Distance is every hunter's enemy. Not only does it prevent the hunter from hitting the target, it also increases the chances that wind may affect the trajectory of the projectile used. In these cases, a scope should be used to gauge the distance between the hunter and the target. Judging from the distance measured, the hunter would be able to decide whether or not he / she should get closer in order to hit the intended target. This is especially true when using old-style weapons such as the crossbow.
What is the Purpose of a Crossbow Scope?
A scope is primarily used as a stabilizing and a gauging tool for the crossbow. When attached to the crossbow, it serves as the "sights" of the crossbow which can be used to determine where the arrow will go with reference to the horizontal plane. Some crossbow scopes will also indicate the angle that the crossbow is in and thus can be used to level the crossbow properly. It can also be used to measure the distance between the target and the hunter.
Different Types of Scopes
Scopes for crossbows come in a variety of types including red / green dot scopes and reticle scopes. The most popular is the red / green dot sight which has an illuminated red / green dot in the center of the scope. It is perfectly illuminated in both light and dark environments and has proven to be very accurate. And it is specifically used during night time where there is almost no light. On the other hand, reticle scopes are usually magnified compared to red / green dot scopes. A reticle is the crosshair or pattern placed within the scope to create a center point in order to aim at a specific object. And certain reticles can also be used to measure distance.
Benefits of Using a Scope
The benefits of using a hunting scope are the possible increase in accuracy and distance from target. The hunter is capable of shooting targets at farther distances when he is equipped with a scope. A crossbow scope can also function as binoculars which the hunter can use to look at the surrounding area. This effectively reduces the noise that the hunter makes when looking for a target. And it also helps in reducing the danger that the hunter exposes himself into. A longer distance means more shots for the hunter before he is reached by the target.
Choosing an Appropriate Scope
Choosing an appropriate scope relies on several factors. The first factor to consider is range. Typically, hunters would want more range from the scope since it would greatly reduce the chances of the animal detecting the hunter. However, smaller game requires scopes which function best at short or mid-range distances. This is done to ensure that the animals will be hit. The second factor is accuracy. This is a no-brainer seeing that no hunter would ever want a scope which has low accuracy. The third factor is size. The crossbow scope should be able to fit the crossbow snugly and should be small enough so as not to hinder the hunter.