Nikon Rifle Scopes
A scope made by Nikon can fit a variety of rifles and may be used for hunting or target shooting. With proper care, the scopes can last and deliver optics at the range or out in the wilderness.Does Nikon make specialized rifle scopes?
Yes, the company produces a number of scopes designed to deliver optics that support a particular firearm. In addition to standing centerfire and rimfire rifles, special scopes are produced to handle muzzleloaders, shotguns, and pistols. Special scopes have also been manufactured for hunting certain game such as turkey, deer, and elk.What are the differences among the Nikon scopes?
Different rifle scopes come with different features and purposes. Matching the right rifle scopes to the right tasks is necessary to achieve accurate distance shots. The following rifle scope selection shows what individual Nikon models can do:
- BDC Reticle: The reticle in a BDC rifle scope refers to the aiming crosshairs. Three distinct circles reflect separate aiming points within the BDC optics.
- ProStaff: Like the BDC, the Nikon ProStaff has been engineered for hitting targets. One ProStaff Black Matte model can be fitted with big game rifles for deer hunting. Another may be used for a .22 rimfire intended for small game hunting. Two major features come with Nikon ProStaff scopes. They are waterproof.
- Monarch: This is designed to be adjusted in motion.
Properly mounting a rifle scope cuts down on the potential for damage to the ring screws. Improper mounting can occur from both tightening too hard or too loosely. Cleaning your Nikon scopes further cuts down on the potential for problems and won't undermine the ability to view the reticle. Storing them in a case or safe also decreases the chances of accidental damage. Be sure to also use a cover any time the scope is not in use.Do the scopes have different maximum magnifications available?
The scopes have different maximum values of magnification. They are:
The various reticles available are:
- BDC (Bullet Drop Compensator): These work by predicting how much the bullet will drop at a certain range.
- Crosshair: These are used for aiming at high-contrast targets and complex backgrounds.
- Illuminated: As the name implies, this retile is illuminated by a fiber optic light or by a LED light for low-light conditions.
- Mil Dot