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The Best Hunt Starts with the Perfect Scope

Freelance contribution by Sally Perkins

A rifle scope is as much part of the rifle as shoelaces are to sneakers, and for Texans, only the best will do. According to a 15-year survey done by Texas Parks & Wildlife, there is a 95% chance hunters will use the rifle to hunt white-tail deer, regardless of the success rate of the hunt. With that in mind, it's only natural that the best rifle scope is in great demand. With the perfect balance between technology and efficacy, the evolution of the rifle scope has come a long way. For 2017, the following scopes seem to ruffle the right feathers.

Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40 BDC

To many, this is rated as being the hunting industry's stand-out rifle scope, and we couldn't agree more. The scope offers the answer to many a hunter's prayers: an anti-reflective scope. Not only is this the pride and joy of this latest release from Nikon, the reduction in reflection is at a whopping 92%. Furthermore, the scope is also known for its brightness and durability. The following are some of the features and benefits of the scope:
  • It comes in at under $200
  • It's lightweight, durable, and waterproof
  • The scope is clear, bright, and has an anti-fog feature

Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm Rifle Scope

This all-American scope flashes more than just a Gold Ring Full Lifetime Guarantee. It also happens to offer a duplex reticle which takes a lot of guesswork out of lining up the crosshairs. For low-light situations, this scope offers one of the best contrasts which makes the hunt at dusk more possible than ever before. Although the scope is a bit more pricey than some of the other scopes out there, it is a lifetime buy. Some of the other features of this scope include:
  • The lens offers brightness and clarity
  • It has four lens coatings to provide crystal clear light transmission
  • Its click windage and elevation dials are finger adjustable

Vortex Diamondback 4x12x40 Dead-Hold BDC Reticle

A drop in price doesn't have to mean a drop in quality. This Vortex model might be confused with an entry-level model purely on the price, however, this little scope packs more punch than many of the higher priced scopes. The reticle offers sight ranges up close and far, and the adjustment of the scope is quick and simple. Its design is one piece, which allows further durability. Additional features and benefits hunters can look forward to, include:
  • The reticle is waterproof and fog proof
  • Pricing is good
  • High-quality viewing
The ideal scope doesn't necessarily have to carry a high price tag. For instance, some of the pricier scopes can be bulky, heavy, or even lack the crisp, clear imaging some of the more cost-effective scopes do. Those in the market for a new scope are recommended to handle and inspect their prospective buy to determine their level of comfort.

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