Long range shooting is the latest craze to sweep the hunting and shooting industry. Why not? Thumping steel consistently at 1,000 yards or more isnâ€™t just fun, itâ€™s rewarding. Hitting a target a half-mile away takes practice, though, and lots of it.
It also requires the right equipment. A variety of off-the-shelf bolt-action rifles do the job, but without a good scope, you might as well be throwing rocks. You donâ€™t just need a quality scope, you need one with the tools required for long range shooting. That includes lots of dial-up capability.
â€śA .308 bullet can drop as much as 30 feet at that distance. Most standard scopes simply canâ€™t account for that drop in the dial-up,â€ť says Sportsmanâ€™s All-Weather, All-Terrain Marksmanship School owner Tim Fallon.
Long-range scopes also need high magnification. However, Fallon warns that too much magnification can be detrimental.
â€śAnything past 20-power can start to distort the target. You get so much mirage through the scope at higher magnifications the target can be difficult to see,â€ť he explained. â€śYou also need a scope with parallax adjustment so you can focus on the target at ranges beyond 400 yards.â€ť
Fortunately, most scopes made for long range shooting come equipped with all the tools you need to thump steel at distances unheard of just a few years ago. All you need to do is practice, practice, practice. Check out these 10 great long range scopes.