Our Selections for Centre Fire Hunting

These are our top picks for Centre Fire Hunting. We've chosen these based on our experience of using these scopes in the field.


Generally speaking, hunting scopes will be of lower magnification. For example, a fixed power 6x42 or 8x56, or low to mid mag scopes 3-9, 3-12, 4-16 etc. Higher mags can be used but present problems with stability.

Scopes with lower magnification like a 1-4x or 1-6x will feature a small objective, wide field of view and the reticle will be designed in such a way that it's quick and easy to use for fast moving targets.

Tube Diameter

Tube diameter varies between price, manufacturer and shooters choice. Traditional hunting scope diameters will vary between 1”- 34mm tube diameters to maximise internal adjustment and minimise weight.

Reticle Choice

Reticle choice of a hunting scope tends to be down to personal preference, the user can either have first focal plane or second focal plane with the option of illumination which helps to draw your eye to the center of the reticle for quick target acquisition in low light. Reticles will usually be quite simple with either a standard duplex reticle or a duplex with a couple of aiming marks to aid with aiming off.


Parallax is usually set and fixed to 100 yards on classic style hunting scopes but this can be altered if the choice of scope has parallax adjustment system located on the objective or side of the unit.

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