These days there are many quality muzzleloaders capable of precision accuracy at 200 yards. But maximizing muzzleloader accuracy is more difficult than shooting tight groups with a centerfire rifle. You have to start with a solid platform. This means you need a quality gun. What makes a quality gun? Well, a good barrel, a solid stock and a decent trigger. Pretty much everything else is an accessory.
There’s nothing like looking at a website full of scopes and seeing dollar amounts ranging from $75 all the way to $3000 and not being able to discern much of a difference just by looking at the picture. As we stated earlier, most scopes look like black tubes, and it’s hard to tell solely from a visual standpoint what makes one scope more expensive than the other.
In its simplest form, the rifle scope is nothing more than a tube that houses lenses for magnification and a reticle for indicating your bullet’s point of impact, essentially a small telescope with cross hairs. The Main tube can be of either a one or two piece construction. Tubes are most often constructed of high quality aluminum, commonly noted as “aircraft aluminum”, but have also been built from titanium and steel. Aluminum is probably your best bet, titanium can be heavier and more costly, while steel requires more attention to prevent rust.
Choosing the perfect rifle scope can be a daunting task. The features and options available in modern scopes are as varied as the potential applications. Navigating these waters can make you feel as though you have sailed off the edge of the chart into that hazy zone where “Here be monsters”. A big part of the problem is that there is a whole lot of terminology and jargon, and if you don’t take the time to learn the vocabulary of the rifle scope you might as well be wandering the streets of a foreign country where your native tongue has never been heard before. So, step one is take a bit of time to learn about the form and function of rifle scopes. There are many great resources for this. Remember, vocabulary is just words, and as your mom probably said when you were a kid, “Words can never hurt you”.