How to Choose the Right Riflescope
Guest Post: Leupold Optics
Sept 10, 2019 | Christensen Arms
There are lots of riflescopes available on the marketplace today: Some are built with very specific purposes in mind, others are meant to offer maximum versatility, and others still fall somewhere in between.
The scopes offered by Leupold are designed from the ground up to help you get the job done in any hunting situation you could ever find yourself in – from the deer woods of northern Pennsylvania, to the backcountry of the American west, to the mountains of sheep country. And since every Leupold scope is designed, machined, and assembled in the United States – and tested to identical rugged performance standards in order to guarantee a lifetime of performance – choosing the “right” one for the job might seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.
Using Leupold’s Scope Finder, you can quickly narrow down your options by answering a few questions about shot distance, your budget, and just what features you’re looking for in a new optic.
Average Shot Distance
Knowing your average shooting distance can help determine which magnification is right for you. Are you typically hunting in thicker forests or dense underbrush, where shots are typically less than 250 yards? You might benefit from having a scope that has a low power setting that will still allow you the field of view necessary to find game that could step out of the woods just 20 yards away. Or are you hunting open country where there’s opportunity to take longer shots that could range beyond 500 yards? Knowing where you’ll be hunting – and how far away that big game animal might be when you squeeze the trigger – is key to determining just how much magnification is right for you. And, of course, you could find yourself somewhere in between. Don’t worry – the Scope Finder will help point you in the right direction.
A big part of selecting any new piece of gear is determining just how much you’re willing to spend. When it comes to Leupold’s award-winning riflescope lines, prices are primarily based on the optic’s light management system and the versatility of the magnification range. Scopes that are on the lower end cost wise will typically feature the company’s Twilight Light Management System (which adds up to 10 extra minutes of shooting light) and standard zoom ratios. Scopes on the higher end of the price spectrum typically feature Leupold’s Twilight Max HD Light Management System (which adds up to 30 extra minutes of shooting light) and large zoom ratios. And then there are further scopes that live somewhere in between. Make no mistake – there’s still a tool for every job at every price point. You just have to determine which perks are within your budget.
Lastly, it’s time to determine which, if any, special features you’re looking for in your scope. Do you want to make use of Leupold’s Custom Dial System (CDS), or an illuminated reticle? Is there a specific reticle you’re looking for? Different features can affect the price and functionality of the scope. Once you’ve got your shot distance and budget figured out, it’ll be time to think about special features – and how you might be able to apply them in the field.