Choosing the Best Gun Scope on a Budget


Hey, guys, a have a friend called Chris who owns a shooting range and wishes to share this post on how to choose the best gun scope. I understand that not all of you are fans of guns but when used and stored appropriately, it is everyone’s right to own and possess for your safety and to protect your loved ones, enjoy the post. – Dave.


Guns and all its accessories can be expensive, but the greatest thing about this world of capitalism is the ability to evaluate and choose different products at different prices. Gun or rifle scope is no different and their prices and effectiveness ranges. Modern gun scopes are an excellent addition to any gun, whether it is for use by the military, seasonal hunting trip or recreational shooting escapades. A gun scope is an accessory that magnifies the distance of the shooting target and its surroundings for a shooter to have a more accurate view.


For you to understand how to pick an ideal scope with your budget, it is important to remind yourself of the basics on how to read scopes or understand them better. The standardized format represents the magnification and objective lens diameter that are separated by a symbol ‘x’. The magnification number represents the number of times that the scope magnifies the object and is represented by two numbers separated by a hyphen or a dash. For instance 3-9x32mm, shows that the object can be magnified 3x to 9x while the 32mm shows the diameter of the objective lens. With this knowledge, you will be able to know which features to look for when buying a gun scope and they include:




The clarity of the scope is one of the most important things you should consider. It doesn’t matter whether you can see the target is not everything, viewing the details of the target is the most important thing. Light transmission plays a critical role especially when you are aiming a target beyond two hundred yards. When you are in a gun store, you can request to be given a scope and take a quick view outside to ensure that the glass is of a high quality.


Turret consistency and the adjustment range


Turret consistency is what we focus on when adjustments and how they relate with the reticle. It is always advisable to use MOA reticle with the MOA adjustments and use MIL dot reticle with the MIL adjustments.


Adjustment range is the size of the adjustments you can make in both MIL and MOA. At longer range, you will need bigger adjustments to compensate for some serious bullet drop.




There are several patterns of reticles on the market today, from simple centre dots to complex grid patterns. Some of the most common reticles include Duplex, Mildot and BDC reticle. Duplex reticles are considered the best for hunting escapades for their ability to focus more on the centre of the scope. Mil dot reticles are well suited for long range shooting that is beyond 300 yards because of their ability to retain intuitive focus of the duplex reticle while allowing the user to hold off wind and elevation adjustment as well as perform long-range calculations. The BDC reticle is best suited for use on the range of over 500 yards and use of all-purpose optic.


Scope ability to hold zero


When the scope cannot hold zero, it shows that it is of poor quality and cannot be noticed at short and medium ranges. It is advisable to stick with the well-known brands such as Nikon, Bushnell and others to avoid disappointments. However, some brands can also fail but to avoid this ensure that the scope rating conforms to your calibre, for instance recoil of 5.56 round might not last when thrown at 30-06 Springfield round.


Focal Plane


The focal plane is the two different positions choice for the reticle within the scope. These two positions are known as the first and the second focal plane. The second focal plane is the most preferred choice because it enables the reticle to stay in the same position about the overall size of the image. This makes it possible to present a clear view at every magnification level. The size of the reticle scales up and down when the first focal plane is used. The first focal plane is used for long range shooting only, and they cannot be used for short range because the view on the reticle will not be easy to see on low-level magnification.


When you are not sure about the scope with the top quality features, it is advisable to stick with the well-known brands and the warranty you can trust. It is not easy to define the best scope with their optics but rather with your needs and to understand what you are looking for or buying. Whether you are planning on recreational shooting, hunting, punching paper or plinking, this guide will be of great help for you to land a quality gun scope.

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Cool Things About Being an Older Dad

From my life’s experiences it has made it possible for me to share part of my wisdom on being a Dad with the fathers that are younger than me. When you are 49.5 you can’t protest too much about being considered an older Dad. My daughters are 6 and 2 years old. When that first kid comes this is where the parenting begins and there is nothing that can prepare you for that. They don’t come with an instruction booklet and they probably lay in their bed and laugh at the unusual and sometimes unique way we follow the parenting rules.


  1. The after life from Texas Longhorn Football


When my life was less fulfilling and shallow the main focus for me was Texas Longhorn Football. It was even the focus for my social calendar. Today however, there is something to be said for lunch with the girls or watching Dora the Explorer and realizing that not everything can be about football.


  1. When you get older it doesn’t matter about getting up early


As you mature with your age you realize it doesn’t matter about the early morning feedings because you are already awake. 50 year old Dads don’t usually sleep till noon and you can take advantage of the time and get to know your infant daughters.


  1. Hide the remote – Sponge-bob comes on at 3:00 AM


You may not want to share the fact that Sponge-Bob has taken over where the sports center use to show on your TV screen with your friends. You are allowed to have secrets so this one can be between you and your wife. Sometimes Sponge-bob pops on the TV screen when the baby is asleep. I don’t know how that happens. It’s a strange phenomenon but one that is enjoyed.


  1. Younger parents are tech savvy


You have to know so much to be able to blog about your family, take pictures, download them and making sure everything comes out so you have all the baby pictures and they are in the right place. This was my gift from my younger parents. They showed me how to do things on my computer to be able to keep up with all the technical stuff you will need when you have small children and want lots of pictures. You know you have to brag on Facebook.


  1. The five year old puts me to shame


You know you are in trouble when the five year old daughter can beat you every time at one the games on the computer or IPad. They have the technology, I don’t.


  1. When we go out we usually go with friends


Our daughters really enjoy introducing us to the parents of their friends and sometimes the parents even go places with us. It doesn’t matter to us we always have a good time no matter who goes.


  1. It doesn’t matter about your aches and pains


The kids don’t care whether you have been up all night with a headache or leg cramps. All they care about is that it is 6:00 AM and they are ready for their day to begin. So you better get your act together because you are expected to perform whether you are hungover, or sick as a dog. By the way contrary to the commercial on TV Mom and Dads do not get sick days.


  1. Just because you are older doesn’t mean you practice medicine


But yet the younger guys seek me out at all the functions so I can tell them about their ailments and how to rid themselves of them. Because of my life experiences I’m sure is the reason, not my age.


  1. It’s too bad that you can’t turn back time


You can hear all kinds of jokes about how old I am and how I started my family so late in life. You just have to decide if you want to let it get you down or if you will rise above it.


  1. My friends get depressed when they turn 40


Letting the world go by is what they think. But what they don’t realize is that we are living for our children. You know I will be tickled pink when they turn 50, then they will have something to squawk about.


  1. Being a cool Dad

In years to come my daughter’s perception of being a cool Day may change but right now at 5 I have cleared inspection and for that I get lots of