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rifle scope same as air rifle scopes?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by BUGUDY, Jul 17, 2009.

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  1. BUGUDY

    BUGUDY Member

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    Is there a difference in scopes vs air rifle to rifle scopes? Seems like a dumb question, but making sure before I buy something.
     
  2. jkingrph

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    Generally No. If for a spring air type air rifle the spring slap I learned could tear up some of the best scopes. Air rifle scopes are supposed to be reinforced to take "recoil" in both directions vs the one direction in most scopes. With some of the new single stroke pneumatics and pre charged types I would not think it should matter.
     
  3. GodGuns&Guitars

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    Don't ruin a good rifle scope mounting it on an air rifle. Use an air rifle scope. Save yourself some money. Not sure what it is, but there is a difference in recoil and a friend of mine put a nice Redfield on an air rifle and it ruined it.
     
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    Lots of difference.

    Lens & reticule bracing on an air-rifle scope is braced both ways.

    A spring piston air rifle recoils backward like a normal rifle when the piston is released.
    Then it recoils forward when the piston reaches the end of the stroke and suddenly stops.

    A rifle scope is braced against rearward recoil only, and may get the lens or reticule knocked out eventually on an air-rifle.

    Another major difference is where the parallax is set.

    A high-power rifle scope it is set to be parallax free at 100 yards or more.

    An air rifle scope is set at a more realistic 40 - 50 yards, and all the better ones will have adjustable parallax / focus down to just a few yards, in keeping with the normal 10 yard air-rifle target shooting distance.

    rc
     
  5. elmerfudd

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    Most good rifle scopes are rated for airguns. Leupolds, Bushnell Elites, and a great many others are OK to use on a spring piston airgun.

    Spring piston airguns aren't the only rifles with dual recoil. Semi-autos have it too, especially during rapid fire.

    Parallax settings are really the major difference IMO.
     
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    never really thought about that. makes sense
     
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    that is right to the above dude; if I am looking for a air scope, and know it will have to take some recoil, look for one that says something like;
    Adult rated, air rifle rated, spring piston rated, break bbl rated. something will all those ratings.
     
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