Originally Posted by maddoccanis
I don't dismiss what anyone says. I'm just curios. Everybody has the right to buy what they want. I didn't say they were wrong. Enjoy....doc
It is certainly a valid question but if you have to ask why then most likely you will not need the advantages offered. Saying "Everybody has the right to buy what they want" is a fair point but can sound dismissive to someone with an expensive scope who really understands the differences in quality.
You said you donít hunt so that pretty much puts you in the recreational shooter category. Iím not putting you down but I would guess you are shooting mostly less than 100 yds at a range or on private land and that is not a very demanding environment Ö once upon a time that was me and low-end scopes did a fine job. As my shooting became more diverse so did my needs for optics and I have done a lot of research in order to make good purchases.
My first high-end scope came as the result of trying a new long range competition and finding my scopes not up to the task. The competition required firing a series of shots at targets ranging from 250 to 900 yds within a specific time, the background varied from dense forest to low grass. In order to be competitive I needed a scope with a clear bright, clear image with easily readable knobs that give quick , accurate adjustments and a fast repeatable return to zero. The windage and elevation knobs also needed enough adjustment to cover the required distances. I did my research and found many scopes that meet the clarity requirements and adjustments but often had some limitation that I found unacceptable. Eventually I came across a scope that offered enough adjustment for 900 yds in one turn of the elevation knob with a good, solid feel with an accurate adjustment and an easily adjustable zero-stop. It offered a reticle that suited my need for ranging and as could be used for holdover/under if I choose. Some, but not all, of these are features offered on less expensive scopes but this scope combined everything I wanted and needed in one package. They retail for almost $3000 now but I certainly donít regret the purchase because it has never let me down.
You made the comparison to the telescope so I have these comments ... I have a 4" Celestron reflector that cost $400 so it is hardly a high-end optic but does everything I need it to do so I can't justify the cost of a $2200 telescope ... that doesn't mean the high-end optic isn't better.
A telescope is a wonderfully simple optic compared to a telescopic sight, I have friends that built their own using very high quality mirrors and lenses but put them in a cardboard tube and have better resolution that store bought telescopes but I have never seen a homemade rifle scope
well, except for this one I made when I was on the SWAT team at the local mall