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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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    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

    You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

    We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

    The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

    Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

    1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

    Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

    For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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    • (1) Research
    • (2) Deciding the topic
    • (3) Creating the outline
    • (4) Drafting the content
    • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
    • (6) Revision
    • (7) etc.

    Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

    2. Change Your Environment

    Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

    One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

    3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

    Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

    Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

    My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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    Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

    If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

    Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

    I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

    5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

    I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

    Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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    As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

    6. Get a Buddy

    Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

    I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

    7. Tell Others About Your Goals

    This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

    For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

    8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

    What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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    9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

    If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

    Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

    10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

    Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

    Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

    11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

    At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

    Reality check:

    I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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