So I am a day or 2 away from purchasing a rifle with scope combo. I read on the website today
All Nikko Stirling Nighteater riflescopes are airgun rated, shockproof and waterproof. Made from Grade A Japanese lenses that are coated for greater light absorption, these scopes perform excellently at dawn, dusk or in overcast light.
What exactly is "Airgun rated". The rifle I want is .308 but I am considering .243 or .223 because of availability. Its the howa / Axiom 1500 that includes the Nikko Stirling scope, but is Airgun rated good enough for a .308 or even a .243 or .223? Seems to me that the kick of a .308 would be many times more than an airgun but maybe I'm just misunderstanding what it means. Any advice on this would be helpful. Thanks!
I think, just trying to remember what it was, that air guns have a forward and back 'kick', so to speak. Don't quote me..I'm a bit tired. Haven't been to bed in over 24 hrs, so please forgive me if I didn't remember correct.
Hopefully someone can agree or disagree with me to help you.
The forces generated by spring piston pellet rifles, particularly the stronger 1s, exert forces comparable to an very heavy caliber magnum rifle, but in exactly the opposite direction. For that reason, airgun scopes are built to handle that recoil, whereas most centerfire scopes are not.