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7 Smart Things To Consider For The Best Rifle Scope

7 Smart Things To Consider For The Best Rifle Scope

Using a rifle scope makes it easier for someone learning how to shoot, as it is easier to line up the crosshairs when aiming. The rifle scope also magnifies the target so that it increases visibility and your chances of hitting it with utmost accuracy. It helps shooters with less than perfect eyes to perform better with fewer frustrations and good results. All sport shooting enthusiasts need to have a quality scope if not a collection in their cache.

The item is helpful, no doubt, however choosing the correct rifle scope is a daunting task. To make the right choice, you have to consider the following;

What purpose is the scope for?

For hunting? Bushnell Hunting Rifle Scopes are an excellent choice. They would give you a wide view of the game you are hunting and its surrounding. It is hard to miss your target if you can watch it effortlessly without moving and alerting it.

When competing, choose the Leopold competition scopes. They are made of lightweight materials, and so they are easier to carry around. Competitions always involve running around with a huge back pack or side held pouch. You don’t want a heavy scope on your rifle to slow you down and cost you shooting points.

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For beginners or social rifle enthusiasts, it is a good idea to read a beginners guide to rifle scopes in order to find out what scope you need before selecting one. The guide would detail the weights and sizes and which ranges are appropriate for what age and/or height.

The Scope Body

The scope body is mostly made of aircraft grade aluminum. A scope with a single-piece design is the best. It has been observed that they offer better optics and greater accuracy when shooting.

A matte colored scope is far better than a shiny scope when using your gun for hunting purposes. This is because shiny scopes give off light reflection from the sun or other sources which may alert the animals you are seeking after.

Lenses

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    The lenses on the scopes are important because they offer a high-level visibility at both low and high magnification. Some are a bit pricey, though. To get value for your money, choose futuristic rifle scopes such as the Swarovski scope that has lenses that offer the best optical clarity. For more affordable and good quality scopes, you should go with the Nightforce and the Zeiss brands of scopes.

    Magnification

    A variable-power scope would be the most cost effective and offer the most flexibility regarding magnification. For distances of 500 yards or less, a 10X magnification will be sufficient. Distances exceeding 500 yards will require a magnification greater than 10X and the use of a tripod would be advised. A 1X- 6X variable magnification scope is the most popular for use in sports shooting.

    Reticles

    Most user-friendly options are scopes with MIL or MOA measurements. Flexible Duplex reticles are highly recommended. They naturally lead your eye to the center of the aiming point and therefore make it easier to focus on your target.

    Scope Tube Size

    Larger scopes offer greater magnifications. A magnification of 12X would be achieved by a scope measuring about 40mm to 50mm in diameter. Magnifications of less than 10X are achieved by a scope diameter of about 30mm.

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    Larger scope sizes allow in more light for better optical clarity. They are therefore efficient and easy to use.

    How much to spend

    Your budget is probably the most important factor in determining which scope you will purchase. When gauging a rifle scope expenditure, it is better to splurge on the scope because a poor quality scope would be useless, affecting your aim and shot. Just like with many products, expense in this domain governs quality.

    All in all, you should remember that there are many scopes to choose from with a wide range of manufacturers and brands. You do not need to break the bank to find the right one; you just need a keen eye.

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    Last Updated on November 20, 2018

    10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

    10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

    A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

    Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

    1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

    Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

    If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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    2. You put the cart before the horse.

    “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

    3. You don’t believe in yourself.

    A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

    4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

    The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

    5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

    If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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    6. You don’t enjoy the process.

    Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

    The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

    7. You’re trying too hard.

    Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

    8. You don’t track your progress.

    Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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    9. You have no social support.

    It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

    10. You know your what but not your why.

    The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

    Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

    Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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    Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

    Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

    Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

    • The more specific you can make your goal,
    • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
    • The more encouraged you’ll be,
    • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

    I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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