Top 10 Scope Buying Mistakes

Top 10 Scope Buying Mistakes

Too 10 Scope shopping Mistakes . Rifle scope shopping can be a lot of fun but can also be very frustrating. In this video you will find tips for scope buying I sincerely hope helps you make the right choice . From illumination to Zero Stops I think I covered most all the bases here . Make sure and check out my other videos to learn more .
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  1. fatphunker on September 22, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I have a Hawke compact 3x12x40 and find that having more depth of field is making it harder to dial out parallax error

  2. Lawrence Shorter on September 22, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    This guy has alot to learn about glass!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. wwb on September 22, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Good advice…. get the scope that fits its intended use,but don’t go cheap.

    My .30-06 has a 2-7X32… low rings, so you don’t lift your cheek off the stock,and 7X is adequate for 300+ yards
    .44 Carbine has a 1-4X,and spends most of the time at 1X – 2X
    .223 Paper punching rifle has a 6-24X50 AO…. NOT a scope for hunting.

  4. Tim Shelley on September 22, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Good advice!

  5. Rick Hills on September 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Replaced all my scopes. You were right my friend. Exactly just give me the basic scope

  6. Boomer Ranger Ron on September 22, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Sage advise as always Joe! I go with the KISS approach and Keep it Simple Stupid! I’m like your Grannie, and tend to buy Gold Rings by Leopold, but I’m open to other makes. I’ve owned, Burris, Redfield, and even have a Nikon on my Savage 220. I just bought a Killer Instinct Model 102 Lumix 4 x 32 IR-E for my Barnett Raptor FX crossbow, and upgrade, probably made by HAWKE. At any rate, Joe knows scopes he just doesn’t do crossbow scope reviews!

  7. Tom Patrick on September 22, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Th k you !!

  8. datapro007 on September 22, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Right on target Joe

  9. Dallas More on September 22, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Great advice! You just saved me some $$$ and grief.

  10. StarSeed on September 22, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    My engineering degree tells me the bigger the front glass the more light that enters the scope. So if bigger glass does not mean more light they are designing the scope wrong.

  11. Jeremy Shackle ford on September 22, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Good points. Also I would add don’t buy a scope because of the warranty. If it’s quality you shouldn’t need a warranty. Looking at you Vortex…..

  12. Wood Stream on September 22, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Funny stuff. Someday I’ll buy a scope for my ar15, I’ll have to check some of your other vids first

  13. Paul Andrews on September 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    thanks Joe love your video s bro 😎 😋

  14. H Phillips on September 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Good advice that I learned the hard way

  15. Kenneth Jackson on September 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    With a Savage 112J in .223 and bipod with a combined weight of 12 pounds damping the recoil, I found I could see my hits with 8x. I could get ten shot groups at 100 yards that I could cover with a quarter when reloading ex-military brass, ten shots could be covered with a nickel with new brass. Not sandbagged- on bipod. Not center-to-center, covered. Scope? Weaver. It was all I needed, and being able to see my hits was very nice. That was about forty years ago.

  16. Bill Madsen on September 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Nightforce NX8 1-8×24 on my Blackout, NX8 4-32×50 on my .308, and a 4-16×42 ATACR on my ’06. Never had a problem since I switched to NF

  17. Brian T on September 22, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    3:36 — there aren’t that many lens-grinders out there. So what’ll happen is that lenses get mass-manufactured, then graded for clarity and light-transmission, and then they get sold to different manufacturers. Predictably, NC Star and BSA are picking up the bottom-tier lenses… mid-tier scope manufacturers are getting the mid-tier stuff… and so on. To help complicate it further, companies like Bushnell offer higher-end scopes in addition to their mid-tier stuff… it might be coming from the same lens-manufacturer, but it isn’t the same quality of lens. Still other companies like Nikon produce their own lenses, and without a middle-man, they used to offer a better bang-for-the-buck (maybe they still do, I don’t know).

    But generally across all brands — due to the lens-buying process — *you get what you pay for.* You just can’t get top quality at low prices.

  18. Bob Adams on September 22, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Needs would be another factor, where I live in Mississippi there’s really no place that you can use a big scope other than a range my little 1×6 is all I need. I have a few that sit in the safe because they are about useless here.

  19. - LULO - on September 22, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    I found your Channel this evening, I love how you speak and how you explian everthing.
    Thank you.
    Regards from Switzerland.

  20. Ronald Staley on September 22, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks, For The Fantastic Video. Very Informative. Be Safe, And Stay Healthy.

  21. John Garrett on September 22, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    Again Joe good stuff I think everybody that shoots a lot has been guilty of some of the stuff sometime or another but it’s always good to be reminded keep your head in check

  22. Smoked Brisket on September 22, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    where in Texas, brotha? I’m in Richmond.

  23. David Paylor on September 22, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Yep, exactly right. My current favourite scope is my MTC Viper Pro 10×44 but in the store I came so close to spending "only" an extra £50 to get a 4-16X50. But then I reminded myself that I was actually there to buy a fixed magnification scope for woodland squirrel shooting, it’s all about depth of field and brightness of image. The 10×44 is what I needed and it is superb.

  24. Libertarian on September 22, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Money is the most odd thing to me; I have a scope on my 1,000 m rifle that costs 3x as much as the rifle it’s on.
    3-9 or 4-12 is plenty of scope for standard hunting as you are usually always shooting inside of 300 yards; if you’re precision or long distance target shooting then go for magnification with a quality scope as it’s hard enough shooting at distance let along if the target just looks like a small dot in the distance.

  25. Martin Walker on September 22, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Duplex 4 or 6 power will do everything many/most hunters need, IMO.

  26. Dana Boatman on September 22, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    am loving the feedback, mine is bit different. I bought a 454 casull pistol at an auction. It had a (to be unnamed) scope on it. Took it to the range and after a few shots, the scope literally fell apart. So I made sure to get a scope made just for a large caliber pistol and it works great! Set up for 100 yards.

  27. Russell Keeling on September 22, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    At some time it would be good for many folks to listen to Gunblue490 about scopes. He says on power level, less is more, and I agree with him. I also believe spending more on the scope than you did not the rifle is foolish. Now days at the cost of scopes I can buy two rifles for the cost of some of these scopes. My idea of long range shooting is different than the current thinking. Remember that all the dangerous game in the lower 48 states was killed off with open sighted pumpkin throwers.

  28. Mike Hammer on September 22, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    You should have listened to your mom, Ralfie. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that).

  29. Paul Johnson on September 22, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Thanks for all the good in

  30. Wes on September 22, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    I like my 6-18 on my .270 partially because you can see the shots on a 100 yard target when sighting in. Of course a spotting scope would accomplish the same thing. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Sam W on September 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    I hate to tell you but you’re 100% wrong about light and diameter of tube. A larger tube allows more light in period! Smaller tube let’s less light in period! You truly don’t know half of what you’re talking about. Lmao misinformed

  32. Johnny Venturino on September 22, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Joe you don’t make videos like you use to

  33. Martin Peruski on September 22, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Fixed 6X. SWFA. Bulletproof.

  34. james fisher on September 22, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    I love the way you speak. Not afraid to use foul language!!!!!! Thank You Jim Fisher

  35. DILORENZO PIERO on September 22, 2022 at 8:59 pm


  36. Asif Khan on September 22, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Hay fat man or anyone else if I buy element titan for 1700 yards on 223/556 setup & with ivey scope base to give me more MOAs is iit enough or what

  37. Rafael Munguia on September 22, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Athlon or vortex for a .308 for hunting?

  38. Richard Reece on September 22, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    I wish you’d made this video 3 scope purchases ago… you could have saved me a lot of money 😂

  39. Gordon Lawrence on September 22, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    6×42 with Zeiss lenses was the best scope I ever had for what I do. Rarely shoot more than 100 meters (about 110 yards) so even a 6 inch target for practice is good enough. Asimuth and elevation under caps so you cant brush it and change it. It even had some adjustment for focus for people with sight issues. Unfortunately Walther had changed almost all the suppliers when it got damaged and the new ones were just not worth the money. Eventually I got a second hand one.

  40. Jack Stecker on September 22, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    As far as high dollar gun stuff goes, set up a piggy bank.

    When I was first getting into night vision, I set up a separate savings account, and had, say, 10% of my check direct deposited into it. And I didn’t look at it, didn’t touch it, didn’t think about it, for 18 months.

    By the way, DON’T do this unless your "Minister of Finance" is on board with the plan, or you’re flying solo. Otherwise it’ll end in tears.

    Anyway, long story short, 18 months of savings, an awesome tax return, a fortuitous sale from my guys at TNVC (shameless plug 😎), and a generous donation from American Airlines (more on that later), and I had enough for a brand new, hand selected spec L3 PVS-14, and it was GORGEOUS! Still had a nice pile left over to work on the accessories.

    About the American Airlines "generous donation", I got bumped from a flight while on a company trip. The ticket agent told me I could have a $350 voucher (only on American), or a check of lower, unspecified amount. Turns out, because they couldn’t get me home within 5 hours of when they were originally supposed to, some rule kicked in, and the check was $984 and change.

    The dope actually asked me whether I wanted the $984 cash check, or the $350 voucher I could only use on American. I asked him if he had a learning disability.

    So the moral of the story, if you get bumped from a flight, start asking questions.

  41. Sam Stewart on September 22, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    a very nice critique. Please continue with videos like this.

  42. Winston Churchill on September 22, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Could just eat a steak oops sorry mistakes cheers sir from uk good old humour

  43. Cano Lathra on September 22, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    I got myself a Bushnell Banner II 4-12×40 for my AR10 that I’ve set up for deer hunting. It’s been good for me so far. Has a good DoF, and I can adjust the focus so I can use it with or without my prescription glasses.

  44. Dallas More on September 22, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Looks like you need a scope with a longer eye relief. JK. lol.

  45. Smoked Brisket on September 22, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Real world example on magnification.

    My son and I are going bear hunting in a couple weeks, he wants to Christen his .308. Problem is it has a 3-9×40 on it, and shooting distances for these bears is 15 – 30 yards. At 15 yards, his FOV is about 5 feet, so not even enough FOV to see a full grown bear at that distance. In contrast, I have a 9.3×62 with a 1-5×24 on it. It’s perfect for up-close-and-personal shooting like what we’re headed into. At 15 yards, my FOV on 1X is around 15 or 20 feet.

    Fact is you don’t need a lot of magnification to hunt. You need a lot of magnification to be able to punch holes in paper from 500 or 1000 yards.

    And the difference in Field of View between 3X and 1X is huge. At 100 yards, 1X will probably give you somewhere around 100-120 FOV. 3X at 100 yards is going to be around 35 feet, give or take a little. FOV reduces linearly. That 3X at 50 yards is going to have about a 17 foot FOV, and at 25 yards, about 8 or 9 foot FOV.

    Something with 2-10X range of magnification will cover you for 99.9% of all the hunting you will ever do. And truth be told, if you live east of I-35, 8X is probably as much as you’ll ever need for medium game like deer or black bear or hogs.

  46. olehemlock on September 22, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    I agree with everything he said except for the illumination. There is a couple scopes on the market that work very well in any lighting conditions. With that said, I would prefer a Heavy Duplex over illumination for hunting. Unfortunately Leupold doesn’t offer that option anymore.

  47. Darrell Morgan on September 22, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    i don’t need bad words

  48. Brian T on September 22, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    The image passes through the objective, and out to your eye. If you were to map the image, it’d look like two cones, joined at the tips. Because of this, a bigger tube — as the host of this video points out — ‘don’t mean spit’. Because whether it’s a 30 mm tube, a 34, or just a straight-walled scope with zero "hourglass" to its shape… _that image is going to shrink to a pin-point before enlarging to make it to the ocular lens where your eyeball gets to take it in._

  49. Dillon Harriger on September 22, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever chuckled at a rifle scope video before… you earned my subscription friend XD Can’t wait to watch more of your videos.

  50. Ratdog 305 on September 22, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    All good points. But, you can have some fun finding a "winner" in inexpensive (note I didnt say cheap) scopes. A lot like getting an inexpensive air rifle and then working it to shoot tight groups. Got a bad one? That’s what in laws birthdays are for!

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