Success in hunting ultimately boils down to one thing: how accurately you shoot. Skill, practice, and a bit of luck play into whether or not you have a good outing, but it all rests on a single keystone element: If you don’t have a trusted and proved scope mount, you might as well not even venture out into the early morning light. Instead of chancing a successful day outdoors, why not start off on the right foot and select a proper scope mount? Here are some tips and offered advice to help you on your way:
CHECK THE MAGNIFICATION – Since the average deer rifle uses a 3-9 scope, it may be a little overkill to have a scope with more powerful magnification. Higher is not always better! In fact, it’s commonly regarded that if you start out low you’ll likely have a better chance of being more accurate. You can always increase the magnification, keeping in mind that the higher you go the smaller your exit pupil size.
CHECK THE EYE RELIEF – The scope lens doesn’t just pass light straight on through to your pupil. It should transmit it and reduce the intensity slightly. Check out the light transmission rating. Anything over 95% is considered pretty good.
CHECK THE OBJECTIVE LENS SIZE – While there’s a growing trend to have a large objective lens, perhaps over 50mm, it’s not actually necessary. In most situations, you just don’t need that large of an objective lens, mainly because these larger lenses will only transmit more light if set at a higher power in dim conditions. With the right objective lens, you should be able to set up quickly with minimal adjustment.
CHECK THE COATING – Most lenses will have a coating that make them fogproof and waterproof. However, most people think that a fully multicoated lens will perform better than just a regular coated lens. Not true!
What type of scope mounts do you like best? Please share in the comments section!