How to choose LPVO riflescope mounts: expert advice

For close-quarter big game shooting, an LPVO or Low Powered Variable Optic is the specialists’ choice. Typically with magnification from 1x to 6x, LPVO scopes are ideal for driven wild boar and other big game, and include optics from traditional long scopes to red dot sights.

Buying the right scope is half the battle. Choosing the right type of scope mount for an LPVO rifle might seem easy, but it requires effort and research. Not only do you need to choose a rifle scope mount that gives you a comfortable and clear line of sight, but also one that does not hinder the performance of your rifle.

Look for a mount with a heads-up posture that makes it easier for you rapidly to ‘process’ the field of view. It will also be easier to use with clip-on night vision devices.

Examples of LPVO scope mounts:

Your best LPVO scope in 2022, provides you with a fast sight picture.

What’s in a rifle scope?

The quality of your scope often matters more than the rifle’s quality. Rifleshooters traditionally believe that the higher the magnification of the scope, the better the shot will be, thanks to the sharper aim. The first scopes had fixed magnification. Over time, scopes began to come with adjustable magnification, called variable scopes.

Quality of lenses and coatings make shooting in low-light easier. The objective lens helps to increase the brightness and clarity of your rifle scope. The bigger and better-quality the lens, the more light passes through it. However, the bigger the lens, the heavier and bulkier the scope.

Lens coatings increase the brightness and lowering the level of glare. There are four types of lens coatings, namely coated, fully coated, multi-coated, and fully multi-coated. Most scopes are either fully coated or fully multi-coated.

As you look through a riflescope, a reticle is an aiming point you see. The scope reticle types to look into are duplex reticles, mil-dot reticles, and BDC reticles. They are placed in the scope in either the first or the second focal plane. In variable magnification scopes, this first focal plane position means that the size of the reticle will appear bigger or smaller, in line with the target image, as the scope’s magnification zooms in or out.

Duplex reticles are good for hunting and shooting targets. The mil-dot reticles are designed for military and law enforcement. BDC reticles are ideal for long-range shooting.

Rifle scope turrets are the knobs on the top and side of the scope that help you adjust your scope horizontally and vertically. The different kinds of turrets are windage, elevation, and parallax adjustment. A windage turret adjusts the aim of your scope horizontally, and an elevation turret adjusts it vertically. Finally, the parallax adjustment turret is a third knob that is optional and helps eliminate parallax.

Eye relief is the distance between the front or ocular lens and your eye. Maintaining at least three to four inches of eye relief is best. Eye relief is based on the recoil of your firearm. Therefore, the required eye relief is dependent on the level of recoil.


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