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From competitions to your regular weekend range shooting, having the right scope can make things accurate and easier. The tool can undoubtfully help you achieve some mighty amazing feats of marksmanship. However, with the endless number of rifle scopes available in the market, deciding on the best one can be a tough job.

Purchasing the most expensive one is not always going to give you the output that you are looking for. For that, you need to understand some of the basic things that enhance the overall performance of the tool. Here are some factors that can help you find the right riflescope for your needs.

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Magnification range

One of the most important technical specifications that you should consider is the magnification range of the scope. It can be defined as the range to which the vision of the unaided human eye is multiplied. The magnification range of scope is denoted as a prefix number followed by ‘x’. For example, in the 4x32mm scope, the magnification is 4x. This means that the scope can help you see 4 times more than the human eye.

There are both fixed and variable zoom scopes available. A fixed scope will have only one magnification, while a variable zoom scope lets you change between two values of magnification.

Objective lens size

The size of the objective lens denotes the diameter of the lens nearer to the barrel and away from the stock. It can be identified as the number coming after the ‘x’ in the scope title. For example, in the 4x32mm scope, the objective lens size will be 32mm. Scopes with larger objective lenses can provide a brighter vision. However, it can also add weight to the rifle and thereby affect its handling.

Scope weight

The weight of the scope is another considerable factor. It is always better to choose a lighter scope if you need to move the rifle more often. However, if you are using a bipod or sandbags for support, then choosing a heavier one will not be affecting you that much. You will also have to choose the heavier option if you need a bigger objective lens.


Commonly, riflescopes have two major adjustments- the windage, and elevation. These adjustment turrets help in adjusting the position of the bullet’s impact. They also help in maintaining accuracy during long-range shots. Scope adjustments are done using minutes of angle units or milliradians.

Lens coating

Lens coatings are as important as the objective lens size. It is the optical coating that helps in eliminating the glare and reflection issues. Coating preserves the clarity and brightness of the scope’s vision by reducing glare and the loss of light caused by reflection. There are mainly four types of optical coating. The coated ones have at least one of the lenses covered in a layer of anti-reflective coating. A fully-coated one will have all its outer lens surfaces coated with a single layer of anti-reflective coating. Multicoated and fully multicoated are the ones with multiple layers of anti-reflective coating.

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