Scopes are an essential shooting accessory for any stalker or target shooter who wants to achieve a more accurate shot.

Scopes work by magnifying an image and they put your eye on the same optic plane as the image you are viewing. A scope helps a rifle or target shooter to focus on the target, align the centre reference point where you want your bullet and pull the trigger!

Here we round up the best on the market for a variety of budgets, writing reviews and helpful articles including how best to lubricate a scope and using scopes for deer stalking.

The technology is changing all the time, with different capabilities being offered for different types of shooting, locations and quarry. We keep you informed about what you need to know with expert comment from our team of reviewers who have solid experience. All shoot regularly and so know the issues and problems that are likely to arise and how scopes can help to solve them.

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Add-on devices for scopes

Add on-devices for scopes: reviewing three of the best

Add-on devices for scopes So why are add-on devices for scopes so useful? One of the biggest inconveniences when using a night-vision or thermal scope is that their performance during the day is never going to be as good as a traditional glass optic. Although several night-vision scopes now offer…

Choosing a riflescope

How to choose a riflescope

You don’t actually need much kit to go deerstalking. Binoculars to spot a beast and a rifle to bring it down are essential, but I would argue that a telescopic riflescope is the most important part of the set-up. There’s a reason why most stalkers advise spending more on a…

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The PANTHER PQ50L thermal riflescope from HikMicro

For several years now HikMicro have been a leading manufacturer of CCTV cameras and equipment and over the past few years have become a recognised name in the thermal market with their range of thermal spotters and with a good reputation for prompt customer service and reasonably priced products. An…

Thermal imagers

Thermal imagers: Mat Manning puts three popular models through their paces

Thermal imagers are fast becoming a key piece of kit for numerous shooting applications, from foxing on open fields to ratting around the farmyard. The ability to see an animal’s heat signature, even when it is partially obscured by undergrowth, provides a massive edge when trying to catch up with…

A V8 riflescope revolution with Chris Parkin

Optics expert Chris Parkin gets hold of the new V8 riflescope from ZEISS. After a thorough field test, we find out if this new scope is ready to revolutionise the ways stalkers and pest controllers shoot. Full kit list Optics: ZEISS 2.8-20×56 V8 riflescope – ZEISS ZEISS Victory LRF 8×42…

Thermal imagers for hunting – our top riflescope picks

Over the past few years, there has been an ever-increasing use of observation units and thermal imagers for hunting in the shooting world. An array of well-known and not-so-well-known manufacturers are dipping their toes into the market and releasing models. As the landscape of the shooting industry changes, the need…

Choosing riflescopes

Choosing riflescopes: what you should look out for

You don’t actually need much kit to go deerstalking. Binoculars to spot a beast and a rifle to bring it down are essential, but I would argue that choosing riflescopes is the most important part of the set-up. There’s a reason why most stalkers advise spending more on a scope…

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Tips for night vision shooting

Night vision shooting has seen tremendous technological advances in recent years, such as equipment becoming smaller and lighter. Although the equipment works in any weather, cold nights give the best results for night vision shooting; rainy nights can make the image seem pixellated or indistinct. (Read our review of the…

The InfiRay Eye II Series V3 – a compact and cost-effective thermal imaging monocular

Pocket-Sized Thermal Vision Monocular The InfiRayEye Ⅱ Series V3 is a pocket-sized thermal vision monocular with≤500g for exploring the outdoors. It helps to reveal your surroundings and see targets over 2000 meters away with ease. Simple to use, low learning cost. EYEⅡV3 is the perfect companion for thermal imaging hunting…

best airgun scopes

Best airgun scopes – our top picks for airgun-friendly optics

When it comes to selecting the best airgun scopes, there are many fantastic options on the market from some of the biggest names in the gun trade. But it can be tricky to find the right one for your specific needs. Thankfully, many of the very best scopes on the…

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How to avoid getting a bruised face when shooting

Q: I really hope you can help me. I am tired of getting a bruised cheek from a shotgun. I am a regular clayshooter but find it very uncomfortable to shoot any more than 50 clay targets due to a very sore face. I have tried lots of different cartridge…

Zeiss Conquest V4

All day airgun action with the new ZEISS Conquest V4

The ZEISS Conquest V4 scope has already caught the attention of airgunners, thanks to its ability to parallax down to 10 yards. Versatile and useful, the Conquest V4 works round the clock, both outside on the range and inside for pest control. From dawn to dusk When the mist is…

Rangefinding binoculars

The best rangefinding binoculars put through their paces

Rangefinding binoculars are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, which is likely a direct result of their widespread use in the US. Across the pond, where big men drive big trucks, rangefinding optics have long been established as an essential item. The landscapes people hunt in, over there, are vast…

Zeiss Conquest V4 Rifle Scope

The perfect airgun optic? 23 facts about the new ZEISS Conquest V4 scopes

Why the ZEISS Conquest V4 scopes will impress airgunners Parallaxes down to 10 yards Covers every airgunning discipline Conquest V4 scope range available in 4-16×44, 4-16×50 and 6-24×50 formats Multiple reticle configurations from conventional crosshair to tree-shaped setups Sophisticated aim-point layouts ensure precise pellet placement over varying ranges and in…

Thermal imaging for airgunners

Thermal imaging for airgunners – testing out some options

It wasn’t long ago that basic infrared night-vision optics were regarded as being too expensive, too complicated and too bulky to be a worthwhile proposition for airgun shooters. Just a few years later and thermal imaging for airgunners has become standard equipment for anyone who carries out regular after-dark pest…

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Airguns and summer squirrel shooting

Come the summer months when the trees are in leaf you’re likely to find squirrel shooting with an air rifle rather trickier than in winter on bare branches. The dense foliage covering the tree canopy can make greys almost invisible. So what’s to be done about it? How can you…

ZEISS V8 range

Looking at the versatile ZEISS Victory V8 range

The Zeiss V8 range sports four models that utilise, as the name suggests, a power range of eight magnification, that is to say, 1.1-8x30mm, 1.8-14x50mm, 2.8-20x56mm or on test is their 4.8-35x60mm V8 model. A premium scope designed to be as capable in woodland at close range as it is reaching…