When selecting you scope take the following into consideration, caliber and terrain. The golden rule once again is simply to be comfortable with your equipment and be in a position to utilize the telescope fast and accurate.
The following table will show some good choices. The lower magnifications being ideal for hunting big game in thick bush and the larger magnifications are obviously for varmint shooting at long distances. (It is not my idea to limit the range of choices available to the hunter).
For shooters with glasses the longer eye relief telescopes are always a better choice. (The eye relief is the distance from your eyes to the telescope). It is also wise to buy the telescope and scope mounts, rings and bases at the same time. If possible always take your rifle with you to the supplier in order to fit the telescope. Telescopes with larger objective lenses, 40mm and larger will normally require higher mounts to clear the barrel. Compact scopes look very nice but test the size of the rifle's action first to ensure that the telescope tube will ensure the rings good positioning.
Variable Powered Scopes.
|2||1.25-4x24||LX2 iR||Lynx (South Africa)|
|3||1.4-4x24||Zenith||Scmidt & Bender|
|4||1.5-5x32||LX2||Lynx (South Africa)|
|2||2-10x38||LX||Lynx (South Africa)|
|5||2.5-10x56||IR||Lynx (South Africa)|
|1||3-9x38||LX||Lynx (South Africa)|
|10||3-10x40||LX||Lynx (South Africa)|
|30||4-16x42||LX||Lynx (South Africa)|
|32||4.5-14x40||LX||Lynx (South Africa)|
|37||6-24x42||LX||Lynx (South Africa)|
* Please do check the meaning and description of relevant "model" names with every supplier!
** In "general" the model name "IR" means Illuminated Reticule. (No rules exit for model names).
*** No brand name is left out for a specific reason and some more scopes will be added in due time.
**** The above selection is mainly the variable sizes, fixed power like the ever popular 4x32 Compact and 4x40's will never be forgotton.
Most of the suppliers ensure very good serviceability, certainly the brand names mentioned above are known for their quality service. Take into account when you are based in South Africa that some of the telescope supplier do repairs at the factories were the products are built, so a long delay might be on the table when you have to send your telescope away for repairs. Except for the brand "Lynx" the rest of the products mentioned above are all manufactured abroad in the Unites States or Europe.
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