How to Sight in & Use a Rifle Scope

Rifle owners know exactly how critically important it is to effectively use a rifle scope. Commonly referred to by short as “glass”, a rifle scope is used to view distant targets and surrounding objects magnified to seem closer. Many scopes are also designed to identify a potential bullet’s point of impact. When used effectively, rifle scopes provide safer and more accurate shooting in the field.

Scope Terminology

Newcomers trying to research the right scope for their rifle may encounter a baffling array of terms. To effectively use a rifle scope, it’s important to know its essential components.

Body – Sometimes called “the tube”, this is the diameter of a rifle scope. One inch or 30mm are common sizes.

Adjustment knobs – on rifle scopes, knobs come in a variety of forms, including turrents, flat tip screws or finger pressure knobs that are adjusted to change elevation and windage.

Elevation – Just like it sounds, elevation refers to the vertical – or up and down – motion of the potential bullet’s trajectory.

Windage – Regardless of its source, windage refers to horizontal – or left and right – motion that would affect the potential bullet’s trajectory.

Reticle – Rifle scopes come with a variety of reticle styles, including mil dots and cross hairs. The reticle is used to estimate the landing point of a potential bullet. Some complex reticles use lines to compensate for bullet drop or other environmental factors. Some reticles are illuminated via battery or by using ambient light.

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Eye Relief – this term refers to the distance between the shooter’s eye and the leans at the rear end of the scope. Eye relief is calculated by measuring the maximum distance that the shooter can see a full crisp view with no dark ring around the edges. Proper eye relief distances are a critical safety factor in preventing eye damage caused by high recoil calibers. Learn more about eye relief from Buckmasters here.

Sites – sometimes referred to as iron sites, these are two metal indicators physically mounted on the shaft of the rifle to provide for an approximation of the path of travel for a potentially fired bullet. These generally do not provide the accuracy or adjustment flexibility offered by a lensed rifle scope.

Parallax – Some modern rifle scopes are equipped to measure parallax, a term that refers to the optical difference between the view presented in the scope and the reticle. By adjusting the rate of parallax, the reticle can be precisely brought into optical focus on the intended target.

Waterproof/Fogproof – Quality rifle scopes are sealed with O-rings to provide waterproof protection. Some rifle scopes are classified as fogproof, which means they have been filled with nitrogen. Fogproof and waterproof scopes can be immersed in water and remain completely dry, and thus are reliable in all weather conditions.

Power – Rifle scopes are often identified by their power of magnification, referring to how many times the view through the scope has been enlarged. The magnification power of scopes is usually expressed by two numbers, such as 4×32. This simple notation means that the scope in question has the ability to magnify a viewed object from four to 32 times its original size.

Optical coatings – some rifle scope lenses are treated by special coatings to help adjust for brightness and the ability of a scope to gather light, allowing for higher contrast and brighter images. Coatings are described as:

  • Coated = A single layer on at least one lens surface.
  • Fully Coated = A single layer on all air-to-glass lens surfaces.
  • Multi-Coated = Multiple layers on at least one lens surface.
  • Fully Multi-Coated = Multiple layers on all air-to-glass surfaces.

Scope Basics

The purpose of the scope is to allow shooters precise information as to where any potentially fired bullet will land. After a scope has been mounted to the rifle, the first step is to “zero” the scope, or to adjust various alignments until it provides accurate information. Key information about bullet’s caliber, velocity and weight is then used to make precise calculations to adjust the scope for maximum accuracy.

Additionally, various environmental factors must be taken into consideration, including elevation, shot angle, humidity, windage (horizontal air movement), and the presence of a head or tail wind, in order to compensate for the bullet’s trajectory. The distance to the ground as well as the ground temperature compared to air temperature can be used to calculate bullet lift or drop.

Once parallax has been used to make precise adjustments, range can be accurately compensated for. Finally, the reticle of the rifle scope is placed on the intended target at your zero distance. Done correctly, the rifle scope is now ready to provide accurate guidance in achieving precise targeting.

Looking to purchase a rifle scope? A common rule of thumb is that a rifle scope should cost approximately half of what the rifle itself did, although recent advances in precise machining have led to a drop in prices. Check out our buying guide of the best scopes on the market here.


It is extremely important to follow all local, state and federal laws while shooting. Many laws on firearms and scopes can change drastically between state to state, or even between different counties and cities. Check with the mandated jurisdictional authority for further guidance in the legality and applicable guidelines and restrictions for using scopes in your area.

As all experienced rifle owners know, firearms have the potential to be lethal or cause serious injuries. Rifles and scopes should only be used by potential shooters who are well educated in the safe handling and use of firearms.

Sighting In Your Scope

Most scopes are not adjusted properly out of the box, so additional adjustments will need to be done, depending on distance, velocity, wind, ballistic coefficient and much more. Sighting in a scope requires precision and patience on the shooter’s part.

The scope must first be bore sighted at 100 yards before making any other adjustments at the range. Bore sighting simply means adjusting the scope to where the bullet would hit the center of the cross hairs at a given distance, given the bullet has a perfectly flat trajectory. In reality, bullets do not have a flat trajectory, mainly because of gravity. Once the scope has been bore sighted at 100 yards, take a trip to a shooting range that has a distance of at least 100 yards. Some ranges are only for short distance, so going to an appropriate location in the mountains would be the best alternative. While taking this trip, bring a portable shooting bench rest. Distances should be accurately measured, rather than eyeballed.

First setup a large paper target at a 25 yard distance, preferably one that already has a bull’s eye. Before making any shots, get very comfortable with both the rifle and shooting bench. Any muscle tension or movement can easily throw-off a bullet. The best method is to avoid as much human contact with the rifle as possible. Pillows and folded blankets can make a big difference in comfort-ability. Use sandbags to rest the rifle on the shooting bench. Cat liter bags are a great alternative for those who cannot obtain sand bags.

While looking through the rifle scope, adjust it to where there is a clear image. Interestingly, the level just below the maximum magnification level is usually the clearest. Once a round is chambered and the cross hairs are over the bull’s eye, close the eyes for a good 10 seconds then open them. If the cross hairs moved from the target, then it means that there’s still muscle tension in the shooter. Find a comfortable position and keep doing this until the cross hairs don’t move.

Finally, fire a shot into the target once everything is lined up. It’s important to gently pull the trigger rather than suddenly tug it. Tugging at the trigger can throw off a shot. If the rifle moved while firing, then do it again. After firing a well-aimed shot, inspect the target to see where the bullet went. Sometimes, a person may be able to see the bullet hole through their scope, but they should definitely see it through a spotter scope. More than likely, the bullet won’t hit dead center on the target. However, it should hit somewhere on the target. Measure where the bullet hole is in respect to the bull’s eye and write it down. For instance, a miss that is three inches low and two inches to the right.

To make up for this, adjust the clicks on the scope according to the instructions. For an example, if it says that one click moves the center one-fourth of an inch at 100 yards, then multiply the number by four since the distance is only 25 yards. In the case where the bullet hit three inches low and two inches to the right, the person would want 48 clicks up and 32 clicks left. After everything is adjusted, take another shot at the target. Keep repeating this process until the bullet hits the center of the target. However, it doesn’t have to be a dead-center shot since the next step will be at 100 yards. If for some reason the bullet keeps missing the target, make sure that the scope is tightly mounted on the rifle, as this can dramatically affect shot placement.

Once everything is aligned at 25 yards, move the paper target out to 100 yards. Again, it’s important to actually measure it with some type of device. Repeat this very same process at the 100 yard mark, but wait until the rifle barrel has cooled down to ambient temperature, as barrel temperature may affect accuracy by causing more barrel harmonics. Wind is another factor to take into consideration. However, wind is a changing variable, so it would be wise to write down the click adjustments when there’s no wind. Doing so will allow one to easily adjust the scope while wind factors change.

For really long-range shooting, it’s best to have the bullet impact around three inches above the bull’s eye. This higher impact point will compensate for the bullet drop at longer distances, such as 300 or more yards. It also prevents the shooter from having to aim above the target. Keep in mind that different ammunition will give different trajectories. For instance, a lighter, faster bullet will have a flatter trajectory at relatively shorter distances but lower trajectory at longer distances. On the other hand, a heavier, slower bullet will have a lower trajectory at shorter distances but a flatter trajectory at longer distances.

In general, it’s best to stick with one particular type of ammunition, whether it’s factory or reloaded ammunition. Keeping one type of ammo will allow one to fine tune their accuracy. Once everything is adjusted, one will be able to shoot long distances without having to worry much about bullet drop. A scope has two main advantages. It allows one to see objects at longer distances in much greater detail. Two, it allows the person to compensate for bullet drop, which can’t accurately be done with iron sights. Keep in mind that scope adjustments are mainly up to the person’s liking. For instance, one doesn’t necessarily need to have the bullet impact a few inches higher at 100 yards.

Adjustments in the Field

Military snipers use elaborate methods for determining precise environmental conditions such as humidity and exact wind speeds in order to zero their scope in the field. For most outdoor shooters, it’s often wiser to use the reticle based on approximations of environmental conditions. Depending on the selected bullet, the zero range may cause the bullet’s point of impact to travel through the reticle location in the scope’s view.

If you want to see some videos of experts showing the rifle scope sight in process, here are some recommended ones to watch:

Best Scopes for a Rimfire (.22lr) Rifle in 2019

Developed well over 100 years ago, rimfires’ technology has remained unchanged over the years, and rimfire bullets are still popular even after the invention of centerfire bullets.

The .22lr rifle is a fairly affordable and accurate shot, making it a favorite for many budget-minded small game hunters and target shooters. Its lightweight and minimum recoil also make this rifle a great beginner’s tool for youngsters, and overall; most people learn to shoot with a .22lr. It is a preferred option for target practice, plinking, and pest control because it is cheaper than shooting centerfire ammo.

Many shooters operate under the misconception that this rifle’s versatility allows it to be paired with any scope out there. Therefore, very few of them invest in a fitting scope which in turn limits their experience with this rifle. To make the best decision, you need to understand the rimfire rifle’s capabilities and limitations.

The need for a light cartridge and a thin base limits the .22lr’s accurate shooting distance to about 200 yards. Longer shooting distances are possible under the right conditions, but it’s not very effective because your bullet will drop about a foot or more at 100 yards. Since this is the case, you will find that you may not require a very high magnification optic. A powerful magnification at closer ranges causes both blurriness eye fatigue.

Outlined below are our top riflescope choices for a .22lr rifle after taking all of its specs into consideration, and then we further summarize key factors to look for when trying to select the right scope for your rifle.

Top Scopes for the .22lr Rifle

There are several viable options of scopes to select from, varying from optics for plinkers to those for competitive championships. Prices range from as little as $30 for standard makes to over $1000 for top-notch products, and our recommendations are not biased toward popular brand-name products; instead, they are inspired by the functional highlights that count most in rimfire scopes.

Here are our 6 favorite rimfire scopes at different price points:

1) Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 3-9 x 40 Riflescope (BDC 150) (Our top pick)

The simple and “no-frills” Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 3-9 x 40 is perhaps one of the best, if not the best, optics for the .22lr caliber. Although it is specifically designed for rimfire rifles, it is still widely used on all sorts of rounds.

The Prostaff rimfire is equipped with a comprehensive combination of features that will greatly enhance the use of your rifle. The scope’s fully multicoated optics facilitate up to 98% light transmission to aid the shooter in dark conditions, and it is nitrogen-filled, oxygen-purged and O-ringed, so this scope is rugged enough to handle almost anything that nature may throw your way.

The Prostaff Rimfire offers sufficient eye relief despite the .22lr’s lack of recoil, and its 40mm objective lens ensures a large field of view but is not hefty to the point of weighing the rifle down. This scope makes sighting easier, and the BDC reticle works superbly at distances up to 150 yards. This BDC reticle is unique not only because it is designed specifically for a .22lr rifle, but it also has see-through ballistic circles to give the shooter an additional advantage when shooting from long distances. Finally, this scope comes with a lifetime warranty. Click here to check the current price.

2) Nikon P-RIMFIRE 2-7×32 Nikoplex Rifle Scope


The Nikon P-Rimfire offers quality optics and precise 1/4″ at 50-yards. Price, versatility, and material quality are favorable aspects of this scope when it is compared to many of the other rimfire scopes on the market.

This rimfire scope offers a unique reticle with rapid action turrets, allowing the shooter to lock in on a target at a known distance while simultaneously having the ability to adjust for elevation with ease. The reticle is designed with multi-coated anti-glare optics to increase light transmission and reduce reflection, and the scope itself is set to be parallax-free at 50 yards.

In addition, with an adjustable 2-7x magnification power, the Nikon P-Rimfire is great for shooting targets of virtually any size at a wide range of distances. Overall, this scope comes with a solid set of features for the reasonable cost. Click here to check the current price.

3) Simmons .22 Mag TruPlex Reticle Rimfire 3-9x32mm Riflescope (Budget pick)

Simmons focuses on developing products that are dependable and extremely affordable, so their rifle scopes will only contain those features needed most by the shooter. Unlike most brands, Simmons specializes in simplicity and do not produces scopes with excess features.

The Simmons .22 Mag Riflescope does not offer the clarity of the Nikon or the ruggedness of the Leupold; what it offers is an affordable alternative with all the basic features that will suit the low budget shooter.

This rifle scope gives you ultimate control, featuring elevation and wind adjustment knobs that can be easily turned even while wearing gloves. It is also fitted with an adjustment knob for the objective lens to ensure that you see a clear, focused view at every magnification.

With an under $50 price tag, it is one of Amazon’s best-selling and best-reviewed scopes. For that price, you acquire a scope that performs impressively at distances below 150 yards. Its 32mm objective lens offers a crisp and clear field of view under the entire magnification range. Targets may appear a bit blurry at 9x magnification power, but that should be expected of a scope at that price range. Click here to see the current price.

4) Vortex Crossfire 2 Rimfire

Vortex is the company to watch in the world of optics; it is continually giving the bigger guns a run for their money with the production of better and more advanced scopes. Vortex Crossfire 2 rimfire edition is built to the same specs as its bigger centerfire sibling, but it is toned down for rimfire calibers.

The Crossfire 2 rimfire is a 2 to 7 power optic with a 32 mm objective lens. The Fully multi-coated lens offers bright light transition, and a clear, high-definition picture. The parallax is set for fifty yards and is adequate for most plinking and hunting operations. The 2x magnification is excellent for close range shooting and picking your shot on a small target.

The Crossfire 2 is made from aircraft grade aluminum and built from a single piece of aluminum to make the finish field-ready, waterproof, shockproof, and fog proof. This scope assures a sustainable performance and great value for the price. Click here to see current price.

5) Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn 4-12x40mm Riflescope

I know that the inclusion of this scope in this list goes against our recommendation for low magnification power scopes for the .22lr, which is included in our list of recommendations when selecting a scope at the end of this article. However, as many of you shall find out, 4x magnification is perfect for the rimfire caliber, so this scope fits in just fine.

The other reason we included this scope is its price. It is an affordable scope that would be able to double as your “go to” rifle scope larger caliber hunting rifles without much damage to your wallet. This is the right scope for shooters who are after an above-average performance at a decent price range.

The fixed magnification keeps the Bushnell Rimfire 4×32 light and compact; it only weighs 15 ounces. Its constant 3.3″ of eye relief protects your eyes but still offers a clear view. The Bushnell 4-12x40mm offers a crisp and clear picture and much better magnification than most other scopes its class.

It is 100% waterproof and fog proof and offers proven durability. The manufacturer also offers an attractive warranty and world-class customer care. Click here to see the current price.

6) BSA Sweet 22 Rifle Scope

The BSA Sweet .22 Duplex Reticle Rifle Scope is a tool designed simply for reliably getting the job done. BSA has been in the scope industry for a very long time and is well known for high quality, low priced optics that can run with the big boys regarding features and quality. The Sweet 22 is no exception to that rule.

Designed for the .22 long rifle cartridge, and intended to be a top quality .22 scope, the Sweet 22 features interchangeable target turrets calibrated for all popular .22 loads. The magnification and turrets are optimized for a .22 with low profile movable turrets for adjustments.

Its waterproof and fog proof construction make it ideal for most weather conditions. Its large 40mm objective lens helps to maximize light gathering. This may very well be the best scope for .22 rifles for a budget-conscious shooter who wants to run a precision target scope. Click here to see the current price.

Selecting the Right Scope for Your .22lr Rifle

We have provided a number of scope options above at a wide range of prices, so if you are still trying to figure out what features are most meaningful to you when making a selection, here is a summary of all of the important features to review when selecting a rifle scope for your .22lr:

  • Weight – light, kid-friendly, and quite handy, most .22lr rifles weigh about 5 pounds in their stock configuration. So attaching a heavy optic throws it off balance and consequentially affects its ease of handling and speed of movement. This can act against you while hunting fast-moving varmints or small game.
  • Magnification – I cannot stress enough that a 16 power magnification scope is both impractical and wasteful on your 22lr. 3-9x or 2-7x power scopes are sufficient for rimfire rifles.
  • Reticle – it is not relevant to acquire a scope with adjustments for elevation and windage at over 100 yards because bullet drop is typically significant at these distances. Also, note that illuminated reticles can be too bright and the resulting wash out might make small targets difficult to see.
  • Adjustable Objective – this allows users to essentially adjust the scope’s parallax to facilitate hitting of excessively small targets. An adjustable parallax enhances accuracy at various ranges, as well as provides a clearer sight picture.
  • Lens size – although anything below 32mm will reduce the quality of the sight picture, lenses larger than 40 or 42 mm are too bulky for your rimfire .22lr rifle.
  • Dedication – any suitable, well-built scope can do the job but .22-dedicated scopes perform better at most times because they are correctly ranged and calibrated for the most common .22 rounds.

Reviews of the Best Rifle Scopes for 2019

The Best Rifle ScopesWhether you are a hunter, or you just enjoy shooting for sport, you know that choosing a scope for your rifle will be one of the biggest factors in determining how accurately you’ll be able to shoot. A scope allows you to zoom in on your target, and precisely lock in exactly where you want your shot to land.

There are many scopes on the market from many different reputable manufacturers, so choosing the best one is a daunting task. In the end, the scope you choose will largely come down to personal preference and your shooting needs. This guide will help you figure out what the best scope is to suit your (and your rifle’s) needs.

My #1 Recommendation

If I had to pick one scope to recommend above all others, especially on a modest budget, the crown would go to the Vortex Diamondback. Vortex is an incredibly popular brand of sporting optics, and for good reason. Their products are very high quality, and generally are in the mid range in terms of price. I like their 4-12×40 model scope personally, as it allows me to zoom in just far enough while still being able to make close up shots by cranking back the zoom.

Best Rifle Scopes For the Money

Rifle scopes can range from $40 up to thousands of dollars depending on how much one is willing to spend. Depending on what the rifle scope is being used for, you can sometimes get away with or at least get the same results with a cheaper scope that you could do with a higher end one. You should always think about what is economically sound for you to spend on a scope, because a some scopes that are $100 might be all you need, and you can save money by purchasing these scopes instead of getting the highest quality scope that really doesn’t improve your chances anymore than the cheaper one. Below are just a few different scopes that are considered to be the best in their dollar range, but before choosing your scope, you should look at all the details in order to make sure it will provide you with a solution to all of your individual needs.

Best Rifle Scope Under $100

There are a lot of different rifle scopes that you can get for under $100, many of which you probably want to avoid. However the UTG 3-9×32 BugBuster Scope is one of, if not the best in this price range. It offers a lot of quality features, and has a sterling reputation with thousands of online reviews.

UTG 3-9x32 BugBusterFeatures:

  • Mildot reticle with both red and green illumination.
  • Lockable and reset-able turret design.
  • It comes with 3-9x magnification, and the objective lens is 32 millimeters.
  • Included with the scope are a 2″ sun shade, quick release rings, and flip cap covers.

While it won’t compare to the Zeiss and Nightforce scopes at the end of this list in terms of optical clarity and quality, this budget scope is perfect for getting the job done with a minimal financial burden.

Best Rifle Scope Under $200

There are a wide variety of scopes in this price range, including many from well known manufacturers, and it was Nikon that won here. For a price tag that is handily under the $200 mark, the Nikon P-223 3-9x40mm is of exceptional quality. It is designed for rifles chambered in .223 (although it would work for many others as well), and it is made by Nikon, which is one of the best rifle scope brands on the market (as well as optics brands in general).

Nikon P 223 3-9x40Features:

  • This scope comes with 3-9x magnification, and it has a large 40 millimeter objective lens.
  • 1/4 MOA tactical style hand adjustable turrets with reset functionality.
  • BDC 600 reticle designed specifically for .223 caliber rounds.
  • Nitrogen filled, water and fog proof design.

Also in this price range is the Vortex scope I recommended at the top of the article, which you should really consider (especially if you are shooting something other than .223).

Best Rifle Scope Under $300

This scope price range was a little more difficult to narrow down, but in the end, the best rifle scope for under $300 came out to be the Nikon PROSTAFF 5 BDC 3.5-14×40 Rifle Scope. It offers a variety of different features that makes it stand out more so than the others in this particular price range. The average price of this scope before taxes and shipping is around $279, but of course, that depends on where it is you purchase it from. It could be slightly more or even less if you search for a good deal.

Nikon ProStaff 5 BDCFeatures:

  • This rifle comes with 3.5-14x magnification, and it is equipped with a 40 millimeter objective lens.
  • With this rifle scope, adjustments are made extremely easy thanks to its Spring-Loaded Instant Zero Reset Turrets.
  • Thanks to being a Nikon product, which is one of the best rifle brands on the market, this scope is optimized to be used with Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match Technology.
  • This scope makes any rifle superior at long range shooting thanks to Nikon’s patented BDC reticle, which has see through ballistic circles.
  • Using this scope on your rifle will make bringing the reticle into focus quick and easy with its quick focus eyepiece.

As stated earlier, Nikon is one of the top brands on the market for making high quality rifle scopes, and this particular rifle scope is just one of the mid price range examples of why they made it to the top brand list.

Best Rifle Scope Under $500

This category was a hard choice to make. Out of all the different rifle scopes in this price range, I couldn’t narrow down to just one scope, but I was able to narrow it down to the top two rifle scopes for less than $500.

The Vortex Viper PA 30mm Tube Rifle Scope – Although this brand didn’t make it in the top rifle scope brands, this particular scope could not be overlooked. It is one of the top rifle scopes on the market today. It has a variety of different aspects that make it this way, and it will surely get the job done efficiently and effectively. On average, this scope is generally anywhere from $448 to $461 depending on where you decide to purchase it.

Vortex Viper PAFeatures:

  • It comes with a one-piece tube that is 30 millimeters, which makes it easier to store without having to worry about loosing any removable parts.
  • It is actually made out of aircraft grade aluminum to guarantee it’s sturdiness.
  • It comes equipped with tall turrets which allows the shooter using it to quickly and easily make any adjustments.
  • There is also a side knob parallax adjustment for versatility.

Nikon Monarch 3 4-16x50mm Side Focus Rifle Scope – Once again, Nikon makes the top! This variable scope is by far one of the top rifle scopes on the marketplace today price ranged under $500. On average, the Nikon Monarch 3 runs around $418, but that is mainly determined at where you decide to purchase it from, and that is not including any kind of tax or shipping. Nikon does not disappoint with this scope as it has many of the features that Nikon is known for using on their high end scopes.

Nikon Monarch 3Features:

  • The Nikon Monarch 3 comes with 4-16x magnification, and it also comes with a larger than normal objective lens. It’s lens is actually 50 millimeters.
  • It is renowned because of its Ultra Clear Coat Optical System which allows up to 95% light transmission.
  • It has a quick focus eyepiece that is meant to allow the shooter to instantly bring their reticle into focus.
  • It’s best feature is the MONARCH 3 Eye Box Technology which allows for a 4 time zoom range. It also allows for a four inch eye relief.
  • This scope is optimized to be used with the Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match Technology.
  • Last but not least, it is easily adjusted thanks to its Spring Loaded Instant Zero Reset Turrets.

Top Rifle Scopes For an Unlimited Budget

When money is no object, all the rules of the game completely change. A lot of the scopes over $1000 are made by brands that are not seen at the lower budget products. There is a simple answer as to why that is. When most people think of the best brands, they think about the brands that the majority of people who buy a product actually purchase. That is why the higher end rifle scope brands may vary from the over all best and most popular brands. Seeing as this category in finances is so broad, below are two different rifle scopes that can be considered the best rifle scope for those that have an unlimited budget. You should also consider looking at Schmidt & Bender and Swarovski.

Zeiss Conquest Rifle scopes 5-25×50 Black Rapid Z 1000 – On average, this particular scope runs around $1100. It has a lot of different features, and it is manufactured by Zeiss one of the more popular brands among those that enjoy the high end and expensive rifle scopes. Below are just a few of the many features that makes this rifle scope stick out among all of the other unlimited budget scopes on the market today.

Zeiss Conquest Rapid Z 1000Features:

  • This scope comes with a 50 millimeter objective lens, and it comes with 5-25 magnification ability.
  • It is used mainly for hunting anything at long range, including predators, big game, and varmints.
  • It has a robust, one piece tube that is built to stand some of the worst recoils even on extremely demanding terrains.
  • For the rifles that have a harsh recoil, this scope has a 3.5 inch eye relief in order to help protect the shooter’s face from the rifle’s recoil.
  • The Zeiss Conquest rifle scope is one of the most ideal scopes for those that enjoy target shooting on the range.
  • One of the things that helps this be an ideal scope for long range shooting, it offers precision aiming with accurate holdover and wind-corrected information.
  • The lenses of this scope are MC multi-coated, and this help by achieving outstanding brightness regardless of low light situations that might arise on the hunt.

Nightforce NXS Rifle Scope 30mm Tube 5.5-22x 56MM Hi-Speed – The Nightforce NXS Rifle Scope is a high speed scope that could not be ignored for the unlimited budget best category. Nightforce is one of the top brands for professional rifle scopes, and that is why it didn’t make the top brand list. Most Nightforce scopes cost way more than the average person would even think about paying for a sports scope for their rifle. This scope generally runs anywhere from $2,250 to $2,500. Generally, the price depends on where one purchases this scope. Below are just a few of the unique features that this scope has to offer someone.

Nightforce NXSFeatures:

  • The NXS Rifle Scope comes with 5.5-22x magnification, and it also has a 56 millimeter objective lens.
  • It has a 30 millimeter diameter tube.
  • The eye relief for the NXS Rifle Scope is 3.9 inches.
  • It has finger adjustable turrets and it has a click adjustment.
  • The field of view for this scope at 5.5x magnification is 17.5′, and the field of view at 22x magnification is 4.7′ at 100 yards.
  • The NXS Rifle Scope has a exit pupil diameter of 10.2 to 2.5 millimeters, and the scope weighs around 32 oz.
  • This scope can be recommended for just about all types of weather, because it is shock proof, water proof, and fog proof.

Types of Scopes

There are a lot of different types of scopes, but they can practically all be placed in two categories. It is important to understand the different types of scopes and the pros and cons to each one before purchasing one. Below are three of the different types of scopes, and they are the most common scopes on the market.

1. Variable Scopes – By far the most common, variable scopes are useful if magnification of the target is needed for a clean shot. With these types of scopes, the shooter can adjust the magnification of the target that they are looking at. These types of scopes come in a variety of magnification variables, and depending on what you are hunting, this could be extremely important. Sniper rifles often use variable scopes, because sniper rifles are used at a much farther distance than a normal hunting rifle.

2. Fixed Scopes – These scopes can be a little less complicated than variable scopes, but they are also only better if people know exactly the specs they need when shooting their gun. You cannot adjust the magnification on fixed scopes like you can on variables. Therefore, these scopes are only recommended in certain occasions and for certain types of firearms.

Night Vision Scopes – These are specialty scopes. They can be combined as a variable scope or a fixed scope. What makes these scopes different is the fact that they are used for shooting at night or at times of day when there is a small amount of light to naturally see the target. They are very expensive and bulky, so before choosing a night vision scope, make sure that you actually need to shoot during low light hours of the day.

How to Choose a Rifle Scope

buying a rifle scopeThe majority of rifle users want the best scope for their rifle in order to help with whatever it is they are hunting. In the past, the old metallic sights that were placed on rifles were a lot harder to aim with than the newer scopes on the market today. When using a rifle scope, one thing should come to mind: simplicity. The use of a rifle scope has made it a lot easier for the majority of people to be able to line up a kill shot on their target.

When using a rifle scope, all you have to do to get a kill on your target is line up your cross hairs or reticles on the target that you are aiming at. Learning to shoot with a rifle scope is an extremely useful skill. Not only is it easier to line up the gun to your target, but it also magnifies your target, making it easier to tell which part of the target you will actually hit. There are a large number of factors that need to go into thought when choosing the right rifle scope.

Is bigger and more expensive always better?

This can be a tricky question to answer when you are dealing with rifle scopes. The best way to answer this question is this. When you are going to look for your idle rifle scope, you should ask yourself what is it that you are going to be shooting at. In general, if you are a deer hunter, using anything over a 3-9x or 4-12x scope on your rifle would be overkill, and it could actually hinder you in the long run. Those are the average scope sizes for anyone wanting to go hunting, because they offer what is needed for the majority of rifle users.

You also need to figure in what kinds of shots you are planning on having to take. If you know that you are going to be shooting far away at your prey, then you will be using a different scope as opposed to shooting at something closer. This has a lot to deal with having the proper magnification on the scope that you choose in order to be able to perform the hunting that you wish to do.

What do the Numbers on a Scope tell me?

This is a good question to ask. Before you can properly choose a rifle scope, you need to know what the numbers on your scope actually mean. In order to help with this, I am going to reference you to a Nikon P-223 3-9×40 SF rifle scope in order to explain the importance of the numbers on a rifle scope. The numbers when choosing a scope that are important are the 3-9×40.

In this particular number, the 3 means that any image that you look at through this scope will appear three times closer to you than it would to the naked eye. The 9 means the same thing. If the scope that you choose has a 9 like this one it means that you can see your target 9 times closer through the scope than with the naked eye. The last number, in this case the 40, is the objective lens diameter in millimeters. If you see a number like this, these scopes are classified as variable scopes. Basically, you can choose if you want your target to be 3 times magnified up to 9 times magnified. In general, the larger the magnification range, the more that particular scope will cost. This is because the wider the range the more versatile that scope will be.

Why is eye relief and light transmission important when choosing a scope?

A shooter’s age can affect the dilation of their eyes. People who are older will experience smaller dilation than someone of a younger age. An exit pupil is extremely important when choosing your scope. Basically, an exit pupil can be determined by holding a scope out at arms length from you. The small circle of light that appears in the scopes eyepiece when doing this is the exit pupil. The exit pupil is extremely important when thinking about eye relief because the larger the exit pupil is the less important head positioning in relation to the scope becomes.

When talking about eye relief in regards to rifle scopes, eye relief is the distance that your eye can be away from the ocular lens of the scope and still provide a full and clear picture of your target. Currently, four inches is the largest eye relief available for any standard rifle scope. If you are using the rifle correctly, four inches in plenty of distance for your face to be out of the way of any recoil your rifle might do. You should always pay attention to the amount of eye relief and exit pupil that a scope offers before purchasing it.

What should I look for in a scope in regards to the objective lens size?

On most medium variable scopes, the standard object lens size is anywhere from 40 to 44 millimeters. There are objective lenses on the market that are larger, but in most cases these larger lenses are not necessary. As a matter of fact, the larger the objective lens on a rifle scope is, the harder it is to be able to hold your rifle properly. These larger lens also can cause your rifle to be a little less comfortable to shoot due to the fact they can make the rifle feel unbalanced, clumsier, and heavier.

Why is Field of View on a rifle scope so important?

When speaking about rifles, field of view is generally measure at every 100 yards. What this means is the field of view is the amount that you are actually able to see from right to left at a distance through your scope. When adjusting the magnification of your scope, your field of view will be adjusted. In general, if you decrease the magnification of your scope your field of view will actually increase. This is generally more important with variable scopes, because the difference in magnification can change the field of view drastically. For instance, if you are using a 3-12×42 scope, if the magnification is set to 3 then your field of view will be the full 100 yards. However, if your magnification was turned closer to 12, your field of view would actually decrease down to somewhere around 14 to 10 yards.

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Best Rifle Scope Brands

revies of rifle scopesJust like any other product, there are a lot of different brands and companies that make rifle scopes, but just like with every other product, there are a number of brands that stick out in the market. Below are a list of the top six brands that make rifle scopes, and they all got on this list for a variety of reasons. Some have created special features that make their scopes better in certain aspects, and some brands have an all around aspect to their products that put them on top.


A family owned company since its founding in 1907, Leupold & Stevens is without one of the highest quality optic manufacturers in the world. It’s scopes are used by the United States Marine Corps and Navy SEALs, which definitely is a major vote of confidence in their design and manufacturing. They make everything from simple hunting scopes to the incredibly powerful and adjustable tactical designs used by the military.


Redfield was purchased by Leupold & Stevens, Inc. back in April of 2008, but they did not acquire any of Redfield’s capability of repairing their products that were made prior to them buying the company. However, Redfield is still currently one of the top manufacturers of rifle scopes on the market. Their motto is “No Excuses”, and they offer a full lifetime warranty to their customers on all of their non-electronic products like their rifle scopes.


Sightmark was founded back in 2007, and they have steadily been growing in the modern shooting market thanks to their products and rifle scopes. Currently, they are operated out of Mansfield, Texas, and there motto is “Make Your Mark”. They offer a variety of different products that are ranked top of the market, and they are known for making Triple Duty, Ezekiel, and Pinnacle rifle scopes that excel in performance.


Burris considers themselves specialists when it comes to making rifle scopes. They vow that they only employ the most passionate and knowledgeable engineers to manufacture their products. Burris products are not only used by the occasional hunter or sports shooter, but some of their rifle scopes are used by professionals throughout the entire world. Burris is best known for their scopes having lenses with larger diameters than most of their competitors.


Bushnell is one of the older popular rifle scope manufacturers with their products still on the market. They have been in business for over 65 years, and they pride themselves on providing only the best quality to their customers. The majority of their products are some of the more reliable and affordable hunting products, like rifle scopes on the market to date.


Barska is currently operated out of Pomona, California, which is on the southern end of California. Their priority products all deal with sport optics, and they are considered to be one of the top brands that puts out rifle scopes on the market today. They actually have a global customer base. They have over 40 countries that they distribute their products too outside of the United States. They even offer products that can be individualized for their corporate customers if needed.


Nikon is one of the more well known Sports Optics companies in the world. They have a variety of different products that they create, and they are well known in the hunting industry for both their cutting edge hunting optic rifle scopes. Some of their company strengths include their commitment to innovation, quality, and the performance of their products.

The Best Scopes for a Pellet Gun

There are many reasons why someone would consider owning and shooting a pellet rifle. These guns are great for small game and pest control around your property. When it comes to owning and operating one of these guns, it is important to consider your needs. For someone hoping to hunt small game it is important to be accurate with the shot. You are out to hit your target and need every chance at making that happen. If your goal is to knock out pests around your property you really don’t want to miss the shot. A proper scope can help you to make the most of the pellet gun regardless of your intended use.

When it comes to scopes it is important to know what you are talking about. You need to know how a scope operates so you can get a better idea of what you need for your specific purpose.

The standard pellet gun scope has two lenses. The first is the ocular lens, and the second is the objective lens. The ocular lens is the one that faces you that you look into before firing, and the objective lens is the portion that faces away from you. When looking at lenses they will list the magnification as 4×32 or something similar. The first number is referring to the ocular lens, and the second number is referring to the objective lens. You can have fixed or adjustable scopes. The fixed scope will contain just the one number, and the adjustable scope will list a range of numbers. For example, 4×32 is an example of a fixed scope, and 4-9×32 is an example of an adjustable scope.

You also need to select your crosshair style when it comes to the scope. Some of the styles will depend on personal preference and also on what you are hoping to shoot. The two most common styles are fine crosshairs and duplex crosshairs. The fine crosshair doesn’t cover much of the target but can also blend into a dark background. The duplex crosshair is more pronounced and is the crosshair of choice for most enthusiasts. This stems from the fact that its bold lines allow greater visibility even against a dark or crowded background.

It is important to note that there are differences between pellet gun scopes and scopes designed for standard firearms. Pellet guns tend to have more recoil and they need a scope that is designed to handle that additional vibration. A good way to ruin an expensive firearm scope is to use it on your pellet gun. So again, when you are using a scope it is important that the scope fits your gun and intended purpose.

The final important point to consider is your budget. A scope can easily balloon in price depending on what you are looking for it to do. It is important to have an idea on your purpose and your budget when you begin shopping. This will allow you to get the best bang for your buck and get a scope that is truly functional for your needs.

UTG produces a great budget scope. The UTG 4×32 1” hunter scope is a fixed magnification scope. It is a fairly simple scope that is incredibly reliable for the price. It stays calibrated incredibly well. Once you get zeroed in you likely won’t have to touch it. It handles the recoil of the gun very well. It is nitrogen filled and completely sealed. It is fog proof and rain proof so you can take it out in any condition. It also has a mil-dot range estimator which allows you to properly decide if the shot is worth taking. This scope does come with rings to mount it, but you may decide to purchase higher quality rings.

Another great scope worth looking at is the Simmons 511039 9×32 scope. This is a scope that is certainly budget friendly. Budget friendly doesn’t have to mean poor quality. Simmons doesn’t skimp on features for this scope. It has great reviews on Amazon and is certainly worth looking into. It has a single tube construction that allows for greater durability. There are also rubber coatings on the knobs. This is a thoughtful feature that will allow for easy adjustments under a variety of conditions. It has parallax correction which will greatly help with accuracy from a distance. It also has special coatings on the lens to ensure a nice clear shot every time. It is also water proof, fog proof, and will hold up well to the recoil of repeated shooting. You aren’t going to have to find zero repeatedly with this model. As with others, this scope comes with mounting rings so you should be good to go right out of the box.

It is hard to talk about all of these lenses and scopes without at least mentioning something from Nikon. The Nikon P-223 3-9×40 BDC 600 is a powerful and versatile scope. It is in a higher spending category than the Simmons 511039 or the UTG. Naturally more features will mean a higher price. This scope is also found on Amazon and has 649 reviews with an average 5/5 star rating. That is phenomenal customer satisfaction. While reading further about this scope it became quickly apparent why it is a hit with consumers. This scope boasts a 100-yard parallax setting which is said to eliminate parallax entirely. This allows for precise shooting every time. (The parallax effect is an effect where the target can shift based on how it is being viewed in the scope. If you place a cup on the table and close your right eye the cup looks clear and normal. Close your left eye and alternate back and forth between right and left. What happens? The cup seems to shift back and forth on the table. This is parallax, and this is what a good scope is designed to reduce or eliminate.) It has a zero-reset turret which will maintain adjustments even with repeated shooting. This scope is sealed and nitrogen filled. It is fog proof and water proof. The versatile magnification range allows you to easily adjust this scope for a variety of shooting situations and distances. It also has the ability to zero in on your precise ammunition and recoil. Just about everything is customizable with this scope.

Next up we have the Hammers 3-9×32. This is an incredibly clear scope with great optics. The adjustable magnification allows this scope to be used in a variety of shooting situations. The scope itself is lightweight aluminum that is scratch resistant. It is also fog proof and water proof so come rain or snow you will be set. The strong point of this scope is the internal fortification. This allows the scope to stay zeroed even on the most jarring air rifle.

The Aipai C3-9x32EG is another scope that makes the list. This scope comes in a package deal on Amazon. It has a green laser sight that you can attach and detach. The laser is overkill but it is useful when trying to site the rifle and also for pest control. It is fun to see the target light up right before you fire. This scope is one you can easily customize. You can add and remove options at will. If you feel you don’t need the laser sight just remove it. The magnification is great and will add increased range and ability to most shots. It is shock proof, and it will withstand most recoils without needing to be recalibrated. It is also water proof and fog proof. The lenses are clear and visibility is high. All of the inclusions, in the package deal, make this a scope worth considering.

Trying to determine the best scope may be like asking a parent who their favorite child is. It is a nearly impossible question to answer. The winner from our list is the Nikon P-223 3-9×40 BDC 600. It simply doesn’t get much better than this. Nikon has long been known for their optics and produces great lenses with a longstanding reputation. The quality is unmatched. The runner up is the UTG scope we talked about at the beginning of the article. This scope is surprisingly feature rich for the price. If you don’t want to spring for the Nikon, then the UTG will not hang you out to dry. Third place is awarded to the Aipai C3-9x32EG. This is a fun scope with a lot of extras. They make it entirely worth the increased cost. The laser site is fun to mess around with. The scope itself is incredibly accurate and clear in most conditions. Whether you are hunting or on the range this is worth consideration.

So remember, when looking for a scope it is important to know what you are looking for. What are your intended uses. Once you have determined those it is important to identify the budget. Once a budget and your needs have been determined you should then review this list and see what matches up against your needs. These scopes will help you get the most out of your pellet rifle, and honestly there isn’t a bad pick in the bunch.

The Best Scopes for a Ruger 10/22 Rifle

Ruger has sold more than 6 million 10/22 rifles since their launch half a century ago. Some estimates peg the number much closer to the 10 million mark. That is a fitting testament to the enduring popularity of the Ruger 10/22 among gun connoisseurs in America. There is nothing to dislike about the Ruger 10/22. In a country where bigger is almost always considered better, the Ruger 10/22 has managed to hold its own thanks to their ease of use, accessibility and practicality. And did we forget to mention the sheer fun quotient?

A Rifle Ideal for the Range as well as Small Game

The 10/22 is a fantastic rifle for beginners and experienced shooters alike. At just over 5 pounds, it is a compact rifle that is easy to carry and shoot. Unlike its other .22 caliber peers, the Ruger can be fired with minimal effort from a rested position or even off hand, thanks to the absence of box magazines. And since it is a rimfire rifle, cartridges are cheaper, simpler to handle and cause minimal recoil. This is a rifle that you would want to take regularly to the local shooting range for fun. With a weaker .22 projectile, smaller game is all you can reliably take down with the Ruger 10/22. It is however a fun rifle to use, and sturdy and dependable to boot!

Scopes for the Ruger 10/22

Let’s be honest, you don’t have to put optics on the 10/22 to get your fix of fun out of it. After all, we are talking about a rifle with a flat range somewhere in the vicinity of 125 yards. But a scope is always a great addition to a rifle. And since this is a low powered rimfire rifle, you don’t have to break the bank looking for a scope capable of taking a lot of punishment and recoil effects. Thanks to the enduring popularity of the Ruger 10/22, there are some great affordable optics available for the rifle in the market.

Simmons 511039 3 – 9 x 32mm .22 Mag(R) Matte Black Riflescope

With the 10/22, you are looking usually looking for tight patterns at around the 100-125 yard mark at the shooting range. At $35, the Simmons scope is a marked improvement on the iron sights of your .22 rifle. The scope has a run of the mill 32mm lens, which is standard for this range of scopes. The 9x magnification is more than adequate for the modest range of the .22 caliber rounds you will be firing from the plinker. With this kind of rifle, you really should be looking only at scopes designed specifically for rimfire shooting and this is an affordable scope of excellent quality that should get the job done in the target range for you on a regular basis. At 9.6 ounces, it is perfect addition to your 5 pound rifle.

Tasco Rimfire Series 3-9x 32mm 30/30 Reticle .22 Riflescope

Retailing at rates identical to the Simmons scope above, the Tasco is another decent option for .22 Ruger owners. This is a scope that is tailor-made for a .22 rimfire rifle. At around 11 ounces it is a quite lightweight scope that should get the job done on a Ruger 10/22. With a standard 32mm objective lens, 9x magnification, waterproof and fog-proof construction, it has all the features you would expect from a scope in its class. This multipurpose scope will serve you adequately whether you want to do some varmint hunting or fire a couple of rounds at paper.

Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 Rifle Scope

Nikon offers some of the finest quality glass at affordable prices. Within our shortlist of scopes for 10/22 Rugers, the Nikon is one of the two premier options. This scope has been designed specifically for rimfire rifles like the 10/22. While it is not exactly cheap at over $150, this Nikon scope will deliver top notch performance for Ruger 10/22 owners looking to do some serious target shooting at the range. The BDC reticle offers a unique feature of open circle aiming points at distances between 50 to 150 yards, making it a perfect addition to a .22 Ruger. This is not the most lightweight scope in our list,but that is a small tradeoff, considering the amazing optics and unbeatable build quality. For anybody looking for the best performance from a .22 plinker at the competition level, the Nikon is scope of choice along with the next scope in our list.

Leupold 113872 VX-1 Rimfire Scope with Fine Duplex Reticle

The Leupold name needs no introduction here. This is the most expensive scope for a 10/22 Ruger in our list. At $220, it might sound a bit of an overkill, but this is the best scopes in its class. It is very compact and lightweight at 8.2 ounces, and has all the hallmarks of the legendary Leupold build quality. Unlike most other cheaper options in this list, you also get full lifetime warranty and that is a sweet deal right there. With excellent light transmission, this scope will serve you well in low light conditions you might encounter out ion the woods. The 7x magnification is more than enough for the range capabilities of the .22 Ruger. The 10/22 is not really a serious hunting rifle, but for those looking to improve their chances against smaller game or varmints, this Leupold is the perfect choice, albeit a pricey one. If you have the money to spend, this Leupold is probably the best your can buy for a Ruger 10/22 rifle right now.

BSA Sweet .22 3-9 x 40mm Rifle Scope

Available at around the $50 mark, this is another good option specifically designed for .22 plinkers like the Ruger 10/22. The optics may not be up to the mark of a Nikon or Leupold, but that is out of the question at this price point anyways. This BSA is an excellent scope in its own right for the price. Once you zero it at 50 yards, your should be good for up to 150 yards or more. Not exactly the lightest scope in business at 20 ounces, the BSA is nevertheless a capable scope for those looking at an affordable option to go varmint hunting with their .22 Rugers.

BARSKA 3-9×32 Plinker-22 Riflescope

At around $40, this another decently priced and specced rimfire scope option suitable for the 10/22 Ruger rifle. Though definitely not something that you might want to consider for competition level shooting, this scope is a good buy if you intend to hunt small game or go after a few beer cans at 50-100 yards. The optics are crisp for the price and the build quality is rugged enough to handle most outdoors conditions. It is also a decent scope for routine target practice, especially for beginners looking to familiarize themselves with an entry level gun like the 10/22.

Final Thoughts

The 10/22 is a much beloved and capable gun, no question about that. Though not exactly a gun that begs for a scope, adding some quality glass to the rifle will undoubtedly improve its shooting capabilities. There are a few things owners of the Ruger should keep in mind while thinking about getting a scope for their rifle. Conventional wisdom holds that money spent on quality optics is never wasted. But the .22 Ruger is a small caliber rifle that performs well within a limited range. Mounting a regular centrefire scope on this kind of rifle is certifiable overkill. Ruger plinkers are best used in conjunction with scopes that are designed specifically for rimfire rifles. And looking at the range of choices available in the market, ideal scopes for the 10/22 all share 3 basic characteristics.

They are not the most expensively priced scopes out there. Even the more expensive Leupold and Nikon models are priced well under the $250 mark. If you are into serious target shooting or small game hunting, these are your go to scopes for this rifle. For a more casual use, any of the other scopes under $100 will more than enough.

The 10/22 is a light rifle and the best scopes designed for these rifles tend to weight around 10 ounces. The Nikon and BSA tip the scales around 16-20 ounces mark, but that shouldn’t really be a deal-breaker. It is up to the individual user to figure their personal preferences.

And you will not find scopes with too many feature in the .22 class. And there is a sensible reason for that. Though the 10/22 Ruger is an excellent rifle adored by expert marksmen as well as your average Joe, it is mainly considered a beginners weapon for those looking for an entry point into the world of rifles. As such, you really shouldn’t be looking for scopes with an overwhelming array of features, most of which may not even work on the modestly performing .22 plinker.

In conclusion, 10/22 Ruger owners looking for best in class scopes designed for serious target practice should look at the Nikon and Leupold scopes. If budget is an issue, you have plenty of choice in the sub $100 range with the scopes we have shortlisted for you here.

Best Rifle Scopes for a .243 Winchester

Scopes added to the 243 Winchester allow hunters and target shooters to make much more accurate shots ensuring that they will hit their intended target much more often. There are many available scopes on the market, so choosing one can be quite difficult. Comparing the best scopes results in a few great selections in different price ranges.

Leupold Mark 4 LR/T 4.5-14x40mm (30mm) Target Mil Dot

Leupold scope for 243Leupold scopes have long been recognized as being one of the best scope manufacturers. The 30 mm maintube is incredibly strong, so it provides years of service. The eyepiece is made without an internal locking ring allowing the user to easily adjust it in any direction. The battery pack is designed to provide long service and is easy to change. Making it even better, this scope for the 243 Winchester is waterproof so hunting in the snow or fog is never a problem.

This scope features a patented multicoat 4 lens system delivering extreme clarity throughout the visual field. Those using their Winchester 243 guns in low-light conditions love the contrast that this lens system delivers even in low-light conditions. The flip-open lens cover ensures that you never miss a shot while fumbling with a hard to remove cover. The lens system is easy to clean with a lens brush and some high-quality glass cleaner or some pure alcohol.

Hunters love the side-focus parallax on this scope because it comes from Leupold with accurate markings unlike so many other scopes where the user has to take their time to ensure that the markers are accurate. Adjusting this parallax is easy ensuring that the optical illusion caused by the reticle is eliminated.

As hunters know, the wind speed can change the bullet’s distance in a flash, so this scope offers finger-adjustable ¼ minutes of angle (MOA) up to 45 MOAs. This scope also adjusts for 140 MOAs for elevation. Hunters do not even have to look at the gauge because the scope features audible and tactile clicks that are easy to hear and feel. The adjustments are permanently lubricated helping to minimize cleaning time.

The Leupold Mark 4 LR/T has the multi-dot sighting system that is incredibly easy to use. Users can simply look through the scope, bracket the object between the dots and estimate the distance to the target. Using this system ensures that bullets follow the expected trajectory allowing you to hit the expected target.

Bushnell Trophy XLT Multi-X Reticle Riflescope Bone Collection

The Bushnell Trophy XLT Multi-X riflescope was made in partnership with Michael Waddell from Outdoor Channel’s Bone Collection show. Unlike many scopes in its price range, this scope is built to last. Since this scope is only 11.9 inches long, it looks perfect when attached to the Winchester 243. The aircraft-grade aluminum ensuring that it stands up to the gun’s rebound and harsh outdoor conditions. Further ensuring that this scope withstands punishment, it is made of one piece that is waterproof. This scope is filled with nitrogen so it will not fog ensuring that the user can see clearly regardless of conditions. Weighing only 14.1 ounces, so carrying it all day in the field is easy. Buyers need to be aware that this scope does not come with the 1 inch required o-ring required for mounting.

For many years, hunters and target shooters have trusted Bushnell’s outstanding optical systems and this scope is no exception. The lenses on this Bushnell Trophy scope are multicoated so users can get a clear view regardless of lighting conditions. This scope is particularly noted for giving users the ability to see clearly in low-light conditions. Furthermore, the coating helps to eliminate glare. A flip-up cup protects the lens while making it easy to use even for a rapid shot.

Many shooters have often wished that the target would come closer. This scope will make the target appear closer as it offers three to nine times magnification. The field of view is 40 feet at 100 yards when using three times magnification and 13 feet at 100 yards when using nine times magnification. Users can easily get the target in view under normal viewing conditions and easily adjust the magnification allowing them to hit the exact spot on the wild animal for an instant kill or the bullseye when target shooting. The resolution remains outstanding through the entire range of magnification.

If you love simplicity, then you will love the multi-X reticle on this scope. Simply place the crosshairs on the intended target and pull the trigger. For novice shooters this requires some practice, but more experienced shooters find it the easiest system to operate. The fast-focus eyepiece works extremely well while giving a clear picture. The reticle is not illuminated, so using it in low-light conditions requires practice. This reticle is capable of gathering 91 percent of all available light making it easy to take shots in low-light conditions.

This Bone Collection scope offers 114 MOA making it easy to adjust for windage and elevation with its easy to use fingertip adjustment knobs. Once the scope is sighted, it does an incredible job of holding zero regardless of the way that it is treated.

Vortex Optics 2-7×35 Diamondback Rimfire

If you are looking for a budget-friendly riflescope, then make sure to consider the Vortex Optics 2-7×35 Diamondback Rimfire riflescope because it shares many of the same characteristics as much more expensive riflescopes. This riflescope is made of high-grade aluminum, so it will withstand the punishment that hunters give it in the field along with easily handling any abuse given to it by target shooters. The one-inch tube easily mounts to the Winchester 243. Since this scope weighs just 14.2 ounces, hunters can easily carry it all day and target shooters find that the gun is not enough heavier to encumber their shots. It is both waterproof and fogproof making it perfect for any weather conditions.

The opticals on this scope allow the user to easily select from two to seven times magnification. The lenses are multicoated to take advantage of any available light without causing glare. The eyepiece is very comparable to speeds offered on higher-end models. When users choose two times magnification the field of view is 64.3 feet per 100 yards while it is 19.3 feet per 100 yards at nine times magnification.

The parallax is set at 50 yards and cannot be adjusted. Therefore, those using this scope on a Winchester 243 need to find other ways to compensate when attempting to hit a target. Most experienced hunters and target shooters do not find this an issue because they often forget to adjust the knob offered on more expensive models.

The MOA adjustments on this Vortex Rimfire scope are outstanding. Shooters have the option of adjusting them in ¼ increments with an adjustment of 15 MOA being offered by a single turn of the knob. This scope offers a maximum of 100 MOA for windage and for elevation. The low-capped turrets on this scope help to keep out soil and other elements. The low-cap also helps ensure that the scope is not easily snagged when the hunter is walking through rough terrain. The turrets can be reset.

This scope offers v-plex reticle that is generally regarded as one of the simplest reticles available because the hunter just lines up the target in the crosshairs. It is intended for a variety of hunting purposes.

Sightron SII Big Sky 3-12×42 HHR Rifle Scope

Sightron SII Big Sky series of scopes are quality scopes featuring optical lenses made in Japan. These scopes are 12.56 inches long and weigh 13.4 ounces. The scope is waterproof and fogproof. Users need to be aware, however, that no lens cap comes with this scope. The scope is filled with nitrogen, so fogging is never a problem. This Sightron scope features This scope relies on the duplex system allowing hunters and target shooters to line up their shots with each.

This scope features magnification from three times to 12 times. There is very little distortion until the scope is pushed past seven times magnification. Then, the distortion is minimal. At three times magnification, the field of view is 31.9 feet per 100 yards while at 12 times the field of view is 8 feet per 100 yards. The zoom knob has a large tactile hump allowing users to turn it easily even with gloved hands, however, once set it stays in place. Users should be aware that the Big Sky scope uses European-style focusing, so it is not as likely to get inadvertently changed, although it is slower than American-style focusing. This scope features outstanding seven-layer coating to maximize light allowing hunters and target shooters to see well even in low-light conditions.

This scope features Sightron’s patented ExecTrac MOA system that some experts describe as the most precise in the industry. Users can adjust the MOV at ¼ increments up to 70 inches at 100 feet using a knob that adjusts 15 MOV with each turn. This scope features audible clicks, so users do not have to look at the scope to change its MOV.

The Best Rifle Scopes for a 7mm Magnum

Zeiss Scope for a 7mm MagnumThe rise in popularity of the 7mm magnum cartridge ever since its inception all the way back in 1962 has been nothing short of stupendous. It nearly put the excellent .264 Winchester Magnum out of business with its superior performance. And thus, from an obscure or rather exotic European novelty, this spiritual descendant of the old but venerable Mauser 7×57 has risen to the number two spot on the North American continent. The top spot, of course, belongs to the legend that is the .30 caliber, which will forever remain in a class of its own. Nevertheless, the 7mm magnum remains a popular choice for gun enthusiasts, primarily big game hunters thanks to its strengths.

The Strong Points of a 7mm Rifle

Experienced shooters will probably know the futility in arguing relative merits and weaknesses of the 7mm versus the .30 caliber family of rifles. They are both excellent rifles with precious little regarding actual real world performance. If you are out hunting, they will both get the job done in the case of medium to big game animals. And they both might be a bit of an overkill for the smaller game. The same goes for target shooting. In the end for most owners, it all boils down to personal preference. The .30 caliber probably has a slight edge, especially when it comes to choice of projectile grain size, though the 7mm magnum is not far behind in this regard. The long and short of it is that the 7mm magnum is one most trusted options for long range medium to large game hunting.

The 7mm magnum also has plenty to offer target shooters despite its mean kick. What works in its favor for long range target practice is the excellent flat shooting trajectory of the cartridge. This is after all a rifle caliber that was used by the US Secret Service at one point on their urban counter-sniper deployments. Besides, it is a standard factory issued cartridge that can slot into various affordable bolt-action rifles from manufacturers like Remington, Winchester, Savage, Ruger, Sako, Weatherby and many others. You can’t go wrong with a 7mm magnum rifle, be it for range practice or game hunting.

Why a 7mm Magnum Demands a Scope

This is a mean rifle with a knockout punch and long range. It begs to be aimed at distances longer than what your average .30 caliber would engage. If you want to extract the maximum potential from this class of rifles, you need a scope. Depend on iron sights alone and you are criminally under-utilizing these rifles. That being said, a top of the shelf scope will often cost you much more than the actual rifle (or several rifles in the case of some scopes!). But a good scope is well worth its price is most if not all situations. So, here are some of the best scopes available for 7mm magnum rifles in the market today:

Burris 200116 Eliminator 4-16x50x96 Scope

Let us start with one of the pricier options out there. The Burris Eliminator sure doesn’t come cheap. But for that price what you get is pure quality. Easy to mount and range, this is one of the best scopes for long range shots at 500 yards or more. It will work extremely well out in a target range, provided you have long range targets to aim at. This is great scope for both beginners as well as seasoned pros hunting out in the wild. Range adjustments are snappy, and you can pull off shots in quick succession, a boon when out hunting. The 16x zoom might be a bit of a letdown for those looking to shoot at very long distance targets, but that is probably one of the few gripes you can have about what is otherwise one of the best scopes your money can buy for a 7mm Magnum rifle.

Nikon ProStaff 4-12 x 40 Black Matte Riflescope

On the other end of the price range is this compact scope from Nikon. This is a fantastic option for those 7mm magnum owners looking for a less pricey scope that can get the job done. This scope can sight all the way up to 600 yards and can be used for hunting as well as in a shooting range. At its price range, you will be genuinely hard pressed to find a better performing scope. In fact, this Nikon ProStaff can give many scopes in the $500 category a run for their money. With 3.7 inches of eye relief, this is a great scope to handle the considerable recoil from a 7mm Magnum round. With excellent light transmission figures of around 98%, this Nikon scope is perfect for diverse outdoor conditions including low light and low visibility.

Carl Zeiss Optical Conquest HD5 5-25×50 Rapid-Z

One look at this scope and you know that this was designed specifically for a long range magnum rifle. The legendary German brand requires no introduction. Retailing at around $1300, this compact scope offers 25x zoom where larger bulkier scopes have to settle for 8-10x zoom. The Rapid Z varmint reticle has been specially designed for cartridges with flat trajectories which will fit the bill for a 7mm magnum rifle. The perfect companion for somebody looking to do some varmint shooting at medium to long range. The price may be on the higher side, but a Carl Zeiss scope is well worth its price anytime.

Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Riflescope

Another sub-$100 scope that works efficiently for those looking for a dependable hunting scope within a budget. This scope is optimized for low light conditions, making it perfect for those dawn or dusk hunting trips. The build quality is rugged, and though it is on the heavier side, that is acceptable at this price point. It can also get the job done reasonably well on the target range for. All in all, a functional and reasonably accurate scope that comes under $100. The weight can be a bit of a hassle at the end of a long day out in the country, so that might be something to consider if you plan to buy this for hunting purposes.

Millett 6-25 X 56 LRS-1 Tactical Riflescope

An out and out scope for the targeting enthusiast, the Millet LRS-1 is a sub-$500 product that is perfect for a 7mm magnum rifle. With excellent optics and long range zoom, this scope will help you pull off 900 and 1000 yard shots with ease. This may not be the best option for hunting though, because of its considerable bulk. But if you are looking to get the maximum out of your 7mm magnum rifle, be it a Remington 700 or a Sako 85 Finnlight, this could be the long range scope for you.

Nikon Buck Master II Scope with BDC Reticle

Another affordable yet versatile scope from Nikon, this $120 priced glass can be put to use for hunting game as well as paper. Much like the other Nikon scope in this list, The Buck Master II is an excellent hunting scope for low light situations. The BDC reticle holds a distinctive advantage for long range shooting with its see-through ballistic circles. And as we all know, if there is one thing the 7mm magnum rifles are good at, it is getting long range shots. With up to 12x magnification, this scope should get the job done in most standard game hunting situations you might end up in. As a very affordable scope, this Nikon will work reasonably well should you want to spend some time at the target range grouping long range shots.


The 7mm Magnum is one of the most popular rifles out there today. As a long range caliber rifle, scopes are almost mandatory if you want to get the most out of your 7mm magnum. And as you can see from this list, there are plenty of great scopes in a wide range of prices available in the market for hunting as well as target shooting practice. Many scopes tend to be versatile enough to get both the jobs done, often at very affordable price points. It is all up to you figure which one fits your needs as well as your pocket.

Best Rifle Scopes for a .270 Winchester Rifle

The .270 Winchester is a popular round among hunters because of its moderate recoil, terminal ballistic, widespread availability, and consistency. First commercialized in 1925 for Winchester Repeating Arms’ bolt-action Model 54 rifle, the .270 Win chambering system is now one of the most popular rounds in existence. It is especially popular with hunters who prefer hunting larger game such as elk, deer, and moose.

This caliber is fondly referred to as the “fast and flat shooter” because of its flat trajectory. This characteristic makes the .270 Win extremely accurate for short range shots as bullets only start to drop below the line of sight at 150 yards. Subject to the weight of the bullet used, it fires fast and precise at ranges of up to 600 yards in open fields.

As reliable as the .270 is, its capabilities are limited if it is not paired with a high-quality telescopic sight. A rifle scope is a formidable magnifier that saves your time and energy and increases your shot accuracy. A 3-9x variable power scope fits the bill for the .270 Win, but you can always go for lesser or higher magnification options. The availability of a broad range of rifle scope styles, features and price points for the .270 may confuse you when shopping for a scope.

The following are some of the factors to consider when shopping for a scope for your .270 Win:

  • Eye relief – this is the amount of distance between the eye and the scope. Although the .270 produces a moderate amount of recoil, you are better off with a scope that has a generous eye relief.
  • Ruggedness – this simply refers to a scope’s ability to handle a substantial amount of recoil force.
  • Hunting Scope Power – a hunter in an open field requires a scope with a high optical zoom because he or she cannot get very close to the game as compared to one hunting in the woods. A higher magnification offers better visibility for long range shots.
  • Length and Weight – the more loaded a scope is, the heavier it usually is. You should go for a compact scope with a fixed magnification if you feel that a massive scope may weigh you down.
  • Objective lens – the size of the objective lens is directly proportional to the amount of light that the scope transmits. A hunter in a brushy area will require a scope with a larger objective lens than that of one in the plains.
  • Eyepiece – there are usually two types: straight and angled. A straight eyepiece is ideal for quick target acquisition scenarios while an angled eyepiece is best for extended viewing sessions.
  • Pricing – scopes’ prices range widely. Although a higher price usually means greater capabilities, there are cheaper scopes that perform just as well as their pricey counterparts.
  • Weather conditions – while scopes used in shooting ranges do not necessarily have to be waterproof, most that are used for outdoor hunting do. You will also need a durable scope that can withstand the rigors of extreme weather.

Top Scopes for the .270 Winchester

After much research and numerous tests, we have a compiled a list, in no particular order, of models that we believe are best suited for your .270.

1) Nikon Buckmasters 3-9×40 Riflescope

The Nikon Buckmasters 3-9×40 Riflescope is a result of the collaboration between Nikon and Buckmaster. Like all Nikon products, the Nikon Buckmaster’s high-quality optics have made it a formidable force in the world of high-performing scopes.

It is a rugged yet precise scope that is built to last and ease your hunting experience. It is 100 percent waterproof, shock-proof, and nitrogen-filled to prevent fog accumulation.

Its 3-9x variable scope magnification makes it ideal for ranges up to 600 yards in an open field. It is versatile and offers sufficient magnification for both short and medium range hunting.

Equipped with a 40-mm objective lens and Buckmaster’s Brightvue Anti-Reflective system of multi-coated lenses, it gathers almost a 100 percent of the available light. These features make the Nikon Buckmaster superb for morning and late evening hunting and brush hunters.

The scope integrates a dynamic bullet drop compensating (BDC) reticle enhanced with a bullet drop compensator calibrated to provide quick and easy aiming points for different shot distances.

This product comes with a Limited Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty and is arguably one of the best scopes for the .270 Winchester rifle.

2) Bushnell Mil-Dot Riflescope with Laser Range Finder

The Bushnell LRF (Laser Range Finder) features a 4-12x power optic that invaluable to any mid-range to the long-range hunter. It is equipped with a powerful mil dot reticle and is, therefore, is sufficient to up to 800 yards in an open field.

Its fully multi-coated optics enable it to provide a crisp, bright, and glare less HD quality sight picture even at its highest setting. The built-in range finder can accurately determine the range from as close as 30 yards to as far as 800 yards. The range finder’s single 3-volt battery allows it to last to up to 5,000 fires while providing accurate performance every time. Its high accuracy estimation facilitates for a precise holdover that can be useful for long-range hunters.

The Bushnell LRF is one of the best rugged models as it is fog-proof, waterproof, and shockproof. It is an all-around optic and is easy to use.

3) Leupold VX-R

The Leupold VX-R is easily one of the best close range rifles for hunting fast-moving game with a .270 Winchester rifle. Leupold is a reputable manufacturer that has been producing award-winning optics for decades – occasionally for the police and military forces. Although it is designed for both shooters and hunters, it makes a great hunting-with-dogs or stalking weapon when paired with a .270.

The Leupold VX-R’s 1-4x magnification makes it an excellent scope for rapid hunting. Its illuminated reticle provides a brighter picture with HD clarity. Earning its name as the “Firedot,” the motion sensing reticle enables you to hit the target by just placing the dot on it and pulling the trigger. The motion sensing technology also shuts off the optic after a period of inactivity to save the battery.

Known for producing military grade products, Leupold has ensured that the VX-R is fog-proof, waterproof, and shockproof. The DiamondCoat glass fitted on this scope makes the lenses scratch and wear resistant. You can trust this scope to be one of the most durable in its class.

4) Bushnell Elite Multi-X Reticle Riflescope 4-16×40

The Bushnell Elite Riflescope is designed to aid you during those light-starved hunting situations. Its fully multi-coated optics provide an intense 95% crisp and bright light transmission to deliver superior low-light performance. Patented Rainguard HD treatment allows for precision and excellent visibility even in the harshest weather conditions.

The Elite’s one-piece matte finish tube and 100% waterproof argon purged interior speak for its durability and reliability. The scope was recoil tested with 10,000 of 375 high to warrant a shockproof experience.

Thi scope’s glass-etched reticle offers ¼ MOA or finer fingertip, elevation adjustments, and audible and resettable windage. The Bushnell Elite turns your .270 Winchester into a lethal shooting machine.

5) Leupold VX-I Riflescope

The Leupold VX-I Riflescope is an affordable option that combines outstanding Leupold dependability and ruggedness with modern styling to provide shooters and hunters with a class-topping scope. Recently redesigned, it now features additional details that facilitate better performance and Leupold-style reliability.

The all new optical system features lead-free, precision ground, and polished lenses to provide resolution and clarity that will be the envy of your hunting buddies. The Leupold VX-1 is coated with Multicoat4 lens coatings that boast of 92% total light transmission making it an excellent sight for dawn-to-dusk hunting.

It offers a micro-friction windage and elevation adjustments in ¼-MOA increments and an actual magnification of 1.0 to allow quick zeroing and easy adjustment in the field. Easy and achievable reticle focus is made possible by a fast-focus eyepiece with a low-profile lock ring.

Like all Leupold products, the VX-1 is offered with a lifetime warranty.

6) Barska 6.5-20×50 AO Varmint Target Dot Riflescope

Although not as well-known as most scopes in our list, the Barska Target Dot is as powerful as any good scope should be. Built for long range hunting with the .270 Winchester, it is equipped with a powerful 6.5x to 20x magnification. The lowest setting will come in handy during mid-range shooting and any setting above ten facilitates long range shooting. The caliber proof elevation adjustments enable the scope to maintain zero regardless of the elevation.

Built to compete with the more established optics, the waterproof Barska Target Dot is made from high-quality aircraft grade aluminum to ensure maximum durability. It is oxygen-plunged and nitrogen-filled to prevent fog from gathering on the lens.

A 50mm objective lens meant for maximum light transmission, an extremely precise finger adjustable turrets, and a thin crosshair makes this optic very effective, even at long ranges. Expectedly, its size makes it a little bit bulky, but this is anticipated of most long range magnification. For the budget minded, the Barska Target dot is the best long range option.

Top Rifle Scopes for a .17 HMR Rifle

In 2002, the Hornady ammunition company created the .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire, also known as the .17 HMR. It is a successor of the .22 Magnum and came to be by necking down the .22 Magnum case to take a .17 caliber cartridge. These are popular with most small game hunters and those wanting to rid their gardens and yards of unwanted vermin. The 17 HMR is light and accurate. They easily drop squirrels, pigeons, ruffed and blue grouse, rabbits, and magpies to name a few. They also make short work of raccoons, porcupines, rabbits, and coyotes if a head or heart shot lands. This is relatively easy because of the .17 Hornady Magnum Rimfire’s accuracy. Target shooters are also fond of the .17 HMR. Both groups agree that the accuracy improves a great deal with the addition of a scope. There are many scopes on the market, which work with the .17 HMR finding the one that is the best for the job can be challenging but with some helpful information, it becomes a manageable task.

The first step in making a decision about a scope for the .17 HMR is deciding the purpose and the degree of accuracy that is necessary. Target shooting at the local range or on private property is an enjoyable pastime for many gun enthusiasts, in this situation accuracy of a scope is important, but probably not important enough to break the bank on a high-end scope. For fending off vermin or hunting small game, accuracy is important, especially if the target is quick or skittish. This very well may be the situation for an investment in a higher quality, higher priced scope. For either price range avoid scopes that feel flimsy or appear constructed with inferior quality materials. A trustworthy adage applies here; if the deal seems too good to be true then it probably is too good to be true.

Essential features for the scope on a .17HMR

  • A large objective lens with optics that are coated to reduce glare
  • A wide field of sight and the ability to collect enough light
  • Nitrogen-purged tube along with lenses sealed by O-rings for the best protection from water and fog
  • Calibrated for .17 HMR for most efficient aim and tagging of the target
  • Single solid tube construction as this holds up best under harsh conditions
  • Heavy duty and strong enough to endure recoil and rough conditions
  • Adjustable objective lens for a sharp image of your target that is parallax free

Best Scopes for the .17 HMR

BSA 3-12×40 Sweet 17 Rifle Scope

BSA Optics a company that specializes in the production of riflescopes, binoculars, and spotting scopes, manufactures this scope. BSA is well known and highly regarded for the quality scopes they began producing in 1996. BSA Optics specifically designed their first scope for the .17 HMR in 2004.

The BSA 3-12×40 Sweet 17 Rifle Scope is a favorite of small game hunters, who praise the accuracy and the reasonable price of this scope. BSA has packed a lot of quality into a small package with this scope. It is just 13.5 inches and it weighs 19.40 ounces.

The scope features an efficient, specifically calibrated turret system that works well with multiple grain weights. The objective consists of 17gr turret drums and is adjustable. The 40mm objective lens gives a 100-yard look at the field.

The BSA Sweet 17 Scope provides the shooter ideal eye-relief of 3inches, an adjustment range of 30-30, a quarter inch click adjustment, and a range of 10-infinity parallax setting. The scope is waterproof, fog-proof, and shockproof; it also comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The BSA 3-12×40 Sweet 17 Rifle Scope is a quality shooting accessory that is a great value.

Barska 6-18×40 AO Hot Magnum .17 And .22 Interchangeable 30/30 Riflescope

Barska is a sporting goods manufacturer that specializes in utilizing the latest optical technology and components. Barska excels at creating products known for exceptionally bright images. The Barska Hot- Magnum is 15.65 inches long, weighs just 20.48 ounces, and carries a limited lifetime warranty.

One unique feature of this scope is that it is equipped with Bullet Drop Compensation technology or BDC technology. This can be particularly useful to those in target competitions as well as hunters. The BDC system works by having a reticle scheme that predicts how far a bullet will drop over a specific distance.

This improves accuracy and efficiency when shooting over a variety of distances. The shooter simply lines up the target in the reticle that corresponds to the distance of the target and shoots. There is no need to adjust the elevation of the scope when the target distances changes. Bullet Drop Compensation technology is rapidly increasing in popularity as more shooters see its useful applications.

The Barska Hot Magnum has a 40mm objective lens with 30/30 reticles. The lens adjusts easily to make parallax corrections. It provides eye relief of 3.1 inches as well as a click value of ¼. Barska has specifically calibrated the Hot Magnum scope for use with the .17 HMR. The scope also features an adjustable pre-calculated trajectory compensation allowing the shooter to fine-tune the scope within a range of 100-300 yards by simply turning a dial.

Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Riflescope

The Banner Dusk and Dawn Riflescope has Bushnell’s sixty-five years of experience in producing dependable and affordable sports optics standing behind it.

This riflescope is equipped with the exclusive Dusk and Dawn Brightness. This effect comes from a multi-coating method that gives vividness and precision that benefit small game hunters. The Dusk and Dawn Brightness allows hunters to make the most of every minute of the hunting day from first light until evening. In addition to the multi-coated optics, the Banner also gives the shooter 3.3 inches of eye- relief, has a convenient fast-focus eyepiece as well as a multi-X reticle. This combines to make it perfect for long range shooting.

The Banner scope has a single tube design and a dry nitrogen filling making it fog- proof and waterproof. It is lightweight and compact; 12 inches long and weighs 15 ounces. Bushnell backs the Banner Dusk & Dawn Riflescope with a limited lifetime warranty. This is a great value for the small game hunter looking to extend the hunting day as long as possible.

Simmons ProTarget TruPlex Reticle Side Parallax Adjustment Riflescope 3-9x 40mm

Simmons’ parent company, Vista Outdoor, manufactures the Pro Target TruPlex, and this worldwide maker’s thirty-plus years of experience in scopes and binoculars is easy to see. Sportsmen eagerly anticipate new products from Vista Outdoor because of the creativity and endurance Vista puts into their products.

The ProTarget TruPlex is an ideal scope for small game hunting; it has a 3-9x magnification and it is remarkably easy to zero-in on a target using the adjustable turrets, which require just a fingertip to operate. The reticle assists with isolating targets of all sizes.

The ProTarget TruPlex also features multicoated lenses for brilliant high-quality images with the objective of 40mm, side focus, and a generous 3.9-inch eye relief. The scope is 14.5 inches long and weighs 20.4 ounces. The Simmons ProTarget Riflescope is the scope every small game hunter needs.

Hawke Sport Optics Vantage HD 4-12X50 AO Mil Dot IR Riflescope

The Hawke Sport Optics brands make high quality, entry-level optics that will consistently hold up nicely and perform well. The Vantage HD riflescope is a truly versatile scope, which is equally effective in the woods or at the range.

The layered optics have multiple coatings to ensure the proper dispersion of light for a well-defined image. Another unique feature to the Vantage-HD is the etching of the reticle into the lens. The illuminated lens gives the shooter the choice between five levels of intensity and Hawk Sport Optics takes the customizability one-step further by offering the choice of a red light for sunny conditions and a green light for dim light. This makes early morning or late evening accuracy easy. The Vantage HD features a fast focus feature on the eyepiece as well as a side focus of 10 yards to infinity. This scope gives objective of 40mm and a 4-12x optical system and the shooter has a consistent eye relief of 3.5 inches.

The Vantage-HD is 13.6inches long and weighs 18.1ounces. It has a 1-inch monotube body that is constructed of durable lightweight aluminum alloy housing. Hawke Sport Optics augments by adding nitrogen filling to ensure the scope is waterproof and fog-proof. The Hawke Sport Optics Vantage HD 4-12X50AO Mil Dot IR Riflescope is a great value because its versatility and unique features will ensure years of diverse use.

Nikon ProStaff 4-12 x 40 Black Matte Riflescope Bullet Drop Compensator

The ProStaff Riflescope is an example of Nikon’s cutting-edge technology and explains why Nikon is a worldwide authority in sports optics. This versatile scope works well for the range, but the features of the ProStaff shine while on a hunt for game.

The 4-12x 40mm objective lens is multicoated and assures the shooter of sufficient brightness regardless of low contrast or low light surroundings by giving a 98% light transmission. Shooters appreciate the scope’s 3.7-inch consistent eye relief as well as the fact that the ProStaff scope has a zero-reset turret that allows the shooter the option of dialing up successive ranges.

Nikon responded to consumer requests for a riflescope with a Bullet Drop Compensator, by equipping the ProStaff with a uniquely designed reticle made up of see-through ballistic circles. These give the shooter the advantage of maintaining distances once believed to be impossible.

The ProStaff also holds an optional sunshade, which also offers ideal protection from rain, dust, and light snow. The housing of the scope is O-ring sealed and nitrogen-filled to protect it from water and fog damage. The length of the ProStaff riflescope is 14.1 inches and the scope weighs 16.2 ounces. It comes with a lifetime warranty and it is one of the highest rated mid-priced scopes on the market.

Burris Fullfield II 2x-7x-35mm Ballistic Plex

Vista Outdoor created the Burris Fullfield II with the same care and attention to detail that they put into all of their sport equipment. This riflescope’s purpose is to last and outperform the rest of the market and Vista Outdoor backs it up with a warranty that will last forever.

The scope has a multi-coated no-glare lens that provides the shooter unrivaled clarity and contrast even in inclement weather and in poor light conditions. The Fullfield gives the shooter an eye relief, which ranges between 3.1-4.1inches. It has a no-slip grip for the power ring and eyepiece making adjustments simple and quick.

The scope has a ballistic Plex reticle and the Fullfield is waterproof, shockproof, and fog proof. It is extremely compact and portable weighing 12 ounces with a length of 11.4 inches. The Burris Fullfield II 2-7x35mm Ballistic Plex is rugged and will hold up under adverse conditions this makes it perfect for game hunting. It is a long term quality investment for the hunting enthusiast.

With so many options at such a wide variety of price points, it is hard for a consumer to go wrong. For use on the range, the Barska 6-18×40 AO Hot Magnum is a wonderfully versatile moderately priced scope. The Hot Magnum’s Bullet Drop Compensation makes it ideal on the range or in shooting competitions.

For use in the field, hunting various kinds of small game the Hawke Sport Optics Vantage HD 4-12X50AO Mil Dot IR Riflescope is an excellent choice. Its fast focus feature makes tagging small, quick game easy, the etched reticle, and the illuminated lens help hunters make the most of their day in the field. By adding, the red and green lights with five levels of light intensity Barska set this scope apart from similar models on the market.

Purchasing a great riflescope for the .17 HMR can be easy and enjoyable, remember these tips and reviews to find the perfect scope.

Best Rifle Scopes for a .308

The most popular rifles on the market are the .308s. They are also some of the most accurate. Scopes are a great addition to an already accurate rifle, and can be very helpful when you are out hunting large animals like deer and elk. If you are in the market for a scope, here are a few things to look for when you are shopping for a scope, and a few reviews to help you get started.

When you are looking for a scope, it is important to think about your needs as far as durability, distance capability, and cost. These features can vary so it is important to figure out what you want first, and then what you will be able to afford.

What to Look For


A .308 rifle is already made to shoot far distances, so if you are also getting a scope, make sure it is designed for shots of at least 300 to 500 yards, or even more. If it is accurate for fewer yards than that, and lacks high magnification clarity, it isn’t going to help the rifle work any better at far distances. There are some great short range scopes that you can use on a .308, but those just aren’t going to be the best scopes that you can purchase for most situations.


Clarity becomes an issue when a scope isn’t showing a distorted view with long range magnification, and it should give you a clear image with conditions that are either low light or bright light.


Obviously, durability is going to be a big plus for any scope you purchase. Make sure the lenses are scratch resistant, and you will want the tube of the scope to be solid and sealed. Nitrogen and argon normally fill the scope to make it fog resistant, which makes it more durable, and protects the scope’s interior. Also pay attention to the material the scope is made of for durability, shock resistance, and if it can withstand the jarring of the bolt when it is locked into place. A scope is not something you want to replace often, so it is important to make sure it is a quality piece that is made to last.

Since the scope may weigh a little more depending on the material it is constructed of, you need to figure out how to balance it. Scopes that are used for short distances are lighter, and more compact compared to ones used for long distances.

Easy to Use

Your scope should also be easy to use, and it shouldn’t be difficult to decrease or increase magnification, or take a really long time to sight them in. it also shouldn’t need to be sighted again one you have shot a few rounds, this can be a pain if you are hunting at long range, and you miss your target completely.

You also need to make sure you have a clear reticle, and comfortable eye relief, if either of these are not right, you will have a difficult time using your scope. You will also need to be able to easily read the dials, and be able to adjust them.

Another important part is the diameter of the objective lens. The larger the diameter, the larger the field of view which means you it is easier to track your target. If you are having a hard time tracking your targets, then you scope is not easy to use.

Parts of the Scope


This is one of the most important parts of a scope. A larger lens is called an objective lens, and you will find it the farthest away from the rifle stock. It works by transmitting light back through to the ocular lens, which you will find the closest to your eyes. The diameter of the objective will limit the amount of light that enters the scope, and how efficiently the light will transmit across the ocular.

You will find the objective lens in the objective bell, while the ocular lens is in the eyepiece. You will usually find most scopes are fog proof and waterproof. These scopes work similar to a telescope, and they come with a cross-hair, or a reticle, that shows you where your shot will land when you pull the trigger.


This is the measure of how much larger objects will appear through your scope in comparison to what you see with the naked eye. If it is a 10x magnification, it will be ten times closer than what you would see normally.

You will also find that a scope has either fixed or variable magnification. When you have variable magnification, you will start on a lower magnification and work your way up. Starting with a really high magnification when your target is at close range will narrow your field of view, and lessen the amount of light that enters the scope. This makes getting the shot more difficult.

Field Of View (FOV)

This is the area you see when looking through the scope from right to left. When you have a wider FOV, you will get a lot better results. As you increase your magnification, your field of view will actually get smaller and vice versa.

Recommended Scopes

Nikon M-308 4-16x42mm Riflescope

The Nikon M-308 Riflescope was created specifically for a high caliber long range rifle like the .308. It has a 42 mm objective lens, and it has a great field of view with around 25 feet at top magnification. It weighs just around a pound, but it is a one-inch tube with sturdy construction that is pretty typical for a .308 scope. It’s a great length for a .308 at about a foot long, particularly for elk and deer hunting.

This fog proof and waterproof scope is great for any type of weather condition, plus it has a 95 percent light transmission, so it can be used in both dim and bright light. It is easy to adjust with an adjustment of only .25 inch making it great for both long and short range accuracy.

The M-308 has about a four-inch eye relief that makes it very comfortable to use. It is also very durable which makes it great for a 308 AR, and it is also terrific for a.308 that is used for large game hunting, or target shooting at a long distance.

With a BDC 800 reticle, you can adjust the M-308 for the trajectory of your rifle. The BDC 800 was specially designed for the .308 so it has 100 yards zero on the crosshairs, plus 200 to 800 yards representative points. BDC means “bullet drop compensator”, and is another way to say the trajectory adjustment of the bullet from the effects of gravity, which is important when you sighting in the scope and shooting it. The M-308 also has side focus, custom turret, and a parallax adjustment.

One of the negatives with the M-308 is that it doesn’t always have mounts, so you should purchase those separately. It’s a moderately priced scope, but it should last you awhile, as long as you take decent care of it.

Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5-16x42mm Mil Dot Reticle

The Bushnell Elite 6500 is a high-quality scope that works really well with a .308. It is solid and durable, and can handle a .308’s recoil easily. It’s also great to use with bolt action .308 rifles. The Bushnell Elite 6500 has really clear and consistent optics that have a durable coating for use out in the field. It’s also nitrogen filled, shockproof, fog and waterproof. Moisture just beads up on it so your focus will always be clear.

It has push and pull turrets, and sighting is quick and easy since it is zero resettable. The Bushnell Elite 6500 is ¼ MOA, and has both resettable windage and elevation adjustment, plus a sunshade and side focus.

The mil-dot reticle helps to improve accuracy at large distances, and the clarity, field of view, and ease of sighting are excellent, plus it is durable and is easy to adjust. It’s a great scope for a .308, and gets an average shooting distance of 100-200 yards to 300-600 yards.

One negative is that if the scope is correctly mounted onto the tube making it level with the barrel, it will be slightly off target. It’s a great scope for someone with experience using a tactical scope, but it could be a bit expensive if you are just a beginner.

Leupold 115390 Mark AR Mod 1 3-9x40mm

The Leupold 115390 Mark AR is a high-quality rifle scope that is reasonably priced, and is the best of the Leupold scopes for a .308. It has a Mil Dot reticle that provides better accuracy, and has an eye relief between three and a half to four and a half inches, so it is super comfortable to shoot with. It weighs about one pound, and is around a foot long. It is Argon and Krypton filled making it fog proof, even if you take it from a warm interior area out into a cold vehicle. It also has multi-coated lenses that are waterproofed, and it has a shockproof design that holds up to the heavy recoil of a .308.

This scope has great, vivid color transmission, plus clarity of view. Because of the mil dot reticle, it can be used for tactical use, but it is still a good scope for beginners. The mil dot also has both vertical and horizontal scadia. Zero-resettable turrets are offered by Leupold that were created just for the .308 rifle, which makes it easier for the .308 owner. Leupold also offers turrets that are specifically for the .308 rifle.

This scope is super easy to use due to the terrific optics of the Mark AR Mod 1. You will find it easy to find the target, and, after you have it sighted in, the mil-dot reticle will make it super easy to estimate shooting distances. It also comes with instructions for sighting in the mil dot reticle. The turrets are in 1/10 mil adjustments, which are a military standard that is easy to master once you understand what it is.

The maximum magnification is 8.6 for the Leupold 115390, which is a bit of a negative. It also doesn’t have a lit scope, but the light transmission is clear, and it works well in low light conditions as well. This scope is a really good value for the price. It’s only drawback is that the mil-dot reticles takes a little getting used to, and some extra practice to master.

The FSI Sniper Kit

The FSI Sniper Kit has awesome optics at a reasonable price. The FSI Sniper Kit provides owners with a high powered scope that has six to twenty-four power magnification, a red/green illuminated reticle, and a 50 mm objective lens. The illuminated reticle lets you see your reticle in low light conditions so it is perfect for fitting on a .308 hunting rifle. One of the negatives that reviewers have reported is that it doesn’t stand up to recoil very well. Otherwise, the FSI comes complete with mounting rings and a sunshade making it one of the best deals on the market for the price.

UTG SWAT Compact Rifle Scope

The UTG SWAT Compact Rifle Scope is a great compact scope that works well with a .308. It has a lot of high-quality features that include a sealed nitrogen purged tube, an illuminated bullet drop reticle, plus fully coated lenses. It also has integrated sunshade, target turrets, a lifetime warranty, and was built to be water, fog and shockproof. The UTG SWAT is a durable scope that is really affordable, and it works well with both a classic bolt action rifle and a modern tactical .308. Some users have reported that it does not hold zero very well, and that the reticule moves once you have centered, so it requires recentering often. Otherwise, if you are on a budget, this is the ideal scope for you that is not only affordable but full of great features.

Choosing the best scope for your .308 depends a lot on your budget, and the features that you want. When you have decided how you will be using your rifle, either for long range or short range targets, it should be pretty easy to find a scope in your price range. Hopefully, the reviews above helped you start your search, and gave you an idea of what is out on the market today.