5 Advantages of Using Rifle Scopes

Over the last few years, rifles users have begun investing in rifle scopes in order to have a better experience with the gun. Prior to this, rifle scopes were not as popular and one did not deem it necessary to buy a binocular to place on top of their machine. However, with its recent surge in popularity, one does tend to wonder, what are the benefits or uses of a rifle scope and is it really worth investing in? Is it actually useful in any way or is it just another add-on?

Rifle scopes have been becoming popular for the right reasons. Scopes on top of your rifle provide you with a bunch of benefits, some of which include the pleasure of getting higher accuracy, longer range, high-quality scoreboards, psychological and personal contentment, and the ability to fire shots from a good distance. The number of pros outweigh the number of cons and makes rifle scopes a must-have equipment for any hunting enthusiast. In this article, we have decided to put together some of the advantages of using rifle scopes.

1. Longer Range

One of the most important factors that shape one’s shooting experience is the range. Without the concept of range, shooters may not be comfortable in the field as they may be too close to a wild animal or too far from it to even stand a chance. The lack of such an understanding will only put the user of the rifle in a dangerous position, which might as well cost them their lives. Nobody wants to take such a risk.

The usage of rifle scopes allows for a longer range and an idea of the range you are looking at. Targets which are far away will now be much nearer to you, giving you space and comfort to shoot as you like. This gives you the ability to bring down your shot with a higher success rate.

Furthermore, the longer range allows you to be comfortable with aiming and targeting your shot, so you can take the time you need to lock your target before you pull the trigger. A longer range definitely results in a much better shooting experience and tends to be one of the most important factors which lead to a successful hunting trip.

2. Improved Accuracy

Accuracy and precision are crucial when it comes to rifles and shooting targets. You aim to ensure that you are able to hit your target with minimal attempts and time consumed. Everyone has days when they are not lucky or perfect, but this is where a rifle scope comes in and makes it easier for one to be able to ensure accuracy. The chances of having a higher level of accuracy with your rifle scope are much better as compared to not having one. The improved accuracy will result in more successful shots, less time wasted, and fewer bullets being used.

3. Better Scoreboard

A rifle owner will most probably be investing in a scoreboard or taking part in a shooting competition. This is when you have to be at the top of your game and cannot take any chances to miss out on a shot. A rifle scope will come in handy in such a situation and perfect your game in order to ensure that you have the best scoreboard in your shooting competition. It only brings your self-esteem and ego up if you were to be the shooter who always hits the scoreboard with the highest scores.

In order to make sure you are close to your target, it will help to invest in a rifle scope. Such a move will give you an advantage in competitions as well as in the shooting field in general.

4. Take Shots from a Distance

One who invests in a rifle will also be interested in increasing the distance at which they take their shots. It is a pleasurable feeling to be able to secure a shot from a great distance. Learning and improving is part of any sport, which plays a role in the decision whether you should invest in a rifle scope or not.

Practicing from a distance without a scope will result in failure and will only serve to waste your time and bullets. A rifle scope allows your targets to be nearer to you, which results in a higher success rate and more comfort when you take shots from a distance. Rifle scopes also result in a wider and longer range as discussed above, making the shooter more comfortable and closer to their target. This is one of the biggest advantages of a rifle scope.

5. Self-Confidence & Belief

When using a powerful weapon like a rifle, one needs to be able to have the confidence and belief to use it. Therefore, psychology plays an important role in defining how good of a shooter you can be. What you need is not only the best rifle but also the right mind and skills to utilize it. A rifle scope will be an added feature which will boost your confidence. Using a scope while you use a rifle will only make you a better overall shooter and improve your skills tremendously.

Final Words

Rifle scopes may seem like a tedious and unnecessary feature which you have the option to invest in. However, they have a bunch of advantages which make them a great addition to your rifle. They will improve your shooting skills and help you handle tough situations. A rifle scope is a positive addition in terms of accuracy, precision, range, and so much more. Keeping this in mind, think about how you will be in a better position to shoot with a rifle if you were to have a scope on top of it. There’s nothing but advantages to using a scope!

How to Clean Your Scopes Lenses

Keeping your scopes in a good condition is crucial for their longevity. One of the most important things you should do is to clean their lenses so they do not get damaged. Also, clean lenses will provide you a better view of your target, it is as simple as that, dirty optics affect image quality.  There are a lot of ways to clean lenses, but here are the ones which are the best.

Avoid unnecessary cleaning as you can actually damage the optics. Glass is relatively hard and durable and using incorrect chemicals can do more harm than good.

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First of all here are some dos and don’ts.

  • Don’t touch the lenses, that will leave fingerprints and probably oil(from your own skin)
  • Don’t use compressed air
  • Don’t blow with your own lungs to clean the lenses, probably there will be some saliva as well
  • Don’t use acetone or household windows cleaners
  • Do use air blaster instead of blowing
  • Do put the caps on the lenses every time you are not using them

Soft Brush/Air Blaster

Keep in mind that having dust on your lenses is normal, no matter how good care are you taking of them. Dust is just everywhere around us and cannot be avoided.

The easiest thing you can do is to clean the dust/dry dirt from your lenses with a soft brush or air blaster. You can do that as often as you like as there is no risk for the lenses whatsoever, especially with the air blaster. Compressed air is not a good idea, please avoid, unless no other option is present. A little dust is not going to affect viewing quality, so you do not have to worry about it.

Lens Cleaning Solution + Lens Tissue

Unless there are fingerprints or oily smudges, generally you do not have to do anything else that the brush/air blaster.

But if there are, it is still easy to clean your lens even in the field. It is important to have the right tools for that, of course.

You would better opt for quality cleaning solutions/tissues, as low quality/non-suitable ones can damage your lenses and a quality scope usually costs a lot of money, so it’s simply not worth the risk.

You can clean your lenses in 3 simple steps.

  1. Remove as much dirt and dust as you can with an air blaster/soft brush
  2. Apply the special cleaning solution on the tissue/cloth – better than applying directly on the lens
  3. Clean with circular motions with gentle pressure. Start from the center and go outward

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Vortex Diamondback Scope Review – The 4-12×40 Reviewed

If you’re looking for a new set of optics for hunting, there’s lots of competition out there right now. From high-quality brands like Leupold, Redfield, and Sightmark, to cheaper Chinese models that are beginning to up their quality game in a big way.

For this review, I took the Vortex Diamondback 4-12×40 on a hunting trip to Bedfordshire in England. It is an amazing place for hunting so hopefully, I’ll get a good idea of the quality that Vortex are serving up with this Diamondback scope. This review will also serve to my all of my readers from the USA, of course. Let’s not forget Vortex is and American company after all and their scopes are mainly produced for the USA.

The Brand

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Most keen enthusiasts know of the Vortex name by now. They’re a brand synonymous with quality, and with a good reason. Their offerings are almost always in that middle ground sweet spot – between crazy expensive equipment and the bargain basement stuff you’ll probably want to give a miss.

Vortex Diamondback 4-12×40 Review

Features

The Vortex is a well-made optic, manufactured from aircraft-grade aluminum. It’s a pretty decent weight too, coming in at just under 15 ounces. The scope is set at 4-12×40, which should, in theory, provide a decent long range view for hunting deer and game.

Vortex does make quite a statement over the quality of imaging through the scope. I’m not going to run through the technology, for now, let’s see if this puppy really does offer the crystal-clear view it says it should! More specification to be found here.

The Set Up

The Vortex is pretty easy to mount and thanks to that low weight, it doesn’t impact rifle feel that much. I was able to start rotating the eyepiece and begin sharpening up the image after a few minutes.

It always takes me a while playing with a new scope up against a wall or sky to get the best clarity. My eyesight has taken a turn for the worse over the past few years so it really helps when a scope has a quality adjustment. In this respect, the Diamondback Vortex does a damn fine job.

The Vortex does also come with a BDC Reticle, a handy feature to compensate for holdover. I’ll be the first to admit I frequently have trouble guessing holdover, partly due to my eyesight issues. The Reticle in the Vortex does make your life easier and for those of you who are over 40, you’ll probably want this in your kit bag! To use the BDC, simply set the mark zero at 100 yards, then adjust depending on the marks within the scope.

It’s a simple tool but one that really helps.

Vortex Diamondback 4-12x40

In Use

Even at this relatively low price, the Vortex is a decent quality bit of kit. The turret clicks are lovely and solid, a real joy if you’ve been using cheaper CVLIFE or similar units in the past. The range is very good, although the cheaper glass used in its construction does tend to wash out if you’re using the Vortex in low sunlight. Having said that, by lowering the magnification you can pretty much dial this out and get back to a crystal-clear image again.

Another good thing that Vortex have got perfectly right with the 4-12×40, is the finish on the scope. It’s a quality item, yet the anodized finish is a low glare satin. I felt confident that the scope would be the last thing to advertise my presence whilst hunting.

Light collection is definitely something worth shouting about. It easily pulls in as much light as any Leupold optic I’ve used. I didn’t get the chance to use the sight at night but my hunch is that the Vortex should be able to give a bright and clear image. Certainly, for the price point, I don’t think you’ll get better.

As for negatives, there aren’t that many. You can argue that the sight easily blurs up in some light conditions; however, the glass is crystal clear and I’d say that you’ll be fine 90% of the time. These sights are made in the Philippines, yet from the reviews and talking to shooting club friends the quality is right up there with the best.

The vortex is excellent choice for a mini 14 rifle

Longevity

I know that many people keep their sights for decades at a time, after all, if you look after your optic, it generally looks after you. I’ve no doubt in my mind that the Diamondback range is the exact same in this regard. The Vortex has that feel you get from a premium product, and I’ve heard nothing but praise for their customers’ service.

Being a resident in sunny England (don’t laugh!), I always worry about the seals in brand new scopes. You never know if they’ll last the test of time and I’ve bought some true horrors in the past, namely a Nikon that would leak during the lightest of rain showers! Thankfully, it seems like Diamondback has us covered on this account, thanks to a pretty decent O-Ring setup. So far, I’m not aware of a single Diamondback seal failing, so hopefully, even on the wetter side of the Atlantic, the Diamondback should provide good service.

If you’re worried about keeping your Vortex for the long haul, you should be fine.

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Verdict

It is really hard to be negative when using the Diamondback Vortex. At this price range, scopes can either be amazing, or completely useless. Thankfully, the Vortex is the former.

It’s easy to set up and the clicking mechanisms are of a satisfying quality. Even with my eyesight problems, I was able to find a clear view at reasonably high magnification. My only issue was the performance in low sunlight; however, backing the magnification off a touch helped with that.

Light collection is good and the BDC is really easy to use for those who need that assistance.

Above all, the main reason I like this Diamondback is because of the build quality. I don’t think you can realistically get better for the $200 mark, certainly not with other premium manufacturers and I don’t think the cheaper brands are up to point yet.

Basically, if your budget is around the $200 mark, you want one of these – nothing else is going to come close! If you want something cheaper, check our Barska scopes reviews