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.

An In-Depth Brand Review Of Mueller Scopes: Buyer’s Guide

Mueller is a brand that is well-known for making quality scopes. These products stand out because of their accuracy and affordable prices. Mueller presents its products as an alternative to expensive high-end optics. Do these scopes deliver on this promise?

An Overview Of Mueller Scopes

Mueller

Mueller offers some of the best riflescopes in the $200 price range. The brand has an interesting selection of features and optics configuration. Here are the different product lines made by Mueller.

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Mueller Target Rifle Scope, Black, 8-32 x 44mm
  • Eye relief of 4
  • Tube size of 30 millimeters. Fast-focus eyepiece
  • Magnification of 8-32x;"Mildot Reticle" (accurate milling based on 10x)
  • 44 millimeter objective. Windage/elevation adjustment range: 40 inches at 100 yards; over-all

​Side Focus Scopes

Hammers Long Range Side Focus Side Parallex Adjustment Rifle Scope 8-32X56B MilDot Reticle with Bubble Level
  • Easy to reach side focus wheel for qucik parallex adjustment
  • Small bubble level right beneath the illuminated MilDot reticle
  • Range finding capability with MilDot reticle at 10x power setting
  • 30mm Tube Size and ample 56mm objective lens
  • A great long range target scope ready for use with included heavy duty rings

These scopes are named after the side focus parallax adjustment feature. Placing this control on the side of the scope is more convenient if you use your rifle in a situation where you would have to adjust the magnification and parallax constantly.

The exposed target turrets make the controls more accessible. These scopes stand out due to the fine crosshair and the 1/8” target dot that won’t cover your target when you use the scope for long-range shooting.

Mueller offers a fixed 40x56 scope as well as a variable 8-32x44 model with the side focus feature.

Eradicator

Predator Tactics Eradicator Predator & Hog Hunting Light Kit Red and Green LED
  • Intensity Control - Adjustable Focus - Waterproof Design
  • Interchangeable Red and Green LEDs
  • Silent switch technology - Ttwo free CR123 Batteries
  • Red LED up to 275 yards target ID - Green LED up to 300 yards target ID
  • Unconditional Warranty: Shell - Lifetime, LEB Bulbs - 2 years, Accessories - 1 year

The Eradicator is a variable scope with a magnification power of 8.5 to 25x. This is the best Mueller scope for long-range shooting with its high magnification and illuminated micro-dot.

The reticle is designed with long-range shooting in mind and the micro-dot, and fine crosshair reticle won’t hide the target. The micro-dot covers less than 1” at 200 yards.

​Speed Shot Scope

Mueller Speed Shot Rifle Scope, Black, 1-4 x 24mm
  • Eye relief of 3.5
  • Tube size of 30 millimeters
  • Magnification of 1-4x
  • 24 millimeter objective

The Speed Shot scope has lower magnification with its 1-4x24 specs, but this scope is designed for versatility. It features ½ MOA adjustments and an illumination system with 11 different settings, so you can quickly adjust the scope and take a series of shots.

The illumination features work in daylight, and the scope also comes with fast focus features so you never miss an opportunity.

​AO Tactical Scopes

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Firefield Tactical AO Riflescope
  • Red/green illuminated mil-dot reticle
  • Second focal plane reticle
  • Multi-coated optics

These Mueller scopes come with different magnification powers. They are ideal for low-light conditions thanks to their 11 brightness settings and the mil-dot reticle is designed to give you a very accurate idea of how far the target is, even at long range.

There are three different AO Tactical scopes with specs of 4-16x50, 4.5-14x40, and 8.5-25x44.

​Sport Dot

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Mueller AO Sport Dot Rifle Scope, Black, 4-16 x 50mm
  • Eye relief of 3.25
  • Tube size of 1 inch
  • Magnification of 4-16x
  • 50 millimeter objective

These Mueller scopes include a 4-16x50, 3-9x40, and a 3-10x44 model. The Sport Dot scopes are designed for big game hunting.

The sturdy design makes these scopes ideal for handling recoil, and the lenses have a special coating to improve contrast and brightness. The micro-dot reticle allows you to get a precise aim.

The fingerprint turrets are also worth mentioning since they allow you to adjust elevation and windage with precision.

​Multi-Shot Scope

Benjamin BTAP25SX Armada PCP Powered Multi-Shot Bolt Action 25 Cal Hunting Air Rifle with M-LOK Interface & Bipod
  • Modular, versatile design
  • Backwards compatible with Mil-Spec AR-15 grips and stocks
  • Machined receiver featuring 5 inches of Picatinny rail space
  • Delivers up to 16 consistent shots per fill. Barrel Type : Rifled/Shrouded/Choked
  • Bolt action is reversible

The Multi-Shot scope is a very versatile product. Mueller offers a 2-7x32 model that is compatible with any firearm.

This scope stands out because of its multi-purpose reticle. The reticle includes a crosshair as well as an outer circle. The circler will cover 15” at 40 yards if you select the 2x magnification setting.

The outer circle is an interesting feature because you can use it to aim with a dense pattern or use it as a rangefinder and bullet drop compensator.

​Mueller APV Scopes

Mueller APV AO Rifle Scope, Black, 4.5-14 x 40mm
  • Fully multi-coated camera-quality crystal lenses for superior brightness and contrast Large diameter ocular lens for wider field of view
  • All-weather, high-torque power change ring Exit pupil range: 8.8 - 2.8 mm Fast-focus eyebel
  • 1/4-inch windage and elevation adjustments with audible click stops and full target turrets Overall length: 13.75 inches 30mm tube construction with matte black finish to minimize glare
  • Nitrogen-filled, water-proof, fog-proof and shock-proof Minimum Parallax setting 10yds
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

The All-Purpose Variable scopes sold by Mueller are affordable and designed for small caliber rifles. You can choose from a 6-18x44 model, a 4.5-14x40 scope, or a 2-7x32 scope.

These scopes stand out with their wide field of view, the clarity of the optics, and the capped fingertip turrets. The 4.5-14x40 model delivers a field of view that ranges from 27 to 9’ at 100 yards.

The Hybrid scope is probably the best value of the Mueller product line. It is a versatile scope with specs of 3-9x40.

It stands out thanks to the brightness and contrast of the lenses. The lightweight design is another plus. The scope comes with a fine crosshair reticle and low-profile turrets.

The Hybrid scope is interesting because it has more eye relief than other Mueller scopes at 4.25.”

What Makes Mueller Scopes Unique?

Mueller is a brand that stands out due to the quality of its optics. It is difficult to find scopes in the same price range that deliver the same quality and features.

All the scopes mentioned above can be found in the $150 to $250 price range. Mueller offers a wide selection of affordable riflescopes, and a lot of these scopes are designed to be versatile.

Most scopes made by Mueller have different optics configurations to choose from, and a few of the scopes are designed for a specific scenario such as long-range hunting or big game hunting.

The quality of the optics is unmatched in this price range. The lenses are treated with several layers of coating that improve visibility, brightness, and colors.

Most of the scopes are one-piece scopes for durability. Reducing the number of moving parts of the scopes also helps with quality and durability.

The reticles are also worth mentioning. These scopes come with extremely accurate reticles with fine crosshair sights to avoid covering too much of the target. This might not be an issue when shooting at close or mid-range, but the fine crosshairs or small dots are an advantage when shooting at long range.

We should also mention the quality of the controls. The turrets and other controls make it easy to adjust different features and make these scopes very accessible, even for beginners. Most people also say that getting used to the reticles didn’t take them very long.

We like the fact that the brand releases new scopes on a regular basis. There is an effort made to improve the optics and features of the products, and each new generation of scopes includes several improvements.

Overall, Mueller scopes are sturdy, reliable, and affordable. The brand has an excellent reputation and offers a lifetime warranty on its products if you purchase them through the official Mueller website.

Pricing

These scopes are available in the $150 to $250 price range. Here are a few prices to give you an idea of how much these scopes cost:

  • The Mueller 2-7x32 Multi-Shot scope costs around $150.
  • You can get a Mueller 8.5025x44 AO Tactical scope for $170.
  • The Mueller 4-16x50 AO Sport Dot is available for $225.
  • The more expensive Mueller 8.5-25x50 AO Eradicator will cost you $250.

Other retailers offer similar prices for these products.

​Public Perception

These scopes have received excellent reviews. People think Mueller products are a good value for the money. The scopes are very durable, and a majority of shoppers are happy with their purchase.

Reviews talk about the range of magnification being impressive and about the controls being easy to use. People love the performance at long range and think the glass quality is good for the price.

One of the major advantages of these scopes is that the settings hold very well. The controls are intuitive, and these scopes are very versatile. People are using these scopes with a wide range of firearms in many different settings.

A lot of reviews also mention the illumination and clarity of the image and the fine crosshair reticles. Most people found that the scopes handled recoil well.

A few negative points are mentioned in some reviews. The most common drawback mentioned in reviews is that the optics quality wasn’t as good as expected. Mueller delivers high-quality optics for the $200 price range, but these scopes are no match for high-end optics.

It is important to have realistic expectations for these riflescopes. If possible, test different scopes to get an idea of what to expect from a scope in this price range so you won’t be disappointed.

Some people didn’t like the turrets and magnification rings. They felt they were unable to get precise adjustments with these controls or didn’t like the way the controls felt. It would be best to try out one of these scopes to see how the controls feel to you and make sure they won’t impact your experience.

Overall, the reviews are positive, and people feel the scopes are a good value for the money. However, it is important to keep in mind that these scopes don’t deliver the same kind of optics quality as you would get with a scope in the $1,000 price range.

​How Do These Products Compare To Other Scopes?

We compared these scopes to a few other products made by other brands to give you more options to consider.

​Nikon Scopes

Nikon is a well-known optics manufacturer. If you are looking for a reliable and performing scope, the Varmint/Predator, Monarch or the Buckmasters II scopes are worth considering.

The Varmint/Predator scopes are made for hunting and come with a wide range of features. The Buckmasters II scopes are designed for long-range hunting, and the Monarch scopes are a more versatile alternative.

These scopes are interesting because of the high-quality lens coating. If the optics performance of the Mueller scopes doesn’t meet your expectations, a Nikon scope might be a better choice. Note the Nikon offers a wider selection of features and optics configurations compared to Mueller.

The Buckmasters II scopes are similar to Mueller scopes since you get one of these scopes for $150. However, you will have to spend between $300 and $600 for the other scopes mentioned.

Bushnell is another optics brand known for quality and durability. If you are looking for an alternative to Mueller products, the Bushnell Engage scope is worth looking at. You might also be interested in the Trophy and Elite scopes.

The Bushnell Engage comes in nine different optics configurations. The MOA windage and elevation adjustments aren’t as precise as on the scopes made by Mueller, but the quality of the optics makes the Bushnell Engage stand out.

The Bushnell Engage costs around $300, but you can find scopes under $200 in the Trophy line of products.

Leupold is better-known for its line of high-end scopes, but the brand also offers more affordable optics. You can get the VX Freedom 3-9x40 scope in the $250 price range, even though the magnification power doesn’t match what Mueller offers.

Leupold scopes stand out as some of the best optics on the market. You can expect high-quality optics and durability. The brand has an excellent selection of products, but most of these scopes are available in a higher price range.

If you are ready to spend more on a riflescope and want something that is specifically designed for high-end tactical shooting or long-range hunting, Leupold is worth considering.

​What We Think

Mueller is one of the best brands in the $150 to $250 price range. It is difficult to find scopes with better optics in this price range.

We like this brand because there is a good selection of products and most of the scopes are designed to be very versatile, which makes them a good value. You can use any of these scopes for hunting or long-range shooting and get good results.

We also think Mueller offers an interesting selection of magnification ranges. A lot of the scopes are available with different optics configurations so you can find the right product for your needs.

The quality of the optics is mentioned in some negative reviews, but these scopes deliver excellent optics for the price range. The multi-coated lenses improve visibility, colors, and brightness. The precision of the controls and reticles are another advantage of these scopes.

These scopes won’t meet everyone’s expectations. You should try a few different riflescopes to get a better idea of the kind of optics performance you can get in different price range to determine if these products would be a good fit for you.

Mueller is an excellent choice if you are looking for an affordable scope. The brand offers a great selection of scopes with different features and magnification ranges. You can expect excellent optics for the price, accessible controls, and accuracy in a wide range of settings.

7 Best Rifle Scopes for 300 Yards

Finding the best rifle scope for 300 yards isn’t always an easy task. There’s quite a few options out there for long range scopes. But that wealth of options is in itself a large issue. 

Most reviews focus on getting shots with as much distance as possible. This review will examine every criteria to find the best scopes for 300 yards.

Benefits of Using a Rifle Scope

There are several advantages to using a rifle scope. Due to their recent surge in popularity, many rifle users are wondering what benefits come with using a rifle scope. First and foremost, rifle scopes improve the shooting experience by offering range. When shooting with a standard rifle without a scope, users may not be comfortable with shooting from farther distances. This leads many hunters to get dangerously close to their targets. Rifle scopes offer a series of long-range optics and reticles that provide shooters with a better understanding of range.

Improved accuracy is another major advantage to using rifle scopes. Without these devices, rifle users are limited to the accuracy of their naked eye. This is a poor marker when shooting from far away. Rifle scopes help to magnify and focus the target, making it much easier to hit accurately. This increase in accuracy will help to save time, energy and bullets.

Many rifle owners invest in scoreboards or participate in shooting competitions. Rifle scopes are a great way to improve those scoreboards and win competitions. It's important to use every tool to gain an advantage. Rifle scopes are perhaps the most effective add-on to a rifle to improve shooting in a competition or for personal improvement.

Another great advantage that comes with using rifle scopes is the ability to increase shooting distance. Shooting and hunting is more than just about hitting targets. This activity is also about overcoming challenges and self-improvement. User's can greatly improve their shooting capabilities by gradually increasing the distance at which they shoot. A rifle scope makes this gradual improvement possible. One of the more superficial benefits of having a rifle scope is aesthetics. Rifles look more complete and cool with a scope mounted on top. 

How it Works

With their small size and simple function, rifle scopes are quite easy to mount and use properly. A majority of rifles will have a series of ridges on the top to which additional devices can be mounted. Rifle scopes attach to this part of the gun with locking screws and brackets. Once the brackets of the scope are placed over the series of ridges, the screws can be tightened to hold the scope still. The external anatomy of a scope is rather simple. It is a metal tube with pieces of glass on either end. There is a knob on the top of the scope that allows shooters to adjust the view for clarity.

The internal workings of a scope are a bit more complex. There are a series of lenses that help to magnify and focus on the target. An object lens is located in the front of the scope and allows light into the barrel. This provides the necessary illumination for the scope to work. Their is an ocular lens located closer to the shooter that allows the human eye to register the images. In between these two lenses is a device known as the erector tube. This tube helps to concentrate the visuals within the scope and contains the magnifying lens. This lens can be moved closer or farther away from the front lens to change the magnification of the target. This erector tube also houses the cross-hairs, reticles and other visual markers. 

Important Factors to Consider 

When purchasing a rifle scope, there are a few important factors to consider. Before deciding on what kind of rifle scope to buy, shooters must inspect their rifle compatibility. Rifles are only compatible with certain size scopes. These dimensions can be found on the top of most rifles.

The required range is another factor to consider when purchasing a rifle scope. These scopes vary widely in their range ability. Some scopes can see hundreds of yards while others are very limited. Rifle users will differ on their needed range depending on their shooting style and what animals are hunting.

Price is perhaps the most important factor to consider for rifle users. While all quality rifle scopes will be pricey, there is still a variety of different costs. Setting a budget before shopping for a new scope can help narrow down the list of possible choices.

Below is a review of our favorite rifle scopes and what we recommend.

The Ledsniper sits lower on the list due to overall novelty. It uses a powerful LED system to line up one's shots. However, this runs in contrast to most hunter's experiences. This scope has a detachable green laser sight with complete accessories. Those accessories include a pressure switch, rail, and barrel mounts.

As a result, it's best suited to people who haven't formed real habits yet. First time hunters and those who love technology might find it particularly useful.

Specifications

  • Length: 16”.
  • Magnification:6 - 24x.
  • Objective lens: 50 mm.
  • Tube diameter: 1.54”.

6. Burris 4.5 x-14 x -42mm Fullfield II Ballistic Plex Riflescope

The Burris Fullfield II earns high marks for durability. It's obviously good for a 300 yard shot, but what makes it so desirable comes from how long it lasts.

The construction uses a singular piece design. It is able to stand up to a level of wear and tear that other scopes might not. However, one should take note that it's among the smaller scopes. This makes it a better match for shorter mounts. The scope is water, fog, and shockproof.

Specifications

  • Length: 13”.
  • Magnification: 14x.
  • Objective lens: 56 mm.
  • Tube diameter: 1”.

5. Meopta Optics Meostar 3-12X56 Riflescope

 

 

Meopta Optics MEOSTAR 3-12x56 (#4) Riflescope

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The Meopta MeoStar is an example of doing things a little too well. It's arguably the single best rifle scope for 300 yards when looking at stats. But the price point pushes it rather low on the list.

It's the best rifle scope for 300 yards in some instances. For example, if one needs perfect precision then it might fit perfectly. This scope offers a level of confutation options which the other options can't match.

However, one also needs to have money to spend on it. The high cost pushes it down on the list. It's a great scope if money is not a factor. But that's seldom the case for most people. As such, this particular scope ends up lower on the list.

Specifications

  • Length: 18”.
  • Magnification: 4 - 16x.
  • Objective lens: 44 mm.
  • Tube diameter: 30 mm.

4. Sightron SIII SS 6-24x50mm Long Range MOA Reticle Rifle Scope

The Sightron SIII ranks a little lower due to overall cost, but it's also a case where price denotes features. One can feel how well built it is. The 24 ounce form factor isn't light, but it demonstrates how strong it really is.

It is such a luxury purchase that one might want to limit it to higher quality setups. In particular, one should make sure to pair it with higher quality scope rings to get the best effect.

Specifications

  • Length: 14.96”.
  • Magnification: 4x.
  • Objective lens: 50 mm.
  • Tube diameter: 30 mm.

3. Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 4-12x40 Second Focal Plane Riflescope

The Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical isn't easy to judge by sight. It's among the longer scopes within this list, and the nature of the scope's magnification isn't always easy for beginners to use.

Those facts keep it outside of the top two on the list. One can also consider these as benefits. It's a more elegant scope that demands some extra skill, but it's able to provide some great performance when one gets the hang of it. Not to mention that it's a perfect aesthetic fit for higher class rifles.

Specifications

  • Length: 14.2”.
  • Magnification: 4 - 12x.
  • Objective lens: 44 mm.
  • Tube diameter: 1”.

2. BARSKA 6-18x40 mm AO Hot Magnum .17 And .22 Interchangeable 30/30 Rifle Scope

The Barska earns a higher ranking thanks to lower price point. It is among the best rifle scope for 300 yards. There's certain expectations for performance that one can find within its feature set. This scope has multi-coated optics with 30/30 reticles, and adjustable objective lens for parallax correction. 

It is the price that really earns it a place within this list. It's a solid scope which can reach 300 yards. Just as importantly, it's a scope that almost anyone can afford.

Specifications

  • Length: 15.65”.
  • Magnification: 6 - 18x.
  • Objective lens: 40mm.
  • Tube diameter: 1”.

1. Nikon INLINE XR BDC 300 Riflescope, Xtra Green BDC 300

The Nikon Inline XR 300 isn't easily judged by traditional metrics. The main reason comes from overall usage patterns. It's meant for muzzleloaders and larger caliber centerfire firearms. The scope uses Nikon's patented BDC 300 reticle with a unique open circle design. This is made to make long range shots easier to hit. A consistent 5 inches of eye relief keeps your brow and face safe against the recoil.  

The price comes in at a quite reasonable point. It's usable in some of the more powerful firearms out there. At the same time it comes in at a price and precision point that's worth taking note of.

Specifications

  • Length: 11.3”.
  • Magnification: 3 - 9x.
  • Objective lens: 49.3 mm.
  • Tube diameter: 1”.

Summing Up

The best rifle scope for 300 yards isn’t that difficult of a choice. There are quite a few options out there. One simply needs to consider how important the various metrics are. The options can shift up or down depending on one’s own needs.

For example, some people put cost above anything else. Others want specific features. But the best option is the one which helps get a perfect shot. That’s what really decides the best rifle scope for 300 yards.

4 Best Vortex Strike Eagle Scopes & Buyer’s Guide

Whether you’re an experienced marksman or a recreational shooter searching for the perfect rifle scope, you’ll want to read this Vortex Strike Eagle review.  We take an in-depth look at the scope specs and performance and give you buying tips on the model that’s right for you.

Vortex Strike Eagle - Comparison Table

Scope Review: Vortex Strike Eagle Review

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Vortex Optics are making a name for themselves in the gun world, and their newest line of rifle scopes are getting rave reviews from users.  Both experienced marksmen and novice shooters alike are impressed by the quality and accuracy of their scopes, and in this Vortex Strike Eagle review, we take an in-depth look at the pros and cons.

We’ll give you a rundown of the specs, how the scopes work, and a detailed technical overview so that you know what you’re getting and what you’ll pay for it.  We’ve also included information about Vortex Optics, what users have to say about the Strike Eagle, and some thoughts on other scopes that might fit the bill too.

Finally, we wrap up with our unbiased opinion on whether the Vortex Strike Eagle is worth the money, and how you can save a little extra if you’re ready to buy.

In this Vortex Strike Eagle review, we’ll include information on each of the four options in the Strike Eagle Line.  They include the 4-24x50, 3-18x44, 1-8x24 and 1-6x24. 

Every one of these Vortex scopes is built to improve your accuracy on a variety of shots, including short and long range, as well as technical or tactical shooting.  They are best used on semi-automatic rifles like the AR15, Ruger Mini series, or the ARAK 21 that feature modern technology and are built for sporting or leisure.

Each of the Vortex Strike Eagle models includes a variable zoom that gives it versatility in a range of shooting situations, and users report that they work particularly well in competition or tactical shooting.  They also perform well in hunting situations, specifically when targeting small varmint or fast-moving predators. 

Here is a breakdown of the specifications on each of the models.

4-24x50

The Vortex Strike Eagle models are named by their magnification and objective lens size, and the 4-24x50 is the high-end model.  The most expensive of the bunch, it features magnification settings between 2 and 24 times and has the largest objective lens in the Strike Eagle models that measures 50mm in diameter. 

This model has an eye relief at 3.5 inches, and a wide field of view at 26.2-4.3 feet/100 yards.  The reticle is an EBR4, a favorite of long-distance shooters for it’s ranging abilities.  This feature makes it easy to determine an accurate range, make windage corrections, and get a lead on moving targets. 

The largest and heaviest option, the tube is 30 mm, it’s 14.9 inches long, and it weighs in at 25.6 ounces.  

From an adjustment standpoint, the 4-24x50 incorporates a tactical turret that’s easy to use, and has a .25 MOA graduation and travels 12 MOA per rotation.  This scope is limited to a max elevation and windage adjustment of 80 MOA, and the parallax setting is set at 20 yards to infinity.

3-18x44

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Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 3-18x44 Second Focal Plane Riflescope - EBR-4 Reticle (MOA)
  • The Strike Eagle 3-18x44 is built to execute technical, short-to-long range shots while offering rock solid quality and repeatable performance.
  • Fully multi-coated lenses produce crisp, bright images guaranteeing you can see your target when it counts. The glass-etched, second focal plane reticle gives detailed holdpoints yet remains visually clean for optimal viewing.
  • A highly verstaile 6x zoom range lends itself to a wide array of shooting scenarios. A streamlined, side parallax knob with built-in illumination rotates through 11 levels of brightness and runs on a CR2032 battery.
  • Zero resettable, tactical style turrets have clearly marked adjustment rotation indicators that ensure accurate dialing and reference of travel within the optic's adjustment range.
  • The single piece, 30mm tube is ruggedly built to withstand recoil and impact. O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged, the Strike Eagle delivers waterproof and fogproof performance.

For $ less, the 3-18x44 riflescope offers many of the same features as the higher end model, and many users find it to be comparable and equally as effective.

As its name suggests, it has a 3-18 x magnification and a 44mm objective lens diameter.  The eye relief has a range between 3.5 and 4.1 inches, and the field of view is 34.5-5.7 feet/100 yards.  It has the same EBR4 reticle as its more expensive counterpart.

If the weight of your rifle scope is an important factor, you’ll note that the 3-18x44 is both lighter and a bit smaller than the 4-24x50.  It has a 30mm tube and measures 13.5 inches long. It weighs 23.9 ounces.

This model also uses a tactical style turret with a .25 MOA graduation that travels 12 MOA per rotation.  Despite the same parallax setting of 20 yards to infinity, a notable difference is that the 3-18x44 has a max windage and elevation adjustment of 120 MOA.

1-8x24

Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-8x24 Second Focal Plane Riflescope - BDC2 Reticle (MOA) with Sport Cantilever 30mm Mount - 2-Inch Offset
  • The Strike Eagle 1-8x24 is defined by versatility and power. A true one power provides quick target acquisition in close quarter scenarios or adjust to eight power when you need to engage targets at a distance.
  • The illuminated, glass-etched BDC2 reticle features 11 illumination settings to accomodate for changing light conditions. An extra battery can be stored in the windage cap and easily released.
  • High quality, fully multi-coated lenses deliver a clear, crisp sight picture and optimal low light performance. Ample eye relief puts in an optimal shooting position and the fast focus dial on the eyepiece ensures that your reticle is always sharp.
  • It's nitrogen purged and o-ring sealed the for water and fogproof performance. The one piece 30mm tube is shockproof shrugging off recoil and other impacts.
  • The 2-inch offset of this cantilever mount positions the scope in a forward location, allowing the correct eye relief and head placement on your rifle at a height of 1.59 inches (40.39 mm) from the base. Weighs 6.7 ounces.

Specifically designed for the AR-15, the Strike Eagle 1-8x24 is an adaptable option that’s perfectly suited to a variety of shooting needs and styles.  With a true 1x magnification included on the low end of the spectrum, you can use this scope for anything from home defense to recreational shooting with accuracy.  The 8x zoom range makes it easy to sight your target, and the 24mm objective lens is a versatile fan favorite. 

This model as a 3.5-inch eye relief and a 116.6-14.4 feet/100 yards field of view.  It has an AR-BDC2 glass-etched reticle that works notably well with 5.56 ammo.

The main difference between this and the 1-6x24, and the more expensive scopes listed above other than their magnification capacities and price is the turret style.  This model features a capped turret with 1/2 adjustment graduation.  

Every rotation has 44 MOA of travel, and you have a max elevation and wind age adjustment of 100 MOA.  The parallax setting on this model is an even 100 yards.

Despite its durable, high-quality construction, this scope is compact and lightweight.  The 30 mm tube is only 10 inches long, and it weighs just 16.5 ounces, making it the lightest weight option in the Strike Eagle line up.

1-6x24

Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6x24 Second Focal Plane Riflescope - BDC Reticle (MOA)
  • The Strike Eagle 1-6x24 is defined by speed and versatility. Adjust to six power when you need to engage targets at a distance
  • High quality, fully multi-coated lenses deliver a clear, crisp sight picture and optimal low light performance
  • The illuminated, glass-etched BDC reticle features 11 illumination settings to accomodate for changing light conditions. An extra battery can be stored in the windage cap and easily released
  • The fast focus dial on the eyepiece ensures that your reticle is always sharp
  • Waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof ensures reliability in all weather conditions

Although the Strike Eagle 1-6x24 is the least expensive scope in this class, it’s far from your basic entry-level model.  Perfect for AR shooters who need accuracy at a point-blank range, or those who want to extend their capabilities and see a crisp, clear visual on their target in a low-light situation.

Here you have a 1-6x magnification range and an objective lens that measure 24 mm.  Like the other scopes in this line, the eye relief is 3.5 inches, and the field of view comes in at 116.5-19.2 feet/100 yards.  The 1-6x24 has an AR-BDC reticle which is considered an entry-level option with it’s easy to sight centered red halo for simple target acquisition. 

This model also has a capped turret with a 1/2 MOA adjustment graduation that ravels 44 MOA per rotation.  You can adjust to a maximum of 140 MOA on both elevation and windage with this Vortex scope. Like it’s higher-end counterpart, the parallax setting is 100 yards.

The main difference outside of price and magnification between this model and the 1-8x24 is its size.  This option has a 30mm tube that is 10.5 inches long and heavier than the higher end model at 17.6 ounces. 

Buyer's Guide

Although each of the Strike Eagle models features a plethora of helpful features, their construction and technology are all relatively standard when you compare them to other rifle scopes.  However, there are two areas where Vortex products stand out in general that are worth mentioning when comparing to their competition.

VIP Warranty

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One of the reasons why Vortex products are so popular is because they are designed to be durable and reliable.  Users rarely report issues with their scopes, but when one arises, Vortex takes care of their customers. Their VIP Warranty program, which stands for Very Important Promise, guarantees that they will repair or replace their scope for free if it is defective or is damaged in any way.  

Unlike other manufacturers who offer limited warranties and won’t cover their products due to certain types of damage, Vortex doesn’t limit their coverage.  Their unlimited lifetime warranty doesn’t require a receipt, just that you contact the company and file a claim. 

The only caveats are if your scope gets lost or stolen, or if you deliberately damage it (and they can prove it). 

Value for the Money

In nearly every Vortex Strike Eagle review you read, you’ll notice that they always receive high-value ratings.  This is because each of these scopes features advanced technology that gives you military-grade optics at a fraction of the cost of their competitors.

If you compare these models to those with similar capabilities produced by other manufacturers, you’ll notice that the price point is anywhere from three to five times more than you’ll pay with a Vortex scope.  We’ve included a few comparisons below for reference. 

About Vortex Optics

One of the reasons shooters appreciate Vortex Optics as a company is because they are a local, American owned business who is passionate about their customers and their community.  They were founded in 1986 by a family that included veterans in south-central Wisconsin, and they have worked hard to deliver personalized service to their customers ever since.

Today they employ over 200 team members in the U.S. and distribute their products to gun enthusiasts worldwide.  

Pricing

The Vortex Strike Eagle scopes vary in price based on the model.  The 4-24x50 option retails for $$, and the 3-18x44 $$.

If you don’t need that much magnification, you can save some money.  The Strike Eagle 1-8x24 is priced at $$, and the 1-6x24 is an entry-level option at $.

You can also purchase accessories, like an optic cover, mounting kit, or cleaning kit for the scope.  They range in price from $ for the cap to $ for the mounting kit. 

There are no shortage of rifle scopes to choose from, and while the lineup of Vortex Strike Eagle products is impressive, there is lots of competition out there that have similar functionality.

For example, the Primary Arms 1-8x 24mm scope is nearly identical to the Strike Eagle 1-8x24 for a slightly lower price of around $.  It has a different reticle, the ACSS 5.56/.308, and weighs a bit less at 16.0 ounces, which makes it worth a look. However, it isn’t backed by the Vortex VIP Warranty, which could be a decision making factor if you’re hard on your equipment.

The Trijicon RS-27 is another 1-8x comparable model that includes First Focal Plane reticle technology.  This means that the reticle gets larger as you zoom in close, unlike the Second Focal Plane reticle that you see in the Vortex scopes where it stays a constant size regardless of how much you zoom.  Users report that FFP reticles tend to be more accurate and easier to use.

That said, the Trijicon costs upwards of $$$, which is a hefty investment for a potentially small advantage.  If the added accuracy at 8x magnification is important to you, it may make sense to look at another model outside of the Vortex Strike Eagle. 

What We Think

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There are merits to each of the scopes in the Vortex Strike Eagle line.  Overall, the brand delivers optics that have versatile uses and combine modern technology and features into a user-friendly device.  

Not only do these scopes look the part, but they deliver with superior performance for both short and long-range targets.  The biggest selling point of these models is the price. They offer the same capabilities as many competitors for a fraction of the cost and also boast the Vortex VIP Warranty which could save you hundreds in the long run.

Which scope is best for you will depend on several factors.  What you plan to use it for, how you most often shoot your rifle, and your budget will help you narrow down your options.  Regardless of which you choose, our Vortex Strike Eagle review is that they are overall a budget-friendly choice that delivers excellent performance in a range of conditions.

Coupons and Deals

Although they don’t come around often, you can sometimes find manufacturer rebates on some of the Vortex Strike Eagle products online.  When you do, they usually offer you up to 20% off your purchase. Keep an eye out for these offers, and don’t be afraid to ask at your local gun shop if there are any unadvertised specials that you can use.

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Best Rangefinder Scope

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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.

Scope Review Of The UTG Red Dot: Better Than The Rest?

Scope Review: UTG Red Dot

UTG 4.2" ITA Red/Green CQB Dot with QD Mount, Riser Adaptor
  • Great Field of View and Unlimited Eye Relief
  • Clear and Sharp 4.0 MOA Dot Sight
  • No-Reflection High Tech Emerald Coatings
  • Red or Green Dot Adapts to Any Environmental Background
  • Optimal Height Design to Co-witness with Iron Sights

UTG Red Dot sights are some of the most affordable and best performing red dot sights available. Learn more about this great product.

Red dot optics are not a new concept. They're popularity spiked during recent wars when ground soldiers proved the red dot sight was better in close combat than iron sights.

Arguably, red dot sights do not owe their popularity to any one thing, but military and law enforcement use didn't hurt their fame. Police markets often follow military markets while civilians adopt stuff after the military and law enforcement prove their usefulness.

Red dot sights are unique in their targeting methods. The idea is much older than the sights and was used in theater and movies to create spooky effects. The short version is: when you look through the sight, the angle doesn't matter, and the dot moves to your target almost like magic.

In reality, you run the dot over the target, but you do it faster than you do with iron sights. With both of your eyes open, you more aware of your surroundings, and you get on targets much quicker.  

Thanks to movies, most people think AR-15 or something similar when they picture a red dot sight. UTG Red Dot sights are not limited in their uses or mounting options. Competition shooters put red dot sights on everything when the rules allow the sights. We see the sights on everything from shotguns to modified 1911s.  

What Makes UTG Red Dot Sights Standout?

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UTG 3.8" ITA Red/Green CQB Dot Sight with Integral Mount
  • Quick Aim Electronic Dot Sight with Red/Green Dual Illumination
  • 38mm Tube with Best in Class Emerald Lens Coating for Maximum Brightness and Clarity, Clear and Sharp 4.0 MOA Dot
  • Consistent and Precise Coin-adjustable W/E Knobs with 1/2 MOA per Click Increments
  • Includes Integral Picatinny Mounting Deck and Flip-open Lens Caps
  • 2 year warranty

Time, quality materials, and constant testing are the first things that come to mind. The company that manufactures the UTG Red Dot scopes, Leapers, Inc., began as a garage dream around 1992. It grew from there through exhibitions and marketing to the version of the company it is today. The UTG Pro Line started the UTG Red Dot sight saga in 2009.

Their scopes are bright and the glass coated to eliminate glare. The sturdy aluminum body is lightweight, so you won't notice your gun getting heavier. You will see better groups and faster targeting.

Unlike some red dot sights, UTG sights use extended-life lithium batteries with shelf lives of around five years. They test and use their products and use the results to improve their sights and scopes. It's not just about the math and the bottom line; they want you to have the best product they can provide, and that spirit is in every sight they sell.

One thing that stood out above the other things we considered about UTG sights is the customer comments we found online. We had to look for negative reviews to find one.

Aside from some miscellaneous issues unrelated to the sights such as shipping issues, we only found a few negative comments about the sights. The real standout feature of these sights is they are affordable, but they perform above expectations.

Our Favorite Version

UTG 3.9" Red/Green Single Dot Reflex Sight and 3 x Magnifier Combo
  • Built on True Strength Platform, Shockproof, Fogproof, and Rainproof
  • Red/Green Dual-Color Illumination to Accommodate Different Weather/Light Conditions
  • Extra Large Field of View with Unlimited Eye Relief for Fast Target Acquisition and Even Faster Target Transitions
  • Crisp Clear Dot When Viewing Through the Magnifier
  • Innovative Flip-to-Side Mechanism for Quick Transition between 1X and 3X Image

UTG manufactures several versions of their red dot sight with a variety of mounts, risers, and reticle options. We prefer the UTG 4.2" ITA Red/Green CQB Dot with QD Mount and Riser Adaptor, and Amazon has it for $. It represents the ideal red dot sight with some bonus features every shooter will appreciate.

This is possibly the most popular UTG Red Dot sight, but that’s not why it’s our favorite. It’s versatile and adaptable from a red to green dot depending on your preferences or the background behind your target. It mounts on most firearms with little effort. Choose a shotgun, pistol, or a rifle and this sight will improve your shooting on day one.  

The red or green dot is continuously illuminated which helps make adjustments for brightness in the field or on the go. The variable light improves sight adjustments as well, so you get the right amount of illumination for your shooting conditions. The battery that powers it all lasts about ten to twelve months if used continuously, or up to five years with limited use.

The dot is a 4 MOA, so it covers about four inches at 100 yards. MOA stands for “Minute of Angle” and adds math to shooting. In short, MOA gives you an idea of accuracy at a given range.

For more information about MOA read this article. In this instance, 4 MOA means you won’t see a four-inch circle at 100 yards because it’s hidden behind the dot. It takes some practice to use this type of sight at a range beyond 25-yards.

On its highest setting, the dot is bright, and reflections are not a factor. The glass is coated to prevent fogging and halos. It's one of the sharpest, clearest red dot sights available. Adding a magnifier doesn't affect the glass quality or brightness of the dot, which we see in some economy sights.

Since most magnifiers sit behind the scope but are not attached, the light transfer suffers. That's not the case with UTG Red Dot sights.

If you need a low-profile model or a longer sight, there are a few options to look at besides the sight we reviewed above. We like the low-profile UTG 3.8" ITA Red/Green CQB Dot Sight, and we really like the price. Mechanically it is almost identical to the sight above, but it mounts closer to your weapon and is a little shorter.

If you shoot at targets or game at distances greater than 50 yards and want to try a red dot sight, traditional red dot sights will perform poorly. They're better suited for close range shooting and fast target acquisition, and just don't do well at longer ranges.

However, the UTG 6" ITA Red/Green CQB T-dot Sight performs a little better at 50 to 100 yards compared to the shorter sights. Amazon lists this sight for $$.

Most red dot sights work across a wide range of guns from pistols to rifles, but some shooters prefer a wider field of view for pistols. We recommend the UTG 3.0" ITA Red/Green CQB Dot Sight with Integral QD Mount for most pistol applications. It sports a broader field of view and a shorter body that makes it perfect for pistols.

Should I Buy a UTG Red Dot Sight?

UTG 2.6" ITA Red/Green CQB Micro Dot with Integral QD Mount
  • Micro Dot Sight Versatile Super-compact Body - a Mere 2.6 in Length; Shockproof, Fogproof and Rainproof
  • Clear and Sharp Target Dot 4.0 MOA at 100 Yards; Instant Target Aiming (ITA) and Instant Lock On Target to Enhance Shooting Accuracy and Performance
  • Red or Green Dot with Intensity Adjustment to Adapt to Any Environment; Ideal for a Wide Variety of Pistol, Shotgun and Rifle Applications
  • Perfect Co-witness with A2 Standard Iron Sights Using a 1/2" Riser or 1/3 Co-witness with a 3/5" Riser
  • Integral Mounting Base with Innovative Quick Detach Lever Lock for Rapid Deployment on Any Picatinny Rail

We can't answer that question for you. The answer depends on what, where, and how you shoot. If you shoot in competitions, and they allow red dot sights, get one, and you'll see a considerable improvement over your current times. Red dot sights are better for quick target acquisition than their cousins the holographic sight at the ACOG.

If you hunt birds or fast-moving animals with a shotgun and using a red dot sight is legal in your area, you’ll love the way these sights help you get on game fast and improve your accuracy. If you look at the test results and benchmarks, there is no denying the red dot sights improve response time and accuracy in almost every test.

If you shoot at things more than 100 yards away, a red dot sight will probably help you less than a traditional scope. They're better at 100 yards than iron sights, but the dot appears enormous over a target at 100 plus yards. Red dot sights work best for close, fast shooting and just do not perform well under most other shooting conditions.

What do Customers Say?

In general, customers that shoot in competitions prefer red dot sights like the UTG Red Dot sight but are indecisive about which brands they prefer. Those that own UTG sights swear by them. We spent some time reviewing comments on the UTG website, Amazon, and a few other sites that sell UTG sights and scopes. The results are mostly positive.

Customers using the sight we reviewed here like the aluminum construction. It’s light but durable, and unlike plastic sights, can take a little abuse. Customers who use the UTG sights and competing brands claim the UTG sights are less prone to need field adjustments except for dot brightness.

The glass coating helps limit adjustments such as cleaning and doesn’t fog over when rapidly moving between two rooms at different temperatures.

Besides the durability, the battery lasts a long time even with constant use. Many sight manufacturers still use batteries developed for watches. They work well enough but don't last very long. The UTG Red Dot sight uses a lithium battery, and customers insist the battery will last nearly a year under constant use. The battery manufacturer claims the battery lasts up to five years on a shelf or with limited use.

Most of the negative reviews we found involved shipping issues, so they were not related to the quality of the product. A few negative reviews claim the sight alone works perfectly, but the customers dealt with a little frustration aligning their aftermarket magnifier with the sight.

Using products together that aren’t designed for each other is always risky. Also, we must consider that these customers installed the magnifier wrong or didn’t follow the instructions.

Overall, customers are happy with their UTG sights. A few customers bought the UTG sight to use as a backup because it was more affordable than their favorite brand. After using the UTG sight, some customers switched to UTG sights citing their affordability and accuracy. Whatever their reasons, most people that own a UTG sight love it.

Are They Better than their Competition?

The answer to this question is complicated. UTG sights are rugged, and their batteries last longer than the competition. They are cheaper than most of their competition, and their aluminum bodies last longer than plastic frames. So, in part, they are better than their competitors. However, they don't offer many of the bonus features some sights do like integrated lasers or low-profile mounts.

UTG offers one sight that we consider low-profile. Using aftermarket mounts is also an option for lowering the sight, but aftermarket products are a risky bet.

Sometimes they fit right and work as expected, and other times they don't work no matter how much effort you throw at them. Buy a sight that meets your needs and shooting conditions. Use mounts and accessories made for that sight to get the best results.

Our Opinion

We like everything about the UTG Red Dot sights and their prices. If we look at all the information, we like the sight we reviewed here because it performs great and is made to last. They are inexpensive too, so that’s a bonus feature. Get the UTG 4.2" ITA Red/Green CQB Dot from Amazon, it’s only $, and see how well it performs and judge the quality for yourself.

Consider what you are shooting at, and what the usual shooting conditions are where you shoot. Leapers offers several red dot sights, and one of them will suit your needs. Look through their entire lineup and find the sight you need. Whether it's a red dot reflex sight or an illuminated red dot sight with an adjustable reticle, they probably have what you are looking for or need.

Don’t be fooled by the prices on these UTG sights. This is one instance where you get much more than you pay for in the box. The prices on most UTG Red Dot sights range from around $30 to $90, but these scopes perform better than some scopes that cost four times as much. They also come with a lifetime warranty against any defects.  

Conclusion

Leapers, Inc. comes from humble beginnings in what amounted to a garage business in 1992 to a 150,000 square foot 3-building complex today. With that kind of growth comes a lot of trial and error. Leapers used that time to develop some of the best red dot sights available. Their sights are affordable, durable, and made from quality materials.

Red dot sights like the UTG models improve your close range and reflex based shooting; there is not disputing that fact. These sights aren't just for the military, law enforcement, or competition shooting anymore.

Add one to your home defense weapons or try one next time you shoot some wings or turkeys. If you give one a chance, you’ll see improvements to your shooting, and you can’t beat the UTG prices.

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

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Zeiss Terra 3-9x42 RZ6 Riflescope

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

Best Long Range Scopes: Top 5 Picks And Buyer’s Guide

Long-range scopes represent the best in optics quality and magnification. If you're looking to purchase a new scope, consider one of these five options.

As a hunter, you may want to consider improving your shot by adding a long-range scope to your rifle. Adding a scope of this nature could allow you to increase your shot range to more than 400 yards, which could revolutionize the way you hunt. Long range scopes represent the best in optics quality and an increase in magnification. If you’re looking for the best long-range scopes, consider yourself in luck.

Comparison Table

Product

Preview

Price

CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope

CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 6-24x50 AOE Red and Green Illuminated Gun Scope with Free Mount

Primary Arms Illuminated
Dot Scope

product photo of Primary Arms 4-16 X 44 Rifle Scope with Illuminated Mil-Dot Crosshair

Bushnell Trophy Xtreme Scope

Bushnell 756245B Trophy Xtreme X30 6-24x50 Scope with DOA LR800 Reticle, Matte Black

Vortex Optics Crossfire Riflescope

Vortex Optics Crossfire II 6-24x50 AO, 30 mm, Second Focal Plane Riflescope - Dead-Hold BDC Reticle (MOA)

Ade Advanced Options Long-Range Rifle Scope

Ade Advanced Optics 6-25x56 35mm Long Range Rifle Scope Mil-dot Bar Side Focus

How We Chose Our Ratings

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At RifleScopeCenter, we understand how important it is to you that you have the best equipment while hunting. As we all know, every second and every millimeter matters when taking your shot. One misstep could be the difference between the kill of a lifetime and allowing your game to escape unscathed. We kept this in mind when compiling our ratings of the best scopes for long ranges.

We began by having each one of our team members test dozens of scopes. They measured things such as:

  • Optics quality
  • Magnification increase
  • Durability
  • Shot quality

After each team member finished testing the scopes independently, we had them rate the products. Using these grades, we compiled a general list of what we thought were the best scopes on the market today. For the most part, the ratings were consistent from team member to team member. The “cream rose to the top,” per say.

But, we did not stop there. We then browsed hundreds of online reviews to get a better feel for what other customers had to say about the scopes. We understood that our team pales in comparisons to the thousands of marksmen who use these scopes on a daily basis. We wanted to get a better idea of the consensus of the scopes so that we could provide you the best ratings.

While the reviews from our team generally matched online reviews, we did take one scope off the list because of poor customer reviews. Although it performed well when our team tested the product, other customers remarked that within a few months of use, the protective coating began to wear off the lens, which made it difficult to keep clean.

Our team would not have been able to discover this by only taking a couple of shots. It’s a perfect example of how we were willing to admit our list was not necessarily complete, and that we were concerned with only providing you the best products. We’re confident that the products listed below represent the best scopes for long ranges available on the market today.

We plan to keep this list fluid over time, which is why we encourage you to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. We value our community of readers. If you have experience using any of the scopes on our list, both good or bad, we invite you to let us know your thoughts. Similarly, if you use and trust a scope that is not on our list, we ask you to let us know as well.

If we need to make any adjustments to our list, we are more than willing to do so. Together, with our valued community, we can come up with a comprehensive list of the best scopes for long ranges. Ultimately, we all share a love and passion for sharp-shooting, and we all would like to see one another improve in our sport.

An Overview
Of Long Range Scopes

close-up photo focused on long-range scope lens

If you’re in the market for a new scope that can assist with your long-range shot, consider the five options listed below. We’re confident that when using one of these five options, you’ll find success in taking your next shot. These scopes can help you hit distances that you’ve never before reached, expanding your range as a marksman.

CVLIFE Hunting
Rifle Scope

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CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 6-24x50 AOE Red and Green Illuminated Gun Scope with Free Mount
  • Magnification: 6-24x
  • Objective Diameter: 50mm
  • Field Of View: 28 ft @ 100 yards
  • Click Value: 1/8 inch @ 100 yards
  • Illuminated Type of the rifle scope: Red and Green

The CVLife Hunting Rifle Scope is a great beginner’s scope. It carries a 4.1-star rating on Amazon with more than 1,600 customer reviews. The product also has an “Amazon’s Choice” label because it has 47 percent fewer returns than similar products and is very popular among people searching Amazon for long range scopes.

The scope features a 6-24x magnification and an objective diameter of 50mm. It features a field-of-view of 28 feet at 100 yards and a click value of 1/8” at 100 yards. The scope also features both red and green illumination features. The equipment also carries eye relief of 3.52” and a 1” tube diameter. The scope is 40 centimeters long.

Of those who reviewed the product, more than 65 percent gave the product either a four or five-star review. Reviewers remarked that this was a great value buy, available for less than $. Many mentioned that the product was durable, able to withstand tough recoils. Some remarked that the focus was fidgety, but for those looking for a first scope for long ranges, this could be an affordable option.

​Primary Arms Illuminated
Dot Scope

This scope from Primary Arms carries a 4.6-star rating on Amazon with nearly 75 customer reviews. Of those who reviewed the product, 81 percent gave it a five-star rating. You can purchase the scope for less than $. Multiple reviewers remarked that this was one of the best scopes they have ever used for that amount of money and that they were delighted with the device.

The scope features side-mounted focus controls and an illuminated mil-dot reticle. It is also nitrogen-purged, making it one of the most durable models we tested. Additionally, the product is resistant to water, which is great for when you are shooting in the rain or are sweating on a hot day. The scope weighs approximately 1.6 pounds.

Bushnell Trophy Xtreme Scope

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

This scope from Bushnell features a 4.7-star rating on Amazon with nearly 60 customer reviews. 93 percent of reviewers gave the product either a four or five-star rating. The product costs a little more than $$. The scope features a 50mm objective and a 6-24x magnification. It also comes with a Dao Lr800 reticle and ¼ MOA fingertip windage and elevation adjustments.

One of the things that stood out to us most about this scope was the product design. Manufacturers designed the scope so that it was shockproof, waterproof, and fog proof. Additionally, the lenses of the scope are high-definition and come coated with rain guard technology to help give you a bright look at your shot.

Many reviewers remarked that it was effortless to adjust the scope and that this was one of the best scopes they’ve ever tested when it came to making last-minute adjustments. Additionally, customers appreciated the visuals the scope provided. One reviewer remarked that they brought down their best kill in moderate rain thanks to the scope.

Vortex Optics
Crossfire Riflescope

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Vortex Optics Crossfire II 6-24x50 AO, 30 mm, Second Focal Plane Riflescope - Dead-Hold BDC Reticle (MOA)
  • The 6-24x50 Adjustable Objective Crossfire II riflescope is one of many configurations in the Crossfire II line. The Dead-Hold BDC reticle is good for hunting/shooting at varying ranges where estimating holdover is a concern.
  • The adjustable objective provides image focus and parallax removal to the shooter while anti-reflective, fully multi-coated lenses provide bright and clear views.
  • With long eye relief and an ultra-forgiving eye box, you'll be able to quickly get a sight picture and acquire your target. The fast focus eyepiece allows quick and easy reticle focusing.
  • Capped reset turrets are finger adjustable with MOA clicks that can be reset to zero after sighting in.
  • A single piece tube constructed from aircraft grade aluminum ensures strength and shockproof performance. O-ring sealed and nitrogen purged, the Crossfire II delivers waterproof and fogproof performance.

Vortex is one of the most trusted names in rifle technology, so it’s no surprise their Crossfire Riflescope found it’s way on to our list. The scope carries a 4.6-star rating on Amazon with more than 165 customer reviews. Of those who reviewed the product, 78 percent gave it a five-star rating. Less than 10 percent of customers gave the product a one or two-star rating.

The scope features an adjustable 6-24x50 objective crossfire. It also comes with Vortex’s patented Dead-Hold BDC reticle, ideal for when you are estimating holdover. Additionally, the adjustable objective provides image focus and parallax removal. The lenses on the scope are coated with an anti-reflective material to offer views that are clear.

The scope’s construction is a single-piece aircraft-grade aluminum that helps make the product shockproof. The company also guarantees that the scope is fog-proof and waterproof. The tube size is 30mm, and the eye relief is 4”. You can purchase the scope for less than $$. Reviewers said that for this price, this is by-far the best scope available on the market.

Ade Advanced
Options Long-Range Rifle Scope

Ade Advanced Optics 6-25x56 35mm Long Range Rifle Scope Mil-dot Bar Side Focus
  • Heavy duty one piece main tube provides the foundation for precise lens alignment and other components
  • Extended-range tactical riflescope with 6-25x magnification and 56mm objective lens
  • Mil-DotBar reticle; precision controls with 140 MOA adjustment
  • The use of water resistant sealants, synthetic grease and secure O-ring seals protect against fogging
  • 35mm tube diameter; includes mounting rings; matte black finish

This scope from Ade Advanced Optics is available for less than $$. It carries a four-star rating on Amazon. Of those who reviewed the product, more than three-quarters gave the device a four or five-star rating. Reviewers remarked that the scope was very sleek and sturdy and that they were impressed with the functionality of the scope.

The Advanced Optics scope features a one-piece, heavy-duty design. It also carries 6-25x magnification and a 56mm objective lens, making it the most prominent option on our list. The scope also has a Mil-DotBar reticle and precision controls offering 140 MOA adjustments. The tube is 35mm in diameter and comes in a matte black finish. The scope comes with an anti-fog design.

Buyer’s Guide

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When it comes to buying a long-range scope, there are a few things you’ll want to consider. If you have never purchased one of these scopes before, you could be overwhelmed by the options available. Fortunately, this buyer’s guide should help you sort through the vast number of products to help you find the best scope for you. Consider a few of the criteria listed below.

Cost

One of the first things you should consider is how much you wish to spend on a new scope. Scopes can cost a few hundred dollars. Before you begin searching for the ideal scope, you should have an idea of how much you wish to pay. Knowing your budget can help you narrow down your choices. There’s nothing worse than finding the right scope, only to discover that it far exceeds your price range.

If you have never worked with long-range optics before, we recommend a mid-range scope. Perhaps consider a scope that costs around $ - $. This will give you a better idea of if you like using a scope meant for long ranges. If you end up falling in love with your new scope, you could always upgrade your equipment later. Don’t spend too much until you know that you like the feel of long-range optics.

Lenses

The lens is arguably the most important physical component to consider. You’ll want to find a lens that works in both high and low magnifications, presenting a crystal-clear image either way. Additionally, you’ll want to look for a lens that allows you to read the wind correctly. Wind becomes even more of a factor when taking a long-range shot, so it’s imperative that you have a proper reading.

Tell-tale signs of wind include flags and trees. However, you could see these with nearly any scope. When taking a long-range shot, the slightest breeze could have you missing your target by hundreds of feet. You’ll need to find a scope that allows you to see details such as the way the wind or dust is blowing.

Body of the Scope

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You’ll want to ensure that you find a scope made of the finest materials. This helps determine how durable your scope is. Hopefully, you’ll be getting frequent use out of your new scope, so you want to ensure that it withstands the test of time. One of the best materials for scopes is aircraft-grade aluminum. Additionally, your scope should be a single-piece design, made from one piece of aluminum.

Magnification Power

Many beginner marksmen believe that the bigger the objective lens size, the better because a larger objective lens typically allows for more light transmission. While this is true, you eventually reach the point where it’s possible to have an objective lens that is too big without providing any additional light transmission. This typically occurs once you surpass a 50mm objective lens.

The problem with using objective lenses that are too large is that you can significantly alter your shot. That’s because to mount the glass, you need a higher scope mount. The higher the scope mount, the less precision you’ll see when firing your rifle. As a general rule of thumb, the closer the mount height is to the barrel, the more accurate the shot. Look for objective lenses ranging from 42mm to 50mm.  

Conclusion

If you plan to use your scope strictly for long-range shots, then you may want to find the strongest magnification power possible. But if you would like to be able to adjust your scope for both short and long ranges, you may want to look for a bit more versatility in your magnification options. Magnification powers around 16 are an excellent choice for hybrid shots.

Best Rimfire Scopes: Top 7 Picks, Comparison Table And Buyer’s Guide

With the ongoing popularity of rimfire rifles and cartridges, it comes as no surprise that many enthusiasts are not only out looking for small game or a proper set of fun targets but are also on the hunt for the right scope to fit their rimfire rifle.

This is especially true for beginners and novices who appreciate the ease of use and attractive price of a rimfire but may not know much about the right scope to buy.

For those that have a bit more experience, a different challenge can arise as you may know what you want from your scope, but the numerous options make choosing the right one a bit of a task. The good news is several standout scopes will easily fit the needs of both rookie shooter and the more seasoned veteran.

​Comparison Table

Buyer’s Guide

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Before we get to our list of the best rimfire scopes available, let’s take a moment to better understand the key elements and features of a rimfire scope. This will help you figure out what’s most important to your style of shooting and what concessions you might need to make to secure the right one.

There is no one size fits all option. Numerous factors go into determining the overall usefulness of a scope. No two shooters are exactly alike, and a lot of outside elements like location and general hunting conditions play as equal a role as comfort and personal taste.

Construction

First and foremost, you’ll want a scope that’s well built. There’s an endless amount of styles available, but some are stouter than others. Be aware that price isn’t always the best indicator of determining a cheap scope from an option with better craftsmanship.

A few things to watch for include single tube construction, weatherproofing, and durability. The latter two perhaps play the most important role since the outdoors can serve up all manner of unpredictable variables.

You’ll want a scope that is both water and fog proof and filled with either nitrogen or argon gas (note that while we never recommend submerging a scope in water for extended periods, you’ll want one that can withstand heavy rainfalls and the occasional dunking).

With durability, aside from the general feel and build, components always look for manufacturers with strong warranties. It’s not easy to tell which scope is going to stand up to the rigors of life atop your rifle just by holding them side-by-side. Companies that back their optics with lifetime warranties are usually a good buy.

Lenses

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Several considerations are in play when it comes to the lenses of your scope. Coating, objective lens size, and the reticles all work in tandem to help create a visual experience that can make or break the usefulness of your scope.

For coating, the optimal solution is fully multi-coated lenses as those give your glass numerous layers of protection between the air and lens surface.  Fully coated means it’s just a single layer, and multi-coated simply increases the shielding with a few more layers.

The larger your objective lens, the better and more well-lit your sighting will be. A bigger size also provides an advantage in low light situations, but you’ll want to mindful of going too big as it means added weight to your scope (which we cover below).

With reticles, you want to be on the lookout for crosshairs that appeal to the eye but also work for the primary game or targets at which you’ll be aiming. Plenty of options exist, but remember that bigger aiming measures work best for big game and up close targeting. Thinner, more fine lines will better service longer ranges and small targets.

Field of View, Magnification, and Parallax

The main thing to note with Field of View (FOV) with a rimfire is you’ll want something that is as wide as possible. Rimfires work best used for smaller or moving targets, and a minimal FOV only works if you plan on using your rimfire strictly for shooting at stationary targets.

Since most of your shooting is at close range with a rimfire, the magnification is less of a factor. However, you’ll still want to get the most out of what your scope has to offer so one that provides between 3x and 9x magnification should be sufficient.

In regards to parallax or the difference of an object’s position when viewed at different angles, you’ll want a scope that can make adjustments for this optical effect. Scopes will offer either a fixed option or an adjustable parallax that allows you to set the range using an adjustable objective or side focus.

Responsiveness

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Here we’re grouping two vital ingredients that can determine just how comfortable it is to use your scope: the turrets and weight.

For the turrets, you’ll want to look for sets that are firm while remaining easy to adjust and set. Nobody wants to be in the field and fiddling with an unresponsive and difficult to turn the knob while lining up a shot. Conversely, you don’t want to purchase a scope only to have one of the turrets snap off in your hand.

The weight of your scope plays a more significant role in the usability of your rifle than most realize. As a general rule, the majority of rimfire rifles are lightweight and easy to maneuver. A weighty scope atop the barrel can impact the overall performance. Find a balance between a scope’s weight and feature set and the capabilities of your rifle.

How We Determined Our Ranking

To ensure our selections were the best of the best, we reviewed hundreds of different scopes and took into account numerous factors to come up the following list.

Not only did we review performance, feel, and usability under a number of different conditions, but we also took into account the opinions of fellow shooting enthusiasts, just like you. This allowed us to effectively gauge how these scopes perform in real-world conditions, whether it’s for hunting, pest control, or simple weekend target practice.

Best Rimfire Scope

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Now that you know what makes a rimfire scope, it’s time to explore some of the best options. As we’ve mentioned, there’s a lot of personal preference that goes into making a decision on which scope is right for you. So why is that?

Many of the best scopes are incredibly similar in both quality and features. One might have better magnification, but then another carries less weight and sits easier in its mount. It comes down to the features you’re most looking for and the price you want to pay.

It’s why you see many of the same brands at the top of most enthusiasts must-have lists and, ultimately, on top of their rifles. Nikon, Leupold, and Bushnell all do rimfire scopes exceptionally well. There are a few others out there though that do just as well as the bigger brands. With that in mind here are our best rimfire scopes.

​BARSKA Plinker 22 Riflescope

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BARSKA 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Riflescope

  • 22 rifles and rim-fires to provide striking performance, 3 to 9X magnification, 11.5-Ounce weight
  • Water, fog, and shock-proof fully multi-coated optics adjustable for wind-age and elevation
  • 12-Inch tube length, one-Inch tube diameter, and 32-Millimeter objective lens
  • 10.7-3.6 exit pupil and 3.5-Inch eye relief, 0.25-Inch click value, 0.375-Inch dovetail rings
  • Includes mounting rings, lens covers, and lens cloth, limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty

We start our list off with the BARSKA 22 Riflescope, a great all around scope that covers a lot of bases. Your magnification range runs from 3x to 9x with multicoated optics and incredibly clear sighting. The FOV is also a healthy 36’ – 13’ and you’re parallax free at 50 yards.

The construction of this scope is also top notch as it is both waterproof and covered by a lifetime warranty.

​Bushnell Optics Drop Zone


Bushnell AR Optics, Drop Zone BDC Reticle Riflescope with Target Turrets and Side Parallax, Matte Black, 3-9x/40mm

  • Rifle scope 3-9x40mm
  • Fully multi-coated optics with 3-9 x magnification
  • Compatitble with a wide variety of hunting rifles
  • Drop Zone-223 BDC Ballistic Reticle is calibrated for 55-62 grain, 223 REM/5.556 loads with aiming points out to 500 yards
  • Side focus parallax adjustment for adjustable long-range accuracy and a fast-focus eyepiece

The Bushnell entry is a great all-around scope that can serve several skill levels very well. The Drop Zone checks in at a weighty 19.6 ounces, but it earns the size as this is a feature rich scope including a side parallax adjustment turret. It also has a very generous FOV at 50’ – 17′ based on the 2x to 7x magnification.

A bit bulkier than other scopes on this list it does have one of the most solid builds. One thing to note here is that it’s specifically calibrated for 22 LR, 38 to 40 grain.

​Leupold FX-1 Rimfire and VX-Freedom Rimfire Scope Series


Leupold VX-Freedom 2-7x33mm Riflescope, Duplex 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

We include three Leupold’s on our list because they are just that good. The variations are such that these options, more so than most others will come down your individual needs. For example, both of the VX-Freedoms weigh in at 11.1 (2-7x33) and 12.2 (3-9x40) ounces, respectively. The FX-1 is practically a feather at 7.5 ounces.

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Leupold FX-I Rimfire 4x28mm Riflescope, Fine Duplex Reticle, Matte Finish

  • Leopold's classic/standard fast focus eyepiece with a low profile lock ring makes reticle focus easy to achieve and maintain
  • Micro-friction dials are marked in 1/4-MOA increments for easy wind age and elevation adjustments
  • Durable and compact, the one-inch main tube is lightweight and fits more legacy rings
  • Made with Leopold's Proprietary nitrogen sealing process, which has become the industry standard
  • Complete waterproof and fog proof integrity - each is ready for a lifetime in the field, in all conditions

When it comes to magnification and FOV, there are some decisions to make as well. The VX-Freedoms carry 2x to 7x with FOV 43.8’ – 17.8’ and 3x to 9x with FOV 33.7’ – 13.6 in their two models. The FX-1 magnification is 4x with 25.5’ FOV.

Everything amongst these scopes can be counted on to be first class with each being water and fog proof, all three having clear, scratch resistant lenses, and all covered by a lifetime warranty.  

​Nikon ProStaff


Nikon PROSTAFF RIMFIRE II 3-9X40 BDC150

  • BDC 150 reticle - developed specifically for the trajectory of hyper velocity .22 long rifle rimfire round.
  • Precise 1/4" @ 50 yards adjustment.
  • Spring loaded instant zero reset turrets.
  • 3-9x40 parallax free @ 50 yards.
  • Fully multi-coated optics.

One of the top optics producers, Nikon has plenty of fans, and with the ProStaff, it’s easy to see why. If there is a scope that’s made to fit almost every need, this could be it. Magnification runs 3x to 9x, and your FOV is a solid 34’ – 11’.

The BCD reticle provides a nice touch for those who are fans of it, but it can be of great use to novices just starting out. The objective lens allows for incredibly clear sighting. If you own several types of firearms, this scope is a nice buy as it’s not strictly for rimfires.

​Nikon P Rimfire

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Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 Rifle Scope, Black

  • Utilizes the BDC 150 reticle, which offers shooters unique open circle aiming points from 50 to 150 yards
  • The P-Rimfire features Nikon Eco-Glass lenses, made without lead or arsenic and coated with multiple layers of anti-reflective compounds
  • The P-Rimfire offers precise, 1/4-inch at 50 yard target-style hand-turn adjustments

The second Nikon to make our list shows that along with Leupold, these two manufacturers have a clear handle on how to build fantastic scope optics. Magnification runs 2x to 7x with FOV 22’ – 6’ at 50 yards. Parallax is 50 yards.

Along with the ProStaff, the P Rimfire features a solid build and optics to match. Both Nikon’s are water and fog proof with lifetime warranties.

​UTG BugBuster Scope

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UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings

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  • 1 Inch Tube with Emerald Coating for Maximum Light Transmission, Premium Zero Lockable & Resettable Turrets with 1/4 MOA Per Click Adjustment
  • Range Estimating Mil-dot Reticle for Optimal Aiming and Shooting Performance, Adjustable Objective from 3 Yards to Infinity
  • Red/Green Dual Illumination for Versatile Applications, Large Field of View and Most Accommodating Eye Relief for Optimum Critical CQB Mission
  • Complete with 2" Sunshade, High Quality Flip-open Lens Caps and Quick-detachable Rings

We’re big fans of the BugBuster and not just because of the nifty little name. A versatile scope, the BugBuster isn’t solely designed for rimfire’s but will certainly do as much or even a bit more as any on our list and at a similar price point. Magnification is 3x to 9x and FOV at 100 yards is a solid 37.7’ – 14’.

The parallax setting runs from 3 yards to infinity (effectively 250 yards). Other features include RGB illumination, mil-dot reticle, and emerald coated lens. As we said, it’s a versatile, well-built scope that is also backed by a lifetime warranty.

​Weaver Rimfire Riflescope

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Weaver Rimfire 2.5-7X28 Riflescope (Matte)

  • Made of the highest quality materials
  • Hunting scopes rifles
  • Another quality Bushnell product
  • Fully multi-coated lenses for optimum edge-to-edge clarity
  • Perfect for your rimfire rifle or airgun

We know there’s a particular segment of shooter that likes the classics. Considering that Weaver Optics has maintained a great product line for much of its 90 years, the Weaver Rimfire is a perfect choice for those that like a little history.

The sleek design weighs a super light 9.75, and the single piece aluminum tube is water, fog, and shockproof. Mult-icoated optics, parallax at 50 yards, and a FOV of 40’ – 15’ on 2.5x to 7x magnification round out the main feature set. This Weaver is a good-looking scope that performs even better.

Conclusion

We realize that’s probably a lot of information to unpack in one setting, but in addition to the general buyer’s guide, we took great care in rating the best scopes available. Regardless if you’re looking to take out some irritating rodents, capture small game, or enjoy recreational plinking, any of the above scopes are excellent options.

Ultimately, when looking at this level of scope, there isn’t a wrong choice, but more often than not, there ends up being a right choice for you.

So before you buy, determine what you want out of your scope, be honest about your skill level, and assess your must-have features. It will serve you well and guarantee that your shooting time outdoors is always an enjoyable experience.