6 things to keep in mind when buying scopes

Getting a rifle scope really depends on your needs. Nowadays, there are hundreds of different kinds of scopes in various sizes and functionalities. As a first time buyer, this can be quite overwhelming especially when you are still learning the ropes. So, before going out and buying those Kahles scopes you’ve seen in your local supplier, here are a few things to consider.

Scope mount

Before going out and buying that new scope you’ve always wanted, it’s important that your rifle’s scope mount is fixed and sturdy. A loose mount can seriously affect your aim. Make sure to calibrate and align your mount before getting a scope.

Effective range

Your gun’s effective shooting range is a major factor in choosing a scope. Reason would dictate that a powerful scope on a rifle with a short effective range is wasted resource. Likewise, an underpowered scope severely limits a rifle that can reach over large distances. Your scope choice and your gun’s effective range should compliment each other to be as effective as possible.


Now that you have determined your gun’s effective range, you can now pick the magnification of your scopes. Magnification determines how big your targets look like in the scope. Most hunting rifles in the past sport a fixed 4x or sometimes a variable 3-9x scope. You can get these too if you’re mainly shooting targets under 100 metres. But nowadays, most scopes, like the Weaver scopes, have more ranges to choose from which will be dependent on your gun’s capability. However, keep in mind that these variable scopes will be more expensive than fixed ones.

Eye relief

This refers to the distance between your eye and the scope. When firing, the scope could potentially hit your eyes if they are too close due to recoil. Eye relief is meant to avoid scope-related eye injuries also known as scope-eyes. Most Kahles scopes have the common distance of 4 inches. More powerful rifles would also need farther eye relief to compensate.


The reticle is the crosshairs that you see when you look down the scope. There are a hundred different reticle types available on the market today. And for a first time user, you can pretty much choose a reticle you are comfortable with. However, if you are unsure, you can get Kahles scopes with the standard “duplex” reticle—the classic cross or plus shape—or a German No 4.


Parallax is an optical illusion that becomes more noticeable at higher magnifications. This is an inconsistency that causes the crosshair to “shift” when your eyes move slightly. On less powerful scopes, this is pretty negligible. When buying a powerful one though, you need to make sure that the scope can be adjusted to correct this.

Coating and weather sealing

With the advancement in optics technology, comes some very cool improvements in today’s scopes. Like those in Nightforce scopes, lenses can have layers of non-reflective coating to minimise glare and lets in more light. You should also consider the scope’s weatherproofing. Make sure it is water-sealed to prevent moisture to seep into it ruining the optics inside. You can also get scopes with an anti-fog coating so your scopes are great for any shooting condition.

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