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Manufacturers of riflescopes it seems have been bit by the bug of manufacturing larger, heavier and more powerful riflescopes with users also demanding ever more bulkier and powerful riflescopes without pausing for a moment to ponder on whether they actually require such powerful hunting scopes in their normal scope of hunting deer or wild boar.

In this instance, the blame for such a mad rush for more potent hunting scopes should squarely lay on the doorsteps of hunters as they keep asking for more powerful rifle scopes and companies are bound to cater to consumer demand if they are to stay in business. If demand for these powerful hunting scopes gradually taper down, suppliers will also stop manufacturing those.

However, driven by the desire of raking in higher profits, manufacturers are surreptitiously easing out more practical, easier to use riflescopes from their product offerings; I mean those that are more suitable for hunting at short to medium ranges. The manufactures are also in the murky game of slicking advertising high powered rifle scopes even for short range firearms when there is actually no need for such fancy optics in slug guns or muzzleloaders. This is a game that is actually aimed at forcing an average hunter to unnecessarily spend on a gadget that they do not actually need at all.

The reader should not make a mistake that all this ranting against high powered riflescopes means that they are totally useless. These sophisticated optics sure do have their utility in high powered tactical and assault rifles but surely not in rifles that are used to hunt wild boars or deer.

Moreover, these high powered rifle scopes have only about three inches eye relief which is surely not generous for hunting at short to medium ranges and every time the hunter moves his head even slightly the riflescope also alters its aim causing infinite irritation to the hunter. The average weight of these high powered riflescopes is more than a pound and has an average length of a foot and a good three to four inches. For hunters that are interested in shooting wild boars and deer such a huge riflescope is certainly an unwanted gizmo that they can surely do without. The ideal weight of a riflescope for such type of hunters should not be more than twelve ounces and the length should ideally not go beyond ten inches or, at the most a foot. Anything longer or bulkier is simply not necessary and, the eye relief should be at least four inches.

Such riflescopes will not brush the hunter’s eyebrows and would not end up overbalancing the rifle which is as bad as it being underbalanced. The ideal magnification in riflescopes used for hunting wild boar and deer should be in the range of 2X to 4X and buying hunting scopes having magnification in the range of 7X or even higher is a sheer wastage of money even if one leaves aside the discomfort in using such heavy and unwieldy contraptions.

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