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Choosing a Spotting Scope for Target Shooting

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In addition to helping you hone your sharpshooting skills, target shooting is just plain fun. Specially-constructed AR500 steel shooting targets allow you to put round after round down range without having to get out of the shooting position to put up new targets. If you’re increasing your shooting distance and trying to fine-tune your rifle, a good spotting scope can make all the difference. To help you get the most out your time on the range or in the wild with your new steel shooting targets, here are some tips for choosing the best spotting scope.

Consider Shooting Distance

One of the first things to consider when buying a new spotting scope is the distance you are shooting from. Beyond 100 yards, you will need to be more selective and take optical quality into more serious consideration. This page from provides a good overview of what to look for in spotting scopes depending on the distance you are shooting from.

Consider Shooting Position

How you shoot will also play a role in the spotting scope you choose. If you regularly move back and forth from a sitting to prone shooting position, consider an angle-bodied spotting scope with a rotating tripod collar so you can rotate the eyepiece to various positions quickly.

Consider Shooting Conditions

It’s also important to consider the environment in which you shoot. Air turbulence, heat mirage, dust, humidity, and other atmospheric and environmental conditions can affect image quality when using a spotting scope. Consider the shooting conditions you most frequently encounter and select a scope that is rated to at least these conditions.

For the finest quality shooting targets, browse the selection offered by The Target Man. Our targets are constructed from AR500 steel and designed to last a lifetime. You can expect thousands upon thousands of impacts from each and every shooting target you purchase from The Target Man. Contact us online or call us at (520) 396-3335 to learn what makes our targets superior to any other shooting targets on the market.


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