Unlike the rifle, the rifle scope can be easily damaged. It contains glass lenses, which can be broken if not taken cared of properly. During the hunting, it is not held by the shooter but the rifle. Thus, it is more prone to damage than the gun.
Below are some proper ways on how to take care and maintain your rifle scope:
Clean the rifle scope regularly.
Expert shooters say that the rifle scope should be cleaned as often as the rifle. The scope, like the rifle, also catches dusts, water residues and other substances while hunting. If these substances are not cleaned from the scope, they may stain the lenses or cause the formation of molds or rusts that can affect the lenses or the knobs of the scopes.
Most modern scopes are easy to clean because they are made of stainless steel.
Use gentle or smooth objects when cleaning the scope.
Though the modern scopes are durable and made of stainless steel, the rings, knobs, turrets and especially the lenses can easily be damaged or scratched if the objects/wipes used to clean them are not suited for the scope.
Some manufacturers of rifle scope also manufacture cleaning packs for their rifle scope, such as soft air brushes to remove the dusts. These cleaning packs are safer to use. However, clean and smooth textile can also be used when wiping the dirt from the scope. Soft brushes can also be used to sweep the dusts that may have settled in the corners of the eyepiece, windage bell and/or the spaces between the knobs and the tube.
Always check the security of the scope rings when hunting.
Scope rings are used to clamp the scope to the rifle in order to secure its alignment with the rifle. Shooters should always make sure that these rings tightly secure the scope so that it cannot be easily damaged when the rifle is knocked down or dropped by the shooter. Also, if the scope is not secured tightly, it will shake when the rifle is recoiled. The constant shaking may cause the knobs and the turrets to loosen up and lose their accuracy.
Wrap the scope in plastic when storing it.
Scopes are often stored after the hunting season. However, when incorrectly stored, the scope may develop molds or rusts. The trapped dirt and the change of humidity may cause this. Thus, expert shooters suggest that the scope should be totally dry and wrapped in a plastic when storing it.
Handle the rifle carefully.
- Just as stated above, during hunting, the scope is not held by the shooter but the rifle. If the shooter does not handle his rifle carefully, such as when he drops it or accidentally smashes it in a tree, the scope receives more impact than the rifle. Thus, it can acquire more damage than the rifle.
Place the scope in a padded bag or wrapper when transporting.
- If the scope is not mounted to the rifle during the transport, it can easily roll around the case and can be damaged by the constant rolling and bumping with other shooting equipment. It is suggested that the scope should be wrapped in a padded bag or wrapper when transporting to avoid the impacts during the transportation.