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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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…

shooting rats with thermal imaging scopes

Outwitting rats with thermal imaging scopes

Brown rats are prolific and resilient opportunists. This is in no small way due to their intelligence. Rat brains are remarkably similar to humans’ in both structure and function. They learn through observation, response to stimulus and have a high-functioning memory. This means that while a few sessions of lamping,…

Optics Product of the year – over £1,000 – Nightforce NX8 Rifle Scope 

Optics product of the year – over £1,000 – Nightforce NX8 Rifle Scope  The NX8 scope family evolved from the NXS series and has proven to be a market-leading product in many ways. The variety of this series will cater for all stalking enthusiasts whether you are spotting muntjac in…

Hawke Sidewinder Scope

Optics Product of the year – under £1,000 – Hawke Sidewinder Rifle scope

Optics product of the year – under £1,000 – Hawke Sidewinder Rifle scope Created with almost every conceivable option, the Sidewinder is seen as a multi-discipline optic with a wide range of uses. Be it winning target competitions on the world stage, or wandering through the woods on a stalk,…

Night vision product of the year – Pard NV008P Night Vision Rifle scope

Night vision product of the year – Pard NV008P Night Vision Rifle scope The Pard NV008P Night Vision Unit sets a new benchmark amongst dedicated night vision scopes, with 1080P colour for daytime use and 1080P night time viewing, mp4 video recording and fast change battery power and compact powerful…

Pulsar Krypton XG50 thermal-imaging unit

The Pulsar Krypton XG50 thermal-imaging unit

The Krypton XG50 looks almost identical to the popular front-mounted F155 and the later F455 night-vision models, and the button layout and functions are practically the same. The Krypton, however, is purely a thermal unit, working solely on the heat source given off by your quarry. It comes supplied with…

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The latest night vision equipment reviewed

We asked two of our contributors to take the latest night vision equipment out into the field. Here’s what they thought. The Pulsar Digex N450 digital night vision riflescope – Mark Ripley The Digex scope is the latest night vision equipment riflescope from Pulsar. The main body looks almost identical…

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How to zero your own rifle

How to zero your own rifle: Set up your rifle on a proper bench rest, making sure it is stable and secure so it will not move.