What is long-distance shooting?
Long-distance shooting, also known as long-range shooting, is one of the fastest-growing shooting activities in rifle sports. The starting and ending range for long-distance shooting is 300 – 1200 yards.
While it is quite different and challenging from short-range shooting, proper knowledge and understanding of tools and skills can quickly help a beginner.
The biggest challenge faced by individuals who opt for the long-distance shooting is aiming and shooting accurately. Unlike short-range shootings, long-distance shooting requires you to have the right shooting equipment to aim precisely. One of the essential pieces needed for long-distance shooting is a rifle scope. Having a rifle scope attached can make a real difference in accuracy when shooting long-range shots. They help magnify the target and make a sharp aim at it. Without having a scope, you really won’t know where the bullet will hit.
In general, there are two basic types of spotting scopes available, i.e., angled and straight. Your selection of scope entirely depends on the type of shooting you are doing.
Let’s see which of these two spotting scopes are an ideal match for long-distance shooting.
Angled Spotting Scope
An angled spotting scope is designed so that the eyepiece is positioned at an angle of 45 to 90 degrees. The curve available in the scope makes it easy for the shooter to view their target, especially on higher grounds. Targets that are in the sky or on trees are the easiest to detect using an angled scope. Long-range shooters using angled scope can easily and quickly switch to their rifles without losing time.
However, depending on the weather, angled scopes can accumulate snow and liquid on their lens. Moreover, every time you switch the scope from tripod to binoculars, you have to readjust. Due to its angled nature, it gets difficult to watch and aim at targets from above the ground level. It also gets difficult to aim when you are in hiding due to its angled nature.
Straight Spotting scope
A straight spotting scope’s lens is placed in a straight line and is parallel to the ground. The scope is used for target hunting, long-distance shooting, and shooting from behind objects. A straight scope is very convenient when targeting and shooting moving objects as it keeps the target locked. It also allows the shooter to stay in a comfortable position while allowing quick target acquisition. Straight spotting scopes are best for activities that require you to lay down and spot your target. Its lens piece is angled in such a way that it remains sheltered from surrounding elements.
However, it can get a little uncomfortable when shooting for long hours as it needs to be kept in one position. At times, it can also make the tripod base a bit unstable while making you visible to your target. If you are trying to hunt birds, it’ll be a time-taking and challenging activity with a straight scope. It is challenging to look at targets situated at uphill angles as it has a very limited ability to look upwards.
No matter which one you choose, both straight and angled spotting scopes have their pros and cons. It all comes down to your requirements of the activity you wish to do. However, when it comes to long-distance target shootings, we suggest always use straight scopes.
No matter what you choose, always invest in a quality scope alignment system such as ScopeStraight.
ScopeStraight’s scope alignment tool is designed to make your aim more accurate and precise, leaving no chances of error or miss.