Thanks so much One Day for explaining this! So, for a low magnification straight tube as used for DG, a 30mm tube would be best. But for my .375, I could use a 2.5-10 x 44 (or 50) as I have been using for years in a 1” tube on my .338 and there would be no handicap as far as low light shooting goes compared with a 30mm tube? I generally hunt elk in/next to heavy timber and have never had an issue with not being able to see an animal through the scope in low light conditions AND without a lighted reticle! Maybe the heavy timber in Africa is more dense?
I would like to hunt at night in Africa on a full moon with snow on the ground! Maybe with a night scope and suppressor? Everything I can’t do here! I’m in!Well, this is indeed a conclusion my friend
Better glass will not change legal shooting hours, of course, but, PRECISELY, what a $1,500 scope buys you over a $250 scope is the ability to resolve a dark blob into an animal, and indeed identify its trophy. Maybe not all night long, but certainly for 5 to 15 minutes earlier at dawn and 5 to 15 minutes later at dusk, which is when most truly grand animals are taken, where legal.
Admittedly, this is a moot point in most of the US, which is I believe the predominant reason why the European market is (or at least has been) so far ahead of the US market for so long on this issue, because we could hunt at night... You would be amazed at what good glass lets you see on a full moon night in a field of snow, not to even mention the poetry of it...
I’m in the same place you are. My most expensive rifle to date is $1,000. All of these experienced African hunting experts that have replied here have provided great real world information about my questions regarding this thread. I greatly value their input! I guess I just have to decide for myself what I want to pay for a quality scope?I have one scope with an IR and find it very useful in low light, especially on dark colored animals.
I didn’t coin this phrase and don’t remember where I saw it, maybe on this website.
“If one puts a five-hundred dollar scope on a two-thousand dollar rifle, one has a five-hundred dollar rifle.”
I do believe in the theory. I don’t have any $2,000.00 rifles and in fact $1,000.00 is what my most expensive rifle cost. I also own nine rifles which I know is a drop in a bucket compared to many members collections. I did pay more for the scope than I did for the rifle on most of my rifles though.
I have scopes with 1” tubes and 30mm tubes and really can’t tell a difference optically. I also believe quite a few 30mm scopes have 1” scope internals which then gives only one real advantage, stronger tube but again i don’t know that it makes much of a difference. I’m content with the strength of my 1” tube scopes.
Great points!For any newer hunters reading this: I used to think of a scope as something permanently affixed to its rifle. If you follow the common NA gun shop sale of a $1000 for a rifle and $200 for a scope, I bet that scope will never be removed. When you invest in a high quality scope, it is different. The high end scope can move to a different gun. So, a $2000 scope on a $1000 gun only need be there until the next preferred rifle is purchased.
Last weekend I heard my friend’s 14-year-old son exclaim “wow, nice scope” after he sat behind a swaro z6 to shoot my rifle. He doesn’t know brands, he simply could see the difference through the glass.