The evolution of an invention is proof that man strives for perfection. When firearms were invented the target was ten to twenty feet away and accuracy was iffy. Long guns began the wonderful journey into firearms that were capable of hitting the target fifty to seventy five yards away. Time and dedication began providing rifles that were able to shoot farther than the eye could see. This greatly improved range and accuracy gave rise for the need to be able to see the target and the evolution of hunting rifle scopes.
Optics that could bring the target closer and into sharper focus would allow the shooter to make mechanical improvements to the firearm that would revolutionize the shooting industry. From the end of the nineteenth century until today, rifle scopes have become as important as the rifle itself when target accusation and dispatch are the ultimate and only acceptable outcomes. At times there seems to be a race between gun manufacturers and rifle scope manufacturers and this is heaven to the ardent shooter. New generation rifle scopes have met every challenge that range and recoil have added to the mix.
Perfection of any fine tool requires time and effort. The result is usually superb. And the hunting rifle scope is no exception. It is better than that; it is an example of perfection. As metallurgy and tool manufacturers improved their abilities and products, every need for a rifle scope has been met. From the unique needs of the air rifle to the incredible energy generated by the new generation, hunting rifle scope makers have brought affordable and quality products to the growing, shooting public. Because the new scopes are built with space age materials the life and reliability are excellent.
Bench shooters and long range shooters all agree the secret to success is in the scope.
At ranges of 300 yards, a reasonably priced hunting rifle scope correctly mounted and sighted in on a hunting rifle or target gun will give good service, but like most products you do get what you pay for. Higher end rifle scopes have options available that calculate distance, elevation or windage and display it through the optics as the corrected point of impact regardless of distance. The problems of recoil are greater than ever. Thanks to the efforts of hunting rifle scope manufacturers, the bigger the bullet the bigger scope and greater the range.
A hundred years ago nobody would have believed that a rifle could be made that would allow a man to shot at and hit a target 2000 yards away. Because we can shoot that far, we need to be able to see that far, and do it with superior vision. The need for rifle scopes for our military providing protection of civilians and military personnel has reached an all time high. Extreme accuracy is available from new generation rifle scopes that are designed to absorb the tremendous jolt that is present for a few milliseconds when a 50 cal. goes down range.
The average shooter or occasional shooter is not aware of the technology that is so good, so consistent that we take a good scope for granted because the industry has been providing quality for over a century for every optical need on the battlefield in hunting field or at the range.
A short video showing reloading process for my .308 Winchester deer stalking rifle. I used Lee Classic Loader plus a few bits and pieces for case preparation…
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