Understanding Rifle Scope Magnification

Understanding Rifle Scope Magnification (2)

The scope technology has significantly improved over the last few decades.

The early scopes were characterised by poor optical quality. In addition, their durability was a major problem. Technology was targeted at addressing the optical quality and durability. The results are that the present day economy scopes outdo the exclusive premium scopes of the late 90s and early 2000s. This article will be a rifle scope magnification guide. I intend to walk you through the magnification, the strengths and weaknesses of different levels of rifle scope magnification and their suitable utilities.

Understanding Rifle Scope Magnification (1)Magnification of a Rifle Scope.

The main use of a rifle scope is understood to be to magnify the target for easier targeting as opposed to searching for the target with the naked eye. This greatly improves on accuracy while reducing time spent on targeting. It is believed to increase safety as the shooter can clearly see the items on the background.
Rifle scopes are classified as either fixed power or variable power scopes. The difference being that the power (magnification) is a stated fixed value while the variable power offers more control on the power. The user can adjust the variable power scope to a certain magnification as per their intended use. The variable power scopes have a range, for example a 4-12X scope can be adjusted to a magnification power of anywhere between 4 and 12.
In the rifle scope power circles, less is considered more. This is a result of shooter preferences for low power rifle scopes to high power rifle scopes. This preference stems from the increasing availability of near range targets.

The Case for Rifle Scope Magnification.

High power scopes tend to be considerably cheaper compared to the low power scopes. The high numbers on these scopes tend to be very attractive to the less experienced shooters, who are not only driven by the need for more power but also a constrained budget. A high power scope will give a better view of the target. More experienced shooters understand the dynamics of rifle scope power and will mostly prefer low power rifle scopes.

The low power rifle scopes are very efficient for engaging with targets in the near range. Users have grown more aware of the need to plan for targets that could appear all of a sudden from nowhere. High magnification makes it quite difficult to locate a target in the close range. This is the strong suite of the low power rifle scopes. The low power rifle scopes prevail on the medium range as well. They are efficient on portability due to their size and weight.
High power rifles on the other hand, are best suited for use by skilled shooters aiming for targets in the long range. Higher magnification cannot however be equated to skill, in that, a poor shooter will shoot even worse with a high power rifle.

Hence the consensus that less is more.

In conclusion, the above rifle scope magnification guide highlights one thing, the relationship between rifle scope magnification and the range of the target. A low power rifle scope is best suited for the close range and medium range while the high power rifle scope is best suited for the long range with a professional shooter. With this in mind choosing the right rifle scope should be a breeze.

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