Ep 94: How To Pick The Right Hunting Scope

Today, we’re talking about rifle scopes. Specifically, I’ll be answering some common listener questions I’ve received lately about choosing the right scope with the right features for typical hunting situations. So, stay tuned to learn about first focal plane vs second focal plane scopes, the pros and cons of different ballistic turrets, and what scope magnifications are best.

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What We Covered

1) Difference between first focal plane scopes and second focal plane scopes and which type of scope is best suited for different applications.

2) Overview of the Leupold Custom Dial System and general ballistic turrets for scopes and why you should pick one vs another.

3) My recommendations on the best scope magnification for different uses.

4) My recommendations for a couple of different rifle scopes for hunting.

5) Overview of the Leupold VX-5 HD scope (get a Leupold VX-5 rifle scope here).

6) Overview of the Leupold VX-3i scope (get Leupold VX-3i rifle scope here).

7) Overview of the Vortex Viper rifle scope (get a Vortex Viper rifle scope here)


1) Learn more about the Leupold VX-5 HD scope I discussed in this episode below.

2) 9 Reasons The Leupold VX-5 HD Is A Great Hunting Scope

Best Scopes For Deer Hunting – Article referenced in podcast


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