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Too Much Scope

When you purchase an airgun, it is likely that you will be picking up a scope, especially if the airgun is a modern one. Airguns have reached new pinnacles in what they are capable of, and a scope helps in realizing some of the extreme accuracy feats that many airguns are capable of.

That said, it shouldn't come as a surprise to seasoned shooters that many of their new-to-airgun brethren often pick a scope that is simply not compatible with the gun they have chosen to use. Though many forum members grow tired of the constant "what scope should I use" question, it is comforting to see quite a bit of good advice being given to the novice shooter by veterans of the "scope wars" that crop up from time to time.

Consider the following:

1. If you are hunting, depending on the game you are pursuing, you are more likely to need a wide field of view because animals rarely tend to stay still very long. Their day to day activities call for them to move while grazing or hunting prey, and a wide field of view helps in keeping up with them. Having high-magnification scopes on hunting airguns may not make the best sense for the majority of prey.

2. Variable power? Do you really need it? The answer is "not always". More than one famous outdoor writer has made the comment that a fixed power is the better option for heavy recoiling firearms, and the same consideration carries over to airguns. Most shooters could do very well with a simple 4x power scope. Fixed power scopes have less internal moving parts, and are less prone to being thrown off their settings since there is less to go wrong on the inside. 

3. Here's a hint for you....don't adjust your scope all the way left or right, up or down. Stay in the mid-range of adjustment possibilities, and use an adjustable mount to get "close enough" in order to fine tune with the scope knobs. If you go too far in any one direction, you'll find the other adjustment possibilities limited because the reticle mounts lose their ability to have any effect on their parameter because the room remaining for adjustment is so limited. Move too far to the side or top or bottom of the barrel of the scope, then you have no way for the scope to move any further on the remaining adjustment axis. (Hope that makes sense.....I probably didn't say that very clear)

4. You can hit a lot of targets with an inexpensive scope. Most of my hunting is done with sub-$100 scopes, and to be blunt, I've killed more animals than most with airguns. You can accomplish quite a bit with budget-level scopes, but it calls for the shooter to do some testing and work on repeatable performance before trusting the hunt of a lifetime, or a once-in-a-blue-moon competition opportunity to an un-tested and untried scope. Just because your scope is expensive doesn't mean that it will perform as expected. The current crop of scopes at Airgun Depot are ALL under $200 at the time of this entry. Don't be afraid to try some of the budget scopes....you may be surprised!

5. Got your scope set? Leave it alone! Sure, it's okay to experiment and learn as much as you can about the scope, but once you have it set, leave the darn thing alone! Do a few test shots to determine whether it is still on the proper setting after you travel with it, but otherwise, continuous fiddling with it will lead to frustration that isn't the scopes fault!

Browse through Airgun Depot's scope category and pick a great scope at a great price after you've mulled over the comments in this blog entry. And have a great time shooting!


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