Things to Consider when buying a Hunting Scope

There are many different aspects of a hunter’s rifle scope that you need to consider. Like why you need a scope, the cost, eye relief, recital, adjustment, and exit pupils. Therefore, take the time to consider these factors when purchasing your rifle scope. It will ensure that you are getting the best scope for you. It’s not unusual for rifles and shotguns to seem like they are missing something without hunting scopes.

Why You Need a Scope

The main idea for a scope on a rifle is that it makes it easier to hit your target when the target is far away. Iron sights usually come built into the rifle itself but a magnifying scope it is easier to see your target and get a more precise shot. A hunter’s scope is an extremely important part of the refile.

The Cost of Scopes

For those who want to purchase a hunting scope but are not quite sure on what to look for here is a simple break down of a hunting scope. A hunting scope magnifies a target and increases the accuracy of the shooter. Cost is a big issue when it comes to purchasing your hunting scope. With most things the more expensive an item the better the item is. This is not necessarily the case when it comes to rifle scopes, you do not have to spend thousands of dollars to get a great scope. Many different brands are available with prices that range from 30 to 2000-dollar range. I would recommend that spending between 200 and 500 dollars for your first scope.

Eye Relief

Eye relief is the distance that your eye can be away from the scope and still see a full view. This is a safety factor that should be considered. The longer the eye relief the further away your eye can be from the nearest portion of the scope. The further your eye is away from your scope you are less likely you will receive injuries from recoil. Also, double check the cross-hair lines within the scope because they should assist with aiming from your desired eye relief.


Most likely you will be hunting in a number of different weather conditions. So, your scope needs to be able to account for and easily adjust for both elevation and wind conditions within your shooting site. The knobs location can be found on the side and top of the scope and these know will adjust the scope to accommodate for situations. Knobs can be placed slightly different on each scope so look at a couple of different options to figure out which is best suited for you.

Exit Pupils

The exit pupil is the portion of the scope that the hunter looks through. My eyesight is abnormal, to say the least, so this portion of the scope is extremely important to me. The exit pupil also regulates the brightness of a target and a scope with a large pupil provides more regulation options. This is important to improve the chances that the hunter will make an accurate shot. If your eyes are sensitive to light and dark as mine, then this portion of the scope needs to be considered important in your book too.

Mounting a Scope

Mounting of a scope basically consists of scope rings either mounted to the barrel or a rail. Some older guns may have to go to a gunsmith to be drilled and tapped to mount a scope on. If this is your first scope purchase bring your rifle to the store when shopping for scopes to choose the best design of scope for your rifle. Once you purchased the scope have it mounted onto your rifle by a professional or at least someone who has installed one before. I highly suggest that you spend the extra money to have the installation done by a professional.

What to Remember

Think of the eye relief as an important safety feature of your scope. Eye relief of a hunting scope will provide protection from gun recoil, and exit pupils will assist with aiming at a target. The design of the scope should be compatible with the particular rifle that you will be using for hunting.  Consequently, once equipped with a good quality scope, your accuracy at hitting a target on the first shot is bound to improve. Taking time to consider each one of these aspects of a scope and you should walk away with a great first hunting scope.