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It's often been said here you can't really evaluate optics in a store, and I think most of us would agree.  What is a fair test?  Most of us aren't gun writers who can get a scope sent to them for a couple of months to test.  I think you just have to buy one and use it a while to really get a good evaluation.  I've sold quite a few scopes "slightly used" or "like new".  I consider the money I lose like rent.
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I assume you are talking about a fair test of optical quality, right?

 

The best you can do without actually buying and using the scope is looking through it at some reasonably distant target right before, during and after sunset.  It gives you some idea on flare, clarity, chromatic aberration, etc., as well as the transition from decent light to low light.

 

I've also been to some gun shows that are in large, somewhat dimly lit halls.  There, it is reasonably telling to look toward some dark corner and see how well it resolves a distant light switch, or something along those lines.

 

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Do you have to take the scope "outside" so you are not looking thru windows?  Most stores I've been to have the scopes a long ways from the door!  Also, from a practical side, how much more time do you really get by "investing" in a higher end scope for low light conditions?  Hear in Nebraska we can only hunt 1/2 hour before to 1/2 hour after sunrise/sunset.  Not sure what the extra $$ really get you.  Of course, this is coming from someone who has never looked thru a "high-end" scope!
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The local Bass Pro Shop has it's hunting department on one side of the store, and it's probably 200 ft to the opposite side.  There are some dark corners where you can look at the paneling and get an idea about resolution and light transmission, but I don't think anybody can just hold a riflescope freehand and tell much about it.  It needs to be stationary, like on a rifle, on a bench rest.  Otherwise, you're just ....ing into the wind
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I too live near a Bass Pro Shop in Concord, NC. Hard place to evaluate a scope.

 

I try to buy a couple of differant scopes per year, mount them and take them out and run box test's, and hopefully do a side by side comparison with anougher scope I own, or better yet a buddies.

 

I end up selling most of them and lose money, but I feel it's worth it. I can't get back all the bullets I shoot either. Wish I could...

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This question comes up in this forum so much you should do a search. There are many posts and it mainly comes to subjectivity. While good glass is what one would think defines a scope- it doesn't. Almost all scopes today are incredible, the marginial returns to scale promoted by one manufacturer over another can rarely be proven in a "scientific" experiment. However there are large differences between scopes in there repeatability even among the scopes of the same manufacturer. Each one must be tested individually, and if not up to par return for repair or sell. The test bed. A subminute of angle rifle with known loads. The statistics of buying a scope, even the most expensive, and just trusting it after sighting it in may be in your favor but the decision to buy based on just "optics"? good luck.

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