The Best Scopes for a 30-06 Rifle

The .30-06 cartridge was first introduced to the United States military in 1906 to replace the .30-03 rimless service round. It was developed to satisfy the necessity for lighter-weight, higher velocity, service rounds with pointed (spitzer) bullets, and was used for seven decades after that.

Today the .30-06 is one of the most popular hunting and sporting cartridges in the world – and for a good reason. As a target round, this one is handy, reasonably priced, and accurate. As a hunting cartridge, it is moderate enough in recoil to be used by even the most inexperienced hunters, and flexible enough to cover the vast spectrum of North American game species: from varmints to mid-sized and large game.

It is only logical that a caliber with as much versatility and performance as the .30-06 should be mated to an excellent scope. Failure to do so not only limits its functionality but also affects your user experience. It does not take an expert to know that you cannot randomly pair a rifle with any scope and achieve the best results. Yes, you might hit your target; but with as much effort as it takes to eat soup using a fork.

So, esteemed shooters, that brings us to the trillion dollar question: Which are the best scopes for the .30-06? Reading this article shows that you have found out, in one way or the other, how difficult it is to find the right scope for this traditional, yet grand scope. You see, a caliber this popular ordinarily has a surfeit of scopes out on the market that is compatible with it, if not made directly for it.

What to Look For

But you should not give up just yet. Because, though there is not one scope that we can name as the overall winner, there is certainly one that will be a perfect fit for you. Just as each hunter’s needs differ from those of the next, so are each scope’s characteristics. Manufacturers have tried, and still, are trying, but they have not yet found a way to build a single scope that will cover everything. Therefore we will evaluate the ones that come close enough and leave it to you to choose the one that suits you best. But before we do that, it is imperative that you first understand how your new sight will work. So – with much apologies to the pros – I will give you a crash course on the front-to-back basics of the scope, and the standard terminology used before I start hitting you with big words.

Here are the scope basics from front-to-back:

  • The objective lens is the front glass, and its size is directly proportional to both the field of view and amount of light transmitted.
  • The scope body also known as the tube is usually one inch or 30mm in length. You should ensure that the rings that hold the tube in place are of the same size as the tube.
  • Adjustment knobs change the windage and elevation of the scope – although some larger magnifications feature parallax adjustment as well. Standard is one click changes impact ¼” at 100 yards. They can be adjusted using finger pressure, a flat-tip screwdriver, or turrets.
  • The eyepiece, the focus knob, and the magnification adjustment make up the rear.
  • The reticle is the series of fine lines in the eyepiece used as a measuring scale. Some are battery-powered.

It will also not hurt to know a few of the terms used:

  • Single or fixed power means that the scope’s power cannot be adjusted while variable power means the opposite.
  • Objective size is the size of the objective lens. The larger it is, the bulkier the scope usually is.
  • Lens coatings repel water and block some wavelengths. They determine how much reflection you might experience.
  • A charged scope is one that has been filled with nitrogen or oxygen to keep out fog r moisture.

Top Scopes for the .30-06 Caliber

You might have heard of the old thumb rule which states that you should only buy a scope that costs more than half as much as your rifle. I beg to differ with that line of thinking. Most experts out there and I believe that price should only be a factor if you are on a budget. That is because there are cheaper brands that work as well as pricier ones, just as there are expensive ones that ride on brand name but offer very little functionality.

Here is our list of the best scopes for your rifle in no particular order.

1) Vortex Optics Diamondback

Though one of the newest companies in the scope and optics industry, Vortex has not only proven to be worth their salt but are giving the bigger names a run for their money. The Vortex Diamondback (HP) 4-12×40 is no exception. For starters, it is equipped with an array of high-quality features that you will not find in some of the pricier comparisons.

The 40mm lens is made of XD extra-low dispersion glass to increase resolution to the already large field of view. Its XR multi-coated lens maximizes light transmission and reduces reflection to give you a squint less and glare less hunting experience. The 4-12x magnification allows you to push your rifle to its limit at ranges above 1000 yards.

As is the case with most rising stars, Vortex strives to produce the highest quality products in a bid to establish itself and cement its position in the industry. The Diamondback is rugged, to say the least, and the HP in its name is an acronym for “High Performance,” and it shows for it. Click here to see it.

2) Leupold VX-2 3-9x40mm with Duplex Reticle

From the state of Oregon comes the Leupold VX-2, an all American scope for a genuinely American caliber. Leupold’s seven-decade experience in scope-building is reflected in the VX-2’s ruggedness and excellent material quality. And as if to flaunt its superiority, Leupold provides a lifetime warranty for an almost indestructible product.

Leupold goes green with the Index Matched Lens system with lead-free glass and edge blackened lenses. The result is an environment-friendly scope with best-in-class clarity. Waterproof and argon-filled to prevent fogging, it enables you to enjoy your rifle in any weather. What’s more, zeroing has been made much quicker and more precise with the finger adjustable 1/4 MOA click windage and elevation adjustments.

The ergonomic eye piece now features a fast focus that eliminates the need to adjust a lock ring every time you want to change focus. The Leupold VX-2 is a functional and reliable scope that will not disappoint. Click here to see it.

3) Nikon ProStaff 4-12×40 Black Matte (BDC)

Nikon ProStaff 4-12×40’s two-hundred-dollar-ish price tag is a surprise to many seeing how fully loaded it is. A perfect blend of ruggedness and aesthetics, this sight, will satisfy even the most demanding hunters and shooters. The finger adjustable turrets of the Prostaff 4-12×40 can be quickly reset to zero allowing for quick adjustments in the field.

Hunting in the most undesirable conditions is made possible by the nitrogen-purged, O-ring sealed tube and the sun shade adjustable lens. Brilliant sight picture and versatile magnification range come in handy in any hunting situation, from heavy timber to the open prairies.

Multicoated lenses increase light transmission up to 98%, and precise hand-turn 1/4-MOA click adjustments get you zoned in quicker. Nikon’s patented BDC reticle gives you an advantage at long distances but still provides normal sight picture for shorter-range shots while the crosshair itself is the aiming point.

Although recoil is not much of an issue with the .30-06, the Prostaff 4-12×40 still offers generous and consistent eye relief. Nikon Prostaff Rifle Scopes include a lifetime factory warranty. Click here to see it.

4) Nikon Buckmaster 3-9×40 BDC

The Nikon Buckmaster 3-9×40 is what you get when Nikon, a premium lens maker, and Buckmaster, a top-class scope builder, team up. Buckmaster riflescopes constitute Nikon’s medium priced line, and the 3-9x40mm model is the most popular of them all. Nikon itself describes this scope as a: “Classic variable, excellent for game hunting from deer to varmints.”

The Buckmaster is Nitrogen-filled, and O-ring sealed for waterproofing and fog proofing purposes. The Nicoplex reticle, a better copy of the famous Leupold Duplex, is standard on the 3-9x40mm.

The multi-coated 40mm objective lens allows nearly one hundred percent light transmission, making this the right scope for dawn or dusk hunting. 3.6″ of eye relief is enough to protect you while still offering plenty of field of view throughout the magnification range. With a lifetime warranty sweetening the deal, this scope competes with others that double the price. Click here to see it.

5) Leupold VX-I 3-9x50mm

Here comes another Leupold, and it is almost identical to its VX-2 sibling save for its slightly lower lens quality and optical clarity. The 3-9x50mm is considered the best of the VX-I models because it offers you more magnification range and larger objective lenses than the others.

Shooting at distances of about 400 to 500 yards is a bargain for its price and an objective lens of 50mm makes this possible even in dim conditions. The VX-I 3-9x50mm guarantees professional performance on an amateur’s budget and will revolutionize your next hunt.

Expectedly, VX-I 3-9x50mm shares the same ruggedness and reliability with its siblings. Likewise, it is offered with a lifetime warranty. Click here to see it.

6) Nikon ProStaff 3-9×40

You may wonder why I have decided to include the Nikon ProStaff 3-9×40 while its overall specs are almost similar to those of both the Buckmaster and the ProStaff 4-12×40. I was also reluctant until I realized two important things: the ProStaff 3-9×40 is one of the best-reviewed riflescopes on the market, and it strikes a balance between the other two. It has earned notoriety for its capabilities in deer hunting, especially in thick cover. It is also very useful at short ranges and is the scope of choice for stealth hunters.

Multi-coated, multi-colored, and layered with anti-reflective compound, the optical system is made for high performance and efficiency. Similar to the ProStaff 4-12×40, its patented BDC enables you to adjust the bullet drop to up to 600 yards and allows you to stay and hold ‘dead-on’ at various ranges. The crosshair plays as the aiming point for close range shooting and the parallax setting increases the scope’s precision.

It is suitably fog proof, shock proof, and waterproof, given that it is Nitrogen-filled and O-ring sealed. Its simplicity makes it perfect for beginners, and its light weight is ideal for situations that call for speed.

This is the right alternative if you are after a scope that will fulfill your hunting and shooting needs with as little complication as possible. Click here to see it.

7) Simmons 8-Point Truplex Reticle, 3-9x50mm

Not many experts would have expected the Simmons 8 Point Truplex to make it to this list, but I dared to include it. Now this is for those of you that are not afraid to explore the roads less traveled – and well, to save a few bucks in the process. As easy on the wallet as it is on the eye, the 8-Point riflescope offers more high-quality features than any other in its class.

Fully coated optics ensure a brighter, higher contrast image while the 1/4-MOA SureGrip audible click windage and elevation adjustments allow for fast and effortless changes. The 50mm objective lens is more than generous for its price range, but hey, no one is complaining. 3-9 power magnification at its best, this waterproof, fog proof, and recoil proof scope will offer you more than you bargained for – literally. Click here to see it.

Zeiss Conquest 5-25x50mm Riflescope Review

Power, reliability and high-magnification sum up the Zeiss Conquest 5-25x50mm Black Rapid Z 1000 Riflescope. If you want a scope that’s going to last and is one of the most powerful magnification rifle scopes in the industry, this scope is a good bet. It’s a mid-range scope that packs a lot of features into its small package. This is a good scope if you’re looking to get some mid- to extra-range hunting practice.

Overview of Features

  • High-resolution & five times zoom for extreme versatility and accuracy.
  • German workmanship: ensures that the highest quality materials, expert craftsmanship and expert attention to detail are maintained.
  • Compact profile, which adds a sleek look to your rifle.
  • Available with RAPID-Z or standard Z-Plex. RAPID-Z provides increased accuracy by using a pre-calculated reticle.
  • High-precision mechanics allow for one-quarter MOA adjustments and 100 percent repeatability from click to shot.
  • Package comes with an objective lens cover and scope.
  • Five-year no-fault policy
  • Lifetime warranty against defects in manufacturing

Carl Zeiss Sport Optics

Expert hunters know that Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is the industry standard for hunting scopes. With each new line of scope that comes out, the accuracy is enhanced and features are improved. The HD5 line of scopes brings with it a five times magnification rate, which is a welcome addition to any hunter. With near-perfect light transmission and high clarity, this line of scopes is sure to please any hunter. Unlike lesser quality scopes, this scope is able to provide a crystal-clear image across the entire spectrum. It also has good light gathering capabilities through the fading daylight hours. Long range and small game hunters will both find this scope a welcome addition to their arsenal.

Technical Information

The tube comes in at a one-inch diameter, with a one-quarter MOS adjustment click value. The scopes exposed turrets are capped, and it comes with finger adjustable turrets that can be reset to zero. There is no zero stop on this gun and it has a medium turret height, which helps to give it a sleek design. The scope comes complete with a fully multi-coated lens and fast focus eyepiece. The scope is lacking is a sunshade, illuminated reticle and there are no rings included.

Scope Construction and Adjustments

The scopes reticle focal plane location is second, and it has a side focus to adjust for parallax. Parallax can cause issues if you don’t view the scope correctly, but this feature can help you correct for it. It has variable power settings ranging from five times to 25 times. The reticle construction is glass-etched, making for a more reliable and durable part. The construction is water and fog proof, and if you drop your scope, it can also withstand shock. The maximum internal adjustments for windage is 40 MOA and elevation is 60 MOA.

Practical Application and Use

The one drawback to the scope is that it does come in a bit on the heavy side. The new Rapid-Z 1000 scope was newly designed for 2013. It has the only reticle in the complete line of New Rapid-Z products that is designed for use with specific calibers — the tactical 7.62 or the .308 Win. Overall, this product has the most advanced super zoom in the industry, precision mechanics and a state of the art reticle. This is a scope that will last a lifetime, and virtually eliminate the need for any other scope.


CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 2.5-10x40e

The CVLIFE 2.5-10x40e scope doesn’t look like your average scope by hunting or tactical means but it sure comes with some cool features to help level the playing field. It’s not your typical long barreled scope and thus has a shorter range than say your high powered Leupold scope.

The 2.5-10x40e is the ideal beginner’s scope, and not just because it has a shorter barrel or range. Rather it has a number of features particularly for beginners to help you become accustomed to shooting with optics.

As a lightweight scope, it also comes with two different mounts (20 and 11mm) so it’s interchangeable between rifles. This is another point about this scope—it’s versatile. It’s insanely cheap compared to other high-quality scopes, but we rarely found a customer who was dissatisfied with the optics or level of focus and magnification.


This scope has a laser, simply put. Why? To help with targeting. The laser’s range is only about a hundred yards, which further adds to the proposition that this is a beginners scope. Anyhow, the laser will help you know if you’re locked onto a target, but only at a close distance. It’s also mounted to the side of the scope (right next to the main barrel), so the targeting may be off by a slight inch.

  • The laser can be controlled independently and adjusted to suit your needs.

The reticle also illuminates in a couple of different colors to aid you at certain times of the day.


  • Magnification: 2.5-10x
  • Field Of View: 100 yards of 32.5′ at 2.5x/8.9′ at 10x
  • Laser Reaching Distance: 100 yards


This is a budget scope that comes with a couple of neat perks to back up its low price. The laser is thought of by most customers as enjoyable or unnecessary depending on preference. Regardless, this CVLIFE would make a great beginners scope for most rifles that fit its mounting system.

With the addition of power settings for the reticle and other dials for adjustments, the 2.5-10x40e scope will make a great entry for you into the world of sporting optics.

Monstrum Tactical 3-9×32 AO Rifle Scope

At first glance, one might think the Monstrum Tactical 3-9×32 AO Rifle Scope is one giant dial with all the adjustment rings it has. These dials and rings do not limit the performance of the scope but do you a variety of options when it comes to magnification, illumination, and range estimation.

Due to its variation, the AO has uses in hunting and tactical situations. It’s not your average long barrelled scope like the ones you might find on Leupold’s market.


One of the neat aspects about the AO is that its target reticle can be illuminated five different ways to help you see better in low light. This portion of the scope does require a CR2 battery however, which can be annoying to replace whenever it’s depleted. Unless you are using the scope every day, the battery should last you a long time.

Perhaps the most notable feature of this 3-9×32 scope is its adjustable objective lens (AO) which is promptly named for. This focus allows for increased sharpness in imagery and range estimation. The ring at the very end of the scope can also be used for focusing.

  • Some people prefer to carry a rangefinder which may give a more accurate representation of range, but it’s your preference.

This scope might be preferable for the extreme marksmen who is looking for a parallax free scope. The AO on this scope allows for adjusting that should eliminate parallax in most cases.


As we all know, a bullet begins to drop away as soon as it leaves the barrel. Beyond three-hundred yards, that drop is going to increase dramatically. Now that aspect has more to do with the ballistics and the rifle itself, but this scope can still help you get on target. With a 3-9x magnification and adjustments to the other dials, you can still be on track (while accounting for your ballistics weight and drop).

When zeroing in your rifle (preferably before you introduce it to hunting and competitions), it is especially important with this scope, in particular, to practice with different magnification and focus levels. This will help you understand your target when conditions and terrain aren’t ideal compared to a shooting range.


  • Materials: 6061 Aircraft Grade Aluminum
  • Compatibility: Rifles with Picatinny or Weaver Rails.
  • Scope Range: Close to Mid Range, 300+ Yards.
  • Magnification: 3-9
  • Objective Diameter: 32 mm
  • Eye Relief: 3.5-3.8 in
  • Weight: 1 lb
  • Length: 9.3 in


We may have described this scope as perfect for extreme marksmen, but its various features make it very user and beginner-friendly. If you intend to brave it against the elements, you can rest assure that its interior will remain safe. The body is nitrogen sealed to keep the inner workings and optics free of contamination.

You may find that you have little need for all the rings and dials on the scope but in the end they’ll always be there if you need them. This scope compensates for the smallest of optical aberrations and elements so one way or the other, you’ll end up hitting very tight groups.

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Leupold VX-3i 25x50mm Rifle Scope Review

Leupold is one of America’s top rifle scope manufacturers, as we’re sure you’re well aware by now. The extremely popular VX line of rifle scopes boasts some pretty eye-opening specs that cannot be ignored. Of course, you’re going to be digging into your pockets with the VX-3i 25x50mm. The lowest price tag for the least powerful version of the VX-3I is just over a grand. Don’t let the price tag be a huge deterrent, however.

Let’s take a look at the impressive specs for the 25x50mm:


Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) - Low11.20
Linear FOV (ft/100 yd) - High4.40
Weight (oz)22.40
Eye Relief (in) - Low5.30
Eye Relief (in) - High3.70
Elevation Adjustment Range (MOA)80.00
Windage Adjustment Range (MOA)80.00
Actual Magnification Range8.2 / 25.1


The scope’s focal planes are interchangeable between MOA (minutes of angle) and MIL (1/1000in) depending on your preference. For those that might be unaware, MIL and MOA are measurements used to zero in rifles. They help you determine the placement of your shot if it doesn’t hit on the dot (which is rare as it is.)



As to the VX-3i’s features, it is water and fog proof as constructed of fine, aircraft-quality aluminum so you know you’re protected against the elements. Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the VX-3i is its Twilight Max light management system. When visibility is low or unclear, the VX-3i will utilize the Twilight Max to give you clear and consistent light emission.

While user-friendly in most respects, the knowledge that goes into operating the VX-3i is little more advanced. The magnification levers are all within hands reach and the interior of the scope boasts updated optics that are specifically designed for long life. Since it is Leupold’s most advanced and up to date scope so far, it would make sense that it would be.


Compared to the VX-2

The VX line of scopes are extremely popular, no doubt, but what makes one better than the other? Cosmetic and tubular changes to the scope are one thing, but what additional features and enhanced optics come with the VX-3i?

It’s not uncommon to see these types of scopes mounted on bolt action rifles, in particular, the Remington 700 series. Everyone has their preference on how accurate they want their rifle to be. The VX-2 utilizes the CDS (Custom Dial System) that allows you to change the elevation of your shot according to the bullet you are firing. To be more specific, you can tune the VX-2 to be more accurate according to the weight of the bullet.

The VX-3i, on the other hand, uses the same system and has enhanced optics for greater range and target identification. This rifle scope accounts for elevation and windage as well, two very important factors when considering a target a long ways off.

Sure, the VX-3i is going to cost you a lot more than the VX-2, which is why the extreme marksmen is going to prefer it above any other scope. This means that its definitely not your average beginner’s scope. When conditions aren’t ideal, you want to make sure you’re able to get an accurate shot off before your target disappears. As the latest model in the astounding VX line, the VX-3i is definitely the scope for the job.

Bushnell’s New Engage Line of Binoculars and Scopes

Bushnell Engage Binoculars

Bushnell’s new lineup of Engage Binoculars is shaking things up in the world of optics.

The Engage binoculars feature multicoated glass with Bushnell’s new EXO Barrier protective coating. These are designed to withstand pretty much everything. This Bushnell exclusive coating repels water, debris, oil, and fog.

The Bushnell Engage binoculars come in four configurations:

8 x 42 mmBushnell

  • FOV 142m
  • eye relief 19mm

10 x 42 mm

  • FOV 113m
  • eye relief 18mm

10 x 50 mm

  • FOV 113m
  • eye relief 15mm

12 x 50 mm

  • FOV 93m
  • eye relief 15mm

The rugged nature of these doesn’t do anything to skimp on image quality, though. The ED Prime Glass feature and dielectric prism coating produce high reflectivity, great color, amazing resolution, and fantastic details. Each configuration offers twist up eyecups and a locking diopter.

These work well in low light conditions, thanks to a host of other features that enable the best brightness and details available.

One of the best features of this new line is its affordability. The Engage line of optics drives home Bushnell’s commitment to making high-quality optics that everyone can afford.


Bushnell Engage Riflescopes

The Engage lineup also includes new riflescopes. Like the binoculars, these feature the exclusive EXO Barrier protective coating. This slick coating repels everything from oil and water to dirt and debris.

The riflescopes come in nine configurations: Bushnell riflescope

  • 2-7x 36mm
  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3-9x 50mm
  • 4-12x 40mm
  • 6-18x 50mm
  • 5-10x 44mm
  • 3-12x 42mm
  • 4-16x 44mm
  • 6-24x 50mm

These scopes feature:

  • EXO Barrier
  • Waterproof construction
  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • Ultra-wide band coating
  • Side focus parallax adjustment
  • Tool-less Zero Reset (on some models)
  • Locking Turrets


Engage riflescopes include Bushnell’s new Deploy MOA reticle. This gives shooters 1-MOA windage and elevation hashmarks and can reach both short and mid-range targets.

Like the binoculars, the Engage riflescopes are affordable, yet high on quality. Find out more on Bushnell’s website.

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:

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 Hunting 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.

Vortex Optics Diamondback 4-12X40 BDC (MOA)

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The Vortex Diamondback riflescope is ideal for big game, slug shotgun, varmint hunting, and brush hunting applications. It offers you a crystal clear view thanks to its multicoated lenses. The eyepiece also allows for easy manipulation of the Dead-Hold BDC reticle. The turrets are zero-reset. Once you adjust your sights, you can rotate to zero. It is also shockproof and durable, making it ideal for all your outdoor adventures.

This hunting scope has a recoil-resistant design, an anodized surface, and a low profile. It is waterproof and fogproof and offers everything you are looking for when narrowing down your choices for the best scope for a .243.

Vortex Optics Crossfire II Second Focal Plane

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The Vortex Optics Crossfire II riflescope is just one of several configurations that can be found within the Crossfire line. It features a Dead-Hold BDC reticle that is ideal for hunting and shooting at different ranges. It also allows for eye relief and has a fast-focus eyepiece for quick and easy reticle focusing.

The lenses of this hunting rifle scope are fully multicoated and anti-reflective, so you will have bright and clear views each time. The max elevation adjustment sits at 60 MOA. These capped turrets are finger adjustable with MOA clicks, so they can be set back to zero following sighting.

The construction of this scope is a single-piece tube made from aircraft-grade aluminum. It is shockproof and durable. It is O-ring sealed, and nitrogen purged and delivers both waterproof and fogproof performance.

It offers a good magnification range between 3 and 9 and can be used for a wide range of hunting applications, even those in low light conditions. The multicoated lenses offer good light transmission. However, you should keep in mind that there is still the risk of some crosshair blurs. Overall, this is a solid pick that offers strong performance and high-quality.

Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II

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This Vortex Optics Viper riflescope is ideal when you are looking for solid performance and tactical features. It is a 2-10×32 first focal plane riflescope. It has proven to be incredibly versatile and great for long-range shooting and shooting at more up close targets.

The reticle of this scope offers detailed and intuitive hold points with no obstructed view. It allows for optimal viewing with 10 intensity levels and off positions between each of its settings. The glass is extra-low dispersion glass, which increases this scope’s resolution and color. The lenses are fully multicoated to increase light transmission, and the Armortek coating protects the lenses from scratches and dirt.

It offers fogproof and waterproof performance. The scope is made from a single piece of aircraft-grade aluminum that lends to its durability and lighter weight.

The only downside we have found is for beginners. The scope may prove difficult to mount if you are a beginner and not familiar with scope mounting.

Bushnell Trophy Riflescope with Multi-X Reticle

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This Bushnell Trophy riflescope offers 3-9x magnification with multi-x reticle and 4-inch eye relief. It has fully multicoated lenses and a rain guard, offering 91 percent light transmission in any weather conditions. The scope is waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof and made from a one-piece tube construction with an integrated saddle.

The fast-focus eyepiece and ¼ MOA fingertip windage and elevation adjustments are other notable features a hunter may be looking for when choosing a new riflescope. This scope delivers high performance and fits numerous hunting applications. It allows for a bright and clear image every time, and it is easy to use due to the side parallax adjustment.

BARSKA IR Tactical Riflescope: 6-20X50mm


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The BARSKA IR Tactical Riflescope offers long-range precision and 6-20x magnification. The scope also features side adjustable parallax and ¼ MOA click adjustments that you can use to improve accuracy. Its quality construction is a testament to this scope’s overall durability. It has an extra-rigid construction, is waterproof, fogproof, and even shockproof. It is made from aluminum that adds to its durability without adding any extra weight.

The scope comes with fully multicoated optics for impressive viewing clarity. It also has an IR-FFP reticle; an illuminated first focal plane mil-dot glass etched reticle allows for rangefinding capabilities at varying magnifications.

Why Use the Best Rifle Scopes for 243 Rifle?

When you use an ordinary riflescope for your 243 after using the best scope for 243, you will find some notable differences between the two. The most important benefit of the best scope for 243 is that the scope is constructed from the ground up, so it functions perfectly with the 243.

Light transmission, clarity, weight, magnification, adjustments – all of these are also considerations when designing this particular scope.

So, when looking for the best scope for a 243 rifle, consider all these factors and make sure to find one that is certified to work well with your 243.

What To Look For

Here are a few things to look for when comparing each product we have listed above. Remember, not all riflescopes for the 243 can deliver the kind of quality and performance you may expect. Consider the following factors to help ensure the quality of your selections.

  • Optics: You want quality optics that can transmit light at higher levels and are fog proof and waterproof
  • Construction: The riflescope you choose should be made from durable materials and built to last even in the most adverse weather conditions outdoors.
  • Versatility: Are you limited by when the scope you choose can be used? For example, can you use this scope in fog, dusk, and dawn?
  • Compatibility: We have included these riflescopes on our list because they are all compatible with the 243. However, the best scopes can also be used on other rifles as well. Do you see that kind of compatibility with your selection?
  • Range and Accuracy: Finally, only choose a scope if it promises accuracy and can be used at longer distances. The longer the range it allows, the better for the person shooting.

How to Choose the Best Scope for 243

Want to learn more about what exactly makes the best scope for 243? Read on to find out more.


Many people think the higher the magnification, the better. However, this is not the case. Sometimes too high magnification can cause images to become blurry, so every small movement can move the reticle from your target. This is something you want to avoid while hunting. It limits your awareness.

Higher magnification also tends to come with a much higher price tag as well. A variable optic with a large zoom ratio is ideal and will prove to be much more versatile. Find a magnification range that’s best for your needs and activities.

Short-range hunting should be around 9X magnification, while medium-range hunting should be between 12x and 14x. Longer range hunting will require 14x to 18x magnification.

Variable magnification allows the shooter to adjust the scope’s power to suit various conditions, whether it is low power with a wider field of view or faster shots at a much closer range. Higher power is used for more precision when long-range shooting. Keep in mind that a variable power scope will be much heavier than a scope with fixed-power.


Always check the body of the scope as well. Check the body or the tube of the scope at a range of 25mm, 34mm, or 30mm. A larger tube allows for more space for the riflescope parts and allows you to increase the adjustment range to find what you need for long-range shooting. Most scopes are also nitrogen purged to help prevent fogging.

So, in addition to the construction, look for this as well as if the scope is said to be shockproof and waterproof. These lend well to its overall durability and make the scope stronger and more resistant to damage.


Hunters in the past have always chosen crosshair and duplex reticles. Their simple design allows them to achieve fast and easy sighting with minimal distraction. The duplex reticle has lines that thicken when away from the center and can keep the reticle visible without any obstructions.

BDC or bullet drop compensation and mil-dot reticles are now becoming more popular with hunters. They were originally designed for long-range and tactical shooting but can also help a hunter make windage and elevation adjustments over extended ranges.

An illuminated reticle features the ability to light up or illuminate. An illuminated scope will not alter the image you have of the target; it only alters the reticle’s brightness. If you are hunting in low light conditions, then an illuminated reticle may be a feature you want to consider.


Target style turrets are popular among hunters and are what is traditionally used. A capped turret helps prevent accidental adjustments because of bumps. Once the scope has been zeroed, a hunter will rarely alter the adjustments. However, if they need to, the caps can easily be removed.

Light Transmission

If you don’t have good sight and a clear image, then you have a bad scope. The lenses of the scope should have high-quality glass that offers clear clarity with no distortion or blur. They should also be multicoated, meaning they have multiple layers to ensure a crisp and bright picture and improved light transmission.

The larger the objective lens of the scope is, the more light there will be. More light equates to better performance when shooting or hunting, especially in low light conditions.


When looking for a good scope for your .243 Winchester, make sure to review all the considerations we have laid out above to help you make your decision. Make sure to go over the minimum magnification you need for your hunting activities and consider the type of hunting you will be doing. This can help lead you in the right direction for the best riflescope. At the end of the day, it really comes down to what you plan on using your scope for, your skill level, and what features you want.