Understanding Your Optics: RIFLE SCOPES

Understanding Your Optics: RIFLE SCOPES

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Have you ever wondered what the numbers and acronyms means when it comes to rifle scopes? All of these different numbers and letters can be intimidating and confusing to new (and seasoned) hunters. In this video, Randy gives a basic understanding of rifle scopes so you can confidently understand and find the scope that is best for your situation.

Randy explains what the model number is, objective lens, eyepiece, tube size, reticle options, magnification, and other information when it comes to rifle scopes.

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33 Comments

  1. kaleb stover on November 28, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Q as in Quebec sir



  2. kellan_korenko on November 28, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the info



  3. paul powell on November 28, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    👍,how do u adjust the eye relief



  4. Fire arm Spit fire on November 28, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Awesome video👍, wondering if you think first focal plane is good for hunting or your thoughts on that. But other wise sweet video love it!



  5. Tarron Todd on November 28, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    You know this guy slays pussy



  6. Aaron Cary on November 28, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Love the videos randy wondering when your post rut elk video is gonna come out looking forward to watching it



  7. Grizzly on November 28, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Another thing to take note for people looking into budget hunting rifles, you know the ones that come with a scope. Save yourself a headache and ditch that scope. Those scopes often adjust very poorly and make it difficult to dial in your scope. Sometimes you will set the vertical adjustment and the site will dial in diagonally.
    You can get a Leupold 3-9X40 scope with a Duplex Reticle for around 200$. It will last you a lifetime and is backed by Leupold’s lifetime warranty. It really is worth spending the extra 200$



  8. Justin Peck on November 28, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Good video! Clear and to the point.

    My one disagreement was Leupold knowing exactly what hunters need. They still don’t offer a standard Milradian adjustment which is the main reason I went with a Nightforce. Irritating to no end.



  9. Fp Pro on November 28, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Can you tell me what the most conclusive book on learning about rifle scopes is?



  10. Dean Haley on November 28, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    "Delta" Queen….🤣



  11. Sean's Outdoor Adventures on November 28, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Randy, give me a shout the next time you’re hunting near Iowa. Would love to even meet up for a DIY public land hunt if you’re up for it. You pick the state and date and let me know. Email me if you want. God bless ya.



  12. Gary Thomsen on November 28, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Randy – A very good plain english explanation of scope terminology. Just one small clarification. You said the objective lens end of the scope is always larger. It isn’t very common, but some scopes have an objective lens that is the same diameter as the scope tube and therefore smaller than the ocular end of the scope. It used to be more common on fixed, low magnification scopes. People used them when shooting short distances (maybe think dangerous game in Africa). Anyway thanks for all the information you are passing on.



  13. kyle on November 28, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    what about the Parallax adjustment? How important is that when buying a scope if you plan on shooting out to a max of 300 yards?



  14. Renden Dye on November 28, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Would you recommend getting the Sig Sauer 2.5- 8X32mm or the Sig sauer 4.5-14x44mm or my other option is the vortex tactical 16X44 don’t know to much about scopes but building a long range muzzle loader! I have the cva paramount



  15. charles ledbetter on November 28, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Very good video. Excellent explaining. Thank you



  16. GM Outdoors And More on November 28, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Nice video! I like the way you explain this in a simple to understand way!



  17. sha6mm on November 28, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Nice informative video. I love VX3i scopes with CDS and you also can send them into the Leupold Custom Shop and they will install a MOA dial for windage as well. I have done this on three VX3i scopes I have and when I did it was $90 per scope.
    What sold me on Leupold CDS was Prairie Dogs shooting with ranges changing constantly.
    D Q that would be Delta Quebec USMC 79-82



  18. Doug Buker on November 28, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks Randy, concise an to the point.
    This is why I enjoy all your shows.
    Stay Safe, Bee Well.
    Regards,
    Doug



  19. Forrest Earnest on November 28, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Nice acronym, but we all know D is in Diary and Q is in Queen aka Diary Queen, the home of the Dilly Bars and other delicious treats. Oh and if anyone is wondering about the rifle package in front of him that is the Randy Newberg Special Edition by Howa exclusive at Sportsmen’s Warehouse whether the physical store or the sportsmans.com website. Thanks for sharing a quick overview Randy, my youngest brother ordered a VX-3i 4.5-14×40 CDS for his 7mm Rem Mag and a VX-Freedom 4-12×40 for his .270 Win this year. He loves them and I recently acquired a .300 WSM, that I plan on eventually putting a Leupold on when I get the $$$, but the Redfield (owned by Leupold) Revenge Hunter 4-12×40 that he had on his .270 before upgrading to the Leupold will do me wonderfully until then.



  20. Alisha Bruton on November 28, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks, Randy. Just the right amount of detail.



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  22. David A Dillie Jr on November 28, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks Randy!



  23. Hiken Mikes on November 28, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Leupold commercial…along with a few good facts. Still interesting, thanks.



  24. NakedEyes on November 28, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Technique, muscular memory, all is played with. I love your video. Much love from Hawaii. We kill Hogs Or Axis Dears. Good meat.



  25. Jonathan Davis on November 28, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you!



  26. AlaskaJohn on November 28, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Great Job as Always, Randy… I Love Montana…



  27. Hayden Davis on November 28, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    I thought for sure the DQ for Dairy Queen



  28. HB Hunter on November 28, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks Randy however I have been hunting for over 25 years and I can not get a Leupold scope to hit close to the same spot? Starting with the VX1. My faith in this optic has gone out the window. I switched to another scope manufacture and have been solid. Leupold mounts on a 300 short mag, 30-06 now they are my go to for the good old 22lr for what ever pest they might hit. Thanks for the great videos from up here in Canada. Join me for a hunt one day.



  29. tall timber1 on November 28, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Have the same scope on my superlight. Working on loads still before i get a cap made.



  30. Chea Chyang on November 28, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Hi expert why my scope I view the images not stable move around??? Thks expert



  31. ChuckCreed on November 28, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    HD is high definition? I thought it was “high density” glass. Interesting



  32. Jeff Nobles on November 28, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Great info as always! Thank you Randy for putting out such helpful content.
    In case anyone is wondering you can have your Vortex turrets customized here http://kentonindustries.com/ I use them and give them an A+ rating 🙂



  33. QhabNab LaijTaus on November 28, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    how do you make your rifle sitka stock