Target shooting is a fantastic sport enjoyed by thousands of people around the country. With lots of gun ranges offering great facilities for competitive shooters there is huge opportunity for hunters and sports shooters to better their skills.
Many hunters will go to target shooting ranges in the off season to improve their skills and also to learn to use and zero new optical equipment. Generally speaking a hunting rifle scope will not be best suited for high precision target shooting. That is why our top three picks on this page are different to our hunting scope recommendations and we encourage you to read the information below so that you avoid making a buying decision you might later regret.
Features To Focus On
The following list of features will be very important to focus on for target shooting:
Tight Field Of View
When you zoom in to and focus on your target you do not want to be distracted by anything else. All you want to see is the target so that you can focus all your attention on it. This is very much the opposite to what hunters need.
There are some scopes out there with long magnification ranges that will give you a tight field of view at high magnification. However, this is not an ideal solution if you are planning to do some high precision target shooting including competitions.
High Magnification Over 12x
When you are shooting at very small targets over 100 yards away you will want the ability to zoom in as much as possible. The larger the target appears through the scope the more accurately you will be able to aim your rifle.
However, keep in mind that the larger the magnification is, the more you can expect to pay and the longer and heavier the scope itself will become.
Thin Reticle With Mil Dots
Opposite to hunting scopes you will want a very thin reticle on a target shooting scope. The reason for this is that a thin reticle will make your aim a lot more accurate, especially when you consider that you may be looking at a very small target filling the field of view of your scope.
Mil dots are also very convenient for different target shooting events. Some competitions will have time limits to avoid you making turret adjustments and rather get you to make adjustments in your aim through the scope. Each mil dot on the horizontal and vertical will help you compensate for distance and wind. If you are new to target shooting the we would recommend you check out our section on ballistic calculators.
High Quality Lens Coating
This is a very important factor to consider and it will pay off to go for the more expensive multi-coating options. The coating of the lens is very important in reducing glare and reflection while improving clarity at the same time. The lenses in the scope will bend the light and this can lead to loss of light and distortions, ultimately making your aim less accurate.
Multi-coating is an expensive process but you will notice a big difference especially in difficult light conditions. Many think of just dawn and dusk as difficult light conditions, however, midday sun can also cause problems in the form glare. Basically, there are many situations where you will want to have a high quality lens to ensure you get the best possible results.
These will be very important and you should be looking for the following three adjustment knobs:
These will essentially allow you to fine tune your scope to the environmental conditions you are facing to help you get your shots right on target.