Scopes & Mounts
Next to your rifle purchase, your most important decision is choosing the correct scope. Our personal experience with scopes, plus extensive field input from our customer base, can help you make the right choice for this critical component of your rifle package.
In the rifle world, the majority of the big profits go to the optics folks, not the rifle makers. Because of this, scope manufacturers compete fiercely to include every imaginable new gimmick they think hunters will buy. Unfortunately, it’s a mechanical fact that as more options are packed into the confines of a scope tube, the likelihood of failure increases. Therefore, our first piece of advice: keep it simple while still getting the job done.
For long range shooting, use a reticle with fixed aiming points (bars, dots, or whatever) for various distances. For instance, the third bar down from the crosshair is dead-on at 400 yards. Cranking elevation knobs for long shots is not dependable; there’s a long history of failure to prove it. Therefore, Jarrett Rifles doesn’t recommend them.
An extra scope mounted and pre-zeroed is a must to carry on all big dollar hunts. Wrap it in a T-shirt, put it in the middle of your luggage, and if your primary scope breaks, the spare can be attached in seconds on our rifles, pre-zeroed and ready to go.
The scope lines we use and recommend are Swarovski, Schmidt & Bender, Kahles and Meopta. The scope world has changed a lot recently; supply and demand are often an issue. The Meopta has become the best value for the money in European scopes. We’ve had decades of experience with Kahles, a super scope, but their prices are so close to Swarovski’s, their parent company, that they’re somewhat overshadowed. Between these companies, we can match the model or models that meet your needs. If you already have a scope, we would be happy to mount and zero it on your new Jarrett.
When you’re putting together your rifle package, scopes and mounts are both “big dollar” after-market items. Choosing a Jarrett rifle means that you’re choosing accuracy and stepping up to a new level of successful hunting. Don’t let that be diminished by rings and bases that can ruin a great target opportunity! We always choose those made by Talley Manufacturing. Precision machined on CNC equipment, each ring is perfectly round and fits the scope and base flawlessly. We knew early on how good the Talley system was; now the world knows! Quite frankly, our mounting problems went away when we started using Talley rings and bases!