In the hunting world, the 35 Whelen is the ultimate medium-bore rifle to hunt wild hogs, whitetail deer, etc.
However, these animals’ usual habitats are dense forests, the Rocky Mountains. And because of this, targeting them from a distance can be a huge challenge.
That’s where rifle scopes come to the rescue.
Riflescopes are a great tool to magnify the target and eliminate the obstacles in between. But selecting the right kind of scope for a novice hunter may be an overwhelming task.
Therefore, we have crafted a list of the best scope for 35 whelen, along with a buying guide, only for you.
After testing the market’s most popular yet inexpensive scopes, we have selected our top five options.
If you are unfamiliar with the ocular terms, we suggest you read the buying guide first so that you get an idea when we discuss the products.
The best one is here, guys! The CVLIFE Rifle is one of a kind!
Now, what is the main reason to use a rifle scope?
The main reason is to magnify your target so that you can aim clearly.
And to do that, you need a scope that can transmit as much light as it can with minimum loss.
The light transmission of about 95% is considered great. And that’s exactly what CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope offers.
You need to understand that when it comes to light transmission, a difference of even a decimal point can make huge changes in results.
Therefore, 95% light transmission is the main reason for putting the CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope in the number one position.
And it is a 6-24x rifle scope. So, it means the area can multiply the object from six times to twenty-four times.
Also, the objective lens diameter is 50mm. We will not go into the details about objective lens diameter because we have discussed it in our buying guide.
But for now, you should know the bigger the diameter is, the more usable light is transmitted into the shooter’s eyes. And this is especially useful during hunting in dimmer conditions.
Moreover, the lens is fully multicoated. It means that multiple layers are applied on every glass surface that comes in contact with air.
Multiple coats mean more durability because it makes the glass scratch-resistant.
But it also means less glare. And that is important because light can be lost due to reflection. A glare-free lens means more light transmission.
Another benefit of a fully multicoated lens is that it is great for misty monsoon weather. The coats are usually hydrophobic. It means the water droplets can not stay on the lens.
So, no more foggy visuals.
When we say the CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope is worthy of first place, we mean it. And all our fellow bespectacled hunters will agree with us.
Tell us how often you have suffered because it is hard to aim with your glasses on. And exactly how many companies have you found that designs scope keeping your struggles in mind?
You cannot wear glasses because it will put you out of balance. And you can not take it off either.
Well, your struggles have finally been noticed.
Besides, the CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope has a special adjustable eyepiece that offers clear images for both nearsighted and farsighted people. That too without your glasses.
No more missing your golden shot!!!
And when you realize all these amazing features are available for such an unbelievable price, you cannot help but become a fan of this amazing product.
However, every great product is not above having flaws. The CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope is no exception either.
The product is great, but it weighs more than the rest of the scope on the list. And more weight is particularly bad because you don’t want to get off-balance.
The excess weight of the scope can ruin your perfect stance. You don’t want to feel like you are carrying a huge sack of rice over your shoulder.
However, the good thing is the CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope may be heavier than the products on the list. But it is, in reality closer to the standard weight of the scopes in the market.
- A fully multicoated lens offers a waterproof, scratch-resistant, glare-free experience.
- 95% light transmission provides minimum loss of light due to reflection.
- Provides high contrast, accurately colored pictures.
- The adjustable eyepiece provides a clear image for nearsighted and farsighted people without glasses.
- Compared to the price, this scope offers commendable service.
- The heaviest rifle scope on the list.
The second rifle scope that won our hearts is the Vortex Optics Crossfire II.
It is a 2-7x rifle scope. You can see the object two times as well as seven times bigger than its actual size.
Now, its magnification range is not as versatile as the CVLIFE. So, it may not come in handy in long-range shooting.
But this is a great option if you want to shoot a target that is not very far, for instance, squirrels,. Because the range starts from 2x. So, you don’t have the risk of over-magnifying your target, unlike CVLIFE, which starts from 6x.
You should note that over-magnifying scopes lead to missing more targets and wounds.
Now, the Vortex Optics Crossfire II magnification power may not have much variety in it. But it redeems itself for that through its V-Plex reticle.
The V-Plex reticle is an all-purpose hunting reticle. It can be used for a wide variety of hunting applications.
We know that the 35 Whelen is a medium-bore rifle. It means the scope we will attach to this cannot be very heavy in size. Otherwise, the whole gun will become painfully heavy to carry.
Moreover, the balance of your posture will be ruined. Fortunately, the Vortex Optics Crossfire II is only 140 grams—the lightest scope on the list.
However, this amazing scope has one flaw in it. And that is its objective lens diameter.
The objective lens diameter of the Vortex Optics Crossfire II is only 32 mm which is quite lower than the standard size.
- The fully multicoated lens makes hunting easier in foggy and misty weather.
- The V-Plex is an all-purpose reticle that is intended to use for a wide variety of hunting applications.
- The SFP reticles help to maintain the image even when you change the magnification settings.
- The objective lens diameter is less than the standard size.
One of the well-known budget-friendly companies that make brilliant scopes is Simmons. And our third product on the list, Simmons Truplex Riflescope, belongs to this company.
The name is derived from the Truplex reticle it contains. This unique feature makes it such a desirable product.
Now, the Simmons Truplex Riflescope configuration is the best for whitetail hunting.
It is a 3-9×40 rifle scope. That means it can magnify the object from three to nine times. And its objective lens diameter is 40mm.
Here, the 3-9x magnification power is necessary for whitetail hunting. And 40mm is standard for a medium variable scope is the Simmons Truplex Riflescope.
Another detail that we highly appreciate but people usually ignore is the distance between the eye relief and one’s face.
This part is tricky. It would be best if you had eye relief that is close enough to offer you the perfect vision. But you do not want it to be too tight. Otherwise, there won’t be ample room for gun recoiling.
And as a result, the scope will hit you in the face when the gun recoils.
But, the Simmons Truplex Riflescope has managed to ace this tricky detail. Its eye relief is 3.75/95. That means you get ample space for your 35 whelen to recoil.
And all these amazing features that too within such a reasonable price. This is only possible by Simmons.
However, there are some things that were not quite upto the mark of Simmons’s reputation.
For instance, its windage and elevation adjustments are not very firm. When we tested this scope, the elevation adjustments felt wobbly And kept on changing.
Other than that, we found it to be quite a decent product.
- This scope can hold zero within various ranges so that you don’t have to do frequent re-adjustment.
- The eye relief is 3.75/95 which provides ample room for the gun to recoil.
- The price is unbelievably affordable.
- The windage and elevation adjustments are not quite up to the mark.
Next on the list is the Beileshi Hunting Rifle Scope.
A lot of its features match the CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope. For instance, both of them are 6-24×50 scope. It means the magnification power of the Beileshi Hunting Rifle Scope ranges from 6 to 24.
And its objective lens diameter is 50 mm which is a tad bit larger than the standard size. Moreover, both of them are made of aluminum.
But still, they both vary in weight. The Beileshi Hunting Rifle Scope weighs 430.91g. That means it is lighter than the CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope
Now, the one feature we think will be a hit among the newbies is its parallax dial. The parallax dial makes the adjustment of the objective lens effortlessly easy.
Besides, the dioptric strength of the eyepiece is adjusted in a certain way that helps to eliminate any image aberration. And as a result, you get a clear image of your target.
Now, just like the CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope, this scope also has a versatile range that can be used for multiple applications.
However, when we tested the product at a higher power, the image started to get distorted. And that kind of disappointed us.
Apart from this, we find its performance to be satisfactory.
- The parallax dial at the end of the scope helps to easily adjust the objective lens for a sharper image.
- Most of the image aberration gets eliminated because of the dioptric-adjusted eyepiece.
- The versatile range of magnification power makes it appropriate for multiple hunting applications.
- Even though the power range offers multiple applications, the image kind of gets distorted in the higher ranges.
We are ending our list with another Simmons product. And that is the Simmons Blazer Riflescope.
It is quite similar to the previous Simmons product, Simmons Truplex Riflescope.
It is also a 3-9×40 scope. That means it is ideal for hunting whitetail deer.
You can easily use it in any rough terrain or weather. Its highly durable external body makes it perfect for heavy-duty performance.
The weight of the Simmons Blazer Riflescope is 476.27g. That means it is not as lightweight as the Simmons Truplex Riflescope. But it still pairs well with 35 whelen.
You may not be able to accomplish varieties of purposes with this scope. But this is one of the cheapest scopes in the market.
If you have been buying scopes for a long time, you know that a good scope can cost almost as much as your rifle.
So, if you only want to hunt whitetail then you can blindly opt for it.
Moreover, if you are a newbie who is not sure which scope to buy because you don’t have any prior experience. Then we would suggest going for this one.
Because it is inexpensive, so even if it does not match your preference you will not face any loss or trouble.
But you should be aware of one thing. The outer edge of the scope lens darkens in poor lighting.
So, it is a better option for hunting in the plains or open countries.
- 3-9×40 together is considered the ideal configuration.
- The external body of the scope is highly durable and intended for heavy-duty performance.
- This is one of the best options among all the inexpensive riflescopes.
- The outer edge of the scope lens becomes dark in poor light conditions.
For a novice hunter, the optical terms of a scope can be overwhelming. Therefore, keeping that in mind, we created a buying guide. To grasp a better understanding of the configuration of a scope read the following guide:
Magnification Power Range: More Range Means More Versatility
Now, you may have noticed each of the scopes comes with a different magnification range. It is important to select which range variation is appropriate for you.
A standard scope usually has a magnification power range of 3-9x. You can easily shoot whitetail deers with your 35 whelen using this power range.
However, if you want to aim at varieties of targets using only one scope then it is better to have one with a huge range variation.
Why do you need a huge range variation?
Well, a scope with a huge range such as 6-24x provides you with multiple options. You can adjust it according to your needs.
Otherwise, you have to buy multiple scopes to acquire different targets. And that will leave a mark in your wallet.
High Magnification Scope Vs Low Magnification Scope: Choose Wisely!
The primary goal of attaching a scope to your 35 whelen is that it magnifies your target for a better aim. But one thing people forget to take into account is the approximate distance of their target.
Now, a 35 whelen can shoot up to 400 yards. So, you should choose a scope that is compatible with this distance.
Any scope that magnifies beyond this distance is a waste of money. Because in the end, it is the bullet that will do the hunting not the scope.
However, the distance may vary depending on the game. For instance, if you are planning on hunting a whitetail then the standard magnification range is 3-9x. But for squirrels, 4x power is enough.
On the other hand, prairie dogs are long-range hunting targets. So, the ideal magnification power for a scope should be 6-20x or 8-25x.
Now, if you try to use a 6-20x scope for a whitetail then you will see nothing but hairy patches.
Therefore, you should think about your hunting gun as well as your game before choosing the magnification power of your scope.
Light-weight Scopes Offer a Perfect Stance
For any hunter it is important to get into the perfect posture, the correct stance to aim correctly. One has to hold that position for a long time to get the target right where one want.
But, unfortunately, a heavy scope can ruin that for you.
Heavy scopes result in an unbalanced, ill-postured, uncomfortable experience. Not to mention, the energy and effort one has to waste on dragging the heavy scope around difficult and sloppy terrains.
Therefore, while buying a scope one should always check its weight. And make sure that mounting it on their guns will not ruin their balance.
Because when it comes to hunting there is no room for errors. Every small detail matters.
Which Objective Lens Diameter Should You Choose?
Through the objective lens, light is transmitted in our eyes. So, the bigger the lens the more usable light transmits into our eyes.
However, a bigger objective lens means a heavier lens. And that means uncomfortable posture and eye alignment.
So, you have to choose an objective lens that is big enough but not too big.
The standard size of the objective lens diameter is 40-45mm. Nowadays some objective lens diameter is 50-55mm. That is also okay.
But anything bigger than this is unusable.
Multicoated Vs Fully-Multicoated
Most of the scopes are coated. Now, the coating is important because it reduces glare.
It also makes the scopes and waterproof. That is an essential quality if you hunt in a tropical place or during the monsoon season.
The coating can also decrease the ratio of light loss due to reflection. Now, their different types of coating. But most widely used are multicoated or fully multicoated.
Multicoated means multiple layers of coating have been applied only on one lens surface.
And fully-multi coated means multiple layers of coating have been applied on every lens surface that comes in contact with air.
Both are good but a fully-multi coated lens decreases the surface reflectivity more significantly than the multi coated lens.
Question: Does the Simmons Blazer Riflescope come with mounts?
Answer: No, the Simmons Blazer Riflescope does not come with mounts.
Question: What is the eye relief of the CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope?
Answer: The eye relief of the CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope is about 3″.
Question: Does the Vortex Optics Crossfire II come with flip-up scope covers?
Answer: No, the Vortex Optics Crossfire II does not come with flip-up scope covers. But if you want you can buy the Butler Creeks ones. They work great with the Vortex Optics Crossfire II.
Question: What type of crosshair does the Vortex Optics Crossfire II have?
Answer: The Vortex Optics Crossfire II duplex crosshair with three additional ballistic-drop-compensating hash marks below the reticle. Each hash mark is located respectively 1.5, 4.5, and 7.5 MOA below the center.
With this, we have come to the end of our article. Hopefully, you have gotten all the necessary information that you needed to purchase the best scope for 35 whelen. And the buying guide helped you as well to understand the configuration of rifle scopes.
Now, you yourself can purchase the perfect scope for your 35 whelen. Without blindly falling for all the marketing schemes.
Comment below if you have any further queries. And we will answer them right away.
Till then take care.
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