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CQB Riflescopes vs. Wide Angle Hunting Riflescopes | Optics Trade Debates

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Welcome to Optics Trade debates. In each episode, we talk about a different topic and try to answer the most common questions we receive about it. Today we are going to talk about the differences between CQB and hunting riflescopes.

Wide angle riflescopes are usually used for driven hunts, in Europe mostly on wild boars and in other parts of the world on deer. They are meant to be used in situations where rapid target acquisition is needed and the target is a moving game.

CQB stands for Close Quarter Battle. They are mostly used for IPSC dynamic shooting and for professional use by the police or the military.

Most online stores don’t differentiate between CQB and wide-angle hunting-scopes. But we do because we think that there are enough differences to say that they are two distinct groups.

There are almost no differences between the two types. Both start with true one power magnification. That enables the user to use the scope with both eyes opened. The magnification goes all the way up to 10x. Usually, the price goes up with the level of magnification.

Most wide-angle hunting scopes have normal, low capped hunting turrets. These turrets are really simple and are used only when zeroing the scope. Some premium producers make them with a BDC turret, but only on request.

Some CQB scopes have open tactical turrets, that can have a locking feature and zero stop. They can be multi-turn.

On driven hunts, most of the shots are on a range from 10 m to 60 m. Sometimes the shots are taken on a maximum range of about 130 m, where you still don’t need to correct the bullet drop.

CQB scopes can be shot on 5 m, 10 m, then 300 m where you need to compensate for the bullet drop. For that reason, some feature a tactical turret so that the shooter is able to compensate quickly.

The main difference between CQB and wide-angle hunting scopes are the reticles.

Wide angle hunting scopes basically have only one type of reticle, positioned in the second focal plane, with an illuminated central dot. Some of the premium manufacturers also make circle dot reticles.

CQB scopes have a wide array of available reticles. Some of them feature bullet drop compensation, so they have hashes for holdover, some of them have a horseshoe around so that the illumination is better, some have hashes for windage compensation… A lot of CQB scopes have the reticle in the first focal plane and not in the second one so that the bullet drop can be compensated on any distance at any magnification.

Most scopes from both groups feature daytime bright illumination, which enables it to be used with both eyes open.

There are no big differences between the two types regarding the size and weight. But there are some small physical differences. Wide angle hunting scopes can come with rail mounting, which is not available on CQB scopes. CQB scopes are also made with a 34mm tube which can be a bit heavier.

CQB scopes can be used for driven hunts without a problem. But using wide-angle hunting scopes for IPSC will be a problem. Because it is really hard to compensate for the bullet drop without a ballistic or tactical turret.

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