Redfield Revolution Scopes: Features, Reviews, And Comparisons

Over one hundred years ago John Redfield had the vision to create the best rifle optics around. Today, his vision is still being pursued in Oregon near his hometown.

While the Redfield company has been merged with Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the company still manufactures and produces the Redfield Revolution line of scopes to the exacting standards set forth by Mr. Redfield himself.

While the Redfield name and optics are manufactured and built all over the world, including China, Taiwan, and Mexico, the Revolution scopes are built, by hand, right in Oregon, USA.

What Are Redfield Revolution Scopes and How do They Work?

a woman sitting beside her hunting dog and aiming her rifle by looking through the scope

Redfield is the brand name; Revolution is the line. The rifle scopes are mountable optics for rifles and long barrel guns that increase visibility, sight lines, and aim. With the right scope, the hunter can see his target and take it down with a precise shot.

Revolution scopes come in various sizes and abilities. The entire line is built in the USA and is one of the few that still start and complete production in the United States borders.

Redfield scopes are designed with features and attributes that few other scopes can compare with. The initial design by John Redfield over 100 years ago was meant to give all hunters and riflemen a leg up in the hunting world.

Designed to be affordable for any budget and work under extreme conditions, the Revolution line of scopes was born.

Now, over 100 years later, the Revolution scopes are seen as a benchmark of excellence, craftsmanship, reliability, and durability.

There are four Revolution scopes in the line up:

  • Revolution 2-7x33mm

Redfield Revolution 2-7x33mm Riflescope withAccu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Versatile 2x-7x magnification range has you covered in almost all situations
  • Excellent light transmission due to outstanding lens quality, especially for "colder" colors that dominate the critical time near dusk and dawn
  • Fully waterproof and shockproof for reliable use out in the field
  • 65 MOA of windage and elevation adjustment; 1/4 MOA per click

  • Revolution 3-9x40mm

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Redfield Revolution 3-9x40mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Resettable stainless steel finger-click Accu-Trac adjustments
  • Accu-Range reticle combines long-range precision with ease of target acquisition
  • Waterproof, fog proof and shock proof for a lifetime of field use
  • Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) eyepiece helps you align your eye with the eyepiece faster
  • Premium lenses with cutting edge vapor-deposition coatings offer best-in-class light transmission in the critical low-light/blue wavelengths most common when game is active

  • Revolution 3-9x50mm

Redfield Revolution 3-9x50mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Resettable stainless steel finger-click Accu-Trac adjustments
  • Accu-Range reticle combines long-range precision with ease of target acquisition
  • Waterproof, fog proof and shock proof for a lifetime of field use
  • Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) eyepiece helps you align your eye with the eyepiece faster
  • Premium lenses with cutting edge vapor-deposition coatings offer best-in-class light transmission in the critical low-light/blue wavelengths most common when game is active

  • Revolution 4-12x40mm

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Redfield Revolution 4-12x40mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Magnification: 4-12x, Objective lens: 40mm, Main tube diameter: 1"
  • Accu-Range reticle: Circle-crosshair pattern with secondary aiming point for bullet drop compensation
  • Eye relief: 3.7-4.9", Multicoated Illuminator Lens System
  • 1/4 MOA impact point correction, Accu-Trac finger-adjustable turret, Rapid Target Acquisition eyepiece with lockable setting
  • Weight: 13.1 oz, Nitrogen-filled for fogproof and waterproof performance

Each scope has a distinct purpose and mounts depending on what you are shooting. All the scopes are designed to fit most rifles. Leupold & Stevens, Inc. provides rings and bases for virtually any long barrel, 1-inch main tube diameter mounts and barrels that have a mounting space along the main barrel between 4.8 and 5.6 inches.

The 2 7x33mm scope is designed for hunting in short range areas where the sight may be darker, either through thick brush or dark trees and dense cover.

The 3-9x40mm scope is the general “all-around” scope. It has the best mixture of high-end and low-end magnification and can be used for most short and mid-range shots in any conditions.

The 3-9x50mm scope has the most light-gathering abilities and is designed for and relied upon by hunters who prefer the early morning or dusk hunting times.

The 4 12x40mm has huge magnification and is meant for those that hunt long range in open areas. With this scope, you can zero in on prey up to 600 meters in the distance.

John Redfield had a vision of bringing no-nonsense optics to the public. He did so with the Revolution line, which continues to this day.

What Makes Revolution Scopes Unique?

a rifle with a scope lying on top of a long firearm bag

Redfield Revolution scopes bring together world-class attributes that set them apart from almost every other scope on the market. Let’s take a look at what makes them different.

Construction

Each scope is made from 6061 T-6 aluminum. This gives the scopes a superior light weight and rugged durability. It also makes the scopes easier to zero in and maintain their sighting throughout the most abusive and prolonged use.

Redfield ILS

The Illuminated Lens System (ILS) is a Redfield design to allow the scope lens to absorb the most amount of light possible, making each shot through the lens, clear and crisp.

100 Percent Water and Fog Proof

The scopes main tubes are all vacuum purged with nitrogen. When they are sealed they create a waterproof and fog proof lens tube no matter what conditions you end up shooting in. The lenses will never fog, grow dark, accumulate moisture or be subjected to interior water damage.

Extreme Testing

Every scope is subjected to a series of brutal testing procedures to ensure that when you unbox the scope, it will perform as expected. Shockproof, easy to sight, simple to mount and ready to go virtually out of the box. With a quick zeroing in at the range, you will be ready to hit the trail in no time.

Reticles

a man looking through the rifle scope as he aim his rifle to his target

When you peer through the scope, the reticle should be easily seen and draw your eye to the center of the lens quickly. With Redfield scopes, you have a choice of three reticles. You will have to choose which reticle you want before ordering, as each one is made as needed.

The Accu-Range reticle is the most popular crosshair in the Revolution line. It offers a bold mark just above the center to draw the eye through the lens fast and steady.

The center mark is designed to be sighted at 200 yards for most loads. Following this then the lower marks correspond to 300 yards. The dot below the 300-yard sight represents 400 yards, and the bottom post is for 500 yards.

This will, of course, depend on the weight of your load and the type of shot, but as a general sighting rule, 200 yards center line should be followed for the most accurate and easily sighted optics.

The 4-Plex is another popular choice, which is designed to not have as many distractions in the optics. It offers bold posts that draw your eye to the center and hairline crosshairs for measuring the shot.

Sighting a 4-Plex is a little more difficult than the Accu-Range, but for those hunters that prefer less clutter in their sights, the choice is the 4-Plex view.

The TAC-MOA reticle is only available on the Revolution 3-9x40mm scope. It offers tactical elevation and windage adjustments. Each line represents 2 minutes of angle (MOA) and provides a far more accurate shot when used from 50 to 300 yards or more.

Pricing

When choosing the right scope for you, a budget will come into play at some point. As it stands, the four scope types, with the two reticle choices (or the TAC for the 3-9x40mm) are priced within ten to 20 dollars of each other.

The Accu-Range reticle, with the bullet drop compensation (BDC), is slightly more expensive than the less obtrusive 4-Plex. You should keep this in mind when choosing your reticle before purchase.

You can find the Revolution 2-7x33mm in the price range of $170 to $180 depending on the reticle chosen.

For the Revolution 3-9x40mm, depending on the reticle, you can expect to pay between $185 and $200.

The Revolution 3-9x50mm scope will have a price range of about $200 to $200 while the Revolution 4-12x40mm will run you between $225 and $245.

Public Perception

The Redfield Revolution scopes have received rave reviews from as far back as 1907 when the first one was made. In today’s digital age it is even easier to find reviews, reports, and accolades for the scopes.

What is difficult to find are complaints. Every scope, when researched online or in store, has over a 95 percent satisfaction rating with 90 percent of consumers willing (and eager) to recommend them to friends and family.

What about that 5 percent though? The most common complaint is about mounting. The bases and rings are suitable for most rifles, but not all. If the mounting tube isn’t one-inch in diameter, you may have problems with the mounting.

The second most complained about issue was the lack of end caps for the lenses. If this is going to be a problem for you, you can purchase caps from Leupold directly that will fit snug and secure.

Other than those two issues, there isn’t much more to complain about. The glowing recommendations and reviews from actual users and buyers are astounding. A near perfect scope, with easy mounts, three reticles, and the Redfield ILS, you are sure to be happy with your purchase.

What about the warranty? Leupold has you covered. Since 1907, the Revolution scopes have come with a lifetime warranty, or as they call it “The No-Excuses Full Lifetime Warranty.”

If ever anything goes wrong, it will be replaced, no fuss, no questions, no excuses. The only caveat is that the warranty is non-transferable, meaning if you buy the scope, the warranty is for you and you alone. If you end up selling it to someone else, the warranty is voided.

How It Compares

You will be hard-pressed to find another scope that offers what the Revolution line of scopes offers. With an unsurpassed warranty, 100 percent waterproof and fog proof tube and four options of magnification to choose from, the Revolution is heads above the competition.

For similar style, quality and dependable scopes in the same price range, nothing really compares. Sure you can find a less expensive model with the same magnification power, but it won’t have the Revolution’s ILS, shockproof design or lightweight, and low profile.

What We Think

We try to be as objective as possible, but find it difficult to find a better option for mid-range scopes that are better than the Redfield Revolution.

The four options of magnification and the additional options of reticles, make the line up hard to beat. There are a few very small issues that come up from time to time with the scopes though. Some mountings make it difficult to get the scope properly on your barrel.

There are, however, third parties that have rings and bases that can make it work, you will just have to do a little more research.

You may also find that the lack of end caps to be a bit off-putting. If that is the case, you can shop through Leupold to find caps that fit just fine. When you open the box, you will see you only receive the scope itself and a user’s guide.

The rings and bases will need to be purchased separately, though they are fairly inexpensive and picking the right ones for your rifle are essential to a proper mount.

Coupons and Deals

As of this writing, there are no posted or announced deals through the website or third party vendors.

If you are looking to save a little money, you can try looking for used scopes on sites like eBay or Amazon. You should note, that while the scopes may be in great condition when purchased new, the lifetime warranty does not transfer over to you.

If you purchase a used or second-hand scope, there shouldn’t be any issues unless the scope was mistreated by the original owner. However, should something go wrong after you make the purchase, it won’t be covered.

In Conclusion

a rifle setup with a scope and bipod lying next to a camouflage backpack

If you are looking for a new scope, whether you are a seasoned hunter or heading out for the first time, the Redfield scopes should be at the top of your list.

It doesn’t matter if you hunt elk, moose or squirrels, there is a Revolution scope for you. With four models to choose from, your choices will easily match your needs. If you prefer to hunt long range in the wide-open countryside, the 4-12x40mm would fit you nicely.

If you are unsure what you need, the well-rounded 3-9x40mm is easy to mount, simple to zero and offers a crisp, clear view with as much lighting brought in as possible.

The other two options are great for low light situations such as dawn or dusk hunting and in areas where visibility may be hindered by darker backdrops.

Don’t forget to choose your reticle, either. The Accu-Range offers a BDC that has become the standard for most models on the market today. If you prefer to have less optics clutter in your sights, the 4-Plex offers thin crosshairs and bold posts to draw your eye to the center quickly.

Whatever your needs the Revolution has you covered.

Redfield Revolution 2-7x33mm Riflescope withAccu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Versatile 2x-7x magnification range has you covered in almost all situations
  • Excellent light transmission due to outstanding lens quality, especially for "colder" colors that dominate the critical time near dusk and dawn
  • Fully waterproof and shockproof for reliable use out in the field
  • 65 MOA of windage and elevation adjustment; 1/4 MOA per click
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Redfield Revolution 3-9x40mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Resettable stainless steel finger-click Accu-Trac adjustments
  • Accu-Range reticle combines long-range precision with ease of target acquisition
  • Waterproof, fog proof and shock proof for a lifetime of field use
  • Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) eyepiece helps you align your eye with the eyepiece faster
  • Premium lenses with cutting edge vapor-deposition coatings offer best-in-class light transmission in the critical low-light/blue wavelengths most common when game is active
Redfield Revolution 3-9x50mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Resettable stainless steel finger-click Accu-Trac adjustments
  • Accu-Range reticle combines long-range precision with ease of target acquisition
  • Waterproof, fog proof and shock proof for a lifetime of field use
  • Rapid Target Acquisition (RTA) eyepiece helps you align your eye with the eyepiece faster
  • Premium lenses with cutting edge vapor-deposition coatings offer best-in-class light transmission in the critical low-light/blue wavelengths most common when game is active
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Redfield Revolution 4-12x40mm Riflescope with Accu-Range Reticle, Matte Black
  • Magnification: 4-12x, Objective lens: 40mm, Main tube diameter: 1"
  • Accu-Range reticle: Circle-crosshair pattern with secondary aiming point for bullet drop compensation
  • Eye relief: 3.7-4.9", Multicoated Illuminator Lens System
  • 1/4 MOA impact point correction, Accu-Trac finger-adjustable turret, Rapid Target Acquisition eyepiece with lockable setting
  • Weight: 13.1 oz, Nitrogen-filled for fogproof and waterproof performance

Sig Sauer Scopes Brand Review: Everything You Need To Know

Did you know that Sig Sauer makes optics and other accessories? The brand offers a diverse selection of hunting and tactical scopes that combine quality optics with technology. Here is everything you need to know about Sig Sauer scopes.

Brand Review: Sig Sauer Scopes

Sig Sauer is a brand that is primarily known for making firearms. However, this brand also has an interesting selection of accessories. If you are in the market for a hunting or tactical scope, Sig Sauer scopes could be an excellent choice due to their high-quality optics and accuracy.

An Overview Of Sig Sauer Scopes

Sig Sauer offers traditional hunting scopes, tactical scopes, and a line of electro-optics products with groundbreaking innovations. You can use an app to enter ballistic information about your ammunition and have your scope automatically adjust.

Not all the scopes are equipped with this feature. The traditional hunting and tactical scopes stand out thanks to the glass quality, accuracy, and precision of the controls.

Here are the different product lines offered by this brand

Hunting Scopes

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Sig Sauer offers two collections of traditional hunting scopes called the Whiskey3 and Whiskey5 scopes. The Sierra3BDX collection features the electro-optics technology.

Each collection features different optics configurations. You can also choose from different reticles to personalize your scope.

Whiskey3 And Whiskey5 Scopes

The Whiskey3 collection is a series of second focal plane hunting scopes. These scopes feature a fast focus eyepiece to help you find your target. The sturdy design is a plus for hunting, and the capped windage and elevation controls are easy to adjust.

The lens coating delivers excellent image quality and will reduce reflection. Some of the scopes are more versatile than others. The 2-7x32mm model is suitable for medium and long-range shooting, while the 4-12x40mm model is a better choice for long-range shooting.

The Whiskey5 collection features a different optics system. This HDX optics system is designed to deliver optimal performance in low-light settings. The coating of the lenses is different, and the scopes have additional features such as reticle illumination.

The reticles used are different from the ones you will find on the Whiskey3 scopes. The reticles are still in the second focal plane, but they are much smaller since the Whiskey5 scopes are designed for long and extended range shooting.

The field of view is wider compared to the Whiskey3 scopes. The most performing Whiskey5 scope is the 5-25x52mm model. If you want a scope designed to lock on your target quickly, we recommend the 1-5x20mm since this scope has an extended field of view.

The Whiskey5 scopes also feature an anti-cant technology to correct the level of your firearm. The Whiskey3 scopes don’t have this feature.

Sierra3BDX Scopes

These scopes feature the Ballistic Data Xchange system that allows you to input a ballistic profile on an app to have your scope automatically adjust to the ammunition you are using. The app will also use data from your environment to determine where the holdover dot should be.

These scopes also feature the anti-cant technology discussed above and stand out thanks to the quality of the lens coating.

They are also equipped with a sensor that tracks kinetic energy from the game you hunt. You can use the app to set up a certain level and have the scope alert you when the kinetic energy of a target drops below a certain level.

The Sierra3BDX scopes are packed with interesting features that bring tech to hunting. There are very affordable options like the 3.5-10x42mm model and more performing scopes like the 6.5-20x52mm model.

The drawback of this collection is that there aren’t many reticles to choose from.

Tactical Scopes

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Sig Sauer scopes are an excellent choice if you want a high-quality tactical scope. The brand offers two lines of products, the Tango4 and Tango6 scopes. These two collections are designed for MSR/AR and bolt action firearms.

The Tango4 and Tango6 scopes are available in several optics configurations. You will also be able to choose from different reticles, including configurations like a horseshoe dots for the Tango6, which isn’t something most brands offer.

The quality of the controls stands out for these tactical scopes. You can make 0.1MRAD adjustments. The tactical turrets deserve a special mention.

The reticle is located in the first focal plane. There are different features that improve visibility in low-light settings, and the illumination feature is motion activated to preserve battery life.

The Tango4 and Tango6 scopes have similar features, but the zoom ratio is different. The Tango4 collection features a 1:4 zoom ratio and is designed for mid and long-range use. The Tango6 has a zoom ratio of 1:6.

There are more reticle options available for the Tango6 scopes, and you will notice that the price is higher.

Spotting Scopes

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Sig Sauer also offers two compact handheld scopes. You can choose from a 6-12x25mm and a 10-20x30mm model.

These handheld scopes are an interesting addition to a riflescope. They are equipped with a stabilizer system so you can get a clear image when you use high magnification power. These scopes are designed to be held and adjusted with one hand rather than mounted on a tripod.

What Makes Sig Sauer Scopes Unique?

Sig Sauer scopes are unique because of the combination of high-quality optics and advanced technology. We should also talk about the rugged and durable designs that make these scopes an excellent investment.

The combination of high-quality optics and technology is interesting because manufacturers will typically choose to focus on one area. The BDX feature is unique and could improve your hunting experiences.

We also like that there is a wide selection of optics configurations and reticles for each model. Finding the right fit for your needs and preferences should be easy.

Sig Sauer offers first and second focal plane scopes. A first focal plane scope is ideal if you are shooting at unknown distances and need precise results with the reticle. The second focal plane scopes made by Sig Sauer is a good option for hunting since there are features that will help you assess the distance of your target.

These scopes are an excellent value because the brand constantly looks for ways to add features that will make the scopes more versatile. You can use Sig Sauer scopes with a wide range of firearms and ammunition, and these scopes are ideal in many different settings.

We also think these scopes are ideal for a wide range of budgets. The Tango4 and Whiskey3 collections have some very affordable scopes. The Sierra3BDX collection also includes some affordable scopes equipped with advanced technology.

Sig Sauer also offers more expensive high-end scopes if you are looking for something with a more impressive performance or want a long-range scope.

Overall, the quality of the optics, lens coating, controls, and image quality make these scopes an excellent value.

Pricing

Pricing varies in function of the scope collection you are interested in. The magnification power will also impact the price of a scope.

Here are the price ranges of the different Sig Sauer collections:

  • Whiskey3 scopes range from $220 to $400.
  • You will have to spend between $950 and $1,500 for a Whiskey5 scope.
  • The Sierra3BDX collection includes prices ranging from $500 to $800. You can get a scope bundled with a laser range finder if you are ready to spend more.
  • The Tango4 collection costs between $700 and $1,200.
  • A Tango6 scope will cost between $1,600 and $3,000.

Public Perception

We found a lot of reviews that were somewhat skeptical of these scopes at first. Sig Sauer is known for making firearms, and most people have doubts regarding whether or not the brand can also make high-quality optics.

Overall, people are pleasantly surprised with these scopes and impressed by the quality of the optics. The quality of the glass, lens coating, and image clarity are often mentioned in reviews.

Most people are also impressed by the knobs and other controls. The markings on the turrets are especially useful since they help people keep track of the current settings that are selected. People love how the turrets safely lock into place and don’t move.

The advanced technology built into these scopes also gets positive responses. People love the anti-cant system and the BDX technology. Some reviews say the BDX technology takes some getting used to, but this feature is interesting to use even though not everyone will need it.

The reticles are another positive point. People say the markings are very easy to understand and the reticles don’t hide targets.

The negative points that are mentioned include the weight and size of the scopes. Packing a scope with features and technology increases the weight. The weight of a scope with high magnification power will also be heavier.

Pay attention to the specs of the scopes you are interested in to get an accurate idea of the size and weight of the product.

How Do Sig Sauer Scopes Compare To Other Products?

We compared Sig Sauer scopes to two other brands.

Vortex Optics

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The Diamondback scopes made by Vortex Optics are worth considering if you are looking for high-quality scopes.

These scopes are available in a wide range of optics and reticle configuration. We think the Diamondback scopes would be an interesting alternative if you are looking for something you can use for medium, long or extended range hunting.

The Diamondback HP scopes are pricier, but these products have additional features that improve image quality in low-light settings. There is an emphasis on image resolution and color fidelity. Sig Sauer products deliver excellent image quality but won’t improve colors as much as the Diamondback HP scopes in low-light settings.

The sturdy construction of the Diamondback scopes is also worth mentioning. These scopes are ideal if you have a firearm with recoil or if you want a sturdy scope that will last for years.

The prices are slightly more affordable than for Sig Sauer products, and the weight and size of these scopes tend to be smaller.

However, you won’t find the same advanced tech features as what Sig Sauer offers, and the reticle selection is much smaller.

ATN Scopes

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We think ATN scopes are worth looking at if you are interested in advanced tech features. This brand focuses on digital features that transform your hunting experience.

Some of the scopes are designed to be used at nighttime and feature thermal sensors. Some of the scopes allow you to record and stream video. The built-in rangefinder and ballistic calculator features are the most interesting use of technology.

The downside of ATN scopes is the limited selection of magnification specs and reticles.

What We Think

Sig Sauer optics are an excellent choice if you want a performing hunting or tactical scope. We like the advanced tech features, but keep in mind that Sig Sauer also offers more traditional scopes if you don’t think you will need these features.

The quality of the optics and image clarity stand out. So does the precision of the controls. We think these scopes are an excellent fit in a wide range of scenarios. These products are a good choice for novice and experienced users since the controls are very intuitive.

Finding a scope in your price range should be easy since Sig Sauer offers several models in each collection. This is a brand we highly recommend, and we think one of these scopes will last for several years. Sig Sauer also offers a comprehensive lifetime warranty on its products, but we don’t think you will ever need it.

Coupons And Deals

Sig Sauer currently offers a free custom turret when you purchase a Whiskey or Tango scope. This is a precision turret that is designed to provide accurate controls for the type of ammunition you use.

You have the possibility to purchase additional custom turrets for your scope. Getting a free turret adds to the value of the scope and will help you get more accurate results.

Sig Sauer is an excellent choice for hunting and tactical scopes. The brand has a very interesting and diverse selection of products, and we like how quality optics are combined with advanced technology to transform your experience.

Our Top Picks For The Best Air Rifle Scopes You Should Consider

Best Air Rifle Scopes

Upgrading your air rifle with a scope will improve your aim, whether you use it for target practice or small game hunting. Find out more about selecting the right scope for your air gun and take a look at our product recommendations to find a scope adapted to your needs and budget.

How We Chose Our Ratings

We looked at a few different things when selecting and rating scopes:

  • Durability: We chose scopes that are durable enough to withstand the vibration and recoil of an air rifle.
  • Magnification: We included scopes with different magnification ranges and looked for fixed and variable scopes to give you more options to choose from.
  • Objective lens size: We looked for scopes with different objective lens sizes so you can find a scope adapted to your needs.
  • Price range: We compared air rifle scopes in different price ranges to help you find the right fit for your budget. There is no need to spend several hundreds of dollars on a scope you will use occasionally.

Top Six Best Air Rifle Scopes

​Daisy PowerLine 4x15 Air Rifle Scope

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Daisy Outdoor Products 4 x 15 Scope (Black, 4 x 15)
  • Air gun scope
  • Adjustable wind age and elevation
  • Fits 3/8 inch dovetail
  • Includes scope rings
  • 4 X 15 air gun scope

This is the best entry-level scope we could find. The Daisy Powerline 4x15 scope is ideal if you use your air rifle occasionally or want a budget scope.

The 4x magnification fits a wide range of uses. The 15mm objective lens doesn’t add any unnecessary weight to the scope.

You can easily install this scope since it is compatible with a standard dovetail mount. It is shockproof and will still deliver optimal visibility in foggy conditions.

You can adjust the elevation and windage of the scope. Note that the scope features a standard cross-hair reticle. This air rifle scope doesn’t have any advanced features, but it is a great value for the price.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

​Leapers UTG 3-9x40 AO True Hunter Rifle Scope

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UTG 3-9X40 1" Hunter Scope, AO, 36-color Mil-dot, w/ Rings
  • Emerald Lens Coatings, Built on True Strength Platform, Completely Sealed and Nitrogen Filled, Shockproof, Fogproof and Rainproof
  • Premium Zero Locking and Zero Resetting Target Turrets with Most Consistent and Precise 1/4 MOA per Click Windage/Elevation Adjustment
  • Mil-dot Range Estimating Reticle for Most Optimal Aiming and Shooting Performance, Parallax Adjustable from 5 Yds. to Infinity
  • Innovative EZ-TAP Illumination Enhancing (IE) System with RGB in Dual-Color Mode and 36 Colors in Multi-Color Mode
  • Complete with Picatinny/Weaver Rings and High Quality Flip-open Lens Caps

We recommend this scope for shooting in low-light settings and for air rifles with recoil. This air rifle scope is an investment, but the durable, shockproof build justifies the price tag.

You can adjust the magnification from 3 to 9x, which makes this scope suitable for a wide range of uses. The 40mm objective lens is also adjustable.

The scope is ideal for low-light settings thanks to the 95 percent light transmission feature and color enhancement and illumination. We like the fact that you can turn the illumination off with the touch of a button.

The reticle is also worth mentioning. This scope is equipped with a mil-dot ¼ reticle. Each click corresponds to a hundred yards.

You can adjust the parallax to get a more precise aim and will benefit from a field of view that ranges from 34.5 to 11.5.’

The eye relief is another interesting feature. You can use this scope at a 3.9” distance, which makes it ideal for an air rifle with significant recoil.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

​Cabela’s Air Rifle Scope

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Magnum Air Rifle
  • Available in .177 or .22 Cal pellet
  • Magnum-powered air rifle, 33 mm cylinder and IGT MACH 1. This break barrel air rifle is able to deliver 1,650 fps in .177 Cal. And 1300 fps in .22 Cal. The IGT MACH 1 gas piston that delivers higher muzzle velocity, less vibration, and smoother cocking
  • Gamo 3-9x40 AO (adjustable objective) scope with RRR (Recoil Reducing Rail) - Absorbs the recoil of the rifle increasing the lifespan of the scope
  • CAT (Custom Action Trigger) - Independently adjust 1st and 2nd stages, adjust your trigger to your personal preference, make it predictable. Comfortable all-weather synthetic ambidextrous thumbhole stock
  • 5 YEAR WARRANTY. Made in Spain

Cabela’s offers a quality mid-range air rifle scope. We like this product because you can choose between two magnification options.

You can opt for the 4x32 model if you want a fixed scope or get the 2-7x32 model if you want a variable one. The 4x32 model is more affordable and has better eye relief compared to the variable model.

However, the 2-7x32 model has an impressive field of view of 130’ at 100 yards. You can adjust the objective lens on both models, and we think these scopes deliver excellent transmission thanks to the lens coating used.

Both scopes feature a duplex reticle for better visibility and have ¼ MOA turret adjustments for the different controls.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

​Winchester Air Rifle Scope 2-7x32mm Adjustable Objective Duplex Reticle Matte With Rings

Winchester by Daisy Outdoor Products 2-7 x 32 AO Winchester Scope (Black, 2-7 x 32)
  • 2-7 x 32 with adjustable objective
  • Adjustable for windage and elevation
  • cross-hair reticle
  • fogproof, shockproof and color corrected
  • Daisy quality and reliablility for unmatched accuracy

This is one of the best air rifle scopes for small game hunting since the turrets aren’t exposed. The cross-hair reticle is designed for optimal visibility, and you can adjust the magnification from 2 to 7x.

The 32mm objective lens is also adjustable, and the scope features windage and elevation controls. We liked the sturdy shock-proof design of the scope. The fast focus eyepiece is an interesting feature that could make a difference for beginners.

This affordable scope comes with the dovetail rings you need to attach it to your air rifle. Overall, we think this scope is an excellent buy given the magnification range and sturdy design.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

​Barska Air Rifle Scope 3-12x40mm Adjustable Objective Mil-Dot Reticle Matte

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BARSKA 3-12x40 AO Airgun, Black Matte, Mil-Dot
  • Hunting scopes rifles
  • Versatile top of the line
  • Another quality product

This is one of the most versatile scopes we found since the magnification ranges from 3 to 12x. The mil-dot reticle is another feature worth mentioning since it allows for very precise adjustments.

The 40mm adjustable objective lens is slightly larger than the other air rifle scopes we looked at, but this would be an advantage for long-range shooting. The field of view varies from 35 to nine feet at a hundred yards depending on the magnification selected.

This is a mid-range air rifle scope that has received excellent reviews. We think this scope would be a good fit if you are looking for high magnification, quality optics, and a precise reticle. However, this scope doesn’t seem to have any illumination or color enhancement settings for low-light environments which could reduce visibility when a high magnification setting is selected.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

​Hawke Vantage SD 3-12x44 AO

Hawke Sport Optics Vantage 4-12x40AO Mil Dot Riflescope with Mounting Rings Kit
  • 11 layer fully multi-coated optics for excellent clarity / Adjustable objective for parallax correction (AO models) / 1 inch mono-tube chassis for superior strength
  • Glass etched reticle with red and green illumination / Rheostat on saddle offers 5 levels of brightness / 1/4 MOA low profile 'no-snag' fingertip turrets
  • Fast focus eyebell and high torque zoom ring / Threaded objective/ocular for optional accessories / Waterproof, Shockproof, and Nitrogen purged / All calibre rated / Turret caps
  • Authorized Hawke Sport Optics Dealer - Hawke Worldwide Warranty
  • Bundle Includes: Hawke Sport Optics Vantage 4-12x40AO Mil Dot Riflescope / Hawke Sport Optics Match Mount 1" 2 Piece Weaver Medium Riflescope Rings

This is a high-end air rifle scope. We think the Hawke Vantage SF is one of the best air rifle scopes money can buy if you are ready to invest in high-quality optics.

The 3 to 12x magnification is ideal for target practice and small game hunting. The scope features precise parallax adjustment as well as a 44mm objective lens.

The reticle is what truly stands out. This scope features a half mil-dot reticle that won’t cover your target. This is an interesting feature since you will be able to work with more than one aim point.

The ¼ MOA adjustments give you the precision you need for long-range shooting. This is a very durable air rifle scope that won’t require constant adjustments due to the high-quality of the optics.

The only downside is that this scope doesn’t have any illumination features. The eye relief is only 3.5,” which won’t be an issue unless your air rifle has recoil.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

How To Choose The Right Air Rifle Scope

Shopping for air rifle scopes means you have to become familiar with different specs and learn to identify which features represent a good investment for you. Here is what you need to know about scopes.

Before Buying A Scope

You should know that air guns have more recoil and vibrations than traditional firearms. The scopes designed for traditional firearms can’t be used with air guns. If you mount a traditional scope on an air rifle, you will eventually damage the optics and will never get accurate results.

If you own a break-barrel air rifle, you should know that opening and closing the barrel will cause the scope to end up in a slightly different position every time. This will make adjusting the optics and getting a precise aim impossible.

Scopes work best with fixed-barrel air rifles. You can mount a scope on a fixed-barrel, and the alignment of the scope won’t change.

Fixed And Variable Scopes

When looking at fixed air rifle scopes, you will see specs listed as 4x32. The first number indicates the magnification of the ocular lens. The second number indicates the size of the objective lens in millimeters.

Fixed scopes are typically more affordable. It is easier to stay sighted in since there is no need to adjust the magnification of the scope.

You will see specs listed as 4-12x32 when shopping for variable scopes. These numbers indicate that you can adjust the magnification of the ocular lens between 4 and 12x. The second number indicates the size of the objective lens.

Variable scopes are more versatile since you can use them at different ranges. However, variable scopes have more moving parts, including rotating rings that can let moisture inside of the scope. You can prevent issues by investing in a high-quality variable scope.

There are a few things to keep in mind when comparing fixed and variable scopes:

  • A scope with a high magnification power is ideal for long range, but remember that small movements will be greatly emphasized.
  • The lens sizes impact the weight of the scope and can make mounting more complicated.
  • A large objective lens will let more light in, which is ideal for low-light scenarios.
  • High magnification can darken the image.
  • A variable scope with several lenses can reduce the clarity of the image.

Scope Controls

Most scopes let you adjust the parallax, elevation, windage, and magnification. It is important to pay attention to how these different values are adjusted. Make sure controls are easily accessible and intuitive.

Magnification is typically adjusted thanks to rings located around the objective lens. Make sure you can adjust magnification with one hand and lock this setting as needed.

You will get better visibility if you opt for a scope with precise parallax adjustments. As you adjust the magnification of the scope, the focal plane might not match the position of the reticle. You can correct this thanks to the parallax adjustment feature of the scope.

You can typically adjust the parallax with a side turret or with a ring. Parallax adjustment isn’t an important feature unless you want to use a scope with high magnification.

You should also pay attention to the elevation and windage adjustment controls. You will typically find two knobs in the middle of the scope that you can use to adjust the reticle. Adjusting the elevation and windage of the scope help you get the crosshair to match with your target.

Pay attention to how accurately you can adjust the elevation and windage. Some scopes feature 1/2MOA, while others have ¼ or 1/8 adjustments.

Other Things To Consider

There are a few other things to consider when comparing scopes for air rifles. Eye relief is one of the specs you should look at.

The eye relief refers to the distance from which you can look into the ocular lens. Eye relief typically decreases as magnification goes up. The eye relief distance is important, especially if you are using an air rifle with recoil.

You should also find out how the scope needs to be mounted. Most scopes with a large objective lens require a high mount, which will give you more accuracy. If possible, opt for a scope that is compatible with a one-piece mount to get more stability.

You should also look at the crosshair style. The best crosshair style is a matter of personal preference, but keep in mind that some styles can partially cover your target. A mil-dot crosshair or a duplex crosshair would be ideal to avoid hiding your target.

If you plan on using your air gun in a low-light setting, look for a scope with good light transmission, color enhancement features, and illumination. This is especially important if you want a scope with a high magnification power since high magnification can darken the image.

Lastly, you should look at the field of view of the scope you are interested in. The field of view won’t be an issue when you use your air rifle for long-range shooting, but a scope with a good field of view can make a difference at close and mid-range.

The best air rifle scope depends on how you use your air gun. Take the time to compare a few different scopes in your price range and ask yourself which features would improve your accuracy and experience with your air rifle. The scopes we recommended are a great place to start, but there are many other options to explore.

An In-depth Scope Review Of The Leupold Rimfire Scope

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Scope Review: Leupold Rimfire Scope

Scopes are just as unique as firearms, and if you want to get the most out of your shooting experience and hit a target accurately, you need a scope that is specifically designed for your firearm. Some people will use a standard scope on a rimfire rifle, without too much trouble, but their scope ends up getting damaged or not being as accurate.

Why settle for a subpar experience? Purchasing a rimfire scope for your rimfire rifle can greatly enhance your accuracy and the enjoyment of hitting your target.

We review the Leupold rimfire scope to see, talk about some its unique features, and what others have to say about the scope. With this information, we’re confident that you’ll be able to decide if the Leupold rimfire scope is an ideal choice for you.

What Is A Leupold Rimfire Scope and How Does It Work?

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Like many manufacturers that specialize in gun scopes, there are four rimfire scopes made by Leupold to choose from; we will discuss them in greater detail a little later in our review.

As we already mentioned a rimfire scope is specifically designed to be used with a rimfire rifle. Many people wonder what the difference is between a rimfire and centerfire rifles. The biggest difference is the ammunition. Centerfire ammunition has primer in the center of the casing base, and rimfire primer is in the rim of the ammunition, near the bottom of the casing.

A scope, of course, is designed to provide magnification and works best in long-range shooting. Scopes have a large lens. This is the objective lens, which is located on the opposite end of the eyepiece. When the light transmits through the lens and back into the lens of the eyepiece (also we see a magnification of our target. Most scopes have a variety of magnification options.

While many people choose to use a standard scope for a rimfire rifle, you have a better chance of accuracy, clarity, comfort, and overall better experience when using a rimfire scope for your rimfire rifle.

The Leupold company is a well-known and well-respected family-owned company, based out of Beaverton, Oregon, and is over a hundred years old. According to the company, their first scope was created by Marcus Leupold after he became frustrated with poor clarity due to fog.

The Plainsman was the first Leupold scope, and dozens followed. While some Leupold scopes are no longer in distribution, today’s scopes remain waterproof, shockproof, and durable enough for the recoil of a rifle.

Leupold currently distributes four rimfire riflescopes:

  • FX-II Ultralight 2.5x2.0mm
  • FX-I Rimfire 4x28mm
  • VX-Freedom Rimfire 3-9x40
  • VX-Freedom Rimfire 2-7x33

Next, will discuss the specs and unique features of each one.

FX-II Ultralight 2.5x2.0mm

Leupold, FX-II Rifle Scope, Ultralight, 2.5x20mm, 1" Main Tube, Wide Duplex Reticle, Matte Black
  • The Multicoated 4 lens system for incredible brightness, clarity, and optimal contrast in all conditions.
  • 1/4 MOA click wind age and elevation adjustments.
  • A durable Leopold Scope Cover is included to protect your valuable FX-II Ultralight riflescope during transport or when not in use.

Weight: 6.50 ounces or 184 grams

Linear Field Of View (FOV): 39.50 ft/100 yd and 4.90 m/100 m

Eye Relief: 4.90 inches or 125 mm

Objective Diameter: .80 inches

Elevation and Windage Adjustment Range: 147 MOA

Length: 8 inches

Mounting Space: 5.8 x 1.80 x 2.20 inches

Eyepiece Length: 2.10 inches

Objective Diameter: 1 inch

Eyepiece Diameter: 1.40 inches

Tube Diameter: 1 inch

Some highlighted features include ¼-MOA field-click adjustments, waterproof and fogproof (which makes it ideal for any conditions), and DiamondCoat lens coating for long-lasting protection and clarity.

FX-I Rimfire 4x28mm

Weight: 7.50 ounces or 213 grams

Linear Field Of View (FOV): 25.50 ft/100 yd and 8.50 m/100 m

Eye Relief: 4.50 inches or 114 mm

Objective Diameter: 1.10 inches

Elevation and Windage Adjustment Range: 80 MOA

Length: 9.20 inches

Mounting Space: 4.8 x 1.40 x 2.20 inches

Eyepiece Length: 2.30 inches

Objective Diameter: 1.40 inch

Eyepiece Diameter: 1.40 inches

Tube Diameter: 1 inch

Some highlighted features of the scope include micro-friction dials with ¼-MOA increments for easy adjusting. The lenses have a Multicoat 4 system, which maintains clarity and brightness in low-light conditions. The rimfire parallax adjusts for up to 60 yards.

VX-Freedom Rimfire 3-9x40

Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9x40mm Riflescope, Rimfire MOA Reticle, Matte Finish
  • Repeatable 1/4 MOA precision finger clicks offer intuitive, simple adjustment over a lifetime of dependable use
  • Complete waterproof and fogproof integrity: ready for a lifetime in the field, in all conditions
  • Crafted from 6061-T6 aircraft quality aluminum
  • Twilight Light Management System for superb visibility in low-light conditions
  • Durable and compact, the one-inch maintube is lightweight and fits more legacy rings

Weight: 12.2 ounces or 346 grams

Linear Field Of View (FOV): 33.7 ft/100 yd (low) and 13.6 ft/100 yd (high)

Eye Relief: 4.17 inches (low) and 3.66 inches (high)

Elevation and Windage Adjustment Range: 60 MOA or 17.5 MIL

Exit Pupil: 4.7mm

Length: 12.39 inches

Mounting Space: 5.38 x 2.31 x 1.85 inches

Eyepiece Length: 3.50 inches

Objective Diameter: 1.83 inch

Eyepiece Diameter: 1.56 inches

Tube Diameter: 1 inch

This scope has been rigorously tested to withstand the same conditions as some of the more “top-tier” Leupold rifle scopes and the outer lens of the rimfire scope is scratch resistant to “military standard extreme abrasion specification.”

Other highlighted features include a 3:1 zoom erector system, which makes it more versatile and ¼-MOA precision adjustments. The scope is also made from aircraft-quality aluminum, which makes it durable.

VX-Freedom Rimfire 2-7x33

Leupold VX-Freedom 2-7x33mm Riflescope, Rimfire MOA Reticle, Matte Finish
  • Repeatable 1/4 MOA precision finger clicks offer intuitive, simple adjustment over a lifetime of dependable use
  • Complete waterproof and fogproof integrity: ready for a lifetime in the field, in all conditions
  • Crafted from 6061-T6 aircraft quality aluminum
  • Twilight Light Management System for superb visibility in low-light conditions
  • Durable and compact, the one-inch maintube is lightweight and fits more legacy rings

Weight: 11.1 ounces or 315 grams

Linear Field Of View (FOV): 43.8 ft/100 yd (low) and 17.8 ft/100 yd (high)

Eye Relief: 4.17 inches (low) and 3.70 inches (high)

Elevation and Windage Adjustment Range: 75 MOA or 21.8 MIL

Exit Pupil: 5 mm

Length: 11.04 inches

Mounting Space: 4.81 x 1.74 x 1.85 inches

Eyepiece Length: 3.50 inches

Objective Diameter: 1.83 inch

Eyepiece Diameter: 1.56 inches

Tube Diameter: 1 inch

Aside from some differences in size, the features are the same as those that are

In the VX-Freedom Rimfire 3-9x40 scope.

Pricing

If you are doing some price comparisons online, you might notice that the Leupold scopes cost a bit more when you order directly from the company rather than an online marketplace like Amazon.

On the Leupold website, the starting MSRP prices are as follows:

  • FX-II Ultralight 2.5x2.0mm: $354.99
  • FX-I Rimfire 4x28mm: $259.99
  • VX-Freedom Rimfire 3-9x40: $259.99
  • VX-Freedom Rimfire 2-7x33: $234.99

As we did some comparing of our own, we noticed that the online prices vary by up to $100, which might make you reconsider purchasing directly from Leupold. While prices on Amazon are significantly less, and it’s difficult to detect if there are any differences in the scopes, you should definitely make sure that the scope is not pre-owned and that it is an authentic Leupold.

A Note About Warranties

One advantage to ordering directly from the Leupold site is that they offer a warranty. Leupold will repair or replace any of its rimfire scopes as long as it doesn’t work as guaranteed by the company. You don’t need to provide proof of ownership, have a warranty card, or even be the original owner of the scope.

As long as your scope says Leupold (and it’s authentic), there is no expiration on a warranty. Keep in mind that any rimfire scopes that have been modified, damaged, or misused may not qualify for the warranty. Check out the Leupold website for more information on their warranty or to register your rimfire scope when you purchase one.

Some Things To Consider When Thinking About Buying A Rimfire Scope

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Even though Leupold scopes are designed for gun owners of all experience levels to use with relative ease, you can download a rifle scope manual and a ballistic aiming manual to look at before you decide which rimfire scope to purchase.

Leupold scopes also require minimal maintenance, which means you can spend more time using the scope than taking care of it. Here are some maintenance tips to consider when looking at a Leupold rimfire scope.

Lenses should be cleaned with a lens brush and then pure alcohol, high-grade glass cleaner, or plain water to wipe the lens clean. As long as you store the scope in a case, it should stay relatively dust-free.

The windage and elevation adjustments are permanently lubricated, and there’s no need to oil them. As long as you keep the adjustment covers on, they should need no extra maintenance. The side focus, adjustable objective, and power selector eyepieces are also permanently lubricated, so there’s no need to worry about maintenance on those parts.

The best way to keep your scope clean (apart from the lens) is to wipe it with a clean and dry cloth. If you encounter any issues with your rimfire scope, Leupold recommends checking out their troubleshooting tips (which can be found in the scope manual) before sending your scope to the company.

What Others Say About Leupold Rimfire Scopes

Even though the Leupold company has a long history of making high-quality scopes, we wanted to see how they held up over the years and what other scope owners had to say about the rimfire scopes.

As we browsed online reviews, customer testimonials, and dozens of product comments, the Leupold scopes have overwhelmingly positive feedback; many of the scopes received at least four out of five stars.

Most users are quick to remark on the lightweight scope, and its durability. While some users are familiar with the infamous high-quality craftsmanship, others were using a Leupold scope for the first time.

Users like the rimfire scopes for their versatility and their ability to withstand all kinds of weather and perform well in low and high-light conditions. Many users thought that the rimfire scopes by Leupold were well-worth the cost and thought they were easy to install and use.

Many commented that their accuracy and overall enjoyment improved as soon as they started using a Leupold scope.

We found little complaints in regards to the rimfire scopes and the negative feedback mostly referred to issues with the warranty and some thought the cost of the scope was too high.

How Do Leupold Rimfire Scopes Differ From Other Competitors?

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We’ve shown you some of the features that make the Leupold rimfire scope unique, and many of the features cannot be found in rimfire scopes from competitors.

When you compare the Leupold scope to other high-quality competitors like Bushnell or Nikon, you’ll notice that the Leupold brand makes lighter weight scopes. Leupold’s high-quality lens, durability, and shock/water/fog proof capabilities definitely make it stand out from others.

While some of the competing rimfire scopes are less expensive than the Leupold brand, there are limited warranties or no warranty available at all. The Leupold company will stand behind their rimfire scopes for a lifetime; other companies don’t.

What We Think About The Leupold Brand

Whether this is your first rimfire scope or you’re replacing one, the Leupold brand is a solid option. The century-old company has continued to stand behind their scopes and produce high-quality scopes with overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers.

If you’re a novice or have a lot of experience using a rimfire scope, the Leupold scope is easy to use and requires minimal maintenance. Due to its craftsmanship and durability, you can use a Leupold scope out in all kinds of weather and lighting conditions and have more success hitting your target than if you used a competitor’s rimfire scope.

While the price of a Leupold rimfire scope may be more than most want to spend, it’s important to keep in mind that the scope is backed by a lifetime warranty and any issues are cleared up by the company relatively fast and easy.

A Comprehensive Brand Review Of Bushnell Rifle Scopes

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Brand Review: Bushnell Rifle Scopes

Maybe you’ve recently purchased a rifle, or perhaps you’ve been looking for the right rifle scope. With dozens of rifle scopes on the market, and made by various well-known manufacturers, it can be difficult to know which one to buy.

Even though rifle scopes are all designed to help you see your target more clearly, so that you can improve on your accuracy when you shoot, the quality, design features, and price all vary greatly from one brand to the next. Since a rifle scope is a financial investment that you hope will last you a lifetime, it’s a good idea to know as much as you can about a brand of scopes.

In our brand review of Bushnell rifle scopes, we will talk a little bit about the Bushnell brand, the history of the company, and the rifle scopes that they carry. With all of the information that we give you, we are confident that you will be able to decide whether or not Bushnell rifle scopes are the right scopes for you.

What Is The Bushnell Brand?

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You may know the Bushnell brand for some of the company’s other products rather than riflescopes. Bushnell is famous for manufacturing and distributing sporting optics, and other outdoor products, their first product that put them on the map was their high-quality binoculars.

In 1948, David P. Bushnell, a native of California, created the Bushnell brand after vacationing in Japan on his honeymoon.

Bushnell returned with a few crates of binoculars and the dream of pricing them at a fair cost so that everyone could experience and enjoy a pair of binoculars; up until this point, binoculars were expensive and considered a luxury item by the affluent population. The secret to keeping his binoculars affordable was to import them from Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

As the Bushnell brand expanded to manufacture rifle scopes and other optic gear, the company was sold in 1971 to Bausch & Lomb; the company name still kept the Bushnell name but became known as Bushnell Performance Optics.

Over the years, Bushnell has continued to expand and has become a parent of other companies like Serengeti eyewear and Tasco, all the while continuing to manufacture and distribute rifle scopes and other products. Today, Bushnell is based out of Kansas and is a subsidiary of Vista Outdoor.

Know that you know a little more about the Bushnell brand and the history of the company, let’s take a closer look at Bushnell rifle scopes.

Bushnell Rifle Scopes

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Bushnell manufactures twelve unique riflescopes, and we will give you a brief overview of each one, so you can decide which rifle scope may be ideal for you. For more in-depth specs for each scope, visit the specified category.

Elite Long Range Hunter

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Bushnell Tactical E3124H Elite Hunter LRHS Riflescope with G2H FFP Long Range Reticle, 3-12x 44mm
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Long-range riflescope with 3-12x magnification and 44mm objective lens
  • G2H first focal plane reticle
  • 30mm one-piece tube; RevLimiter Zero Stop mechanism
  • .1 mil clicks with 10 mils per rev of adjustment

Bushnell has created a sizeable assortment of long range hunting scopes (LRHS). With expert advice and input from hunters and others who use long range hunting scopes, Bushnell created an optic just for LRHS, a type of scope that needs to perform accurately from a variety of distances. There are three models of Elite Long Range Hunter scopes.

  • LRHS 3-2x 44mm
  • LRHS 4.5-18x 44mm
  • LRHSi 4.5-18x 44mm

Some features of the “ultimate long-distance hunting optic” include a first focal plane G2H reticle for multiple ranges, 30mm tube for increased adjustment, RainGuard HD lens coatings, multi-coated lens, and a 2” sunshade on select scope models.

Elite 6500

The Elite 6500 rifle scopes go through rigorous test and to ensure that it can withstand all types of conditions. According to Bushnell, the Elite 6500 scopes are multi-coated optics with “95% light transmission across 300 % more of the visual light spectrum.” There are three models of Elite 6500.

  • 2.5-16x 42mm
  • 2.5-16x 50mm
  • 4.5-30x 50mm

Some features include 100 percent waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof. Side focus, sunshade, rain protection, and a variety of reticle options.

Elite 4500

Bushnell 452104 Elite 4500 Matte Rifle Scope
  • Bushnell 452104 Elite 4500 Matte, RainGuard HD, Ultra Wide Band Coating
  • Fully multi-coated optics, Magnum recoil-proof construction, One-piece tube
  • 00% waterproof, fogproof and shockproof, Argon purged, ¼ MOA or finer fingertip, audible and resettable windage and elevation adjustment

Similar to the Elite 6500, the 4500 is rigorously tested to withstand a variety of conditions from rain and fog to bright sunlight. It can also stand up against 1,000 rounds of recoil. The 4500 is available in five models.

  • 2.5-10x 40mm
  • 2.5-10x 50mm
  • 4-16x 40mm
  • 6-24x 40mm
  • 8-32x 40mm

Depending on which model you choose, they are ideal for long-range shooting of small animals, perfect for low-light conditions, target shooting, or just an all-around good long range rifle scope.

Elite 3500

Bushnell BS354124B Elite 3500 4-12X40 DOA 600
  • Bushnell Elite 3500 4-12x40 DOA 600
  • High quality product
  • Highly durable product
  • This product is manufactured in United States

The Elite 3500 scopes are one of Bushnell’s newest scopes and it designed to have some of the brightest, sharpest, and clearest optics thanks to the 60 layers of coatings on each lens of the scope. This scope is available in five models.

  • 2-6x 32mm
  • 2-7x 32mm
  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3-9x 50mm
  • 4-12x 40mm

These scopes are fog, water, and shockproof and are designed for fast focus. Depending on the model you choose, the scope may be best suited for a slug gun or for big game hunting.

Legend Ultra HD

Bushnell Legend Ultra HD Multi-X Reticle Riflescope (3-9x50-mm )
  • Ultra-strong, one-piece tube design that allows for a waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof scope
  • Superior low light performance with variable 3-9x power versatility; the Multi-X reticle is ideal for target shooting, all-around hunting and plinking
  • Features side focus parallax adjustment for adjustable long-range accuracy and a fast-focus eyepiece
  • ED Prime Extra-Low Dispersion glass, fully multi-coated optics bring vivid clarity and contrast, even in low-light conditions
  • Lenses are protected by Bushnell's ultra-effective Rain Guard HD for the clearest possible view in the face of foul weather or condensation from your own misguided breath

According to Bushnell, the Legend Ultra HD was “built in the spirit of” the Legend Ultra HD binoculars. The scope is designed to withstand all conditions and has permanent RainGuard HD lens coating. The Legend Ultra HD is available in four models.

  • 1.75-5x 32mm
  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3-9x 50mm
  • 4.5-14x 44mm

Depending on the model you choose, the scopes are versatile and are effective at close and long range. Some can be used on a rifle, shotgun, or crossbow. The 3-9x 50mm model is the winner of the Outdoor Life Great Buy Award.

Engage

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Bushnell Engage Riflescope, 2.5-10x44mm, Matte Black
  • Includes flip open objective and Eyepiece covers

According to the company, the Engage line of rifle scopes is the “latest evolution in Bushnell optics,” and new MOA reticle features are ideal for short to mid-range targets. There are nine models.

  • 2-7x 36mm
  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3-9x 50mm
  • 4-12x 40mm
  • 6-18x 50mm
  • 2.5-10x 44mm
  • 3-12x 42mm
  • 4-16x 44mm
  • 6-24x 50mm

These scopes include scope covers. Visit the Engage category for more in-depth details.

Trophy Xtreme

Bushnell 756245B Trophy Xtreme X30 6-24x50 Scope with DOA LR800 Reticle, Matte Black
  • Magnification x objective: 6-24x 50mm
  • Dao Lr800 reticle. ¼ MOA fingertip windage and elevation adjustments
  • Provides 30mm tube
  • Waterproof, Fog proof, and shockproof construction
  • Rain guard HD fully multi-coated lenses

Bushnell’s Trophy Xtreme has a Fast-Focus eyepiece, and the magnification is 4X. Each model comes with Rainguard lens coating and is rain/shock/fog proof. The Trophy Xtreme is ideal for hunting due to the choice of four reticles, two that are long-range and one which is illuminated. The Trophy Xtreme is available in and comes in four models:

  • 2.5-10x 44mm
  • 4-16x 44mm
  • 6-24x 50mm
  • 2.5-15x 50mm

Trophy

The Trophy scope is a shorter one-piece tube that has six reticle options and seven configurations. The Fast-Focus eyepiece helps you hit your target fast and accurately and the Trophy is available eight models, so there’s the perfect Trophy for your hunting needs.

  • 1.75-4x 32mm
  • 2-6x 32mm
  • 2-7x 36mm
  • 2-7x 36mm Scout
  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3-9x 50mm
  • 4-12x 40mm
  • 6-18x 50mm

Depending on the scope you choose, some are ideal for handguns, slug guns, long-range and some have color finish options like silver or black matte.

Trophy XLT

Bushnell Trophy XLT Multi-X Reticle Riflescope Bone Collector Edition, 3-9x 40mm
  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • 100% waterproof, fogproof and shockproof
  • Dry nitrogen filled
  • Fast-focus eyepiece
  • One-piece tube w/integrated saddle. Weight: 14.1 ounces / 400 grams, Length: 11.9 inches / 302 millimeters

Bushell calls the Trophy XLT scope the “most proven riflescope in history” and it has 91% light transmission, multi-coated optics for various light conditions, and like other scopes, it’s been rigorously tested. There are 11 models:

  • 1.74-4x 32mm
  • 2-6x 32mm
  • 3-9x 40mm Bone Collector
  • 3-9x 40mm Multi-X
  • 3-9x 40mm DOA 250 MZ
  • 3-9x 40mm Multi-X or DOA 200 SG
  • 3-9x 40mm DOA 600 CF
  • 3-9x 40mm Mil-Dot
  • 3-9x 50mm Multi-X
  • 4-12x 40mm
  • 8-18x 50mm

Since each of these scopes is unique, visit the category for in-depth specs on each scope model.

Trophy Red Dot

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Bushnell Trophy 1x28 Red/Green Dot Rifle Scope 4 Interchangeable Reticle
  • Fully coated high-contrast amberbright optics provide increased contrast and image brightness for hunting all Day
  • Wide angle field of view for fast raget acquisition
  • Fast focus Eyepiece for maximum clarity
  • Rifle scope with 28-Millimeter objective lens
  • Amber bright optics provide increased brightness for low light conditions

These red dot scopes are accurate and perform well in dark, thick wooded areas. Each scope is unique and has features that Bushnell fans have grown to love. The five models are as follows:

  • First Strike
  • TRS 1x 25mm
  • TRS 1x25mm RealTree AP
  • 1x28mm RealTree AP
  • 1x28mm Multi-Reticle

The scopes are 100 percent water/fog/shockproof, Amber-Bright high contrast lens, and use a CR2032 battery.

Rimfire Optics

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Bushnell Rimfire Optics 6-18X40 Riflescope
  • Black 6-18x40 Riflescope/Truplex reticle/second focal plane
  • 1 inch main tube diameter/1/4 MOA per click correction
  • 80 MOA windage and elevation/multicoated optics
  • Calibrated for 17WSM cartridges/aluminum housing
  • Target turrets/side Parallax focus/fast-focus Eyepiece

The Rimfire Optics rifle scopes are specially designed for rimfire rifles and can be easily adjusted for precision on short-range targets. These scopes are also ideal for long-range varmints. The Rimfire is available in five models:

  • 3-9x 40mm
  • 3.5-10x 36mm
  • 3-12x 40mm
  • 4-12x 40mm
  • 6-18x 40mm

Each model has multiple reticles, visit the category for more options.

Banner

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Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Multi-X Reticle Riflescope with 3.3-Inch Eye Relief, 3-9X 40mm
  • Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
  • 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
  • Beautiful design and durability built to last
  • Dusk &
  • Low-light riflescope with 3-9x magnification and 40mm objective lens

The Banner scope is another durable and accurate option from Bushnell that offers bright and clear focus from early morning to dusk. The Banner is available in 14 models:

  • 1.5-4.5x 32mm-Multi-X
  • 1.75-4x 32mm-Circle-X
  • 1-4x 32mm-Circle-X
  • 3-9x 40mm-Illum CF 500
  • 3-9x 40mm-Multi-X
  • 3-9x 40mm-Circle-X
  • 3-9x 40mm-MZ 200
  • 3-9x 50mm-Multi-X
  • 3.5-10x 36mm-Multi-X
  • 4x 32mm-Circle-X
  • 4-12x 40mm-Multi-X
  • 4-16x 40mm-CF 500
  • 6-18x 50mm-Multi-X
  • 6-24x 40mm-Mil Dot

Where To Buy and Pricing

Due to Bushnell’s popularity, their large selection of rifle scopes is available in most major sporting good stores and in online marketplaces like Amazon. The price you pay for a rifle scope will greatly depend on the model you purchase. In general, the prices range from under $70 to nearly $300.

Once you find the Bushnell rifle scope that you want, you may need to take a little time to do some price comparisons, but when it comes to specific models, the price doesn’t vary too greatly. You are likely to find scopes priced a little lower online than in brick and mortar stores.

Bushnell offers a variety of warranties for their rifle scopes, which are worth checking out, so you know what to expect when you purchase a scope. If you decide to purchase a pre-owned Bushnell scope, the good news is that a warranty may apply to you, but keep in mind that the scope cannot be modified or damaged.

What Others Have To Say About Bushnell Rifle Scopes

Bushnell a company that’s over six decades old definitely helps when it comes to consumers knowing the brand. For many users of the rifle scopes, it was a family tradition to use Bushnell scopes. Others purchased them because it was a name they could trust, the scopes were durable, and the price was affordable.

While Bushnell scopes have an overwhelmingly positive rating from the public, some scope owners worried that the quality of the scopes has lowered over the years; others have no problems.

As we read through dozens of customer reviews, most were happy with the scope, and it performed as expected. For some, the Bushnell scope was their first rifle scope purchase, and they commented on the ease of use and other features.

What We Think About Bushnell Rifle Scopes

After reading reviews and taking a closer look at the vast assortment of rifle scopes, it appears that Bushnell is still trying to make a high-quality product that’s affordable for everyone. While it’s always nice to have options, the various scopes and models may be overwhelming for someone new to the world of rifle scopes.

Each rifle scope is made with high-quality materials, are durable, and better optics than other scopes. As an interested owner of a Bushnell rifle scope, the biggest downside is that you’ll need to spend a little time doing your own research to see which one is the best fit for you.

One of the benefits of considering a Bushnell rifle scope is that the company has years of experience in manufacturing scopes and despite the decades of experience they are still making improvements and winning awards.

The Most Comprehensive Brand Review 2019: Millet Scopes

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Millet is a brand that has enjoyed recognition for making sights and other tactical gear, and they have been a respected name since their inception in the 1970s. Millet entered the armament industry in 1980 when they began making sights for pistols. Today, Millet is owned by Bushnell, and the label has been producing scopes for firearms since 2000.

If you are in the market for Millet scopes, you'll be happy to know they produce Long-range scopes, Designated Marksman scopes, and Tactical Riflescopes.

Scopes from Millet surprise many shooters for the quality and performance for the affordable price tag. Compared to higher-priced scopes, Millet still manages to keep toe-to-toe with competitors. Although at some point, there are higher-end models that will undoubtedly surpass Millet's clarity concerning the glass when taking a shot taken at a larger distance.

If you are looking to shoot anywhere between 100 to 600 yards, Millet has built its scopes to comfortable handle adjusting zoom, adjusting for light, and taking on the stronger recoil of select firearms. The markings on most scopes from Millet are very clear, and the provided lock ring keeps things set.

You will want a Millet scope if you desire a scope that is no-nonsense, user-friendly, easy to mount, and gives shooters reliability with every shot. You can't beat the look, feel, and precision of a Millet scope compared to other scopes that cost just as much, or even more than a Millet.

Considering that Millet has been in the shooting industry for over a few decades, they have had enough time to produce quality scopes, which are large, built tough and accurate.

What Are Millet Scopes And How Do They Work?

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 Millet scopes have been a mainstay offering for interested persons who enjoy hunting or shooting targets at mid-range to long-range since 2000. Bushnell is the parent company for Millet, and the company is respected for its red dot scopes, rifle scopes, mounts, and other tactical gear.

 Millet offers four types of scopes.

  • DMS
  • TRS
  • LRS
  • Buck Gold
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    Millett 6-25 X 56 LRS-1 Illuminated Side Focus Tactical Riflescope (35mm Tube .25 MOA with Rings), Matte
    • Huge 56 mm objective for a wider field of view and brighter image
    • Massive, super-strong 35mm tube improves reliability and resolution
    • Positive 1/4 MOA click adjustments for windage and elevation
    • Come-up scale on windage and elevation adjustments
    • Glass etched exclusive Mil-DotBar reticle

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    Millett 1-4x, 24mm DMS Multi Coat Rifle Scope
    • Variable power zoom ring serves to seal and support the eyepiece securely

    Millett Buck Gold 4-16x 50 Side Focus Illuminated Multi Coat Rifle Scope
    • 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
    • Adjustable green illumination with 10 brightness settings for precision in varied lighting conditions
    • Variable power from 4 to 16 times magnification with a large light gathering 50mm objective lens
    • Fully multi-coated optics for bright images
    • Mil-DotBar system functions as a standard Mil-Dot with the addition of a thin line for easier alignment

    Before Millet entered the industry of firearm implements, they were known for metal injection molding and manufacturing.

    What Makes Millet Scopes Unique

    rifle on display

    Millet is unique because it offers a small range series of scopes for rifles. Millet only offers one LRS model for ultra-long range shots, so you are better off considering the Millet for its DMS or TRS scopes, and purchasing a military-grade scope that is built to handle a 2,000 yard shot.

     The LRS or Long Range Scope does come with a Mil-DotBar reticle that is available illuminated or non-illuminated. If you enjoy shooting with a large caliber, the LRS scope from Millet will suffice.

     The TRS or Tactical Rifle Series offers three different options, and all make use of a 30mm tube. All of these scopes have 3.5 inches of eye relief, and the lenses are multi-coated to increase the light transmission. The TRS models also use a Mil-DotBar reticle like the LRS model.

     The Buck Gold model offers shooters two options for magnification, a range of 4x to 16x zoom with a 56mm lens, or 6x to 25x zoom with a 56mm lens. An adjustment knob is available to adjust the side focus parallax, but there is no Mil-DotBar reticle. The lenses are treated to increase light transmission.

     The DMS or Designated Marksman Scope only has one option, similar to Millet's LRS. This scope stands out because it uses a Donut-Dot reticle, and it has an 18 MOA ring so you can execute quick targeting at a close range. You will appreciate that it has a 1 MOA dot in the center to aid you with precision targeting and to shoot at longer distances.

     The DMS comes in a camouflage finish or black matte finish.

    Pricing

    snowy day display

     Millet scopes are thought to be a good choice for entry-level sniper rifle shooters, looking for a scope that offers quality craftsmanship and features, but comes in well under the $500 mark. Millet scopes are very friendly for most marksmen and their budget.

     LRS models range between $450 and $675. TRS models are priced around $300 to $475. DMS scopes are priced around $225-$350. You can also purchase scopes online sites like eBay from sellers for closer to $100 to $200.

    Millet is known for offering hunters and marksmen bargain priced scopes that do not sacrifice quality and features because of their price. Millet has been known for its sights for a while, and the brand continues to produce scopes that you can rely on for accurate targeting.

    Public Perception

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     Online internet forums, avid firearm, and tactical gear enthusiasts are all too happy to swap stories, tips, and tricks about their choice of rifle scopes and other gear.

     When it comes to Millet, they don't measure up to a Leupold, but they are durable, uncomplicated, and applicable for hunting, tactical use, and target practice for competitions.

    Everyone does need a tactical rifle scope, and Millet brand scopes may not be for everyone. Millet produces scopes that feel aggressive, big, and are user-friendly because they are easy to grip and turn.

    Overall, you will want to choose Millet scopes if you want something that is affordable, offers precision and okay clarity for mid-range to long-range targets, and performs well under various weather conditions. Some outdoorsmen feel that around the 800-yard mark that the resolution or sharpness with a scope from Millet falls a bit short on performance.

    Any scope you get from Millet can be thought of as comparable or interchangeable with Mueller scopes for their value and functions for the price tag.

    Some hunters have felt that scopes from Millet are best for hunting varmint, and other scopes are a better option for more experienced marksmen.

    If you enjoy shooting an AR-15 rifle, you'll like using a Millet scope. And the performance for scopes from Millet work out just fine for precision targeting, good range, and the glass has decent clarity if you can't afford to invest in a Leupold or Nikon scope.

    How It Compares

    aiming down sights

    Comparing Millet to Nikon, Nikon may have a slighter edge on clarity because of the optics are nicer, but Millet's TRS offers .1 mil clicks. Nikon is recognized for having a high-quality glass for their scopes, but the price tag is a bit steeper than Millet.

    If you don't want to spend more money, you can feel comfortable going with Nikon scopes versus Millet. However, for the price, Millet does offer dependable features and offers clarity from 100 yards to 600 yards.

    With a Millet scope, you shouldn't have much issue with holding zero or making adjustments. The overall feel and look of a Millet scope is strong, tough, and handles itself nicely.

    The illumination provided by Millet for its scopes ensure precision when in low-light conditions and even hold up during full daylight. The clicks feel good with the scopes, and the ¼ adjustments are true.

    The Donut-Dot on the DMS model may be too big for some marksmen and off-putting. However, the DMS will give you a decent field of view up to about 300 yards. After you go past the 300-yard mark, you'll realize why some people complain about the size, and prefer comparable scopes that use a smaller mil-dot instead. If you like to shoot fast, a DMS scope is an okay choice.

    Millet's DMS is a little hefty and is similar in size to many 3x9 scopes with 40mm. The weight and size of the scope can make it challenging to mount backup sights.

    When it comes to comparing red dot sights on various types of scopes, we considered how the Millet ZoomDot compares to the Vortex Strikefire. Both scopes are user-friendly with adjustments and allow you to track your target comfortably. However, the Millet scope has an adjustable dot size which pushes itself into your field of vision and can throw your sighting off, and the aperture shape can be distracting.

    Comparing Millet LRS to NightForce scopes, NightForce still has better quality optics for shooting targets at ultra-long distances. If you are into competitions and challenges, Millet is a basic entry-level option. If you can spend the money to enjoy upgraded optics quality, go for it.

    Vortex scopes may offer more quality optics, reliability, and other features versus Millet or Burris scopes. However, you will incur a higher initial cost for a Vortex scope. Burris is another viable budget option like Millet.

    Comparing Millet to Leupold, the sight and optics are not as clear as a Leupold scope, but you aren't paying over the $1000 mark either. The tick marks on the mil-dot reticle can take some getting used to, as they are on the thicker side.

    What We Think

    scope reticle

    If you are looking for a decent and affordable scope that is good for TRS, you should consider a Millet scope. Some of the scopes do have features that can be a bit distracting, but the overall performance is tried and true. Entry-level marksmen will appreciate how user-friendly Millet brand scopes are, and the construction quality stands up to most weather conditions in the field.

    If you are budget-conscious and don't need a scope that is outfitted with lots of bells and whistles, Millet gives you a glass that offers unexpected quality and clarity and still offers features like mil-dots and illumination. If you are looking for a more compact and lightweight scope, you might want to pass, as a Millet model will take up a lot of space when attached to your rifle.

    If you are interested in Millet for an LRS, you can't beat the price. You will get optical clarity with a good range of varying magnification power so you can lock onto your target.  You won't want to have the power up to high when shooting at a 1000-yard match, and strong sunlight will certainly require dialing down the power

    The controls are large and visible, much like those extra-thick mil-dots that can be a little distracting, until you get comfortable with the adjustments. The illuminated reticle is nice and crisp, with both clearly defined crosshairs and Mil Dots. However, make sure to keep the illumination brightness at a low level, especially if you are shooting in full daylight to reduce any unwanted harm to your eyes.

    Millet's LRS is a good buy for shooters who enjoy hunting or feel like they will need to play sniper in an urban setting, or for competition. The Millet LRS will give you the accuracy you want, and if paired with a lightweight rifle, you'll be able to pick up to move in your terrain with ease.

    A Millet scope is an excellent choice for big guns with a high caliber and can withstand heavy recoil. That being said, expect to deal with a bigger scope that will not leave room for a back-mount. You won't have many problems with holding zero with a Millet scope, and they come with a lock ring.

    Mounting a scope from Millet is a breeze. Unlike other scopes that have been called out for mounting problems or loose lock rings, a Millet scope stays steadfast holding your settings through the range of your focus and zoom.

    If you don't want to shell out thousands of dollars on a scope, are a moderate to regular hunter or marksman, and are looking for average to high-quality optics, clarity, and precision for a more than reasonable price, you want to go with a Millet scope.

    If you are willing to shell out more money for a higher-end scope, you can't beat Millet's price for their products. However, higher-priced scopes from other companies do have slightly better optics and glass.

    If you outfit yourself with a Millet scope for your rifle, you are letting everyone know how much you value an affordable, user-friendly scope with solid features and a rugged exterior and construction that holds up over the years for precision shooting.

    Coupons And Deals

    resting rifle

    You can find online deals for discounts or percentages off of Millet scopes online Optics Planet. Retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, and Best Deals online offer deals and deeply discounted prices on Millet scopes.

    Best Sniper Scopes For You Rifle: Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide

    best sniper scopes

     You will want the best sniper scopes for your rifle if you enjoy hunting, competitive shooting, or are a marksman who appreciates finely crafted tactical gear.

    Depending on your uses for a sniper rifle, you will want to choose your sniper scope accordingly. You don't have to break the bank for a scope outfitted with top-of-the-line features if a scope with simpler features will suffice. Unless you are equipping yourself for a military operation, it isn't necessary to snag a scope for your rifle that is better suited for a covert mission, if you are hunting elk, bears, or varmint.

    If you are into deer hunting, you may find it unnecessary to have a scope with a high level of zoom or night vision, if you like early morning excursions. However, you will want a scope that can withstand the elements of rain and fog without losing performance.

    Competitive marksmen who enjoy shooting at a range of targets may want a zoom that isn't fixed, depending on their personal preferences.

    After considering how much money you want to spend, the features you have to have, and the environments you will typically be using your firearm, all brands of scopes are not equal.

    How We Choose Our Ratings

    To compile this list of best sniper scopes, we considered the reputation of different brands, customer testimonials, price point, and features offered. Additionally, we considered covering rifle scopes that would be suitable for night vision, hunting in low light, and durability against the elements.

    Ultimately, based on the performance of the scopes, the amount of reach offered, scope construction, look and feel, the following sniper scopes were deemed worthy. You'll find a range of scopes that are applicable for tactical use, hunting, close range, and ultra-long range targeting.

    Top 7 Best Sniper Scopes

    Check out this list of sniper scopes before you go on your next hunting trip, or want to improve on your target practice.

    Schmidt & Bender 5-25x56 PM II

    Schmidt Bender 5-25x56 PM II LP 1cm ccw DT / ST Riflescope with P4FL Reticle
    • High quality scope for universal use with big magnification and an extremely comprehensive total adjustment range
    • Equipped with parallax compensation, illuminated reticle and two turns in the elevation adjustment (Double Turn)
    • The scope may be successfully used up to 2,000 meters thanks to its big magnification and comprehensive reticle
    • Reticle position: first focal plane p4 fine
    • Length - 16.38 in; weight - 38.57 oz

    If you appreciate using your firearm for extensive long-range use and want to have some tactical gear similar to elite military forces, you will want to consider selecting this scope by Schmidt & Bender. This scope is a mainstay of the US Marine Corps special forces, the US Air Force, and other branches of the military.

    The turret design is a highly sought after feature on this scope, as it comes with a changing color indicator when you adjust its two rotational settings.

    Shooters who want the ultimate in precision as a marksman for ultra-long distances will find value in this scope. It measures 16.38 inches in length and weighs 38.57 ounces.

    The elevation is double turn, you get parallax compensation,  and the larger magnification and illuminated reticle adjustment allow for successful takedowns at a distance of 2,000 meters.

    PROS

    • Optimal clarity and resolution 

    • Zero Stop feature 

    • Provides ultimate precision at very long distances

    CONS

    • Price range is on the steeper side

    Quality

    Price

    Rating

    It measures 16.38 inches in length and weighs 38.57 ounces

    $3,200.00


    NightForce NXS5.5-22x56mm C434

    Nightforce Optics 5.5-22x56 NXS Riflescope, Matte Black Finish with Illuminated MOAR Reticle, Zero Stop Turrets, .250 MOA, 30mm Tube
    • 100 M.O.A. of internal adjustment
    • Exceptional optical integrity
    • Speed and accuracy in all situations
    • Rigorously tested for perfection
    • Composed of 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum

    You can trust and depend on this riflescope, as it is constructed from 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum. Outfitted with a 56mm objective lens to let in more light, you get the clarity and resolution you need across its range of magnification from 5.5x to 22x. This tactical scope can handle close and long-range shots and doesn't sacrifice on power or accurate precision behind your shot.

    Marksmen can take advantage of 3.9 inches of eye relief, as this scope is often paired with magnum rifles that have a strong recoil. The range for elevation adjustment is 100 MOA,  wind adjustment is 60 MOA, and the field of view is 17.5 feet to 4.7 feet for every 100 yards.

    You'll appreciate the gaps when making adjustments between clicks, and the numbers are large and marked clearly. The clicks are subdued and have a nice feel to them, even when wearing gloves.

    Adjusting the brightness level of the illuminated reticle does take some time to adjust, as you have to remove the top of the focus knob and battery first, and turn the control screw using a small flat screwdriver.

    This scope is relatively long, measuring at 15.2 inches and weighs 32 ounces. The finish gives this scope a rugged feel, and the design provides this scope with a high-end look that makes you look good.

    PROS

    • Excellent amount of eye relief

    • High-quality optics 

    • Durable and rugged construction 

    CONS

    • May have to rotate the eyepiece often for adjustments

    Quality

    Price

    Rating

    It measures 16.38 inches in length and weighs 38.57 ounces

    $2,090.00


    Vortex Optics VHS-4310 Viper HS-T 6-24x50  

    Vortex Optics Viper HS-T 6-24x50 SFP Riflescope VMR-1 MRAD
    • The Viper HS-T 6-24x50 is one of multiple configurations in the Viper HS-T (Hunting & Shooting Tactical) line. VMR-1 Reticle (MRAD) is perfect for accurate holds at extended ranges.
    • Incorporating our premium, fully multi-coated, extra-low dispersion lenses brings excellent resolution and color fidelity. The XR coatings provide enhanced light gathering capability while Armored coating protects the lenses.
    • The exposed target-style turrets are constructed for precise and repeatable finger-adjustable clicks. A CRS Zero Stop allows for reliable return to zero capability after dialing temporary elevation corrections.
    • A 4x zoom provides magnification versatility while the side focus parallax adjustment provides optimal image focus and parallax removal. The fast focus eyepiece allows the shooter to properly adjust the reticle to your eye.
    • The one-piece tube is O-ring sealed and argon purged to ensure waterproof and fog proof performance. The Viper HS-T is a versatile yet simple riflescope that is at home in a hunting, target shooting, or tactical application.

    This popular multi-purpose scope was built for tactical and hunting use and has a multi-coated dispersion lens that is extra-low for color fidelity and enhanced resolution.  The lenses are coated with Armortek to keep them protected, and the scope is sealed with O-rings and anodized for ultimate durability.

    Unlike other tubes which are pieced together, this scope is made from one solid piece. This scope is built waterproof, shockproof, and fog proof, so you can enjoy hunting, shooting targets, or tactical applications despite the weather conditions.

    The fast focus eyepiece lets you readily adjust the reticle to your eye, and the VMR-1 MRAD reticle allows for more accurate holds at extended ranges. The objective lens diameter measures at 50mm, and you get a nice amount of eye relief at 4 inches.

    This scope measures 30mm in length and weighs 22.6 ounces. The field of view is 17.8 to 5.1 feet for every 100 yards.

    PROS

    • Economical scope 

    • Includes second focal plane reticle

    • Precision-Force Spring system 

    CONS

    • Changing the magnification power may take some effort

    Quality

    Price

    Rating

    This scope measures 30mm in length and weighs 22.6 ounces

    $638.00


    Bushnell Elite Tactical G2

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    Bushnell Elite Tactical G2DMR FFP Reticle Riflescope (6-24x50-mm)
    • Ultra Wide Band Coating and fully multi-coated optics for light transmission and image clarity; Rain Guard HD anti-fog technology keeps lens clear in any condition
    • Adjustable power, tactical target scope with 6 to 24x magnification and a 50-millimeter objective lens offers exceptional brightness and extended-range magnification
    • G2DMR features a mil-hash marked First Focal Plane (FFP) reticle designed for ranging, holdover and windage correction
    • Features side focus parallax adjustment for adjustable long-range accuracy; .1 Mil Click Value
    • 30-millimeter one-piece tube; argon purged; 3-inch sunshade; limited lifetime warranty

    This scope is built with a 50mm objective lens and offers a magnification range of 3.5xs to 21x to help you zoom into your target with accuracy.

    The ultra-wideband coating helps enhance your view of a target in low-light environments, such as hunting at dawn or dusk. The Rainguard HD lens provides significant protection from both rain and fog when you are out in the elements. You will also appreciate the 3-inch sunshade to keep the sun from interfering with your view.

    This scope is about average, measuring 13.2 inches. Despite the modest price point for this scope, many users are satisfied with the reticle.

    You won't find a zero-stop on this scope, so beginner shooters may want to be careful about going past the desired point for the travel range. However, the knobs for adjusting are large and make things easy to change up.

    The side focus parallax adjustment improves accuracy with long-range targets, and there is a .1 Mil Click value. The first focal plane reticle is military marked for holdover and wind correction. Overall, the construction on this scope is solid, and experienced shooters will appreciate the features and handling on this scope.

    PROS

    • Enjoy precision shooting 

    • Rainguard HD lens 

    • Comes with 3-inch sunshade

    CONS

    • Does not come with a CRS-Zero Stop

    Quality

    Price

    Rating

    This scope is built with a 50mm objective lens and offers a magnification range of 3.5xs to 21x

    $684.98


    Vortex Optics Viper HS 4-16x44

    Vortex Optics Viper HS 4-16x44 Second Focal Plane Riflescope - Dead-Hold BDC Reticle (MOA)
    • The Viper HS 4-16x44 is one of multiple configurations in the Viper HS (Hunting & Shooting) line. The Dead-Hold BDC reticle is good for any hunting or shooting at varying ranges where estimating hold-over would be a concern.
    • In the advanced optical system, the XD glass renders an image that is sharp and clear from edge to edge. There are XR multi-coated lenses allowing you to capture the most light from dawn til dusk.The 4x zoom range will pull you close to your target.
    • Featuring capped quick-reset turrets you will be able to quickly reindex your zero after sighting in. They're built on a 30mm main tube which increases the amount of elevation and windage travel for optimal adjustment.
    • Ultra-hard, scratch resistant Armortek coatings protect the exterior lenses of the scope. Argon purging provides fogproof and waterproof performance. The hard-anodized matte black finish is extremely durable and looks awesome too.
    • Whether hunting whitetail in the midwest or elk in the Rockies, the Viper HS is designed to be your all around workhorse optic.

    If you want a scope for tactical application or hunting, this may be the one for you. Constructed using one piece of durable aluminum, you'll enjoy optimal adjustment of wind up to 50 MOA, and elevation at  50 MOA.

    This scope comes outfitted with an objective lens diameter of 44mm, 4x to 16x magnification and a field of view that ranges from 27.4 feet to 7.4 feet per every 100 yards.

    You'll appreciate that this scope comes with a 4-inch sunshade, and uses a Dead-Hold BDC reticle. This choice of reticle is a good fit on slug shotguns, high-powered rifles, and black powder rifles.

    The ArmorTek coating protects this scope against scratches, oil, and dirt from being out in the field. The Fast Focus Eyepiece allows you to focus the reticle quickly.

    You'll feel confident taking down targets without being easily spotted, thanks to the anodized matte finish with low glare.

    PROS

    • Fast tracking for targets

    • CRS-Zero Stop 

    • Dead-Hold BDC reticle 

    CONS

    • Doesn't offer the sharpest clarity compared to other scopes

    Quality

    Price

    Rating

    This scope comes outfitted with an objective lens diameter of 44mm, 4x to 16x magnification

    $499.00


    BARSKA 3-9x42 IR 2nd Generation

    BARSKA 3-9x42 IR 2nd Generation Sniper Riflescope
    • 1-Inch tube construction with built-in sniper edged sun-shade is set back in the housing to allow the sun shade to cast a shadow and reduce glare for use in bright sun conditions
    • 100-Percent waterproof and fogproof with extra rigid shockproof construction
    • Multi-Coated optics for clear crisp images with illuminated red and green mil-dot reticles
    • Easy-grip target-style windage and elevation adjustments and side parallax adjustment. 1/4 MOA click adjustment, makes this scope precise and easy to use in tactical environments
    • Includes protective scope caps, lens cloth and set of rings. Limited Lifetime Warranty

    This scope from BARSKA is made waterproof, shockproof, and fog proof so it can weather the elements while you are out hunting or doing some target practice.

    If you are looking for a compact scope, this one measures 10 inches in length and weighs 20 ounces.

    You may appreciate the dual color green and red military reticle, and the eye relief measure nearly 4 inches.

    The lenses are multi-coated to reduce glare, protect against the sun's rays, and improve the clarity of your target. The objective lens diameter is 42mm, and you can adjust the magnification between 3x and 9xs.

    The sunshade is built-in and set within the housing to reduce any unwanted glare. This scope also comes with protective caps.

    PROS

    • Side parallax adjustment with 1/4 MOA click adjustment

    • Built-in sunshade reduces glare

    • Illuminated dual color military reticle

    CONS

    • Lock rings on the elevation and windage adjustments may get loose and require checking often

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    Price

    Rating

    This one measures 10 inches in length and weighs 20 ounces

    $85.80


    Firefield 3.542 NVRS  

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    Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x42 Night Vision Riflescope
    • High 3x magnification Lens focus(mm):70, Field of view(º): 14, Eye relief(mm): 45, Diopter adjustment(dptr): ±4
    • Ergonomic design Diameter, exit pupil - 6mm
    • Built-in IR
    • Titanium body
    • Battery Life:(with IR),20 hours,Battery Life:(w/out IR), 50 hours

    This scope is made for night vision hunting and constructed with a lightweight but durable titanium body. A built-in IR illuminator enhances your view of medium to long-range targets and increases your range capability in complete darkness with 3x magnification.

    The quick-detach weaver mounts allow you to change optics and maintain return-to-zero reliably easily. The objective lens diameter is 42mm to allow for maximum light for improved visage. The flip-up cover lens ensures that your scope is better protected from undesirable weather.

    Overall, this scope provides you with high resolution and solid visibility of targets so you can hit your mark with precision. You will just need some AA batteries to keep things powered for up to 20 hours with the IR, and up to 50 hours without the IR.

    The brightness adjustment is incremental, so you can gradually adjust to your environment, and confidently takedown targets in poor lighting conditions or the darkness of night.

    PROS

    • Great value scope for capabilities

    • Ergonomic design with titanium construction 

    • Built-in IR illuminator

    CONS

    • Mounting is not the greatest

    Quality

    Price

    Rating

    It measures 16.38 inches in length and weighs 38.57 ounces

    $317.99


    Comparison Table

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    Price

    Schmidt & Bender 5-25x56 PM II

    Schmidt Bender 5-25x56 PM II LP 1cm ccw DT / ST Riflescope with P4FL Reticle

    5 stars

    NightForce NXS5.5-22x56mm C434

    Nightforce Optics 5.5-22x56 NXS Riflescope, Matte Black Finish with Illuminated MOAR Reticle, Zero Stop Turrets, .250 MOA, 30mm Tube

    5 stars

    Vortex Optics VHS-4310 Viper HS-T 6-24x50  

    Vortex Optics Viper HS-T 6-24x50 SFP Riflescope VMR-1 MRAD

    5 stars

    Bushnell Elite Tactical G2

    Bushnell Elite Tactical G2DMR FFP Reticle Riflescope (6-24x50-mm)

    4.6 stars

    Vortex Optics Viper HS 4-16x44

    Vortex Optics Viper HS 4-16x44 Second Focal Plane Riflescope - Dead-Hold BDC Reticle (MOA)

    4.4 stars

    ​BARSKA 3-9x42 IR 2nd Generation ​​​​

    BARSKA 3-9x42 IR 2nd Generation Sniper Riflescope

    4.2 stars

    Firefield 3.542 NVRS  

    Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x42 Night Vision Riflescope

    3.9 stars

    Buyer's Guide

    Depending on whether you are using your rifle to takedown a buck, or you enjoy competitions as a marksman, you will want to select a sniper scope that suits your tastes and budget. To fully enjoy the capabilities of your rifle and unleash your skills as a marksman, your choice of scope can be a boon even if it doesn't have fancy bells and whistles.

    Every scope is not suitable for hunting in low-light conditions or can withstand hunkering down in the rain or fog. It is essential to consider your personal needs to enjoy successful takedowns or hit your mark as you desire, before eventually making a final decision on the scope that you must purchase for your rifle.

    Remember to consider how you will use your scope, and how much you want to invest. Some scopes make it more challenging to adjust the focus, parallax, or adjust for elevation. You may not find it necessary to have an illuminated reticle, or you may be a bit frustrated when you have to make significant adjustments before and after taking your shot frequently.

    Choose your sniper scope based on the features you need to hit your target with accurate precision, solid handling, and a proper match for your firearm. Your scope should allow for the right amount of light so that you always enjoy the focus and clarity from the lenses to keep your target in clear view, no matter your surroundings.

    Comprehensive Scope Review Of The Zeiss Conquest HD5

    Scope Review: Zeiss Conquest HD5

    If you are shopping for a long-range hunting scope or want a performing scope for target shooting, Zeiss is a manufacturer you should consider. Let’s take a closer look at the Zeiss Conquest HD5 scope to help you determine if this could be the rifle scope you have been looking for.

    What Is The Zeiss Conquest HD5?

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    Zeiss Carl Optical Conquest HD5 5-25x50 Rapid-Z 1000 Ballistic Reticle Rifle Scope with Lockable Target Turret
    • German made
    • HD lens system and T coatings for enhanced image quality
    • Rapid-Z 1000 ballistic reticle provides numbered holdover lines for long-range shooting out to 1000 yards
    • Sleek, compact tube design compared to other 25x scopes
    • New 5-Year No Fault Policy + Limited Lifetime Warranty

    Zeiss is a well-known optics manufacturer located in Germany. The company is also known for making medical and industrial measurement devices.

    The Conquest scopes have been developed with hunting in mind. You will find two variants with different magnification options. We looked at both variants to help you determine which version of the Conquest HD5 is suited to your needs and preferences.

    The Zeiss Conquest HD5 scopes have a compact and lightweight design, which is perfect for hunting and sports shooting. We like the black matte finish and think this is a high-quality product.

    You will notice that the parts move very smoothly as you adjust the optics of the scope. The magnifying ring is worth mentioning because it rotates very smoothly and allows you to easily adjust the magnification of the scope without moving around and losing your target.

    This is a durable rifle scope that will last for years. It is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions as well as humidity.

    Both variants of the scope have a tube with a diameter of one inch. You will need a standard one-inch ring to mount it on your rifle.

    You should know that both variants of the scope are second focal plane scopes. This means the size of the reticle will remain the same as you adjust the magnification of the scope.

    The second focal plane design allows for more precision when you use high magnification power. The reticle can be thinner, which gives you better visibility even with a long range.

    The downside of the second focal plane design is that using a Minute of Angle or milliradian scale is going to be more difficult. You will also have to do a little bit of math to figure out what the yardage lines on the reticle correspond to as you adjust the magnification of the scope.

    If you rely on yardage lines a lot or want to use a scale, you might want to opt for a first focal plane scope instead of the Conquest HD5. However, the increased precision and visibility at long range make the Conquest HD5 an excellent choice.

    If you are new to using rifle scopes, head to a local range and try both types of scopes. You need to see for yourself how a first focal plane and second focal plane scopes are going to impact your experience with a rifle. You can then decide which design is best for you.

    What Makes The Zeiss Conquest HD5 Unique?

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    Being able to choose from two variants is interesting. We also think the Conquest HD5 stands out because of the high-quality design and precise optics. You will have a hard time finding better quality optics and glass in this price range.

    The first variant of the HD5 is a 3-15x42 model with a RapidZ-800 reticle. The second variant is a 5-25x50 model with a RapidZ-Varmint reticle.

    There are a few different features that stood out to use while reviewing the Zeiss Conquest HD5:

    • The locking turrets are easy to use and convenient for long-range shooting.
    • The scope is easy to mount and adjust.
    • The manual is very comprehensive and will help you get started if you are new to using a scope.
    • The quality of the optics stands out.
    • You will have a hard time finding the same magnification power as the 5-25x50 model in the same price range.
    • The lens is coated to improve light transmission, which is perfect for low-light settings.
    • Zeiss offers a comprehensive five-year warranty on its products.

    The RapidZ-800 and RapidZ-Varmint reticles are also worth mentioning. These reticles are perfect for long-range shooting. Placing the reticles in the second focal plane means you won’t have to worry about them hiding the target. You will get very precise results with these scopes.

    Getting used to figuring out what each yardage line corresponds to might take some time, but these rifle scopes will improve your hunting and target shooting experience once you become familiar with the yardage lines.

    Zeiss Conquest HD5 5-25x50

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    This is the more powerful variant of the Conquest HD5. This scope has a magnification range of 5 to 25x. The scope objective diameter measures 50mm, and the length is 14.17.” The field of view is somewhere between 14.6’ and 35.4’ at 100 yards.

    Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15x50

    Zeiss Conquest HD5 3-15x50mm Riflescope w/ RZ600 Reticle, Matte Black
    • 3-15x Magnification
    • Capped Turrets
    • 1' Tube
    • 50mm Objective
    • Weight: 24.7 oz

     

    This variant has a lower magnification power. It ranges from 3 to 15x. The scope objective diameter is the same, but the length is 13.78.” The field of view is 34.1’ to 6.8’ at a 100 yards.

    Which Variant Is Right For Me?

    The 3-15x50 model would be best for short or mid-range shooting. The 5-25x50 model is your best option if you want a performing scope for long-range shooting.

    The features are very similar, and you will get the same quality optics with both variants. Both scopes are easy to install, and you will get the same quality experience with turrets and magnification ring. Even though the reticles used are different, they both meet high-quality standards.

    Pricing

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    We were able to find the two Zeiss Conquest HD5 variants for $730. Most websites list these scopes with a price of $1,000 or more and mark it down in the $800 price range.

    You should be able to easily find sellers who offer these scopes for $700 to $800 now that Zeiss has released a new line of scopes.

    Reviews Of The Zeiss Conquest HD5

    These scopes have received extremely positive reviews from shoppers. We looked at different individual reviews and shopping sites to determine what people think of these rifle scopes.

    The quality of the glass and optics is mentioned frequently in the reviews. People are impressed by the clarity, even when using high magnification.

    Some people say the Conquest HD5 scopes are ideal for hunting at dusk because of the glass clarity. A lot of reviews talk about how easy it is to install the scope and to get started with it. The scope works with a wide range of standard rings. No one ran into issues with mounting the scope.

    People generally love how the turrets and magnification ring feel. These parts move smoothly and indicate a high-quality product.

    Reviews also talk about getting precise and consistent results when using the HD5 scope. A hunter even said using the scope was somewhat boring because of how predictable the result is. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you are looking for long-range precision.

    People are impressed with the reticle and how perfect the alignment is. They say the reticle helps them get on target fast and makes shooting easier for beginners.

    Everyone agrees that this is a great scope for hunting and target shooting.

    There are a few negative points mentioned in some reviews. The main drawback of the scope is the second focal plane design.

    Some people don’t like having to do a bit of math to figure out what yardage lines correspond to as they adjust the magnification of the scope. If this is something you want to avoid, a first focal plane scope would be a better option for you. Keep in mind that this is something you will probably get used to quickly.

    We didn’t find any other reviews mentioning negative points other than the second focal plane design.

    How Does The Zeiss Conquest HD5 Compare To Other Rifle Scopes?

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    We compared the Zeiss Conquest HD5 to three other scopes from Zeiss and to a scope from Nikon in the same price range as the HD5.

    Zeiss Conquest V4

    Zeiss Conquest V4 1-4x24
    • 24mm objective lens
    • 2nd focal plane
    • BDC/adjustable turrets
    • Waterproof and Fogproof
    • Illuminated Reticle

    This is a more recent rifle scope from Zeiss. The tube is thinner with a diameter of 30mm, and the magnification range is somewhere between the two variants of the HD5.

    You can get the Zeiss Conquest V4 with different reticles. The reticles performance is similar to the ones used with the two variants of the HD5.

    The magnification ranges from 4 to 16x. The objective lens is 44mm wide, and the glass is what stands out about this rifle scope. There is a special coating that improves visibility in low-light settings.

    This is a second focal plane scope, and the price range is similar to the Conquest HD5. The Conquest V4 is a great option if you want a slimmer design or if you want a magnification range between the two variants of the HD5.

    Zeiss Conquest V6

    Zeiss Conquest V6 3-18x50 Riflescope with Zmoa Reticle w/BDC Turret, Black
    • Uncompromising design, ergonomics and optics at an unbelievably attractive price
    • A new standard in precision and long-range hunting and shooting
    • Constructed of aircraft grade aluminum
    • Extremely reliable internal components
    • Allows for 62 - 103 MOA elevation adjustment for long-range hunting and shooting

    This is a much more expensive rifle scope with a price tag of almost $2,000. 

    The Zeiss Conquest V6 meets the high-quality standards the manufacturer is known for. The Conquest V6 is worth considering if you are looking for something more performing than the HD5 since this scope has a higher magnification range.

    The glass has also been improved. You will get a visibility rating of 92 percent in low-light settings, which is slightly higher than the HD5. The performance of the HD5 will be suitable for a wide range of scenarios, but the Conquest V6 is an interesting alternative if you want better visibility for long-range shooting.

    Zeiss Victory HT

    Zeiss 10x42 Victory HT Binocular with LotuTec Protective Coating (Black)
    • Exclusive Schott HT High-Transmission glass
    • Enhanced T coatings for 95% light transmission
    • FL lens system for supreme color fidelity
    • Comfort focus concept and easy-grip barrels for superior ergonomics
    • Best usage for hunting, marine, astronomy

     The Zeiss Victory HT is probably the most performing scope offered by Zeiss.

    In fact, this is one of the best rifle scopes for low-light settings with its light transmission of 95 percent. This scope has a magnification of 4x, which is in-between the two variants of the HD5.

    It is interesting to note that you can adjust the objective diameter between 16.3 and 24mm.

    The Zeiss Victory HT is significantly more expensive than the Conquest HD5. However, this scope is a great investment if you want the best Zeiss has to offer for shooting in low-light settings.

    Nikon Black FX1000

    We think this rifle scope is a viable alternative to the Zeiss Conquest HD5 because of the similar price range.

    This is a first focal plane scope with specs that are somewhere between the two variants of the Conquest HD5. You will get high-quality optics with this scope.

    The 4x magnification is suitable for a wide range of scenarios, and the 30mm tube diameter makes this scope slimmer than the HD5.

    If you are hesitating about the Conquest HD5 because of the second focal plane design, the Nikon Black FX1000 is an excellent alternative.

    What We Think

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     The Zeiss Conquest HD5 stands out because of the unmatched accuracy and quality of the optic glass. We also like the smooth turrets and magnifying ring. Being able to choose between two variants is ideal since you might need different specs depending on how you will use the rifle scope.

    The second focal plane design might be a drawback at first, but we think you will quickly get used to the yardage lines. You might already be familiar with using a second focal plane scope, in which case the Conquest HD5 would be perfect for you.

    The Zeiss Conquest HD5 features unmatched optics in this price range. This is a great rifle scope for long-range hunting or target shooting. If you can find this scope in the $700 price range, don’t miss out on it!

    Best Rangefinder Scope: Good For Hunting And Target Shooting

    Best Rangefinder Scope

    META: Buyer’s guide and reviews of the best rangefinder scopes on Amazon. Get our 100 percent honest opinion of the top rangefinder scopes.

    If you’re new to the world of hunting and target shooting, or you’ve never invested in a scope before, the process of shopping for a rangefinder scope can be bewildering and frustrating. Unless you’re a long-time enthusiast or you’ve done your homework, all of the numbers and acronyms are difficult to decipher.

    To make the process a little easier on you, we put together a guide to the best rangefinder scopes on Amazon.

    How We Chose Our Ratings

    After looking at all of the rangefinder scopes available on Amazon, we decided to review them all against each other, even though there are two distinct classes of scopes available at widely disparate prices. It’s more difficult to compare a $40 scope to a $400 scope than to only consider models in the same price range, but we wanted to provide the complete picture.

    Every rangefinder scope on our list has at least four stars on Amazon. We went through all of the customer reviews to discover which scopes were the most loved, regardless of price. We looked at the magnification levels, rangefinder options, ease of installation, and special features to determine how each rangefinder scope compared to the others.

    Ultimately, we ended up with a list of the 8 best rangefinder scopes.

    The Top 8 Best Rangefinder Scopes

    Monstrum Tactical Rifle Scope with Illuminated Rangefinder


    Monstrum Tactical 3-9x40 Rifle Scope with Illuminated Range Finder Reticle

    • High optical clarity at 3 to 9 times magnification, 40mm objective diameter
    • Glass range finder reticle for on-the-fly range estimation and long distance targeting
    • Dial controlled reticle illumination in both red and green with multiple brightness intensities, for clean sight picture regardless of lighting or environment
    • Integrated rail mount fastens securely to any flat top Weaver or Picatinny rail equipped rifle
    • Available in Black or Flat Dark Earth

    Monstrum Tactical’s rangefinder scope is 2-7×32, which means it can magnify from 2 to 7 times and has a 32mm-diameter forward lens. It has the least-powerful magnification of any of the scopes on our list, which docked some points off our rating.

    The adjustable, illuminated rangefinder reticle comes with five brightness levels in both red and green so that you can switch between the two for better visibility at night. The adjustable objective lens (or AO) gives you a sharper focus and better range estimation while eliminating parallax.

    The Monstrum Tactical scope’s body is made from aircraft grade aluminum, and the sealed, nitrogen-charged tube makes it waterproof and fog-proof.

    The windage and elevation adjustment dials have ¼ MOA/click stops with locking turrets. The reversible one-inch scope rings will mount the rangefinder scope to any flat-top Picatinny rail. The scope comes with a battery and a set of lens covers.

    The Monstrum Tactical rangefinder scope doesn’t have a ton of customers reviews, but they’re all positive. If the scope were less expensive ($79.95 is nothing to sneeze at) or had better features, it would rank higher on our list, but as-is we thought it deserved 4.3 out of 5 stars.

    Aipa AR15 Tactical Rifle Scope

    The Aipa rifle scope is 4-12×50, magnifying 4 to 12 times with a 50mm forward lens diameter. It comes with a green laser and a holographic reflex sight.

    The Aipa scope has a red dot reflex sight, providing high-resolution images and a wide field of view. Five brightness settings allow you to control the illumination of your reticle.

    The fast-focus eyepiece allows you to quickly sight your target in tactical situations. The ¼-inch fingertip-resettable windage and elevation adjustments allow you to calibrate on the flight.

    The rangefinder scope is matte black and waterproof, fog-proof, and shockproof. It’s advertised as being an AR15 scope, but it will fit any rifle with Weaver or Picatinny rails.

    The Aipa rangefinder scope is, according to many customers, worth every penny of its $85.99 price. Some folks had issues with the holographic sight losing its calibration after sitting for too long, and others expressed frustration with the mounting process, which the user manual doesn’t fully explain. Overall, we think this scope earned 4.4 out of 5 stars.

    XOPin AR15 Tactical Rifle Scope

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    Scope Combo 4-16x50EG with 4 Holographic Red&Green Dot Sight

    • Rifle scope advantage:High grade fully coated optical lens, Dry nitrogen filled with waterproof,shock proof,fog proof. Magnification:4x-16x suit for any W/ 22mm Rail Mount Picatinny Rail,Made of T6061 Aluminium with High grade fully coated optical lens,1200G shockproof and 100% waterproof & fogproof test would keeps the scope more solid makes you can shoot more,1/4" Fingertip Resettable Windage & Elevation adjustments provide a wide range adjustment.
    • The scope is Red and green Multi-X reticles with 5 levels;Exit Pupil:3.3mm-10mm;Field of View:10' ~ 27' @ 100yards;Eye Relief:3" ~ 3.4";Windage & Elevation Click Value:1/4' @ 100 yards;With 50mm Beautiful Flower Object Lens makes your scope become unique in Amazon.High grade fully coated optical lens, High quality matte black finish,Dry nitrogen filled with makes 100% waterproof,shock proof,fog proof.
    • Fast Focus Eyepiece with 1/4" Fingertip Resettable Windage & Elevation Adjustments.Green laser Reaching Distance about 200m-500m,Detachable Green laser sight with independent switch,Best Choice for Shooting-With Long Eye Relief:66.8-99.06mm,Field of View:13.41-40.38 @100yards,Exit Pupil:3.3mm-10mm.Wide Magnification 4X-16X provide you a big view at 200-1000YARDS.5 Levels Red and Green Illuminated adjustment brings a better view in dark environment.
    • Three Parts with More Functions-Plus With Electric control red dot sight and red laser is good for quick acquisition of close quarter and fast moving targets.The distance is about 200-500m for the laser,When you are aiming at a big deer or other prey at 300m that would save more time.The other side of this scope you can easily install the other equipment such as flashlight,which helps you more in dark hunting environment.
    • This Scope cannot be an assault weapon part or accessory.Integrated rails offers ample space for accessories,12 months guarantee will be provided to all our scopes.Best Customer Service for Everyone.

    The XOPin rifle scope is 4-16x50EG, with 4 to 16 times magnification and a 50mm, etched-glass (or EG) forward lens. Its integrated rails allow it to install on any Weaver or Picatinny rail mount.

    The fully coated optical lens is protected by dry nitrogen gas, making it waterproof, shockproof, and fog-proof. A detachable green laser sight can reach 200-500 meters. A tubeless holographic sight provides a wide field of view.

    Red and green multi-x reticles have five brightness levels. The windage and elevation are adjusted with a fingertip resettable ¼-inch clicking dial. The fast-focus eyepiece allows you to sight your target quickly.

    The XOPin seller on Amazon offers a 12-month guarantee and will replace or refund your scope if you have any problems with it.

    Though we initially thought the price of $103.99 was a little high for this model, most customers fully believe they got their money’s worth. Many glowing reviews talk about how easy it is to use and how well it works, so it looks like we were wrong about this one. We rated the XOPin tactical rifle scope 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    BTC Tactical Rifle Scope with Illuminated Rangefinder

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    BTC Tactical 2.5-10x40 Rifle Scope with Illuminated Range Finder Reticle and Built-In Red or Green Laser Sight Reflex Picatinny Mount

    • 2.5x-10x Adjustable Zoom with 40mm Objective Diameter
    • Integrated Quick Release Weaver/Picatinny Mounting System
    • Constructed of High Quality Aluminum with Hard Anodized Finish that is Shockproof, Waterproof, and Fogproof
    • Red & Green Illuminated with Mil-Dot Recticle and Standard X-Y Windage with Elevation Click Adjustment
    • Built-in Laser Sight for Tactical Operations or Target Practice

    The BTC tactical rifle scope is 2.5-10×40, so it magnifies 2.5 to 10 times and has a 40mm objective diameter. It’s constructed of high-quality aluminum with an anodized finish that is shockproof, waterproof, and fog-proof.

    The integrated quick-release mounting system works with Weaver and Picatinny rails. The field of view at 100 yards is 12.4 to 37.5 feet, depending on the magnification level.

    The rangefinder reticle illumination has five different intensity levels, and the reticle displays in black, red, or green. The BTC has standard X-Y windage, and elevation click adjustment.

    The rifle scope comes with lens covers, batteries, and Allen wrenches.

    According to customers, the BTC rifle scope is easy to mount and has a short learning curve. Some users expressed dissatisfaction with how quickly it loses its sight after you use it. You have to recalibrate it every time you take it out. At $40.99 though, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth, which is why we gave the BTC tactical rifle scope 4.6 out of 5 stars.

    Pinty Red Green Rangefinder Rifle Scope


    Pinty 3-9x50 Red Green Rangefinder Illuminated Optics Sight Scope Hunting Rifle Scope

    • Green and red illuminations, magnifications from 3X up to 9X
    • Integrated flip cover on this riflescope offers you ultimate maneuverability and helps to protect both the objective and ocular lenses of the scope while keeping lenses clean
    • O-ring sealing and nitrogen filling ensure 100% water-proof and fog-proof
    • Rangefinder reticle provides fast, simple aiming points for various shot distances
    • Made of aerospace aluminum alloy, durable and versatile

    The Pinty rifle scope is 3-9×50, so it magnifies 3 to 9 times and has a 50mm-diameter forward lens. Integrated flip covers protect your lenses and offer ultimate maneuverability.

    Pinty makes this matte black scope of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy, so it’s both durable and lightweight. The 20mm rail mounts will fit any standard, Picatinny, or Weaver rails. The O-ring sealing and nitrogen filling of the scope keep it 100 percent waterproof and fog-proof.

    The rangefinder reticle is illuminated in your choice of red or green and provides quick aiming points depending on your shot distance. The brightness controls are adjustable to five different levels.

    This Pinty rangefinder scope is only $27.99 and is considered a “budget” model. For the price, customers were impressed by how accurate it is. It lacks a lot of the features seen in more advanced models, but for a beginner looking for their first scope, this Pinty model would work admirably. We rated it 4.7 out of 5 stars.

    American Technologies Network X-Sight II Rifle Scope


    ATN X-Sight II HD 3-14 Smart Day/Night Rifle Scope w/1080p Video, Ballistic Calculator, Rangefinder, WiFi, E-Compass, GPS, Barometer, iOS & Android Apps

    • Use Day & Night in HD resolution - our HD technology gives you crystal clear vision whenever required
    • Day & Night Vision in Millions of Colors - best hunting optic that fits the situation at hand!
    • Ballistic Calculator - shifts Point of Impact on the fly letting you quickly calculate ballistics for any shooter's needs. Easily determine exact ballistics for expert long-range and angled shots
    • Smart Range Finder - identifies the range to your target with two clicks. Once distance is determined automatically adjusts your Point of Impact
    • 3-14 Magnification - Smooth Zoom offers fine tune adjustments for your perfect magnification every time

    The X-Sight II rifle scope can magnify from 3 to 14 times, with a smooth zoom feature to fine-tune your adjustments. It has high definition day and night vision in full color.

    The built-in ballistics calculator automatically adjusts so you can quickly calculate your ballistics. The smart rangefinder can identify the range to your target with two clicks; then it automatically adjusts your point of impact.

    The X-Sight II features 1080p HD video recording, with Recoil Activated Video (RAV) and wifi streaming. The RAV automatically records pre-shot, actual shot, and after-shot scenes, so you can capture the full experience and save it to an SD card.

    The X-Sight II also comes with an app for iOS and Android, which allows you to stream video, create photo galleries, and save calibration settings.

    If our review were based on features alone, the X-Sight II would be the clear winner. However, its price of $485 makes it inaccessible for casual hobbyists, and it has a host of annoying issues that are inexcusable in a piece of gear this expensive. The ATN X-Sight II rifle scope is popular with more serious enthusiasts though, and it does have an exciting range of features, so we gave it 4.8 out of 5 stars.

    Pinty AR15 Rifle Scope with Rangefinder

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    Pinty Rifle Scope 3-9x32EG Rangefinder Illuminated Reflex Sight 4 Reticle Red&Green Green Dot Laser Sight with 14 Slots 1” High Riser Mount

    • 4 in 1, comes with a rangefinder riflescope, a green laser sight and a red/green dot sight everything you will ever need.
    • Magnifications from 3X up to 9X, green/red illuminations with 5 brightness adjustments for both the riflescope and electronic unlimited brightness control for the dot sight, 4 reticle patterns also available for the red/green dot sight.
    • HD119 red/green dot reflex sight with bottom switch - highly accurate optic and substitute for overpriced holographic clear, high resolution image unlimited eye relief and wide field of view.
    • Picatinny mount easily mountable to any 22/11mm rails (Picatinny or Weaver); Multi-coated optics with O-ring sealing and nitrogen filling ensures 100% water and fog-proof.
    • Unsurpassed light transmission, uncompromising mechanical performance and clarity.

    This Pinty AR15 rifle scope is 3-9x32EG, so it can magnify from 3 to 9 times and has a 32mm etched glass forward lens. It comes with a green laser sight and a red/green dot sight with four reticle patterns.

    Both the scope and the rangefinder have five levels of brightness control. The HD119 red/green dot reflex sight offers a clear, high-resolution image with a wide field of view.

    This Pinty rifle scope comes with a Picatinny mount that will fit 22 and 11mm Picatinny or Weaver rails. The optics are multi-coated, with an O-ring seal and nitrogen filling to make them waterproof and fog-proof.

    Windage and elevation are adjustable with ¼ MOA click stops at 100 yards. The scope comes with the four-reticle red/green reflex sight, a green dot laser sight, a 1-inch compact high riser, three hex wrenches, a lens cover, a cleaning cloth, and batteries for the scope, sight, and laser.

    Pinty’s excellent customer service makes up for the minor issues customers had with this rifle scope. They immediately remedied any issues mentioned in a customer’s review through replacements, refunds, or extra parts. Overall, the scope performs well for its low price of $95.99, which is why we gave the Pinty 3-9x32EG rifle scope with rangefinder 4.9 out of 5 stars.

    UUQ Tactical Rifle Scope with Illuminated Rangefinder


    UUQ 4-16x50EG Tactical Rifle Scope Red/Green Illuminated Range Finder Reticle With Green Laser and Multi Optical Coated Holographic Dot Sight (12 Month Guarantee)

    • NEVER MISS YOUR TARGET: The tubeless design with 33mm reflex lens aperture provides you a wide field of view (15.8 @ 100m). Great for normal shooting, rapid-firing or shooting of moving targets. With easily adjustable 4-16 magnifications and distance, you can target successfully up to 100 yards.
    • ADJUSTABLE TO YOUR EYES FOR GREAT ACCURACY: With dual illuminated 5 brightness level Range Finding reticle, 4 different sizes of dots, and detachable GREEN laser sight reaching over 300m, make sure you can target your kills with the highest accuracy and with great results every time.
    • HASSLE FREE MOUNTING TO ANY GUN: Thanks to its built-in rail (22mm), this scope easily mountable to any 22 &11mm rails (Picatinny or Weaver). Windage and elevation adjustments with 1/4 MOA audible-click stops and fingertip turrerts.
    • TOP NOTCH QUALITY: High quality matte black finish, 100% waterproof and shockproof ensuring this is the best choice you can make.
    • GET IT WITH CONFIDENCE- TRUST THE EXPERTS: Being so sure about the great quality and performance of this amazing Tactical Rifle Scope, UUQ offer you a 30-Day Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee & 12 Month Warranty. With nothing to worry about, order for you or for your hunting aficionados friends today!

    The UUQ tactical rifle scope is 4-16×50, which means it can zoom in from 4 times magnification all the way up to 16 times, and the forward lens has a 50mm diameter. It’s a tubeless scope with a 33mm reflex lens aperture, giving you a wide field of view. The adjustable magnification and distance mean you’ll be deadly accurate up to 100 yards.

    The UUQ rangefinder’s reticle is dual illuminated with five brightness levels, four different sizes of dots, and a detachable green laser sight reaching over 300 meters.

    The UUQ scope’s built-in 22mm rail makes it easily mountable to any gun with 11mm or 22mm Picatinny or Weaver rails. You can adjust for windage and elevation with ¼ MOA click stops and fingertip turrets.

    With a matte black finish, the UUQ scope will easily match any rifle you install it on. It’s 100 percent waterproof and shockproof so that it will hold up in rough weather and dangerous situations. UUQ offers a 30-day money back guarantee as well as a 12-month warranty.

    Reviewers praise UUQ for their excellent customer service. At a price of only $89.99, even a beginner can afford one of these scopes, but it outperforms many of the more expensive models.  That’s why we rated the UUQ tactical rifle scope with illuminated rangefinder 5 out of 5 stars, making it our pick for the best rangefinder scope.

    Buyer’s Guide

    Because of the way we selected the rangefinder scopes on our list, we’d feel comfortable recommending any one of them. The key for you, as a reader, is to figure out which one is right for you.

    If this is going to be your first scope, you should stick with one of the less expensive models. Until you’re more experienced using scopes and rangefinders, you’re likely to get overwhelmed by all of the features available in the high-end models. You also don’t know your strengths, weaknesses, and preferences with rifle scopes yet, so you shouldn’t invest in anything expensive until you know exactly what you want.

    The less expensive rangefinder scopes are also great for experienced shooters, though. You shouldn’t feel like you have to invest a significant amount of money in a fancy scope just because you’ve been hunting for a long time—choose whichever one you think will fit your needs.

    Zeiss Scopes Brand Review: What Makes The Brand Unique

    Zeiss and its 170 years of experience produce excellent optics. Read our review of Zeiss scopes to learn why they are leaders in this market.

    Zeiss scopes are among the best products available. With 170 years of practice behind them, Zeiss employs strict quality control standards to ensure their models remain top choices for hunters, and their glass is exceptional. Hunters around the world trust Zeiss to provide them with great scopes they can rely on in any weather or hunting situation.

    Beyond that, and for most avid hunters, Zeiss hunting optics don’t need an introduction. Gun and hunting enthusiasts recognize the name immediately, and the authority Zeiss exercises over the industry. Few optics makers share their attention to detail and quality, and hunting and optics experts swear by their glass.

    Comparison Table

    Product

    Preview

    Price

    Zeiss Terra 3-9x42 RZ6 Riflescope

    product photo of Zeiss Carl Optical Conquest

    Zeiss Optical Victory HT 3-12x56 Illuminated Reticle 60 Rifle Scope

    product photo of Zeiss Carl Optical Victory HT 3-12x56 20 Plex Reticle Rifle Scope

    Zeiss Terra 4-12x42 Plex
    Riflescope

    product photo of Carl Zeiss Terra 4-12x42 Plex Riflescope

    Zeiss Optical Conquest HD5 5-25x50 Rapid-Z 800 Ballistic Reticle Rifle Scope

    Zeiss Carl Optical Conquest HD5 3-15x42 Rapid-Z 800 Ballistic Reticle Rifle Scope

    What Makes Zeiss Scopes Uniqueer Scopes

    a rifle with scope on top of a rifle bag

    Zeiss knows glass. It is that simple. Zeiss glass is everywhere you look from planes, automobiles, camera lenses, and some mobile phones. Their optics have literally been to the moon and back. In the optics industry, Zeiss glass and optics are the benchmarks. Their hunting scopes are no exception to the high standards they’ve set for their products.

    The glass isn’t the only thing Zeiss offers in their optics, depending on the product, there are over 180 different types of glass used in Zeiss products along with precise mechanics. The mechanical parts keep your scope accurate through travel and the occasional bump while climbing in and out of your stand or taking your rifle out of your truck. If you’ve used a bargain scope before, you know it loses accuracy after you leave the shooting range.

    Cheaper materials and mechanical parts are responsible for “loose” scopes. With Zeiss scopes, you'll get the same accuracy on the field and the firing range. Unless you drop your gun and it lands on the scope, the scope's precise mechanics won't vibrate loose, change your settings, or otherwise degrade during regular use.  

    Showcasing Zeiss Scopes: A Few Favorites

    If you've done any research yourself, you will recognize these scopes or at least one of them. We didn't choose our favorites based on price or personal experience. Instead, we looked at performance, sales, and customer comments or reviews.

    The list of overall favorite Zeiss scopes is short but packed with high-quality scopes you can rely on to remain accurate, gather plenty of light, and perform above expectations.

    ​Zeiss Terra 3-9x42 RZ6 Riflescope

    We consider this scope an all-around scope. It performs well in low light conditions such as dusk and dawn hunts when heavy light collection is crucial. Visibility in low light is essential for safety and making sure you get a clean shot. For the money, at $ on Amazon, this scope is one of the most affordable Zeiss scopes.

    Notable features:

    • Aluminum turret caps
    • MC anti-reflective coatings
    • Rz6 reticle
    • Rugged, anodized, and waterproof tube

    Zeiss Optical
    Victory HT 3-12x56
    Illuminated Reticle 
    60 Rifle Scope

    This scope is perfect for mid-range shooting. Whether hunting, competition shooting, or recreational target practice, the Victory HT is the brightest scope in the Zeiss Victory series. It comes with a pretty large price tag, $$$ on Amazon, but it’s worth every cent. It’s one of the brightest scopes on the market thanks to the Schott HT glass and boasts 95% light transmission.  

    Notable features:

    • 56mm diameter lens
    • Knurled turrets
    • Schott HT high light transmission glass
    • Fast focus eyepiece

    Zeiss Terra 4-12x42 Plex
    Riflescope

    This scope is one of the more affordable in the Zeiss Terra series. You can order it from Amazon for $. If we were picking a favorite scope for low-light shooting at mid to long ranges, this scope is a strong contender. Its sturdy and compact design make it ideal for stalking. At the same time, it's an excellent choice for recreational shooting.

    The reticle and crosshairs are suited for shooting large or small targets. They lack illumination, but the light collection on this scope is outstanding. The RZ8 reticle is suited for long shots using a large caliber gun such as the 300 Winchester Magnum, or smaller calibers for coyote or pest hunting. Bring all these features together, and this is a nearly perfect all-purpose scope.

    Notable Features:

    • 44 MOA windage and elevation adjustment
    • MC AR coated optics for maximum light transfer
    • RZ8 reticle
    • Parallax free from 100 yards

    Zeiss Optical Conquest HD5 5-25x50 Rapid-Z 800 Ballistic Reticle Rifle Scope

    This is one of the sharpest scopes in the Zeiss lineup. It features the Rapid-Z 800 reticle for accuracy at long ranges using large caliber ammo. It's designed with long-range shooters in mind with its 5x variable magnification, lockable turrets, and ballistic Rapid-Z 800 reticle. You'll get good use out of this scope on the range or a hunt. You can order it from Amazon for $$.

    Notable features:

    • Rapid-Z 800 ballistic reticle
    • Second focal plane
    • 50 MOA windage adjustment
    • 70 MOA elevation adjustment
    • Fast focus eyepiece

    Any of these scopes is an excellent choice for hunting or recreational shooting. They're all suited for mid to long range shooting, even the scopes designed for long range work well at mid ranges if necessary. You’ll need to decide how far your average shots are and choose accordingly. Unlike economy scopes, you won’t lose accuracy with repeated shots from large caliber guns. They can take the recoil.

    Let’s Talk Price

    a soldier hiding and holding up a firearm with scope

    Zeiss scopes are not cheap, but they're worth every dime. They have some of the highest light transfer among their competitors, and they're tough. You can find a Zeiss scope suited for any situation from recreational shooting to long range hunting. The scopes we highlighted above are favorites, but only represent a fraction of what is available.

    You can’t talk about the price of Zeiss scopes without thinking about their competition. Leupold scopes are the first thing we think of when we think about competitors that have similar scopes, quality assurance, and durability. There isn't a huge price difference if we compare similar Zeiss and Leupold scopes.

    Leupold’s Competition Series 45x45mm rings in at an MSRP of $$, and their VX-6 7-42x56mm has an MSRP of $$$. These aren't identical to the scopes we covered above, but they are similar in use, magnification, and quality. They're close enough that we can say Leupold is slightly less expensive than Zeiss, but we think Zeiss is better based on glass quality.

    When you find yourself in the market for a new scope, it comes down to a choice of how much you want to invest compared to which scopes perform the best in specific situations. For instance, if you are a recreational shooter, low light shooting probably isn’t on the list of things to consider. However, if you are a hunter, you must deal with poor light conditions quite often.

    We all want to save every dollar we can and buying a high-end scope is a substantial investment. That said, the price of the scope is less important than the quality and performance. If you have decided to buy a scope along the same quality lines as Zeiss, you have accepted the hefty price tag that comes attached to the scope. In the hunting optics world, you can’t find a quality economy scope.

    Customers Love Zeiss Scopes

    a hunter standing and aiming his gun by looking through the scope attached to his firearm

    If you’re an avid hunter or shooter, you recognize the top of the line scope brands like Zeiss, Leupold, Burris, and Bushnell, to name a few. We all have our favorite brand and getting us to buy something else is no easy feat. However, if you don't have experience with Zeiss optics, we urge you to take a more in-depth look at their products.

    Hunters and shooters that own Zeiss scopes swear by them. In a few minutes of searching popular hunting, shooting, and gun enthusiasts websites, we found hundreds of glowing reviews for Zeiss scopes. So, don't take our word for it; have a look for yourself. We think you'll see the gun community supports our stance on Zeiss scopes.

    A large chunk of Zeiss customers praises their scopes mechanics and turrets. The scopes hold their settings during travel, rough hunting trips, and even a few bumps. Once you have your scope set, the only adjustments you’ll need are windage and elevation changes in the field.

    Nothing ruins a hunting trip faster than seeing dirt fly up six feet to the left of your target because your scope didn’t handle the trip well or took a little bump on the way up the stand.

    Some customers reported less than .5 centimeters change in groupings over a two-year period. We found several comments claiming similar results. Those comments alone are a testament to the quality of Zeiss scopes and their mechanics.

    Customers commenting on how well the scopes hold their settings admitted that the only times they had to adjust their scope, aside from windage or elevation, was when their gun fell or was otherwise shocked pretty hard.

    a person wearing a camouflage cover in his head and holding up a gun with scope

    Customers had plenty to say about the scope's other great features as well. Brightness was a key talking point across all the comments or reviews we read. We can't review or test every scope Zeiss offers.

    So, we look to customers to tell us about their experience with other models in the field. Brightness in low light situations and, as we mentioned above, the scope's internal mechanics are the reasons most customers say they continue to buy scopes made by Zeiss.

    Many of the comments compared Zeiss scopes to other scopes the customers used in low light conditions. Competitions shooters don't deal with low light very often, but hunters find themselves trying to aim in low light all the time. Compared to economy scopes, Zeiss was a favorite among hunters, and their most significant reason for loving the scopes is their performance in low light.

    The high-quality glass and coatings send Zeiss scopes soaring above the competition for light collection. Many customers claimed the light collection properties of these scopes is beyond compare. Nothing is indeed beyond compare, but these scopes do a fantastic job of collecting light and helping you find a target at dusk or dawn when light levels are low.

    Other than the price, we didn't find many negative reviews or comments. Overall, customers are happy with their scopes. The few negative remarks we saw all came down to the price. Like we mentioned above, Zeiss scopes are not economy scopes. If you don't hunt or shoot often, the cost is too high to justify. Otherwise, you get what you pay for, and Zeiss scopes are worth the money.

    Our Take on
    Zeiss Scopes

    close-up photo showing what you can see through a rifle scope

    We firmly believe you will fall in love with these scopes if you try one. If you currently use another brand’s scope and have problems with the mechanics or light collection properties, give these scopes a chance. You won’t regret it, especially if you are used to economy scopes. Upgrading to a Zeiss scope from an economy scope is a tough decision, for the money, but we’re confident it’s the best choice.

    The real choice is in your hands. Unboxing a $$$ scope is a great feeling but knowing that money netted you a top of the line scope is another feeling altogether. You have to decide if the money is worth it when compared to your needs.

    If you don’t hunt very often and you aren’t a recreational shooter, these scopes are not the best choice for your money. A mid-tier scope is all you need for a few hunting trips a year or some occasional target practice with friends.

    Conclusion

    Zeiss is a leader in the optics world. They have exceptional light collection abilities and cutting-edge reticles. Their scopes are designed to perform in the best and worst weather conditions, and they exceed every expectation. The internal mechanics and turrets outperform the competition, and they hold their settings through travel, storage, and rugged use.

    Zeiss scopes earned their spot among the leaders in optics and glass manufacturers. They've practiced for 170 years, and they led the race to 95 percent light transference. Don't take our word for it.

    Try any of their scopes that fit your needs, and you'll see why we say they are in a class above most scopes. At the very least, talk to your friends that shoot or hunt and get their opinions on these scopes. We're betting they will tell you the same thing.