Fancy a little hunting? What’s your game? Small like ducks? Standard, like coyotes? Or are you up for a challenge to test your hunting fortitude? If you’re one of those guys, then you’re gonna need a big gun to complement your big game.
You need the control and accuracy of a .308 bolt action rifle.
When getting down in the middle of some big beast’s neck of the woods, a rifle with 5-star accuracy is essential. I mean, what could possibly suck more than going toe-to-toe with a B.B.B.B. (Big Bad Black Bear) and not be able to effectively defend yourself? If you want to prevent such a scenario from occurring, then your best bet is to purchase long range scope worth the money. There’s many options to choose from, but you can’t just go through all of them. That would take too much time!
Luckily, we can help you out with your shopping.
When selecting your player-two for your trusty .308, you first need to go over the basics of hunting scopes. More specifically, you need to brush up on your knowledge so that you aren’t accidently getting some low-powered telescope for your super-powered rifle. That’s not going to help a blind ant, let alone a skilled hunter! So without further ado, let’s go over some important basics:
Objective Lens – The objective lens is the telescope-like glass at the front of the scope. You look into it whenever you spot a target worth your bullet’s time. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this is the most notable part of your scope, but there is more than meets the eye to the objective lens. Pun totally intended, by the way.
When shopping for a long range scope, try not to get one that’s too big. With newbies hunters, you may find they frequently see a scope with a huge, gigantic lens and think to themselves, “Look at that! A big lens! That’ll help me see things very easily!” This is not true. All that a big lens is gonna give you is a workout…because they make scopes heavy. Do not fall for this deception–your image can easily be improved by adjusting your magnification level!
Magnification Levels – Also known as the zoom feature of a scope. There are two operative types of magnification systems that are typically implemented on hunting scopes. Fixed magnification levels refer to scopes containing one zoom level. Variable magnification levels, on the other hand, have multiple zoom options.
Which magnification type is the best, you ask? Honestly, that completely depends on your preference. Fixed magnification levels are good for those of you looking to hunt from a not-too-specific distance, but still within a range (far, close, midway, etc). Variable magnification settings give you much more control over your sight, in the case there’s a very specific location you want to “make house” at during your hunt. Plus it works from those with shoddy eyesight…so the ability to freely adjust your magnification is a real lifesaver.
What Scopes Do You Guys Recommend?
While there are many brands that provide top-tier merchandise for big-game hunters alike, we’re only going to list our personal top three on this list. Why only three? Because we want to simplify things as much as possible for you guys. After all, scope shopping doesn’t have to be complicated…nor should it be! In no particular order, our picks for big-game hunting are:
UTG 3-12X44 30mm Compact Scope
Possessing a 36-color reticle with a 30mm tactical range, this baby’s got you covered. Besides being able to adjust your colors to adapt more for the overall lighting of your hunting spot, the UTG 3-12X44 possesses a special mechanic that allow you to maintain your lighting setting through recoil. Not all scopes can do that! Best of all is the low cost of this handy dandy hunting scope. For the best scope for the money, you can no wrong with the UTG 3-12X44.
Pros – Inexpensive, crystal clear imagery, lens that flip-open, light as a feather
Cons – The Multi-colored lens might not be suited for those with sensitive eyes, Thick reticle
Vortex Optics Diamondback HP
Ah, Vortex Optics!
A brand that never lets those with .308 bolt action rifles down.
This scope has a low dispersion glass, which is perfect for enhancing color and resolution. The multi-coated lens helps maximize the light level (as well as magnification level) of any target, which is sure to make your make much more accurate. Unfortunately, these scopes can be a bit on the pricey side.
Pros – High-powered zoom, Low dispersion glass, Easy magnification, Multi-coated lens
Cons – A bit expensive, Dim illumination
The Leupold VX-2 3-9X40 may be coming in last on our list, but it’s certainly not least. After all, these are only three of the most kickass long range scopes on the market! This scope possesses an optical system that serves to improve light transmission. The eyelid also possesses a superior aiming edge, which will help you focus in on your target.
Pros -Ideal for mid-point hunting, Rapid focusing, Light as a feather, Inexpensive
Cons – Thick reticle, Struggles with longer distances