offer multi-purchase discounts or price-matching policies.
As explained in part 2 the exact scope/s you will want are dictated by what you want to be shooting at.
The sniper rifle/s you use the scope/s on will have a direct implication on the scopes you will want to buy. First be sure the scope you want is compatible with your rifle. Second, is the placement of the scope suitable – can you comfortably see through it whilst holding and then pulling your trigger? Lastly how does the scope look, when on your rifle. Some scopes look really pleasing to the eye on their own, then when you get home and attach them they look tacky and out of place, like something a 1st grader made in arts and craft class!
Other Resources (Further Reading about Sniper Rifle)
Although scope shopping can take a bit of effort, some planning and a fair deal of time, when all is said and done, once you are out there hunting – you'll be happy with your Sniper Rifle scope/s choice – When you come home with that trophy deer to mount on the wall, or tonight's dinner that you bagged from half a mile away you won't be able to wipe the smile off your face.