So, you need a new scope for your deer hunting rifle? Believe it or not, finding one is not as easy as it sounds. As with so many other items you will purchase in your life, you want to get the best you can afford. I would not recomment buying one on the less expensive side; as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Typically, low end scopes start at around the $120 range, and since they are of a lower quality they are probably something you should be wary of. You will find may scopes that sell for $30 – $40, these scopes would be fine on your child’s pellet gun but as far as a hunting scope goes – stay away!
The most common scope used for deer hunting rifels are 3x-9x, 40mm which means that the scope magnifies at about 3 times at the low end and up to 9 times at the high end, 40mm indicates the objective lense size. A 40mm objective lense is usually more than large enough and is what is usually preferred by most deer hunters.
So, how do you choose the scope that is right for you? Well, it all comes down to the scope’s durability, features and how much you want to spend. For the average hunter a scope like the Sightron S1 at the low end of the price scale, (retails for approximately $130) to the more expensive Burris Scope, (starting retail is about $235) will suit your needs. Remember to look for a scope with a matte finish as you do not want the sunlight gllinting off the scope and scaring away your target. As for the crosshairs, I believe that most hunters still prefer the tried and true standard with lines that are thicker towards the outer ends of the “hairs” and thinner in the center where they cross.
In conclusion, by putting in a little time and effort you can get yourself a good quality scope without blowing the budget. A 3x-9x scope offers a good range of magnification, and scopes in that range are readily available and reasonably priced. Look for a unit with a 40mm objective lense as this will provide you with all the light you need and still allow you to mount the scope nice and low on your gun. You want to make sure you purchase a scope that will last, is able to withstand the elements and survive a certain amount of punishment; let’s face it, the hunting woods are not exactly the mose gentle of environments!
Good luck and happy hunting!