Jack O’Connor was North America’s original gun writer, and I still enjoy reading his works and think that much of his shared knowledge is still relevant today.
Back in the early days, he shot a rifle equipped with open sights and would try to “push up a deer” so he could shoot it on the run. For him, it was the ultimate challenge, and his ability to connect on running game with open sights inspired sportsmen to master their marksmanship.
Nowadays, it’s rare to see a hunter who uses open sights. Optics have helped fine tune shooting ability by narrowing the field of adjustment and human error. We have rifles and calibers that shoot farther and flatter than ever before, and high-quality scopes that allow shooters to take advantage of the accuracy of high-end firearms.
With all of the good optics on the market, why wouldn’t anyone utilize a riflescope that gets the fullest potential from their firearm? I’ve listened to experts explain the science behind optics and have visited factories where I’ve seen, firsthand, riflescopes in production. It’s helped me under- stand what it takes to make high- quality optics and what I should look for when making a purchase.
Back to School
I recently attended an optics seminar that helped shed some light on how to determine the best value when purchasing a riflescope. Because many people believe bigger is usually better, one of the most popular riflescopes with hunters has a large, 50mm objective lens. They look at the big end of their scopes and think that the more light the scope transmits the better they will be able to see the target.
But the question remains: Does a 50mm objective lens, which costs significantly more, provide a clear advantage hunters can take to the bank? To help answer that question, you first need to know a little bit about how the human eye works.