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It’s true that every time I try a scope that is better than what I’m used to, I suddenly wake up to all the issues with my other scopes. Hawke scopes aren’t even that good but compared to an extry-level leapers 3-9×42, they are a step up sometimes.

The issue I am having is balancing my need to have the largest LDC in the room with choosing one that is the best fit for what I actually do. 

To many of us here, 100 yards is the longest range we would regularly attempt to shoot at. That’s the absolute minimum many rifle scopes are made for. We assume that a scope capable of clarity at 800 yards will be better at 30 yards but this isn’t always the case. Some of the long range scopes are fairly poor at air rifle distances (or at least, not noticeably better). They are heavy too. 

I guess what I am saying is that some of us would be better off choosing scopes with specs that are designed for rim fire and air rifles and then using the extra cash to buy better quality glass instead of the most impressive sounding specs. Good glass makes more of a difference to me  than higher magnification. Being able to see fine details is far more helpful for precision than large and blurry. It’s like the difference between SD and HD tv’s. 

For hunting at 50 yards, I should be more tempted by lower power scopes with a wider view for what I do but then… It eats at me when other people have better sounding specs….  If I was smart, I would be looking at high quality AR scopes or other small and light scope designs made for quick target acquisition. 

With really good glass, I can easily see targets at pcp rifle distances at 4x or 6x.  Unfortunately, there is no way to find out the glass quality from looking at the specs so we use what’s in front of us. I never get headaches but I get a migraine every time I try shopping for scopes. It’s really no fun at all.