Originally Posted by 95sniper
I do not know much about scopes, all the rifles that I have had were passed down to me with scopes already on them. I'm looking into getting a target rifle, but my question is, how do you know what scope is good for which rifle? Also what's the difference between magnification? Any scope suggestions under $250? Thanks.
It is simple common sense.
You ask your self 'what am I going to use this rifle for most of the time'?
If it is hunting and you will not be hunting in VERY close cover the standard 3x9 is a good choice. If you are going to hunting in close cover or with a rifle with limited range (200 yds or less) I would suggest a 1x4 or 1.5x5. My favorite hunting scope is a 1.75x6 Leupold (the 2x7 is fine too).
But if you are going to 'target shoot' you have to tailor the scope to what type of target shooting you want to do. Some use simple 3x9's and others go up to 32x. Just use a little commonsense, but it has been my observation that many shooters have a tendency to WAY over scope their rifles!