Free Guide On Optic Gear

Whether you have been hunting for years or new to the sport you realize that there is a lot more to your hunting equipment than your hunting outfit and your rifle. You also realize that when you are hunting game you want your shots to be accurate to ensure that the game you are hunting doesn’t suffer. Hunting optics cover a vast array of products that are specifically designed to help you not only spot the game, but help you improve your accuracy when hunting. Here is a brief look at various types of hunting optics and their usefulness for helping you bag the type of game you are hunting.

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Optic Resources

Binoculars

Binoculars are used to magnify objects making you able to clearly spot objects at greater distances than you can with the naked eye. Bird watches find binoculars handy for spotting those rare breeds of birds and hunters use them for spotting all different types of game.

When purchasing binoculars the most important thing to look for is durability. When in hunting situations you your equipment including binoculars get dropped or bumped against trees or rocks. Binoculars with rubber armoring helps to protect your binoculars.

You also want your binoculars to be waterproof and fog proof to allow you to use them in all different types of weather conditions.

The quality of glass in your binoculars and the lens coating is also of importance. Look for lenses that high quality HD and extra low (ED) dispersion glass.

Some examples of good hunting binoculars are:

  • Nikon 7576 Monarch 5 8X42
  • Carson 3D Series High Definition waterproof Binoculars
  • Celestron Sky Master Giant 15X70

Monoculars

Monoculars are similar in function to binoculars with the exception that are more compact, lightweight and simple than binoculars. The benefit of monocular is that they allow you scout game at ranges beyond the normal eyesight.

When looking for a good pair of monocular for hunting your need to consider a few things. First you want a monocular that is durable and able to remain accurate even after being dropped or bumped against a tree. You also want to make sure that your monocular has sufficient magnification power to allow you to see at the distance you want. Of course you want your monocular to present you with a clear view.

If you are looking for the best monocular for hunting then here are a few examples:

  • Wingspan outdoors man
  • Bushnell Bear Grylls Monoculars
  • Celestron Outland 6 X 30

Bore Sighters

There are two types of bore sighters traditional and Laser. Traditional bore sighters are often built into your hunting rifle and can be difficult for many people to sight through. Laser bore sighters on the other hand are easy to use and more accurate than traditional bore sights.

Bore sighters are compatible with different types of guns and are extremely versatile. The light from the lasers are usually either red or green.

When purchasing a laser bore sighter you want to find one with that is durable and has an good battery life. Some great examples of bore sighters for hunting are:

  • Bushnell Professional Bore Sighter Kit with case
  • SiteLite Ultra Mag Green Laser Professional boresighter
  • SiteMark rifle Bore Sights

Laser Rangefinders

Laser Rangefinders uses a laser beam to determine the distance to an object. Laser Rangefinders send a narrow beam towards an object measuring the time it takes for the beam (or pulse) to be reflected off a target and return to the sender.

Some of the benefits hunters can gain from using a rangefinder include; Helps hunters make a clean shot, Best for long range hunting as it helps them clearly see the target, Improves accuracy, helps hunters avoid shooting the wrong target, a great replacement for binoculars.

Laser Rangefinders are great for people who are prepping for hunting out of season since you can be some distance away from the animals you will be hunting and use the rangefinders to discover herd movement, the time of day the animals are most active in a given area, and gather other information.

Some good examples of rangefinders include:

  • Nikon Aculon Rangefinder
  • Bushnell Bone Collector Edition Long Range Rangefinder
  • Simmons LRF 600 Laser Rangefinder

Gun Scopes

There are gun scopes that are designed for hand guns, shot guns, and rifles, but most hunters want a gun scope that is made for their hunting rifles. Rifle scopes is a hunting optic that is designed to provide a clear image and help the hunters shot be more precise.

Gun scopes are made for different uses for different types of hunting. They make it easier to see your target and know exactly where on the target you should aim.

When purchasing a gun scope there are some things you need to be considering including:

  • Do you want your gun scope for those long range targets?
  • Do you do a great deal of hunting at dawn or dusk?
  • Is the scope you are considering able to be mounted on your rifle?
  • What is the magnification on your scope? (too high of a magnification is not something you need or really want)

While gun scopes for long range targets are great, you don’t want that target to be too far away to accurately be able to make your kill. If you hunt at dawn or dusk you may want to choose a gun scope that has night vision.

 

Gun Sights

Gun sights are simple devices used to visually align your weapon to ensure accuracy in your shots. Simple sights are really only 2 components front and back they are often built right into your rifle and can be fixed, adjustable or marked for elevation, windage and target speed.

While your rifles fixed gun sights may be all right for beginning hunters, more experienced hunters prefer Telescopic sights or reflector sights.

A telescopic gun sight is also called a scope and everything discussed in this article regarding gun scopes applies to telescopic gun sights.

Reflector sights uses a curved lens to see an image (the prey) and the field at the same time. Reflector sights are stays in alignment with your rifle regardless of the hunter’s eye position. These types of sights helps eliminate some of the errors found when using the more simple sighting devices.

Spotting Scopes

Spotting scopes are like portable telescopes and are extremely powerful and clear. They are designed to for you to see long distance views of your target. Spotting scopes are most often used for big game hunting.

When choosing a spotting scope look for a scope that has a magnification power of 30X for viewing long distances. You also need to make sure that your Spotting scope has high quality lenses.

Some examples of good spotting scopes include:

  • Vortex 20-60 X 85 Razor HD spotting Scope
  • Leupold Mark 4 12-40 X 60 Mn Spotting Scope with Mil Dot 53756

Optic Mounts and Rings

If you intend to put a scope on your rifle then you need to purchase the right optic mounts and rings. Scope mounts are used on rifles without rails and are actually extremely important. Improper scope mounting is a common contributor to poor rifle performance.

You need to choose the right optic mount and rings that are compatible with the specific firearm you want to install the scope on. You need to install your optics as low as you can without touching your rifle except at the mounts.

It is best when shopping for scopes that you purchase the optic mounts and rings at the same time and if you are unsure what scope, mounts and rings are the right one for your rifle talk to an experienced sale person to find out which ones fit your rifle.

Night Vision

Night Vision goggles, scopes, and other optics is not something that a lot of hunters use on a regular basis. However, for people who hunt animals like feral hogs or raccoon find night vision important for locating your target and ensuring accuracy in low light conditions.

Night vision google, masks, and scopes have different technologies. Here are some examples of good night vision optics.

  • Yukon Night Vision 1X24 Goggles
  • Sightmark Ghost Hunter Night Vision Goggle Kit
  • Armasight NyX7 Gen 2 Plus Night Vision Goggles

Optic Covers

Optic covers are made in many different styles and forms for different type of hunting optics. An optic cover can be something as simple as a cap that protects your scopes lens or a complete cover for your scope, binoculars, monocular or rangefinder.

The entire purpose of optic covers is to keep your optics clean and dry and help to protect them from damage. Often times optic covers come with the optics you purchase in other situations the cover is sold separately.

When purchasing optic covers buy one that is fitted to your specific optics.

Optic Accessories

Optic accessories cover a wide range of products such as rings and mounts, Lens cleaning kits, bincocular harnesses, optic covers, thermal imagers, and tripods. The optic accessories you choose is going to depend on what optics you own and how dedicated you are to caring for those optics.

What hunting optics you choose to own is going to depend on a great many things such as how often you hunt and the type of game you prefer hunting. While some hunters focus on one type of game such as duck hunting, deer hunting, or small game others hunt what every game is available each season. While some hunters never feel the need for any more optics than a pair of binoculars or a scope for their rifle other hunters like to have a wide range of hunting optics at their disposal.

One common mistake many people make when choosing hunting optics is they either tend to save money by purchasing a low priced pair of binoculars or rangefinder or they find themselves purchasing the most expensive product thinking that the higher the price the better the product.

While those bargain optics often fail to meet your needs as a hunter, the high priced optics often have features you will never use. When choosing the right optics for your hunting needs take the time to do a bit of research to make sure that are satisfied with the product you buy.

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