This may come to no surprise for regular RiflesHQ readers but there are many people out there who end up spending more money on their scopes than they did on their actual firearm.
This is because high quality optics don’t come cheap. Even the most budget-friendly scope options are still usually well-north of $300 a pop.
Take famous German scope manufacturer Minox for example. They’re lowest model starts at just under $200 but is more for short range hobby shooting or vermin eradication.
If you want quality magnification, quality construction and a quality lens you’re looking at spending at least $500 on your rifle scope.
While there are plenty of rifles well north of $500 as well, you can easily also go down to your local gun store and get a second hand rifle for just about that figure, if you aren’t picky.
Sure, if you want something composite, or something for competition shooting, of course you’re could spend tens of thousands of dollars.
But if you’re just looking for something for target practice, or for taking down deer, then you can easily find something for under what many of the top rated scopes are going for.
We often make the argument to first time buyers that they should try to invest at least 40% of what they spent on their rifle into their optics.
Rifles are rather simple devices. As long as the barrel is quality, the stock is sturdy (nothing wrong with wood!) and your ammunition is up to the job, there isn’t much else you really NEED in a daily-shooter.
When it comes to optics on the other hand, there is no such thing as “cheap materials”.
To really produce a quality scope companies NEED to invest in high strength alloys that won’t bend or warp, high quality precision manufactured lenses that provide clear magnification, and an overall package that can house these sensitive components while also protecting them from the elements.
We have a long list of recommendations for scopes and rifle combinations, some that are value-friendly and some that are, well, for those with slightly looser purse strings.
Overall for the layperson we would compare scopes and rifles to engines in cars. On the outside, the body of the car may look like it may be the most expensive part, however anyone that knows performance knows it’s what lays under the hood that really matters.
A performance engine is so much more complicated and expensive to craft than a body shell or synthetic interior. Thus the value is much higher.
So the next time you start to feel bad about the sheer amount you are considering investing in your optics remember the analogy of the car and engine and understand that quality technology just does not come cheap.
Furthermore, like your gun itself, a quality scope should last a lifetime. When it comes to these types of “legacy” purchases you have to think long term and spread the cost out not over a year but a lifespan.
With 80+ years being taken into consideration that $1,000 rifle scope starts to look more like a bargain right?
Let us know what scope you are running and if how it matches up against the value of the rifle it is attached to, we are curious to see what our readers are spending on their optics and their actual firearms.