Tips for Best Riflescope Buy

Tips for Best Riflescope Buy

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Who is Ron Spomer
For 44 years I’ve had the good fortune to photograph and write about my passion – the outdoor life. Wild creatures and wild places have always stirred me – from the first flushing pheasant that frightened me out of my socks in grandpa’s cornfield to the last whitetail that dismissed me with a wag of its tail. In my attempts to connect with this natural wonder, to become an integral part of our ecosystem and capture a bit of its mystery, I’ve photographed, hiked, hunted, birded, and fished across much of this planet. I’ve seen the beauty that everyone should see, survived adventures that everyone should experience. I may not have climbed the highest mountains, canoed the wildest rivers, caught the largest fish or shot the biggest bucks, but I’ve tried. Perhaps you have, too. And that’s the essential thing. Being out there, an active participant in our outdoor world.

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  1. BE222 on November 15, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Good video. What is your opinion on fixed power scopes vs. adjustable.

  2. Southern TripleJ on November 15, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Mr Ron I have kept up with your information for a long time, probably longer than you or I care to admit. Lol
    I really like your view on things. And I would like your view on Nikon and the foolery they pulled on us hunters. I always used Nikon because they had a warranty.
    Well last year I sent my monarch back because the turret cap stripped and I figured I’d have it fixed instead of putting plumbing tape on the treads, nothing else wrong with the scope, I paid over 600$ for the scope, well they sent me a voucher for 200$ instead of fixing my scope and they kept the dang scope that Works fine, yet they said it was not repairable.
    How’s that for a warranty? All hunters and shooters should avoid Nikon products. They are anti hunting and shooting now they are fully woke! I found the Sig line is comparable to better Nikon scopes and less expensive.

  3. Beaver River Bushcraft on November 15, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    I’ve had a Bushnell Banner on a .30-06 since 1998. I shoot, at least, 3 animals a year and sometimes as many as 6 and I shoot about 100 rounds a year through that rifle to get ready for hunting season. I have had zero issues with that scope moving around.
    A long time ago (1981), I went to school for TV, Stereo, and VCR repair and I was told by my instructor that when it came to quality of equipment, price didn’t matter, "you didn’t have to buy the most expensive Hi-Fi if your ear couldn’t tell the difference between that and a JVC Hi-Fi set unless you just want to show off". Same with TVs today. If you can’t see the difference between HD and 4K, why spend the extra money? Same with firearms and scopes IMHO. If I can shoot sub-MOA with a Mossberg 100ATR and a Bushnell "Dawn to Dusk" scope, what is a $6,000.00 rifle and a $4,000.00 scope gonna do better? Will it drag the animal out of the woods and load the it on the truck? Because that’s what it’d have to do for me to spend that much on it.

  4. Sylvia Peterson on November 15, 2021 at 7:29 pm

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  5. Chris Hoel on November 15, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Currently looking for a scope for my Mauser M18 chambered in .270 Winchester. Anyone have any suggestions?

  6. Danny Travis on November 15, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you for the video and explaining about what to look for. I don’t know much about scopes and I just learned a lot

  7. Jake S on November 15, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    I didnt see any ATN or other smart scopes. Kind of disappointed.

  8. Jarrett Nash on November 15, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    I have a Tasco World class on a Browning A Bolt from around 87…the mount cost more than the scope. Still killing deer…lol.

  9. Ralph Galbraith on November 15, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Can you cover a topic about distance between the bottom of your scope and the top of your barrel what is in a ideal distance

  10. Tankmeister on November 15, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    I found the ultimate test of looking through the scope at night time without any un natural light and the quality shows up dramatically.
    My 40 year old East German made Zeiss 1-4 x25 is better than nearly all American and Japanese scopes of the same size.

  11. David Tennyson on November 15, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    Great comparisons. Without trashing any brands or manufacturing locations, you’ve given us more info than all the manufacturers ads on the web. Thanks!

  12. George K. on November 15, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Excellent Video… very insightful and sensible

  13. Gary Hammond. Great info. on November 15, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Like the flashlight trick, thanks for the tip.

  14. Jacques Franke on November 15, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    I too get a kick out of people and their super wide objective lenses, 34mm mains and the light gathering capabilities of a black hole and yet they seem to forget they are limited to the exit pupil dia of their own eyes.

    Every scope has a purpose, currently I stripped mine off my rifle and went back to the ole iron sights before my eyes fade too much. Although there is a z6 1.7-10 waiting in the shadows when that day comes.

    Keep up the good stuff.

  15. Robert Mattern on November 15, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Swarovski and Zeiss are the class of the field. If not then go with Leupold.

  16. Eric Angutiqjuaq on November 15, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    I have a leupold, vortex, and nikon. Never had any problems with them 👍

  17. U.P. Woodtick on November 15, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    I see too many guys pay $950 for a rifle and slap a cheap ass scope on it. Leupolds have never done me bad

  18. Peter R. on November 15, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Great video, always a pleasure to watch, well done , btw why are you wearing a gun ?

  19. T410ce on November 15, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    Had a $150 Bushnell Trophy 3-9X40 for years… it would lose its zero from time to time but I adjusted it before hunting every year and took 6 animals with it. Then when I bought my X-Bolt the sales guy convinced me to buy a Vortex Razor 2-10X40 HDLH, wow the difference was quite large and you really do get what you pay for. Love my Razor even though it cost me more than my rifle.

  20. Bly thkd on November 15, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Another very informative video, thank you. I was just hoping you’d make some actual recommendations.

  21. JUAN HERRERA on November 15, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    I think the bushnell banner u mention were still baush and laumb made in Japan Way back when cause the only banners I came across where junk made in China all kinds if issues But the good old weaver K6 never failed me for cheap. Just a beautiful strait 6 duplex nothing more needed for hunting up to 300 yards. Great info still yet to check tracking on a target scope I better get on that thank you sir you are an asset to all shooters 👍👍👍

  22. Fred D on November 15, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    Great video I’m looking for a new scope for my REM 300um my old scope got damaged some how while moving this past year 🤯… Ive used Leupold, Nikon and Swarovski over the past 40 years…. I’m sure this will be a long process of researching the right scope for me… I only hunt white tails in North America and generally under 300 yards

  23. Mr. T on November 15, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    The Nikon that came with my deer rifle

  24. Dragos Atanasiu on November 15, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    you forgot to mention one of the best, the Schmidt & Bender Polar.
    I think it is the best allround rifle scope for hunting.

  25. Joseph Chavez on November 15, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Best tip for buying a scope is to buy the only brand I know of that has a fully no fault fully transferable warranty. Buy the scope and don’t baby it. Let your gun and scope bounce around under the backseat for 3 years and if something looses up or breaks they will fix or replace it.

  26. warren hymes on November 15, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    My backyard is a cornfield. Every day a few minutes before sunset when the light starts to go, deer will cross the field for about a 10 minute slow crossing, usually 7-10 of them. The best look I’ve ever gotten at them was thru a Leupold.

  27. Gerdus Botha on November 15, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Ron ,can you make a video about the newer digital scopes. And maybe infra red and night vision

  28. Geoff Lybeck on November 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    My wife is going to wonder why I am measuring the diameter of my pupils!

  29. Maga Man on November 15, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Money doesn’t always guarantee quality. I bought 2 Leupold VX-5HDs, in 3.5-15x44mm and 3.5-15x56mm. Fairly high end stuff. And the side windage dials are cheap plastic. To add insult to injury, the O-ring rubber seals on those cheap windage dials fell off BOTH scopes. (One of scopes was just out of the box!!) As well, the 3.5 -15×56 mm’s Firedot illuminated reticle had dirt or crud on one of the reticle posts. I sent off a letter to Bruce Pettet, President of Leupold, asking for better quality control ……and he ignored it.

  30. TheOutdoorsman on November 15, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Seems many brands will fill the role, and many are pretty good quality. Just because a brand seems to have years/decades of good rep, doesn’t mean they won’t cut corners and pull a fast one on their customers. For example, in more than one Bushnell, I’ve seen some pretty sloppy work. I’ve seen turrets rotate out of the tubes, irregular crosshairs and finishes that scratch way too easy. They been around a long time and all, but I’m not impressed. I do like some of their reticles, just too bad they don’t make scopes as good as comparable priced competition. That’s just one brand example. For the money, I’ve had pretty good luck with Burris. Good warranty, good finish, consistent reticles, and they just hold up. Their Fullfield series is a good option for pretty much all needs. I like their Veracity 30mm scopes too. Leupold seems to still be good, and many brands are good if you do your home work. The Tract brand don’t look bad.

  31. Craig Leslie on November 15, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Great tips Ron, but I would suggest people don’t test optics too far above their budget as it may be disappointing when they settle for what is affordable.
    I have Swarovski Binoculars which are so great at capturing light and giving amazing clarity and contrast that when I put them down I feel like I need to turn them off. Hard to believe it is just great optics doing all that work.
    I don’t yet have a scope or a rifle for that matter, but when I do I will likely be shelling out for a Swaro scope, and would hold off until I could afford / justify the purchase.

  32. Hector Hernandez on November 15, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    hi Ron ..what is your recomendation for hunting under $
    800, Thanks

  33. Martin Collmer on November 15, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    When I looked at the time you had, I was amazed that you packe all this information into it. Great Job.

  34. Darren LaFreniere on November 15, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    "You don’t want to see a gold fish swimming around in there." Excellent!

  35. Paul Barca on November 15, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    I used to use Burris fullfields,,,
    I wonder if they are still made as good as I remember, or even if there still made.

  36. bowhunter 4 life on November 15, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Nice to hear someone saying you don’t have to sell a kidney to hunt deer or elk!
    Thanks for the honesty and information!

  37. Noe Palacios on November 15, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you sir

  38. scott russell on November 15, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    I buy Burris scopes

  39. 2_MOA_HUNTER on November 15, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Idiot in pink

  40. Garrett Cassity on November 15, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Alright Ron I wanna take you up on your offer. Just got a Ruger Precision Rifle and slapped a very high end Vortex Optic Scope on it! I’d love an opportunity to meet you in person and have to take some shots with it. Love your channel and the videos you do, they’ve helped me immensely grow my knowledge as I get more into hunting and shooting.

  41. WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT HEAVEN on November 15, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Great video. Thanks!

  42. GoogleEyes Eye's on November 15, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    It would have been nice to see what you had on that table in the name brands, costs and variations, if the viewer respects the channels owner/operator, I’m sure we could respect your choices you use, especially considering your background and especially those newer to scope operations and purchasing, they could have had a handful of scopes to consider with confidence.

  43. W Long on November 15, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    What about a fixed power scope?

  44. Terry Eibeck on November 15, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Anyone that isn’t BLIND DUMB and or STUPID could see the difference between even a low-end SWAROVSKI scope versus any other scope you could show them
    I’ve never seen anything gather LIGHT like a Swarovski whether it’s the SCOPE and or BINOCULARS you are looking through 👉 even if it looks dark on the next Hill it’s like turning the freaking lights‼️

  45. Blaine Ackerman on November 15, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    What about ziess or swarovski optics?

  46. dbuckner902010 on November 15, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Your rifle is only as good as the quality of glass you can afford to put on it my opinion the optic should cost no less then half what you paid for the rifle and don’t skimp either on Mounts/base $500 scope mounted with $10 weaver rings is just not a quality matchup

  47. some one on November 15, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    not understand at all yr explain so ..can anyone tell me what the best scope should i buy for 22lr ?

  48. mirehab on November 15, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I subscribed . All you said in this video is a common sense. I like your honesty. Scopes are way overpriced.

  49. Richard Johansen on November 15, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I had a tiny spider make its way into my scope when I was moose hunting. Freaked me right out lol

  50. Universal Steele on November 15, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Great video Ron. I will say with the advancements in telescopic sights and manufacturing breakthroughs there’s no excuse for a scope worth a couple hundred bucks to not dial accurately and consistently especially inside of 500 yards. If it doesn’t I’d send it back and look at something else.