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No matter the game you're hunting, you've got to keep your eye on the prize.
And, as modern day hunters, we have a whole world of firearms and accessories available to us. But what do you set your sights on when selecting the best hunting optics?
First, you need to take your trip's purpose into consideration. Let's be honest: you can't always judge hunting gear by how it looks. For instance, the Zeus Pro 640 4-32X100 30 Hz Thermal Scope may look incredibly cool and allow you to shoot the tail off of a field mouse a hundred yards away, but it's a bit extreme for teaching little Johnny how to shoot the tin cans at the end of the drive don't you think?
As the age old saying goes, "The best defence is a good offence."
Determine the area you're working in - one great place to start is its climate and current weather conditions.
If you're going into foggy conditions, aim for something with a highly recommended waterproof and fog-proof tube (like the Bushnell Elite 4500 2.5-10x40mm). But if you're going to be hunting with the sun shining down on you, these optics probably aren't necessary.
Another example of condition suitability is the time of day. If you choose a scope without night vision or thermal imagery, it's going to be more challenging to hunt at night.
Once you've taken a punch to the face from firing a gun you'll never want to make that mistake again.
Eye relief can be the difference between the perfect shot and loss of vision always take into account the power of your gun when choosing hunting optics.
Once you know your choice of gun, simply take into consideration its recoil power and apply it to the Eye relief the scope provides.
Before making a purchase, always think about the size of your lens.
While a bigger lens will allow you to see more clearly and focus on your target with perfect clarity, it would be pointless expecting a small rifle to accommodate a lens as big as that in a Mark 8 3.5-25x56mm ER/T,Matte,TREMOR 2 scope.
Another big factor in making your decision should be the type of Reticle you need for your situation.
The purpose of the Reticle is to help glue the eye of the user to the center of the aiming point and each type of reticle has positives and negatives when used in different types of hunting.
An example of this can be seen with the simple crosshair reticle.
The fine crosshair will perform brilliantly when hunting vermin and other small mammals but would not be as helpful as a heavy crosshair in a close range situation. Another good product for precision aiming is the Laser.
Lasers are a good choice and are brilliant to begin training with.
Some feature sound activated capabilities which allow the potential bullet impact to be shown for a short moment after the hammer or striker fires.
If you're still not getting the perfect aim from your scope, why not try better magnification?
When aiming at a small target from a long distance it never hurts to have a little help along the way.
Magnification can make things bigger or it can make your pockets smaller, so always base your choice of range upon your target.
When hunting using small game cartridges you only really need a scope with a 3-9 x magnification range but when firing dangerous game cartridges you would want to focus more on Eye relief so you would only want 2X magnification.
If the scope you choose isn't good at absorbing shocks, an accidental drop or fall could render your scope useless.
While you want your hunting optics to be as durable and strong as possible you're obviously going to want to keep weight to a minimum. There's no point carrying around any more weight than you have to.
If you want to photograph and film your experiences or your "shot of the week," consider spending a bit more on a scope with functioning photo and video options. If this applies to you, then include battery life and event duration into your deciding factors.
Turret adjustment is not a big problem when aiming across a short range, but as the distance increases, a turret which requires a tool to adjust will require more effort.
Always be tactical in your decision and think about how easy the turret is going to be to adjust when in the heat of the moment.
This is key to keep in mind when choosing any product you will use. You must always know your product.
Try not to rush ahead and over complicate things. You only use products you're confident in your ability to use. Thoroughly read any manuals or training booklets provided before using for the first time. This can ultimately prevent accidental damage or injury and is something you should do for any firearm or firearm accessory.
It's always worth noting that optics do not have to be mounted to your gun, some allow for multi-purpose usage.
For example, the NVG7-3P Night vision Goggles are hand held, head mounted or helmet mounted.
Once you know how you are going to approach your target, you can then begin to compare the variables of any given situation and compare it to the specification of your hunting optics.
Using this guide should help you to remain eagle-eyed in your selection of hunting optics and will ultimately save you time and money in the long run.
If you have any queries regarding a future purchase or what product would be the best selection for you then please do not hesitate to contact our team.