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What makes a tactical scope different from a target or hunting scope. I know they are rugged and need repeatibilty.

 

Chris said to go with a hunting scope because they have turrent covers. I would think a sniper scope should be required to keep the dirt, sand and rain out too.

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Tactical scopes will usually have features like side focus, target knobs that are exposed, submersion capabilities, extreme ruggedness, etched reticles (most likely mil dot), 30mm tubes, larger objectives, a blacked out cosmetic design, and 1/4" adjustments. When target knobs are exposed the idea of what can and will happen to them is taken in to account when they are designed. So dirt, water, and anything else isn't really a factor to an exposed knob.

 

Your target scopes are close to being a tactical scope but lack the rugged design. Will usually have 1/8" adjustments for more precision. Target knobs are a norm but are usually covered. Most often fine duplex reticles instead of mil dot's.

 

"Hunting" scopes are as basic of a scope you will come across. Will have 1" tubes, no outside parallax adjustment, plane jane duplex reticle, and covered adjustments that are sometimes finger adjustable. With powers usually no more than 14. All scopes can be used for hunting but not all hunting scopes can do what a 'tactical" scope will do. There of course are more variations of hunting scopes for a more serious hunter, but wont have what a tactical scope does.

 

 

 

 

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Chris is right. Especially if the scope model you have selected is in the group with fine enough adjustments to require large knobs. It has never been proven to me that tatical scopes are more rugged. In fact I find it difficult to believe that anything done in a police scope work is harder on one than a horse rifle scabbard, or bouncing around in a pickup truck several months out of a year or say 3000 rounds of 454 Casull which alone is far more than any 308 on a 9 lb tactical rifle. Repeatability has to be tested in each and every scope, individually, and frequently. I've found the best to fail this test. One of the reasons I place heavy emphasize on warranty.
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As Brady stated most tactical scopes have larger 30mm tubes, no bells or whistles, & etched mildots for reticles. They are rugged enough to be used on anything from a 7.62 to a 50 BMG. can be withstand being jumped with out of aircraft, dragged through god knows what, submerged in god knows what, & will most importantly hold their zero through all of this abuse & neglect.

 

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So, is the retical etched into the glass so it won't break? Will it get bigger or smaller if the power ring is changed?

 

The variable SS is supposed to have different reticles like a Ballistic Plex which I would be interested in.

 

The 30mm tube means another set of rings. I would prefer 1/4' adjustments over 1/8 anyhow.

 

One thing that confuses me is that Chris advised someone to get a scope with turrent covers to keep dirt out vs the SS. Like you said, a tactical scope shouldn't need covers, or so I thought.

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Whether or not the reticle changes size is a factor of if the scope is a 1st or 2nd focal plane, not if it is etched.  Many WWII era sniper scopes were just hunting scopes (Weaver).  30mm only gives you more elevation/windage over a 1 inch scope, but if you are not using externally adjustable turrents (in my mind the hallmark of a tactical scope as long as they are ruggedized and 1/4, 1/2 or 1 moa (vice 1/8 moa of a target scope) there isn't any real advantage.   If you want a good scope to fit one inch rings for most applications, it would be hard to go wrong with a Burris Fullfield 2 ballisti-plex.  Finding a good 1 inch scope is still a lot easier than a 30mm, so I wouldn't worry about buying new rings.

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