Crossbow sights & scopes are a necessity for hunting, as this allows the hunter to be able and aim for clean shots faster and accurately. Sights and scopes come many shapes and sizes. The design and style must suit the hunter and the crossbow used. Also, they are made of different materials that will determine their weight, durability, and wear.
Crossbow Red Dot Sight - It provides a red or green dot for aiming. It’s easier to use than most scopes.
Crossbow Iron Sight - It uses metallic markers for aiming accurately. It has two sights in the rear and the front of it, the first sight and second sight respectively. The first sight is adjustable.
Crossbow Reticulated Scope - A crossbow scope with crosshairs either wired in, etched or illuminated.
Crossbow Laser Sight - It shoots a laser to display where the target will probably be hit. Especially useful for hunting moving targets.
Scope Mounting Types: (Make sure to match the scope rings with the type of rail you have.)
Dovetail Rail - It has a parallel set of grooves that clamps on to small raised ribs in the middle of the scope base.
Weaver Rail - It typically clamps to the outside bevelled edge of scopes, and are usually made sturdier than other styles.
Picatinny Rail - It can typically raise optics by ½”, which makes it suitable for red dot sights.
Common Materials Used On Crossbow Scope Rings – Aluminium & Steel
How to Choose a Crossbow Scope
Choosing an appropriate crossbow scope relies on several factors:
Range: typically, hunters would want more range from the scope since it would greatly reduce the chances of the animal detecting the hunter. However, smaller game requires scopes which function best at short or mid-range distances. This is done to ensure that the animals will be hit.
Accuracy: this is a no-brainer seeing that no hunter would ever want a scope which has low accuracy.
Size: the crossbow scope should be able to fit the crossbow snugly and should be small enough so as not to hinder the hunter.