How to Use Spotting Scope for Hunting like a Ninja?

In the hunting game, catching prey without making any hitch point could be a tricky task. It is harder if the hunting ranges are a bit challenging such as mountainsides or somewhere like that.

How to use a spotting scope for shooting

This is the reason you should pick a good spotting scope to get the right target. This is a unique telescope which might be used to spread the objects between distances than a frequent binocular.

When taking a typical magnification lens in most binocular, the images cannot have enough clarity.

Spotting scopes, on the other hand, can come with the sturdier lens to increase the magnification more (the seven times or the ten times). You may surprise that the scope can provide up to 250 times of magnification!

Spend time to know more about the spotting scope

Frankly speaking, there are two core kinds of spotting scopes – Angled spotting scopes and straight ones.

The angled spotting scope eyepiece mostly can be set at 45 degrees from the barrel. And the straight has a lot of eyepieces and barrels. Sometimes, they probably have the parallels.

For the straight spotting scope, it helps you look at targets more natural on the ground. You do not get more pressure to your neck because you will observe from a reasonable level position. Similarly, the tripod is often tall enough to do this.

If you want to observe your preys at uplifted positions, you will need to use the angled spotting scope. It provides a smart choice to take various heights.

When should you use the spotting scope?

Spotting scopes are necessary telescopes for mobility and special viewing in the daytime. They can boost the magnification more potent than binoculars and hunters can bring them on hands.

As a hunter, you could carry the spotting scopes in some special situations like birding, hunting, surveillance, digiscoping, observing landscapes, and checking something on the astronomy occasions.

How to begin your spotting scope?

It is said that set up a spotting scope is not easy, but any hunter can do that if they know how to do. There are a few steps that you should follow with user manuals as well.

  •       Step 1: Unbolt the tripod legs and enlarge them to your expected height. You should also lock them in a particular place with the tripod levers.
  •       Step 2: Make sure the tripod leg is safe on the firm ground. This is a little bit difficult to modify the correct height in its position.
  •       Step 3: Keep the tripod firm and stable. To do this, you need to add extra weight to take the tripod down. In case your tripod gets stuck on a hook object, you can use it to fasten your bag is a good idea.
  •       Step 4: Take off the scope from its case.
  •       Step 5: Make sure the spotting scope fit on the right mechanisms. The mounting procedure is taken out on the manual.
  •       Step 6: Move the scope on the plate and place it to the tripod. When you hear a click, you will know that a mechanism has a rapid slide.
  •       Step 7: To cut off it, you should find a button to unlock the plate.
  •       Step 8: For additional height, you need to expand a neck extension and lock once you have gotten the exact height.

Tips to use the spotting scope like a professional

Look for your spot

When you come to a specific speck from you plan, find the terrain. You should instantly try to find a flat without having stones. Do you know why? This is because you need to get a solid flat surface. And you can fold that flat surface to lay your tripod legs.

Whether you sit or knee on the ground, you can ensure the pad stabilizes. Then, you may prop your pack up behind you and take it as a backrest. Though this way is not useful at all when using your knee, your lower back will be saved.

Lean the scope

This is another method to move the scope to concentrate on a specific target which is far away. When leaning, make sure that you do not move the scope. There is often a handle for this situation. Move the locking handles should unlock to start a movement.

Concentrate on your target

Before using the spotting scope, you should check all covers which are taken out. And they require a removing.

You also need to begin at the lowest magnification and gently work yourself up. Do not forget to pay attention to three main things – modify the brightness, clarity the image and change a big field of view.

The sun can block the image and make sure that the spotting scope is well-adjustable. Use the sunshade is a good idea. Pick the binoculars when scanning the terrain is the other method. The panhandle for moving the range is also a good option.

Final words

Most of the people think that use a spotting scope is complicated. However, when you get everything on the right track, it will be too easy to set up.

A marvelous advantage of using the spotting scope is seeking true targets. This task is different from using a binocular which you can find prey in a hunting site initially.

You should try the spotting scope on your regular hunting game and practice it with the magnifications. These will enhance your skills to where they will be your instinct too!

Fixed vs. Variable Scope for Your AR-15, What Do You Prefer?

Fixed vs Magnification Scope for AR 15

Choosing the best rifle scope for your AR-15 can be challenging especially if you’re new to scopes. There are hundreds of scope options on the market leaving you with a huge decision to make. Do I go with a variable or fixed scope? These are some of the questions to ask as you look forward to selecting an ideal scope for your AR rifle. The fixed and variable scopes are the two types of scopes in the market.

Before we even get to decide the best scope for an AR-15, let find out the differences between these two types of scopes.

Fixed Scopes


A fixed scope just as the name suggests uses a specific power that cannot be changed. They have no adjustment on the magnification. This provides them with the benefits of being less complicated, lighter, compact and cheap. They are highly portable, easy to carry something that makes them a great pick for beginners.

However, fixed scopes lack flexibility when it comes to setting the right magnification. They might not be an ideal pick when you need to use different magnifications.

Variable Scopes


These are scopes tailored with variable magnification powers to suit different situations when shooting or hunting. One of the most significant benefits of the variable scope is being able to tailor the amount of magnification to the target at hand. You can adjust to maximum magnification to spot targets at long distances before narrowing down the magnification for a precise shoot.

However, they come with their disadvantages. They are usually bulky and heavier making transportation in the field an issue. They also require parallax adjustment and are usually hard to site in.

So, What Type of Scope’s the Best Choice for Your AR-15?

In general, the only difference between a fixed and variable scope is the settings on their magnifications. The AR-15 is one of the most versatile rifles to use and one that will require a robust scope. The choice between a Fixed and a Variable Scope for Your AR-15 will still come down to the exact use of the scope. A fixed scope can work well for sports purposes where you have to shoot at close ranges. However, the most versatile scope for an AR-15 is the variable scope which gives you good speed up close and great precision when shooting at long ranges.

For long range shooting, you need variable long range scope to gain more shooting capabilities. You can easily nail down targets from distances of 600 yards using variable long range scope as compared to fixed scopes.

The variable scope might have the weight drawback, but that will not be a major concern when you consider the versatility they give your AR-15. They also come with a variety of features which enable different users to achieve their goals. The target game is also crucial in determining magnification as opposed to range. There is a misconception that range usually determines magnification when hunting small game. Hunting a squirrel at 100 yards will require the same magnification as a deer 600 yards.

This is where our variable scope comes in with the primary benefit of collecting information first. A variable scope on your AR-15 when hunting can collect information at very high magnifications. Once you have the target on site, you can then lower the magnification to engage targets easily.

You can follow great explanations that helping me to choose the best scope for AR-15 between red dot & magnified scope on, from Travis Pike or from Eric Patton when they have covered everything from red dot to magnified scope for your AR-15.

Final Verdict

For the AR enthusiasts, choosing a variable scope for your AR-15 comes with plenty of benefits. Think about your needs carefully and choose a model that matches them. Navigating the variable scope might be the hard. However, it is not as hard as navigating your AR-15 rifle. While a fixed scope is also excellent, it is not the best when handling a versatile rifle like the AR-15. It does not offer AR-15 users the much-needed flexibilities when shooting. Flexibility to play with your magnification to get the target at close and long range is only possible with a flexible scope.

The Millett DMS-1 Optic For Your AR-15

The Millett DMS-1

The Millett DMS-1 has recently jumped onto the market as an excellent value for those looking for a variable low power scope. DMS stands for “Designated Marksman Scope”.

In an effort to find something with more versatility than the ACOG or the Aimpoint, I decided to try out the DMS-1. As an optic that adjusts from 1-4x, with a battery illuminated “dot in donut” reticle, this optic showed some promise from the start.

With the magnifiers for Aimpoints and such, you can see why something like this needed to come about.

Millett DMS-1 with 30mm LaRue Tactical SPR-S mount

Add in the price tag (just a little over $200 at most places) and you have a very tempting scope for many of us in the world of AR15 rifles.

Knowing that an optic is only as good at it’s mount, I chose the best mount on the market for such a purpose, the LaRue Tactical SPR-S mount. LaRue stands above them all in almost every category of mount or railed handguard. They are also known for excellent customer service as well as quality.

This top notch quality and customer service comes at a price though. The mount cost almost as much as the optic.

Still, for a quality optic/mount combo coming in at around the $400 mark, I have no complaints.

Custom 20″ AR15 build with Millett DMS-1

I decided to mount the scope on my custom built 20″ AR15. It features a 20″ Colt govt profile 1/7 twist chrome lined barrel. It also features a Hiperform free floated carbon fiber handguard and a 2-stage trigger. I’ve shot 1″ groups with it at 100 yards in the past so I know it is capable of respectable accuracy.

I could do a couple more things to squeeze out every last bit of precision from the gun (mostly by upgrading the barrel), but I am quite happy with it as is. Mostly because I prize lightweight and durability in a combat rifle.

I took it out for testing a couple times to see how it would do and can say that at this point so far I am pleased. I also had a few others inspect, test out and try the scope and they were all impressed with the clarity and function of the scope.

3 shot group, 1 inch boxes

In my accuracy testing I shot the above group from 50 yards with 75gr Prvi Partizan Match ammo. It was a fairly windy day (about 10 mph winds) but I believe any lack of precision should be blamed on me, not the wind, optics, or the weapon, as I am no sniper.

However, I was happy with the group for my purposes.

My conclusion is that this is a very good optic for the money. If I had one issue, it would be that I wish it had more eye relief.

I really like the precision of the dot with the quick acquisition of the “donut”.

I saw little need for the reticle to be illuminated during day time shooting as it was much like a regular scope.

I don’t think it really does either job better than the ACOG (4x) or the Aimpoint (1x), but it is a good compromise and goes extremely well on this particular rifle. I don’t like the idea of a dedicated long range AR15 because I believe that the most likely combat scenarios for a normal citizen (and even most LE and maybe even military) is going to be under 100 yards.

Even though this is my “long range” AR15, it is still fairly useful at close range because I can use the scope at 1 power.

Only time will tell how well it holds up, but I am optimistic.

Which Caliber for your AR15 Carbine?


A large part of this is subjective. You may have particular criteria you want/need your AR15 carbine to meet, you may or may not reload your own ammo, etc… You may even have several AR15’s in a variety of calibers.

That said, of all of the various calibers out there for the AR15, I prefer the 5.56. There are several reasons for this. For one, 5.56 is plentiful and easy to get a hold of and much of it is made domestically. If for any reason, production and shipment of ammo from foreign countries were to cease certain cartridges would lose a lot of appeal and would suddenly cost MUCH more than currently.

Also, it is fairly inexpensive, when compared to most other rifle rounds. This means you can shoot more often and stash more of it. I believe that shot placement is paramount. The best way to improve that is through shooting. 5.56 costs less to shoot than many other calibers.

The 5.56 round is an underrated round in my opinion. No, it’s no death ray, but it is effective when placed in the right spot. The light round allows you to carry a lot of ammo. Light recoil allows for fast follow up shots. It is also a very flat shooting round.

Most of the various AR15 calibers are not nearly as common. Most are impractical, but the biggest reason to avoid them is because of parts availability for AR15’s in those calibers. If your primary defensive carbine is in another caliber such as 6.8, I recommend you keep plenty of spare parts/magazines and get into reloading.

.223Rem and 5.56 ammo have the same case dimensions on the outside but 5.56 is generally loaded to higher pressures. Therefore, you can safely shoot .223Rem ammo in your .223Rem or 5.56 chamber. I wouldn’t attempt to shoot 5.56 in a .223Rem chamber though. It could be dangerous.

However, not many AR15’s are even made with a .223Rem chamber. Still, steer clear of a .223Rem chamber in a tactical carbine if you come across one.

The .223Wylde chamber was created as a bit of a hybrid chamber that could also shoot both .223Rem and 5.56, and do so more accurately than a 5.56 chamber.

Shooting .223Rem in a .223Rem chamber will slightly increase the accuracy and velocity of the .223Rem round as opposed to shooting it in a 5.56 chamber. The .223Wylde bridges this gap just a little bit better for both cartridges.

It should be noted that the barrel will indicate which caliber your AR15 is chambered in. If your barrel says “5.56” and your receiver says “.223”, your AR15 is chambered in 5.56.