n terms of optical innovation and incorporation of accuracy-enhancing technology, the riflescope category is in hyperdrive, with product introductions this year that will help you shoot better, whether your target is a big-game animal or a distant steel gong. The influence of long-distance shooting has pervaded the optics industry, to the extent that nearly half the scopes in this year’s test are built for way-out-there target work. These precision scopes feature chubby 34mm tubes, computer-drafted first-plane reticles, and turrets with seemingly miles of internal adjustment. They typically weigh about 3 pounds. Their average price is about $2,000. Innovation isn’t limited to riflescopes. This year’s Outdoor Life optics test saw spotting scopes with binocular eyepieces, binoculars with lightning-fast rangefinders, and new brands elbowing into this crowded category of outdoor gear. But there are only so many ways to tweak a binocular or a spotting scope. This year’s field of riflescope submissions indicates there are at least a dozen ways to modify a magnified rifle sight, including adding sophisticated electronics, inserting light-activated reticles, beefing up turrets, and even pairing your riflescope with your phone.