Quality Rifle Scope
As with reflex sights, it is crucial for a good riflescope that it meets the tough demands. High-quality branded riflescopes are usually all shooting-proof, even for large calibers. With very cheap riflescopes, caution is advised as the caliber increases. Even if the glass does not immediately fall out of the barrel, the adjustment can be slightly adjusted when the shot is fired without the shooter noticing. A nightmare for every sport shooter, because a good hit position is then almost impossible. For sport shooters who shoot at an illuminated target, a high light transmission is not crucial, so the diameter of the rifle scope should not be too large, 56mm tubes are intended for hunters who use the last light of dawn. In addition, the distance between the line of sight and the line of fire is relatively large, which has disadvantages when shooting at different distances and the weight of the target optics increases with its size.
The "reticle" replaces the crosshair in many rifle scopes, which was often used in rifle optics of older models. However, the crosshair is still used today in simple riflescopes. A crosshair consists of two threads stretched in a cross shape, mostly made of metal, which indicate the theoretical hit point to the shooter in their center. In modern target optics, the reticle is replaced by the reticle, which is engraved into one of the glass surfaces of the telescopic sight using laser technology. A good reticle should be clearly drawn, provide good orientation and yet not cover too much of the image. With Mil-Dot reticles, the distance to the target can also be estimated. Most reticles are standardized, but many manufacturers also like to use slight modifications of the standardized reticles in their target optics. We have put together a selection of the most popular reticles here.
Adjustment step of the reticle
The reticle adjustment step indicates the amount of adjustment at the target, at a distance of 100 m, in cm or MOA. For example, if the adjustment step of the reticle is 0.7 cm at 100 m, the hit point position at a distance of 100 m is shifted by 0.7 cm per click. When adjusting the windage in the horizontal line, when adjusting the height in the vertical. In the case of turrets with MOA subdivisions, the adjustment increment is indicated in whole, 1/2, 1/4 or 1/8 MOA.
The adjustment range of the reticle is also given in cm or MOA and describes the maximum range in which the reticle can be adjusted (again at a distance of 100 m). For example, if the adjustment range is 180 cm, the hit point position can be shifted 90 cm to the left or down and 90 cm to the right or up.
MOA (Minute of Angle)
MOA (Minute of Angle) describes the unit in which the horizontal / vertical tower adjustment (reticle adjustment) is standardized. The entire horizontal and vertical circumference is divided into 360 ° pieces, one of these degree pieces is now divided into 60 angular minutes. One MOA corresponds to one angular minute. The turret adjustments of telescopic sights subdivide this angular minute again into e.g. ½ MOA adjustment per click or ¼ MOA adjustment per click. The ¼ MOA adjustment per click is the finer division here and it is more suitable for long-range shots. Take a look at our MOA graphic.