Scopes

 

BFTA have produced a manual for setting up your scope.
Setting up your scope (PDF)
   
Other information:
Common Terms (PDF)
Mounts & rangefinding (PDF)

What is FT Rifles Scopes Other kit Targets



Choosing a Scope

Unlike rifles, your choice of suitable scopes may limited and can be expensive.  In FT, competitors are permitted to range find targets using high magnification scopes, but not dedicated lasers.  Once you know how far away the target is you can adjust your aim point to compensate.  To do this accurately the scope must have a magnification of at least 32X, but a higher magnification such as 50x will improve range finding no end.re are 2 main types of range finding scopes, those that have a sidewheel and those that have the parallax adjustment on the front of the scope.  Both work, but sidewheels are usually easier to operate and read the distance without breaking your shooting position.  The other advantage of a sidewheel is the ability to fit an over size wheel that will give greater spaces between the ranges by virtue of it's increased circumference. 

Another aspect of scopes are the physical dimensions which can sometimes be misleading.  The objective lens diameter (the one at the front) determines how much light the lens collects and therefore how bright the sight picture is.  A big lens will gather more light that a smaller one of the same quality.  This can be really important on an overcast day or if shooting at dusk or dawn.  The important thing to realise is that not all lenses are equal.  Companies such as Leupold and Bushnell spend enormous amounts of money on developing special glass and coatings to maximise image clarity, resolution and brightness and as a result their 40mm objectives outperform most 50mm lenses on brightness and clarity by some margin.  With top quality optics you can see incredible detail at long distance which may just be a blur on many others that have much larger objectives.

 

 



 

So big is not always better.  The scope tube is also generally available in 2 sizes, 25mm and 30mm with the 30mm tube usually touted as better.  Again, high end scopes often have 25mm tubes but the quality of the internal mechanisms and lenses still mean they outperform 30mm tubes, so again don't always believe that bigger is better. 

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