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. If one needs a 30 yard shot than going above it isn’t always desirable.

But most reviews focus on getting shots with as much distance as possible. We’ll examine every criteria to find the best of the best for 300 yard scopes.

7. Ledsniper 2 In 1 6-24×50 Hunting Rifle Scope

Ledsniper 2 In 1 6-24x50

Price: $89.99.

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.

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

Burris 4.5 x-14 x -42mm Fullfield II Riflescope

Price: $197.

The Burris Fullfield II earns high marks for durability. It’s obviously good for a 300 yard shot. But one of the things which makes it so desirable comes from how long it lasts.

The construction uses a singular piece design. This means that it’s 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.

Specifications

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

5. Meopta 549960 Meostar 4-16X MeoStar Scope

Meopta 549960 Meostar Scope

Price: $1,099.95.

The Meopta MeoStar offers up 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 precisoin than it might fit perfectly. This scope offers a level of confituation options which the other options can’t match.

However, one also needs to have money to spend on it. The high cost pushes it a little further down on the list. It’s a great scope if money doesn’t factor in. But that’s seldom the cast 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

Long Range MOA Reticle Rifle Scope

Price: $793.42.

The Sightron SIII is 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.

However, it’s 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 4-12×40 Second Focal Plane Riflescope

4-12x40 Second Focal Plane Riflescope

Price: $299.

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 somewhat lower on this list. But 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 6-18×40 mm AO Hot Magnum .17 And .22 Interchangeable 30/30 Rifle Scope

BARSKA 6-18x40 mm AO Hot Magnum

Price: $101.79.

The Barska earns a higher ranking thanks to lower price point. To be sure, it is among the best rifle scope for 300 yards. There’s certain expectations for performance that one can find within its feature set.

But it’s the price that really earns it a place within this list. It’s a solid scope which can help one reach 300 yards. But 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

Nikon INLINE XR BDC 300 Riflescope, Matte Black

Price: $212.

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.

However, one should note that the price comes in at a quite reasonable point. It’s usable in some of the more powerful firearms out there. But 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 a choice. There’s quite a few solid 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.

Scope Review: EOTech 518

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In the realm of holographic weapon sights, EOTech is king, and one of their crown jewels is the EOTech 518. It's one of the best products from the top producer in its industry. But is it worth the price? That brand name power and fancy features don't come cheap. Do you really need all that stuff? Should you buy a sight that is more expensive than some guns on the market?

Let's find out by going over the specs and how the EOTech 518 performs. But first, let's get an idea of why the EOTech name garners such respect and high prices. We also look at how these types of holographic sights function, as well as which parts are essential and which features are fluff.


The EOTech 518: What Makes it Unique


EOTech 518

On to the main course. Released in 2015, the EOTech 518 has been one of the company's best sellers, and for a good reason. It is the natural evolution of the EOTech 512 with several small tweaks and additions. Except for some small preferential differences, users regard all of these changes as positive.

It performs better than its predecessors and has several new additions that make it a more complete and robust tool. Let’s go in depth and examine it from all of the angles.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

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The Basics

The EOTech 518 is made in the USA. An important distinction for some, as several other high-profile optics manufacturers have outsourced labor to bring costs down such as Burris or Bushnell. As you’ll see later, though, that “Made in the U.S.A.” sticker comes at a cost.

Pros:

The housing of the sight is made of high-grade aluminum and, of course, comes in tacticool black. All EOTech holosights, like the Eotech XPS2 and Eotech 512.165 that we recently reviewed the 518 can take a beating and a splashing and still keep working away. There is little difference between their civilian and mil-spec models, so their customers are getting combat grade optics. You can submerge this baby in up to 10ft of water with no problems!

The EOTech 518 is powered by two AA alkaline or lithium batteries. Any common kind will do, disposable or rechargeable. Most holosights require at least this much battery power due to the energy demands of the laser apparatuses within the sight. A rechargeable would not retain a charge long enough to be useful and would be inconvenient if it gave out in the field.

Cons:

At this point, there is no way around the two AA battery limitation. It's the best option, though as others require the rarer batteries like the 123-lithium battery.

Specs

The exact specifications of the EOTech 518 are as follows:

  • Length: 5.6 inches
  • Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Magnification: 1
  • Reticle Color: Red
  • Reticle Size: 68 MOA Circle With 1 MOA Dot
  • Finish: Matte

Performance

The EOTech 518 performs every bit as well as its predecessor and surpasses it in some areas. It is reliable, and the reticle is crisp and clear when adjusted properly. The aperture is also very clear and is highly resistant to damage, smudges and condensation. It's especially proficient at aiding fast target acquisition with two-eye-open shooting, as it holds its reticle on target firmly even when using full auto fire.

Ease of Use

One of the primary differences between the 518 and the 512 is that the newer model features a quick disconnect system for mounting and demounting the device. Other, older models employ standard rail attachment systems which take longer to remove or connect and sometimes requires tools.

The EOTech 518 detaches in seconds with a few presses and clicks for easy and quick removal or activation. Despite being a quicker system, the quick disconnect feature does not seem to make the sight any less firmly attached to a weapon. The performance is comparable to that of the old style of attachment, just faster.

Magnification Compatibility and Adjustment Buttons

While the image shown by the 518 is not magnified in any way, it is compatible with a magnifier. These devices, sold separately, attached to the rear of the holosight and usually can be flipped to the side when not in use.

In this way, the operator can swap between 1X magnification to a higher magnification in an instant to compensate for evolving engagements and conditions. EOTech also sells their own magnifiers if you want one with the same brand name clout and quality.

To make the sight even more compatible, EOTech designed their 518 with the adjustment buttons on the side. This way, if the operator wishes to adjust the brightness of the sight, they need not flip the magnifier out of the way first. Also, line of sight need not be broken to adjust the sight, as you can now adjust it while still viewing through the holosight instead of looking at our hand.

This improvement might have some drawbacks, however. Before, with the rear mounted buttons, the adjustment procedure was ambidextrous. Now, left-handed shooters are at something of a disadvantage as they will have to either reach over the top of the sight to adjust it or remove their left hand from the trigger to do it.

Neither situation is ideal, but EOTech found that the pros outweigh the cons, even for the small population of lefties out there.

Laser Battery Cap

The 518 is also compatible with the Laser Battery Cap (LBC). This little doodad replaces the existing battery cap on the holosight and implements a laser targeting device seamlessly installed so the two devices can work in tandem.

The LBC can emit a standard red visible laser or a civilian IR laser for use in low light conditions. Unfortunately, the LBC is sold separately by EOTech and does not come standard. It also isn't cheap, costing nearly as much as the holosight itself. Still, it looks almost irresistibly cool and sleek.

Night Vision Compatibility

The EOTech 518 is not compatible with night vision systems. However, its sister model, the EOTech 558 is. The 558 is virtually identical to the 518, with the exceptions of its night vision compatibility and of course its price. The 558 also comes with several extra settings that are required to fine tune to sight to pair better with a night vision device.

Pricing

The MSRP of an EOTech is $529, while the MSRP of the 558 is $629. As the products are now a few years old, they can be found for less online, but not much less. These are still premium, top of the line sights and likely won’t fall too far in price any time soon.

If you like the sight, but want to save some money, you could spring for the older 512 model. You'll save a few bucks, but not many. EOTech charges a lot for their quality and reliability, and their many customers believe it is worth it.

If you want to get a holosight on the cheap, you'll have to browse other brands or find a suitable knock-off. Some of these holosight clones perform admirably, but if it's the best you want, then EOTech is your company.


EOTech: The First and (Arguably) Best


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EOTech was founded in Ann Arbor Michigan in 1995. They set out to produce and commercialize their breakthrough in the weapon sight field: the holographic sight (more on that later). In the years since they have maintained much of their dominance in the industry and is second only to perhaps Aimpoint in name recognition and reputation.

EOTech has built up their fortunes not only with civilian sales but with lucrative military contracts as well. Since 1996, EOTech has been providing holographic sights for the U.S. military for use with small arms as well as some heavier weaponry such as grenade launchers. Several foreign militaries also make use of their products.

Time to address the elephant in the room. EOTech has been mired in controversy a few times in its history. Most recently, EOTech's parent company L-3 paid a large sum of money after being accused of fraud by the U.S. military.

The company failed to warn the military about possible shortfalls and defects of their holographic sights. In extremely hot or cold temperatures, there was a significant shift in zero causing poor accuracy even after returning to ambient temperatures.

Their main competitor, Aimpoint has pulled ahead of EOTech somewhat, but that shouldn’t dissuade you. Any civilian operator is not likely to experience these defects, which have already been addressed and mitigated. Regardless, EOTech has been offering refunds to any users who experienced those defects.


The Holosight


eotech 518 Holosight

The holographic sight also called a "holosight", is an alternative to the reflector or "red-dot" sight first invented by Aimpoint. It has several advantages over its predecessor, but also some drawbacks. Let's go over these functions to see how the EOTech 518 performs.

Reticle

Reticle

Holographic sights are considered to be more precise and accurate as their reticles are crisper and more customizable. Since the reticle is produced in three dimensions into a holographic film and not reflected, its shape, color, position and size can be adjusted on the fly. Many users rate the holosights as better for rapid target acquisition, but that is far from a universal truth.

Power

Power

Holosight technology is a bit more complex, as it employs lasers to create its reticle image. As such they require batteries, usually common AAs, to power their more resource hungry technology. The result is shorter battery life and more frequent swaps if it's being used heavily. Aimpoints use an LED for their simpler reticles, and as such, they can measure their battery life in the 10s of thousands of hours.

Durability

Durability

As military grade hardware, these sights have to be able to take a beating. Holosights claim the be able to handle shocks, drops, all kinds of weather and even being submerged. A good holosight must live up to its reputation as a rugged military and law enforcement necessity.

Two Eye Open Shooting

Two Eye Open Shooting

One of the main advantages of holosights over traditional iron sights is the ability to shoot with both eyes open. Since the holosights viewing window is so large, you can use both eyes to view your target. Additionally, there is no parallax; you do not need to align anything together due to distance like front and rear sights.

Not only does this allow for easier and quicker target acquisition, but it also increases peripheral vision and situational awareness. This advantage makes holosights especially useful in close quarters.

Cross dominant eye shooters (operators whose dominant hand and eye are on different sides of their bodies) also find benefit with the holosight, as they need not choose which eye to use and can simply keep both eyes open.


The EOtech 518: What We Think


The 518 is great. There's really not much to it. It is one of the best sights out there and leaves its competition in the dust. We like getting the best gear for our weapons (within reason) because shooting is like football; it's a game of inches and every edge counts. To get the best optics edge, EOTech is the way to go, and their 518 is a great all-around option with its ease of use and compatibility with both easy to find AA batteries and magnifiers.

The main drawback of the 518 is its price. Having the best gear is great if you can pay for it, and EOTech asks a lot. Is it worth the price? Well, you'll have to ask yourself how much cash you have to drop and if you really need mil spec optics. Not everyone does need the quality that EOtech offers and not everyone can afford it.

You can get a fine optics experience from much cheaper holographic or even reflector and ACOG sights. Hardcore (and well-funded) gun nuts will love the 518, while more casual shooters probably won't get their money's worth and can settle for less.

5 Best 22 Rifle Scopes

The .22LR rifle offers you a precise short-range shot, but if you’re targeting something hundreds of feet away, you’ll need extra help from a scope. And you don’t need help from the crumby scope that came with your rifle. So what are the best 22 rifle scopes?

Many of the scopes available today promise to fit your gun, but some of them are better suited to the .22LR than others. More importantly, the various specs are best suited for certain uses.

The scope used for hunting a deer hundreds of yards away isn’t the one you’d use shooting a raccoon from the tree.

There are some excellent scopes out there, so we’re reviewing our five favorite 22 rifle scopes. Each scope has something unique to offer a gun owner, whether it’s a warranty or field of vision.

Ready to find your next scope?


How We Choose Our Ratings


We’re committed to painting an honest and accurate picture of all the scopes we review. And the truth is, you can’t get that from the specs alone. You can compare magnification to lens diameter all day, but you’ll never know anything important about the product until you’ve looked through the lens yourself.

Because of our commitment to providing the best reviews we possibly can, we use a complex rating system that accounts for many aspects of the product.

We start by looking at manufacturer descriptions. It’s plain to see distinct differences between products based on those descriptions alone. We look at specs and individual technologies to distinguish the difference between products. But the real question isn’t what magnification range the product offers – we want to know if it does what it says on the tin.

That’s why we combine a review of the specs with customer reviews and testimonials – people who’ve used the scope on the ground. We gather reviews and look for common strands to work out what really works and what simply doesn’t.

Armed with all this information, we give the product a rating out of five stars. Because our process is clear, you can trust that the only products that receive a five-star rating are those truly deserving of one.


We Compare
the 5 Best 22 Rifle Scopes


Product

Image

Details

Our Rating

Price

Leupold 113872 VX-1 Rimfire Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Leupold 113872 VX-1 Rimfire Scope

produces a sharp and vivid image regardless of the visibility conditions on the ground

Barska 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Rifle Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Barska 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Rifle Scope

fully multi-coated optics creates bright and  clear sighting

Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Plex Rimfire

Best .22 Rifle Scope Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Plex Rimfire

features a newly enhanced eyepiece for fast focus and multi-coated lenses

Aipa AR15 Tactical Rifle Scope Combo C4-12x50

Best .22 Rifle Scope Aipa AR15 Tactical Rifle Scope Combo C4-12x50

maintain a perfect zero for at least 100 rounds even with recoil

Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 Rifle Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 Rifle Scope

magnification spectrum is broader than other products – 2x to 7x for added options and accuracy.


Review of the 5 Best 22 Rifle Scopes


1. Leupold 113872 VX-1 Rimfire Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Leupold 113872 VX-1 Rimfire Scope

The point of adding a scope is to improve your field of vision beyond what your eyes are capable of: the optical system is thus key. We like the Leupold scope’s Quantum Optical Systems, which is capable of producing an image that is both sharp and vivid regardless of the visibility conditions on the ground.


The Quantum Optical System is aided by the Index Matched Lens System and the application of Multicoat 4, which minimizes reflections to make the most of out your lighting and provide better images.

Let’s talk stats:

Weight: 8.2 ounces

Field of View: 2.86 inches/ 100 yards

Eyepiece Diameter: 1.36 inches


Additionally, the scope is both water and fog-proof (100%), and it offers a 3:1 zoom ratio featuring a magnification spectrum of 2.40x and 6.70x.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Overall, the scope offers a clear line of sight with added eye relief and minimal reflections. The objective lens is small, but it’s still one of the best scopes you can buy for the money.


In our opinion, if you want perfection, you should choose a Leupold scope. If however you are willing to spend more, then you might want to check out our review of Leupold Mark 6 3 18x44mm.

Pros

  • Features a Multicoat 4 increasing amount of all light that reaches your eye and minimizes reflections for better image quality 
  • Features an Index Matched Lens System eliminating reflections and maximizes light
  • Material is treated with DiamondCoat, featuring the best abrasion resistance and light transmission

Cons

  • Objective lens can be small 
  • Stiffness in dials when adjusting
  • Brightness at highest magnification level can be reduced

2. ​Barska 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Rifle Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Barska 3-9x32 Plinker-22 Rifle Scope

Barska offers what some consider a budget version of the 22-rifle scope, but what we believe is the value version. It’s one of the least expensive scopes out there that still provides excellent value for money.


Why? Because it’s a great scope and a great price, but it also comes with a lifetime manufacturers’ warranty.

According to Barska, they designed the Plinker-22 precisely for .22 rifles and rimfires. It offers fully multi-coated optics for performance and clarity. You’ll find shots are easier at 50, 75, and 100 yards. Reviewers say the clarity remains good even when you turn the magnification up to 9, which is impressive for a budget scope.


Specs:

Stats: 3-9x32

Weight: 11.5 ounces

Field of View:

Objective Lens Diameter: 32 mm

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Like most scopes, it’s water- and fog-proof, but we like that it’s also shock-proof. Unlike other scopes, it’s suggested that you avoid using it on a nitro piston or springer because there’s too much kick and you’ll destroy your scope quickly.


It works well with guns like the Marlin 60 rimfire rifle.

Pros

  • Water, fog, and shock-proof
  • Features a fully multi-coated optics creating bright and  clear sighting
  • Includes mounting rings, lens covers, and lens cloth

Cons

  • it’s suggested that you avoid using it on a nitro piston or springer because there’s too much kick and you’ll destroy your scope quickly.

3. ​Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Plex Rimfire

Best .22 Rifle Scope Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Plex Rimfire

Vortex Optics’s Crossfire range is one of its most popular riflescopes. The Crossfire II model boasts a newly enhanced eyepiece for fast focus and multi-coated lenses in addition to MOA turrets that are not improved and resettable.

Stats for the Vortex Optics Crossfire II:

Stats: 2-7x32

Weight: 14 ounces

Field of View: 42-12.6 feet/100 yards

Eye Piece Diameter: 32 mm


While optical systems remain the most important feature on our list, durability sits in second place. There’s nothing worse than memorizing a scope like the back of your hand only to replace it sooner rather than later. Vortex Optics uses aircraft grade aluminum on all its scopes, so it can take a beating.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

The main feature distinguishing the Crossfire II from other scopes is the eye relief, which is slightly longer compared to other models.


You’ll find that the feature aids you when you’re aiming upwards such as when you’re small game hunting.


You’ll focus in faster even at a different elevation, which shaves off seconds between spotting and pulling the trigger.


This however lacks a night vision feature. With this, you can read on our reviews of the the best night vision rifle scopes to find the right one for you. 

In addition if you wanted an upgraded version, then Vortex Crossfire II 6 18×44 can be a good choice for you. 

Pros

  • Features a fast focus eyepiece allowing quick and easy reticle focusing
  • Made of ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating protecting exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt
  • Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact
  • Unlimited VIP Vortex lifetime warranty

Cons

  • May become blurry when you use the zoom feature making it ineffective outside of 150 yards
  • Lacks a night vision feature

4. Aipa AR15 Tactical Rifle Scope Combo C4-12x50

Best .22 Rifle Scope Aipa AR15 Tactical Rifle Scope Combo C4-12x50

We wanted to make sure we included a tactical rifle scope for the AR-15, and the Aipa scope combo is one of the best deals we’ve been able to find.


You’ll get optimal optical clarity with 4-12 magnification and a 50 mm diameter objective lens. More importantly, you’ll get 4 reticle patterns for use in all kinds of scenarios as well as a green laser and a reflex sight.


All three pieces are easy to install on top of your AR 15. We like the scope because it remains strong and stable even after 50 rounds. Even with recoil, you’ll maintain a perfect zero for at least 100 rounds.

Specs:

Stats: 4-2x50

Weight: Not provided, but the bulkiest scope on the list

Field of Vision: 9.7-3.3/29.1099 apparent (degree): 22.7

Optical Lens Diameter: 50 mm


Overall, it’s one of the best scopes out there, and despite its weight, it will improve your shot.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Pros

  • Featuring a large objective lens that boosts light gathering power and excellent magnification
  • Boasts a red dot reflex sight with bottom switch for accurate gun optic and substitute for overpriced holograph
  • Allows for clear high resolution image unlimited eye relief and wide field of view 
  • Easily mountable to any 22 &11mm rails (Picatinny or Weaver)

Cons

  • Offers only a 30-day money back guarantee

5. Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 Rifle Scope

Best .22 Rifle Scope Nikon P-RIMFIRE BDC 150 Rifle Scope

Nikon’s P-RIMFIRE .22LR rifle scope offers shooters a 50 to 150 shooting range and adds accuracy to your distance. The scope employs a Fully Multicoated Optical System for creating a balance light transmission whether you’re shooting during the day, at night, or in the rain or fog.


We like that the magnification spectrum on the Nikon scope is broader than other products – 2x to 7x for added options and accuracy.

Product Statistics:

Stats: 27-x32

Weight: 16.1 ounces

Field of View: 6.4 to 22.3 feet at 50 yards

Eyepiece Diameter: 32 mm


Ultimately, there are a few things to love. The scope zeros in on your target quickly and in multiple settings, meaning it does what it says on the tin. It’s also fog proof and waterproof, though we’ve come to expect this by now. The only downside is that it’s more expensive than some that offer many of the same features, particularly the Vortex Optics Crossfire II

If you are not a beginner and looking for a rifle scope for professional and competitve shooting, then you might want to check out our review of the 
Nikon Buckmaster 4 12×50.

Quality

Price

Our Rating

Pros

  • Lifetime repair and replacement 
  • Features a positive click reticle adjustments to get you zeroed in quicker and maintain your setting—even with heavy recoil.

Cons

  • Turret knobs are found to be slightly canted and make the underlying reference lines unusable.

Buyer's Guide

Are you new to guns or simply never thought you needed a scope before?

A scope dramatically improves your accuracy by providing a clear, well-lit picture from hundreds of yards away.


The right scope allows you to snag the biggest buck you’ve ever seen after hours of tracking it. But it’s possible to buy the wrong scope, and while you may see the deer, an ill-suited scope could throw off your shot, ruining your chances.


Follow our buyer’s guide to find the right scope for the right time:

What Do the Numbers Mean?

Every scope is accompanied by several numbers that represent its specs in a standardized format.


The first number represents magnification while the second represents the diameter of the objective lens. These numbers are separated by the letter “x.”

Magnification represents how large an image becomes when you look at it through your scope.


If the specs of the scope state 3-9x22mm, then you’ll be able to adjust the scope to see objects between three and nine times the size you’d see with the naked eye.


The diameter of the objective lens, or the front lens, in millimeters. So, in a 3-9x22mm scope, the size of the lens is 22 millimeters. We’ll talk more about the objective lens later in the guide.

Optical Power - Magnification

Optical power, or magnification, is the key element in making a buying decision because it deliminates the scope’s usefulness for your purposes.

A scope too weak for your needs is only slightly better than not using a scope at all.


Generally speaking, scopes with a lower magnification (3, 4, 5, 6, etc.), allows you to shoot faster and more intuitively and easier track targets.


Higher numbers provide greater resolution and are ideal for hitting precise targets, but they’re difficult to use in an unsupported position because they’re both longer and heavier.


Here’s a basic rule of thumb: if your target is less than 500 yards away, stick with a scope lower than 10x.


If you’re using a rifle in a supported position (like behind sandbags), then you’ll be better equipped to take on a scope with a magnification of 10x and greater.

Objective Lens Size – Diameter of the Lens

The objective lens on a scope transmits the ambient light that brings an image into focus. Larger lenses, therefore, let in more light and bring in clearer brighter images. Often, you’ll find a larger objective lens with higher magnification ratings.


Generally, larger lenses produce better images. However, there are caveats to this.


A larger objective lens doesn’t necessarily improve image quality at all magnifications. For example, there’s little difference between a 40mm and 50 mm diameters in low magnification settings, but the difference in size becomes apparent above 12x magnification.


Additionally, there are a few downsides in using larger objective lenses. Larger lenses require a higher mounting, which impacts your ability to shoot.


In other words, a large scope may better allow you to see the target but could throw off your ability to pull off the shot.

Reticles

Reticles are the patterns shown on the inside of your scope that frame your target. There are dozens of patterns to choose from ranging from simple to complex.


The most common reticles are the duplex, mildot, and BDC reticles. These three reticles feature four lines are leading from the four cardinal directions of your scope with a center designed to direct your eye for accuracy.

Duplex:

  • Target features four lines at a cross
  • Focuses eye towards the center of the scope
  • Aids low light
  • Best for target shooting and hunting

Mildot:

  • Based on the duplex pattern with added enhancements
  • Dots move across the cross according to milliradians
  • Allows you to see range when size is known
  • Best for adjusting for elevation and wind
  • Standard reticle for law enforcement and military
  • Best for rifle use over 300 yards

BDC (Bullet Drop Compensator):

  • Several points included in a pattern corresponding to distance
  • Only available for use with certain cartridges
  • Moderately accurate for ranges over 500 yards
  • Ideal for general purpose carbine or rifle

These basic features should give you a clearer idea of what kind of scope is best suited for your needs. Of course, there’s more to consider including adjustment systems, focal planes, and parallax, but it’s the specs and reticles that help you narrow down your scope from the wide number of products available.


Didn't find what you were looking for? You can check out our reviews of air rifle scopes and scopes for 308 Bolt Action Rifle.


If you're a beginner and would like to know more, do read on our tips on choosing the right rifle scope and other buying guide.  

Scope Review: Elcan SpecterDR

Anyone with a hobby needs to learn how to separate their ‘want’ items from their ‘must have’ items to avoid going broke. The same is absolutely true about guns. So are you combat ready? Not without the Eclan SpecterDR.

You can spend thousands of dollars on a single piece of kit. It will probably be one of the coolest things you own, but still, we’re talking about thousands of dollars.

High-end scopes are tempting because they offer features and vision that truly can’t be beaten. They’re definitely collectors’ items, and they make amateurs feel a bit more professional. You can’t put a price on that.

By now, you’ve probably thought of just such a scope – and it’s probably a Leupold, which make some of the best scopes in the business.

But we want to talk about a different brand: Elcan.

Elcan produces high-end military optics. If you’ve heard of them, your source was probably a buddy in the Special Forces, where Elcan scopes aren’t just mandatory but indispensable.

But if you’ve got the time and the money, you can own this incredible scope for yourself. But is it worth it? What’s even a rifle scope for?

We’ll review the Elcan SpecterDR to find out whether this single dream scope is worth the price of five inferior scopes.

What is Elcan SpecterDR and How Does It Work?

Elcan SpecterDR

The Elcan M145 is the best-known optic from Eclan, but the scope’s use is limited to machine guns and assault rifles.


For those who want something a bit more versatile and modern, we recommend the Elcan SpecterDR.


Compared to other scopes, it’s heavy and expensive (we mean really expensive). Still, there’s something there because it’s loved by those who need accuracy and efficiency most – the military.


How does it stack up against its competition? Let’s find out.

PROS:

CONS:

  • Excellent Optical clarity
  • Utilizes a side mounted "throw lever" allowing you
    to switch from a red-dot to a magnified optic
  • Huge field of vision giving competition and combat shooters a magnified sight picture without limiting peripheral vision and awareness.
  • Heavy, huge and expensive
  • 600 hours battery life

Who Is Elcan?

Elcan doesn’t have the brand name power that other accessories brands have, but that’s in part why we love it. It’s lack of appeal as a household name isn’t a reflection of its capabilities or popularity. Instead, the company just doesn’t worry about public perception and focuses on what matters most: performance.

If you haven’t heard of Elcan, don’t worry. It’s not new or unestablished. In fact, Elcan has a very high profile among the Canadian, Danish, Dutch, and Norwegian militaries, who all order Elcan optics for their troops.

Specs

Objective Lens: 32 mm

Magnification: 1-4x

Length: 6 in

Weight: 23 oz

Eye Relief: 2.75 inches

Brightness: 5 settings

Reticle: Red Dot (5.56 Ballistic Drop)

Everything here suggests high-end optics.

You may find the reticle a bit busy for your taste, but newer models do include a simpler option. Still, you’ll find the reticle is at its best when you’re making 500-750-yard shots at a 4x scope: while the clarity of the glass is essential, the BDC reticle makes all the difference in helping you find the proper holdover.

You’ll also notice that the scope is heavy – really heavy. There’s no explaining the extraordinary weight, but you can be sure that it is very durable, so that likely plays at least a minor role in the weight.

Finally, the magnification is often read as 1-4x as in offering magnification settings between one to four. This is not the case: you have the option between 1 or 4x. However, there’s a lever included that makes the transition seamless. Use the level to flip between the two without missing a beat. The lever is one of the coolest features on the scope.

Set-Up

Inside the box, you’ll get the scope, an instruction manual, and a battery.

Word on the street says that the packaging is lackluster, so if yours arrives in a plain brown box, you’re in good company.

There’s little security bar some light cardboard, so it’s probably a good idea to opt for secured shipping.

Sure, it’s robust, but shipping companies can do serious damage to products regardless. The last thing you need is a broken $2000+ scope.

Otherwise, set up is easy as long as you follow the instructions.

It’s simple to fit it to many common rifles and even a machine gun if that’s your thing.

One thing to note about set-up is the weight. When you’re looking at it online, 23 ounces sounds fine because the features are fantastic.

However, you’ll notice the weight if you have to hike it somewhere. Plus, the ARMS mount adds even more weight to the scope.

So be wary if you like to be on the move for long periods of time.

A Short Shot: Hitting the Range

A versatile scope like this one should perform perfectly at multiple distances, but is this the case? After all, you’ve got a very limited magnification range (1-4x), so surely your field of vision should be limited, too.

At 25 yards and 1x magnification, you’ll be treated to a high-quality picture. It’s bright, clear, and it really hits home how powerful a 1x can be. The biggest thing to note is that the excellence in the picture isn’t just in the center or at the target – it extends through the whole picture, which differentiates it significantly from other scopes like the ACOG.

It’s a dream at 25 yards, but what about 100 yards or 400 yards?

When you’re lining up a 400-yard shot with a magnification of 4x, you’ll get the same sort of picture. Some suggest that the instant change is so accurate that you’ll have to try to miss. Though, knowledge of your rifle and load will always help you use the scope most efficiently.

The optic is good for around 500 yards, but it’s not a long-distance scope, so excessive ballistics knowledge of every rifle you try it on isn’t wholly necessary.

Finally, how does it stand up to a few hundred rounds? As far as we can tell, you’ll need to hit the high hundreds and early thousands before the reticle moves away from zero or the picture suffers. Even after 500 rounds, Elcan SpecterDR operates like it was just installed.

Practical Uses

The Elcan SpecterDR is suitable for plenty of guns, but its usage is limited to short and medium-range applications.

Self-defense and home use are standard applications. If you’re a competitor, you will use it for three-gun competitions. Bring it out hunting for close-range hunting.

Think of it as the swiss army knife of optics. It has loads of applications for nearby shots. But don’t go trying to cut down a tree with it.

Elcan itself likes to note that the scope offers enough practical uses that you’d need two scopes to do the same thing without it. We think it’s a great point: one scope to rule them all (and save on weight).

The Bottom Line

You’ll struggle to find an optic this strong for close range shooting elsewhere on the market. However, you’ll also struggle to find one this expensive as well.

You’ll find scopes that do the job at a far lower price point, but you won’t have quite as much fun with them.

What Makes It Unique

There are three things that make it unique compared to other products in Elcan’s own range.

First, it fits a staggering range of guns including machine guns. What’s more, the performance doesn’t suffer when switching guns. While other scopes are designed specifically for AR15s or .22 rifles, you’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of this no matter where you attach it.

It’s also good for multiple uses, which is also difficult to find.

In use, the main selling point is the field of view. Scopes at all price points focus on the target area picture first, and there’s a reason for that. However, being able to see every corner of your field of view with the same clarity and brightness as the target makes the rifle is exceptional, which improves even further on the multiple uses aspect because it’s good in all kinds of conditions.

The field of vision really is the unique selling point. It’s also probably why you might casually spot some Special Forces members walking around with them.

Pricing

The Elcan SpecterDR rings in at around $2,100. It’s a professional grade scope for professional uses. But the price isn’t far off its competitors. The next closest scope is the Mark 4 HAMR 4x24 mm with DeltaPoint, and it would set you back just south of $2,000. (The Mark 4 HAMR is no longer available for purchase).

You can find short and medium-range scopes for a fraction of the price, but none of them will amaze you.

On the other hand if you're keen on considering long-range scopes, then read on our review of the best long range scopes under $1000.

Public Perception

 The Elcan Specter DR is a professional scope. It’s beloved by Special Forces types with specific operational requirements. No one is out buying a $2,000 scope just for shooting raccoons – well, there’s always one.

Public perception of the scope recognizes that it’s a professional-grade scope made for the front lines, but a few comments stand out.

Durability

The Elcan SpecterDR as being a very durable scope – the kind you can run over without shattering.

Durability isn’t something we’re normally worried about with a scope because a $100 scope is easily replaced. For $2,000, we expect it to become a family heirloom.

Everything from the body to the knobs and lever is heavy-duty and ready to work. The whole thing is drawn together through a combination of basic and stable construction with precision in the essential areas, like the magnification lever.

Because the controls are outside the body of the scope, you don’t have to fiddle around with the internal components.

Field of Vision

The field of vision is majestically large even at 4x. With a field of vision ranging between 34.2 feet at 4x and 146.3 feet at zero, you’ll never be lost.

It truly shows off the scope’s usability because the extended field of vision helps when your stalking prey, but it also gives a magnified view without damaging your situational awareness.

Intuitive Throw Lever

One of the best-loved features on this scope is that it switches from a 1x setting to a 4x setting without missing a beat. It achieves this through the use of the throw lever that switches between the two bookend settings instantaneously.

Even if you have no practical application for using it, it’s still very cool to look at.

Etched Reticle

The battery is a point of complaint because it’s an uncommon battery with 600 hours of charge. But because the reticle is etched into the glass, you’re not out of luck if your battery runs out and you don’t have the backup.

The other features won’t do you much good, but you’ll still have the sight.

Narrow Viewing Angle

While the field of vision is massive, some people complain about the narrow viewing angle of the scope. If you have this complaint, you might also find the eye box to be too small.

The narrow viewing angle is a deal breaker for some: there’s no point in using a scope you can’t see into.

How It Compares


Compared to like scopes, the Elcan Specter DR offers a different value proposition. The objective lens on the Specter DR (32 mm) is far bigger than on comparative Leupold models (24 mm).


It’s also significantly longer and heavier than most scopes on the market including Leupold models. You might be inclined to think they charge by the ounce, but it’s not true.


Overall, the optics and glass are better on this scope compared to almost every other available product on the market. The main competitors are equally priced, and one model is no longer available.


What We Think


If you’ve got a use for it or the cash to pay for it, you’ll love this scope. However, it’s not a necessary item outside of combat zones, which is where you’ll make the most of the features like the field of vision.


You can get a perfectly suitable scope for a far more enticing price.

However, if you can afford it and you’re ready to be amazed, then you’ll get every penny’s worth of your investment in the Elcan Specter DR.


Indeed Elcan SpecterDR is on the high-end. On the other hand, you can use our reviews of rifle scopes for hunting and non-military purposes. We recommend you to first read our rifle scope buying guide though. 

Simmons 3 9×32 Review: Pros, Cons, and Best Uses

Some brands are a known entity. One hears the name and a solid conclusion comes to mind. But others, like Simmons, have had quite a few changes over the years. They’ve changed ownership, manufacturing plants and a number of other factors. This means that every one of their products needs more in depth examination.

To discover how a Simmons 3 9×32 holds up we’ll need to weigh pros, cons and other factors. In this Simmons 3 9×32 review we won’t simply look at individual factors either. We’ll use this Simmons 3 9×32 review to demonstrate how and why different people might benefit from it.

Simmons 3 9×32 Specs

  • Magnification: 3-9x.
  • Weight: 10 oz.
  • Objective Diameter: 32mm.
  • Tube Size: 1″.
  • Eye Relief: 3.75″.
  • Parallax Setting: 50 yd.

Simmons 3 9×32 Pros and Cons

Simmons 3 9x32 rifle scope

Pros

1. Single piece construction

One will note overall simplicity as a recurring theme in this Simmons 3 9×32 review. The word simple often comes with unfair connotations. Sometimes simple really is better. And this is very true for scope construction. It’s also something clearly on display with this particular scope.

The Simmons 3 9×32 comes as a single piece. It’s clearly constructed as singular entity rather than requiring separate pieces shoved in together. The end result there is a solid mass that can stand up to anything.

And in particular this type of construction favors large impact conditions. Even recoil from some intimidating firearms won’t hurt the Simmons 3 9×32.

2. High quality eyepiece

The Simmons 3 9×32 might seem like a discount option at first glance. Low cost often comes with low quality. But that’s certainly not the case here.

The eyepiece is very high quality. All in all, one can expect a clear and unobstructed view of the world. And that should remain true for almost all weather conditions.

3. Hydroshield coating

This is where the Simmons 3 9×32 moves from good to great. It comes with something more than fully coated optics. The coating is actually HydroShield. And it does exactly what the name implies.

The coating ensures that water won’t make any real impact on overall performance. This pushes it into a perfect combination with any outdoor environments. Rain or even mist and fog become meaningless.

4. Cost to quality

This item shouldn’t need much explanation given the previous items. One might expect a $100 cost when looking at something this high quality. But it comes in at a budget price of under $40. Saying that’s impressive is an understatement.

But what’s really impressive isn’t just the price. It’s what the price delivers. One can essentially use this in every environment. This turns into a rather impressive overall savings when considering normally needing multiple scopes.

Cons

1. Less than optimal reticle

The optical remains one of the few areas where it feels like a budget scope. Right from the start, one notices lack of luxury additions. In particular there’s no illuminated options on the reticle.

Simmons calls it a truplex reticle. But it’s really more along the lines of a duplex reticle with some minor tweaks. Additionally the crosshairs tend to thin out near the article’s center. This might well cause some issues.

However, one should also note that the crosshair’s edge remains fairly thick. This is good in most respects. But it can create a somewhat odd contrast when trying to weigh a shot.

People become accustomed to these quirks fairly quickly. But it reduces one’s ability to quickly swap it out and go.

2. No parallax adjustment

Lack of parallax adjustment can turn a great scope into what’s simply a good one. That’s going to be the case for quite a few people interested in a Simmons 3 9×32. It’s really the only point that one should consider a huge issue. And in large part it’s probably the deciding trait.

It’s factory set to 50 yards and that’s that. If one needs parallax adjustment than it might end up being a final deciding factor. But otherwise one can safely ignore that complaint. The main reason there comes down to individual variation.

It’s a deciding factor in cases where parallax adjustment really factors in. At the same time, it really doesn’t factor in for a pretty good percentage of consumers.

Who Is This Product Best For?

It’s an ideal fit for a .22 rifle. As such, it matches fairly well with those usage conditions. Meaning it complements long distance shots perfectly. But short and even closer medium range shooting might not match up as well.

However, versatility is one of the Simmons 3’s strengths. As such one can move it into a variety of different conditions. The only area where it’d be fully inappropriate might end up as short distance target shooting.

Other than that use, one can easily consider it useful for anything. Though, again, it matches up best with a .22 rifle or similar.

Price

The Simmons 3 comes at a fairly inexpensive price. One can usually find it online for around $38.

Verdict

This Simmons 3 9×32 review paints an impressive picture. Most people come into it due to the price. But once people give it a chance they tend to rethink their opinions. It might come at a low price. But it’s far from low quality in overall performance.

A solid one piece construction handles almost any amount of recoil. It fits one of the most useful frame factors on a rifle. And perhaps most importantly, the weather proofing holds up against water based issues. It basically comes at a lower tier price but offers up something closer to top mid-range performance.

7 Best Long Range Scopes under $1000 to Buy in 2018

A high quality scope completely changes how one relates to a shot. New hunters often find themselves shocked by how much of a difference a scope makes. There’s little question that any hunter can benefit from a good scope. The larger question becomes which scope to buy.

In the following article we’ll answer this by considering options for best long range scope under 1000 dollars. We’ll primarily focus on how price relates to basic specs. But unique features also impact overall ranking.

7. Nikon Monarch

Nikon MONARCH 3 NP Riflescope

Price: $397.95.

The Nikon Monarch brings Nikon’s quality to a lower price point. One can think of this scope as a high price model with some cutbacks. In particular the magnification takes a hit when compared to more expensive options.

The 2.5-10x magnification isn’t anything to look down on though. And it also boasts a Nikoplex reticle. Many people feel that this higher quality design makes it an automatic choice.

The Monarch is certainly among the best long range scope under 1000 dollars. But it’s an especially good fit for people who want some high cost features in a lower cost scope.

Specifications

  • Length: 12.6″.
  • Magnification: 2.5-10x.
  • Objective Lens: 42 mm.
  • Reticle: Nikoplex Reticle.

6. The SWFA SS

SWFA SS Riflescope

Price: $399.95.

The SWFA SS also sacrafices some level of magnification. But it compensates by putting focus on uncertain terrain or conditions. For example, the mil dot reticle offers superior compensation for long range corrections.

One can also choose a side focused design. This is a particularly good match for a more powerful rifle. It’s clearly an option for best long range scope under 1000 dollars. But it’s particularly noteworthy for people hunting in uncertain and rough conditions.

Specifications

  • Length: 13.88″.
  • Magnification: 10x.
  • Objective Lens: 42mm.
  • Reticle: Mil-Dot reticle.

5. Leupold VX-2

Leupold VX-2 4-12x40mm Compact Waterproof Fogproof Riflescope

Price: $247.98.

The Leupold VX-2 offers a surprisingly high magnification for the price. However, the most notable features don’t feature as easily into specific numbers.

Its best feature comes from overall endurance. The clear reticle maintains high clarity even in rough weather. And the scope itself is one of the more durable on the list. It’s easily among the best long range scope under 1000 dollars for anyone. But it’s particularly good for hunters who push through rough weather.

Specifications

  • Length: 410mm.
  • Magnification: 6-24X.
  • Objective Lens: 32mm.
  • Reticle: Tactical Mil-Dot.

4. Vortex Optics Viper HS-T 6-24×50 Second Focal Plane Riflescope

Vortex Optics Viper HS-T 6-24x50 Second Focal Plane Riflescopes

Price: $639.00.

The Vortex Optics Viper HS-T is most notable for overall construction quality. The Viper’s construction makes use of optical indexing. This design brings exceptional clarity to one’s overall view. Every visible area uses this indexing to ensure superior light dispersion.

The superior view gets an extra boost from spring compensation. This ensures that one can quickly line up a shot without extra preparation. Finally, argon purging provides a high level of water and fog resistance. This makes it a great choice for people in wetlands or moist areas.

Specifications

  • Length: 15.5″.
  • Magnification: 6-24x.
  • Objective Lens: 50 mm.
  • Reticle: VMR-1.

3. BARSKA 6.5-20×50 AO Varmint Target Dot Riflescope

Millett 6-25 X 56 LRS-1 Illuminated Side Focus Tactical Riflescope

Price: $76.42.

The BARSKA 6.5-20×50 AO Varmint Target Dot Riflescope has one obvious strength. Its high ranking is in large part due to the price point. On pure specs many other options beat it rather easily. But the final price of only $76.42 is difficult to match.

And this is especially true when considering the overall specs. The 6.5 to 25x magnification holds up quite well to most other options. And nice touches like adjustable turrets showcase overall build quality. It’s a solid option for hunters who want a jack of all trades type lens at a very low cost.

Specifications

  • Length: 15.95”.
  • Magnification: 6.5x to 25x.
  • Objective Lens: 50mm.
  • Reticle: Target dot.

2. Millett 6-25 X 56 LRS-1 Illuminated Side Focus Tactical Riflescope

 Millett 6-25 X 56 LRS-1 Illuminated Side Focus Tactical Riflescope

Price: $444.74.

The Millett 6-25 X 56 LRS-1 is instantly distinctive thanks to a large objective lens. The overall power of magnification isn’t dramatically far ahead of items at a similar price point. But area of vision makes a huge difference.

Additionally the reticle itself features illutionan and moisture resistance. The build quality also stands up quite well to general shock. It’s one of the best choices for hunters who want high quality performance at a mid-tier price point.

Specifications

  • Length: 20”.
  • Magnification: 6x to 25x.
  • Objective Lens: 56mm.
  • Reticle: Glass-etched illuminated Mil-DotBar.

1. LEDSniper Riflescope

Ledsniper®riflescope 6-24x50

Price: $89.99.

The LEDSniper Riflescope earns top ranking as best long range scope under 1000 dollars. The main reason comes down to balance between performance and price.

The LEDSniper Riflescope doesn’t make many compramises in overall design. Both the objective lens and tube come in at an impressive overall size. And the scope’s performance matches or surpasses many options at four or more times the cost.

The performance comes in at solidly mid-tier. But the price point is far lower than most people would even think possible. Other options do have some advantages. But the LEDSniper wins in terms of overall quality to cost.

Specifications

  • Length: 410mm.
  • Magnification: 6-24X.
  • Objective Lens: 50mm.
  • Reticle: Tactical Mil-Dot.

Summing Up

This list makes it clear that high quality scopes don’t have to come with high prices. The best long range scope under 1000 might not reach perfection. Scopes in the $2000 have obvious advantages. But this list makes it clear that lower cost options still offer huge advantages.

However, each also has unique strengths. Getting the most out of an inexpensive scope means considering just how one intends to use it. Balancing needs against strengths can offer amazing results.

UTG 30mm SWAT 3 12×44 Review: Good Value for the Money

Choosing a rifle scope is harder than ever due to the many options available. UTG is one of the older manufacturers of these devices, and their scopes are generally priced lower than competitor products. This UTG 30mm SWAT 3 12×44 review is meant to cover the features, pros, and cons of this product so you can make an informed decision when shopping for a scope. With this scope, price is not an indicator of quality, construction, or features, especially when you consider the fact that the manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on the product.

One of the best features is the zero resetting and locking target turrets. This is meant to improve the accuracy of your shots. It is also designed with Illumination Enhancing (IE) technology that makes it ideal for use in various lighting conditions. Read this UTG 30mm SWAT 3 12×44 review to learn more about the rifle scope.

UTG 30mm SWAT 3 12×44 Specs

  • 36-color reticle EZ TAP.
  • Fog-resistant, waterproof, and shockproof.
  • Protected against recoil.
  • Zero resetting and zero locking target turrets.
  • True Strength (TS) platform.
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds.
  • Dimensions: 10.4 by 1.6 by 2.1 inches.
  • Batteries: 2 Lithium Metal batteries.

UTG 30mm SWAT 3 12×44 Pros and Cons

UTG 30mm SWAT 3 12x44 on a rifle

Pros

Zero Resetting and Locking Target Turrets

These two features greatly influence the accuracy of your aim. As a consequence, you will be able to modify the target adjustments to match your aim perfectly. The scope is designed with a side wheel adjustable turret (SWAT) that helps to achieve an impressive parallax view from 10 yards to infinity. The wheel is positioned conveniently on the side for quick and easy adjustments. You can even choose to buy wheels of different sizes to get even finer adjustments for greater accuracy.

The Illumination Enhancing (IE) Reticle

The reticle in this scope can be personalized with 36 different color spectrums. This makes it ideal to use it different lighting conditions. Colorblind people will especially enjoy this feature since they can choose a color spectrum that works well for their sight. The illumination management soft buttons are positioned at the top of the ocular tube.

Eye Relief

This scope has an eye relief of 84 to 72 mm, which is enough for you to get a good view of the surrounding area. This will also offer enough room for you to avoid getting your eye smacked by the scope when shooting game.

Emerald-coated Optics

As many UTG 30mm SWAT 3 12×44 review opinions have noted, this scope offers superior optics. One of the key reasons for this is the emerald-coated optics. It also has integrated angled sunshades, and these help to lower the glare. The design of the riflescope also features a wide field of view that allows a good amount of light through the lenses.

Mil-dot Reticle Optics

Leapers/UGT is a pioneer in the range estimating technology for hunters and shooters. This feature can greatly enhance your accuracy and performance. Unlike regular scopes, this one offers nine dots in every direction of the crosshairs, meaning you get 19 aiming points. If you include the inner tips of the duplex crosshairs, you have an extra two aiming points.

Quality

This scope is waterproof, shockproof, and resistant to fog. This means you can use it in any kind of weather. Also, it is able to withstand extreme recoil and will function perfectly for a long time. If anything happens to your scope, you will still be covered by the UTG lifetime warranty.

Pricing

Almost all UTG 30mm SWAT 3 12×44 review responses by users have to mention the great price of this product. It works just as well as many other expensive products but is a lot cheaper since it is made in China. The construction of the device is superb, and the included features are very helpful.

Cons

One of the biggest complaints with this rifle scope is the fact that the side knob adjustments are tight. The sponge wheel is also very stiff.

It has also been noted to be a little too large for your hunting needs. You might, as a consequence, need to find a new bag for it.

The crosshairs of the reticle are also very thick. Although this improves your vision in poorly lit backgrounds, it will affect your accuracy. Thin crosshairs produce minimal subtension and improve your accuracy significantly.

The design of the turret control exposure can also cause accidental adjustments.

Finally, the light transmission in this device is not as good as competitor products. That said, devices with better light transmission are significantly more expensive than this one.

Who Is the Product Best For?

This product is meant for people who use rifles in the AR and AK platform such as AK-47 and AR15. Many other similar rifles such as the Marauder .25 will work well with this scope.

The scope is also meant for people who intend to shoot in close to mid-range distances. It is not meant for use in military conditions. Basically, it should be used by hunters who don’t want to spend a lot of money on professional rifle scopes. Although it is made in China, this scope is worth a lot more than what it actually costs. Beginners will especially enjoy the huge savings and the enhanced hunting experience with this rifle scope.

Price

A used rifle scope on Amazon will cost you around $76. The price is higher if you go for a new one. On eBay, the riflescope is sold at just under $140.

Verdict

Based on the above UTG 30mm SWAT 3 12×44 review, this device is one of the best rifle scopes at its price. It definitely will not work well for professional or long-range shooting but is perfect for shorter distances. If you are only starting off as a hunter or are not ready to spend a lot of money on a scope, you should consider buying this product. It is covered by a lifetime warranty, so you don’t need to worry about any damages.

8 Best Rifle Scopes for Deer Hunting to Buy Today

Deer hunting is one of the most thrilling activities in the outdoors. Looking down your scope to see a big buck or due can boost your adrenaline to high levels, but if your scope if inaccurate or poor and you miss, the experience may be ruined.

Getting a good scope for a reasonable price may be a bit tedious which is why we will be showing you the top eight best rifle scopes for deer hunting on the market today. Doing your research beforehand can help the process flow much more smoothly and get you back out to the wilderness in no time.

1. Swarovski Z8i

Swarovski Z8i 1-8x24, one of the best rifle scopes for deer hunting

Price: $2700.

We will start out by looking at the very best scope you can find out there, although it is a bit more pricey. The Swarovski Z8i  has one of the highest quality images among that top scopes on the market. The resolution is pristine and comes with an illuminated reticle.

The reticle is tinted orange and has varying glow power. Its non-flare feature allows you to shoot without hesitance, which could be a key factor for hunters looking to get their game to the next level. There is also a detachable turret included that increases multi-range accuracy. This 30mm tube scope costs about $2700, which can be a bit too high for some budgets.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 30mm.
  • Objective Lens: 1-8x24mm.
  • Focal Plane: 2nd.
  • Weight: 18.2oz.
  • Length: 11.9in.

2. Vanguard Endeavor RS IV

Vanguard Endeavor RS IV 2.5-10x50 30mm

Price: $480.

If an affordable option sounds much more attractive to you, the Vanguard Endeavor may be the product you are looking for. Its 24oz 30mm tube only costs $480. This scope does not have any high-tech or groundbreaking features, but it is the gold-standard for reliable scopes.

The Vanguard Endeavor is weather resistant, has pristine accuracy, and a high-resolution image. For the hardworking hunter looking to save money, this trusty scope should be considered in your best rifle scopes for deer hunting.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 30mm.
  • Objective Lens: 2.5-10x50mm.
  • Focal Plane: 2nd.
  • Weight: 24oz.
  • Length: 13.9in.

3. Bushnell Engage

Bushnell Engage Rifle Scope

Price: $300.

Another affordable option available to hunters is the Bushnell Engage. This scope has a locking turret and easily accessible adjustments. The range of the scope is high quality and offers excellent accuracy. The only downside of this scope is its thin reticle. Depending on what you are using the scope for, make sure your required reticle thickness is matched by that of the Bushnell Engage. Overall, it is a solid scope and has on of the lowest prices of the best rifle scopes for deer hunting, costing $300.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 30mm.
  • Objective Lens: 2.5-10x44mm.
  • Focal Plane: 2nd.
  • Weight: 19.3oz.
  • Length: 13.6in.

4. Nikon MONARCH 3 4-16×50

Nikon MONARCH 3 4-16x50

Price: $500.

For $500, another high-value 30mm scope considered by users is the Nikon MONARCH 3 4-16×50. This scope has a great low light ability, giving hunters the opportunity to get out and get shooting at the earliest or latest of hours. It has an adequate amount of mounting space and makes attaching an ease rather than a chore for hunters. If cost and quality are your priorities, go check out the Nikon Black Scope.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 30mm.
  • Objective Lens: 4-16x50mm.
  • Focal Plane: 2nd.
  • Weight: 23.8oz.
  • Length: 14.8in.

5. Zeiss Conquest

Conquest V6 3-18x50

Price: $1800.

Looking at a little higher quality scope, high powered zoom could be what you need to hit those long range targets. The Zeiss Conquest features a 6X zoom ability which can increase accuracy and opportunity. Although it has a very high powered range, the turrets do not have the ability to lock, and the knob does not have enough markings, which can be a hindrance for users inexperienced with this scope. The scope costs $1800 and also contains a highly rated low light, which could make you decide this is the scope for you.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 30mm.
  • Objective Lens: 3-18x50mm.
  • Focal Plane: 2nd.
  • Weight: 22.2oz.
  • Length: 13.3in.

6. Leica Mangus i

Leica Magnus 1−6.3x24 i

Price: $3000.

The best image on the market in 2018 is offered by the Leica Magnus i scope. It comes with a high price tag, but is quality is your highest priority, this product might be on your radar. The Leica Mangus i has been vigorously tested for optical performance, and consistently beat its competitors.

The scope is not necessarily for shooters looking for the long-range ability, but for a solid hunting scope with the highest resolution and image quality. It also comes with a ballistic reticle option with an illuminated dot. The final price tag is $3000; research before purchasing.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 30mm.
  • Objective Lens: 1.8-12x50mm.
  • Focal Plane: 2nd.
  • Weight: 24.7oz.
  • Length: 13.4in.

7. Nightforce ATACR F1

NightForce ATACR 7-35x56mm F1

Price: $3500.

A highly rated all around scope and considered as one of the best rifle scopes for deer hunting is the Nightforce ATACR F1. This product does not have one feature that stands out, it has each feature optimized to the fullest, making it a well-rounded option. It scored extremely high in visibility, range, accuracy, and image quality. This is a very large scope is designed for long-range hunters and costs $3500. Longer range and higher quality could boost your hunting experience, are the greatest aspects of this scope.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 34mm.
  • Objective Lens: 7-35x56mm.
  • Focal Plane: 1st.
  • Weight: 39.3oz.
  • Length: 16in.

8. Leupold VX-5HD CDS-ZL2

Leupold VX-5HD Riflescope

Price: $1100.

The final option contained in our list of best rifle scopes for deer hunting has an interesting feature. The Leupold VX-5HD CDS-ZL2 has a customizable dial that allows the hunter the calibrate their turret to their personal ammunition.

The scope has a great overall score and comes with five different reticle choices. It is more compact compared to most scopes and is designed to be lightweight for convenient transportation. Not only does this scope have great compatibility, it is also designed for multiple weather conditions, making it a more versatile option for hunters. At $1100, this rifle made our best rifle scopes for deer hunting countdown for its affordable quality.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 30mm.
  • Objective Lens: 3-15x44mm.
  • Focal Plane: 2nd.
  • Weight: 19oz.
  • Length: 13.5in.

The Bottom Line

Finding a quality scope can be a challenge for many deer hunters, especially when there are so many different options available. By taking a look at the top eight best rifle scopes for deer hunting, you will have a clearer picture of what scope fits your needs. Comparing range, visual quality, compatibility, turret lock, reticle, and overall price can make this task become a little bit more manageable.

These options have some of the highest rated features out there so go check them out. Examining scopes with great quality will hopefully give you the best hunting experience you’ve ever had.

7 Best Thermal Scopes to Get Your Hands on in 2018

Do you love hunting? Well, enhance your skills with the best thermal scope of 2018. A thermal scope can help you spot animals a lot easier both during the day and at night. However, there is a wide array of thermal scopes available in the market, and getting yourself the right one may prove problematic. If you are looking to acquire one, there is no need to worry. This article will walk you through seven of the best thermal scopes to buy today.

1. ATN ThOR HD 384 Smart Thermal Riflescope

ATN ThOR HD 384, best thermal scope

The ATN ThOR HD 384 tops this list as the best thermal scope. Any hunter would be impressed to own this item. The scope has a smooth zoom to allow you to magnify the target effectively. You cannot go wrong with this rifle when you are in the forest at night hunting deer. Interestingly, this scope is fitted with technology that detects heat energy, rather than light, to enhance your vision at night.

The ATN ThOR HD 384 will cost you $2,999.

Some of its most remarkable features include:

  • HD video recording and photos.
  • Build-in smart rangefinder.
  • 384 x 288 resolution.
  • Ballistic calculator.
  • Wi-Fi and GPS.
  • Smooth zoom.

2. ATN ThOR HD 640 Smart Thermal Riflescope

ATN ThOR HD 640 Smart Thermal Riflescope

If you are in the market looking for the best thermal scope, I would suggest you consider the ATN ThOR HD 640. It is the ideal scope for the enthusiastic hunter. This scope’s excellent resolution lets you be the ultimate hunter even in total darkness. Instead of using light to detect your prey, this scope relies on thermal technology. This means that you can use the ATN ThOR HD 640 even in the fog to target your prey. This scope also has a recoil activated video to enable you to record your hunting endeavors.

You can acquire this item from the retailer at $5,006.21.

The outstanding features of this scope are:

  • 640 x 480 resolution.
  • Build-in smart rangefinder.
  • Wi-Fi streaming.
  • Ballistic calculator.
  • Smooth zoom.
  • HD video recording and photos.

3. Armasight Predator 336 Thermal Imaging Weapon Sight

Armasight Predator 336 2-8x25

Are you looking for a thermal scope that lets you locate your target through smoke, dust, haze, fog, or snow? Well, look no further than the Armasight Predator 336. This can be termed as the best thermal scope because it is very affordable. Moreover, it doesn’t emit RF energy or visible light, which makes it hard to detect. The Predator can be used in a wide range of operations, plus it’s easy to use and light to carry.

This scope sells at $1,952.75.

Its features include:

  • Tau 2 17-micron FLIR core technology.
  • Flir thermal imaging camera.
  • OLED display and video output.
  • Included 6 onboard digitally controlled reticle patterns.
  • 3-year warranty and a 10-year warranty on FLIR detector.
  • 336 x 256 resolution.

4. Zeus 336 Thermal Imaging Weapon Sight

 Zeus 336 3-12x50 thermal scope

Armasight Inc. has once again outdone themselves by manufacturing this excellent thermal scope. If you want to optimize your hunting or sporting experience, you may consider the Zeus 336. It can easily be termed as the best thermal scope because of the advanced technology it features. This scope brings in an excellent performance in every hunting experience. Why? It enables you to locate targets through different atmospheric obstacles. Interestingly, this scope features a wireless remote switch that is used to activate its sight when in standby mode.

This scope is priced at $3,395.

Its remarkable features include:

  • 336 x 256 resolution.
  • 3-year warranty.
  • MIL-STD 1913 and weaver rail.
  • Video recorder and optional external power supply.
  • FLIR thermal imaging camera.

5. Flir ThermoSight R-Series RS64 2-16X Thermal Rifle Scope

Flir ThermoSight R-Series RS64 2-16X Thermal Night Vision

The R-series RS64 can be regarded as the best thermal scope of 2018. This outstanding thermal scope comes with a video output, and it is very reliable and light to handle. It also comes with an internal battery that can keep the charge for 4 hours, which are enough to undertake a hunting session. Moreover, it is ideal for use at night because it features thermal technology. This scope is also easy to use.

This scope is priced at $6,499.

The outstanding specifications of this scope include:

  • FPA: 640 x 512 VOx.
  • Frame rate: 30Hz.
  • Lens HFOV: 10◦.
  • Lens focal length: 60mm.
  • Electronic zoom: up to 8x.
  • Resolution: 640 x 480.

6. Pulsar Helion XP Thermal Monocular

Pulsar Helion XP Thermal Monocular

The Pulsar Helion XP is an ideal thermal scope that is suitable for any hunter. This thermal scope is ideal for use during night hours because it includes excellent thermal technology. With its great resolution and thermal technology combined, you don’t need light to locate your target. So far, enthusiastic hunters have had positive remarks about this thermal scope. It is quite reliable, and it can be used to navigate any hunting grounds during the day and at night.

The Pulsar Helion XP is priced between $3,464.89 and $3,999.

Its most remarkable specifications include:

  • Frame rate: 50Hz.
  • Resolution: 640 x 480.
  • 8 GB onboard storage.
  • 220-USB plug.
  • Includes a warranty card.
  • Comes with a battery pack charging unit.

7. Pulsar HD19A Quantum Thermal Imaging Scope

Pulsar HD19A thermal scope

Pulsar is a brand that has gained a reputation among a lot of hunters and sportsmen. The HD19A is one of the best scopes in the market. It has a great resolution to capture optimal thermal energy. Moreover, it can be used for a wide range of applications. Added features that make it outstanding are its weather resistant qualities and lightweight.

You can get it from $800.

Its specifications include:

  • Frame rate: 30Hz.
  • Resolution: 384 x 288.
  • Detection range: up to 515 yards.
  • Magnification: 1x.
  • Digital zoom: 2x.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking to take up hunting in 2018, or looking to improve your skills, you have landed on the right platform. You can forget the struggle of having to go through tons of pages trying to find the best thermal scope. Those mentioned above are some of the best in the market. It is now up to you to choose the one that fits you best, or one that you can afford.

8 Best Air Rifle Scopes to Buy in 2018

Air rifles are projectile weapons that use air or gas to for motive force. They have been around since the 15th century, and with the latest technology advancements, these weapons have become great choices for plinking, shooting pests, small-game hunting, and competitive sports.

In this article, we’ll review eight best air rifle scopes to help you find one that suits your shooting needs.

1. Hammers 3-9x40AO Scope

Price: $55.00.

Hammers 3-9x32AO Air Rifle Scope

Hammers 3-9x40AO is one of the best air rifle scopes on the market. Its accuracy and magnification are super impressive. The scope offers 3-9x magnification and 32mm parallax objective lens. It uses a mil-dot reticle and a standard 1-inch one-piece main tube that allows you to adjust your target accuracy in long-range shooting.

The scope is shockproof, waterproof, and fogproof. Therefore, weather won’t be an issue when using the scope.

Specifications

  • Tube diameter: 1 inch;
  • Magnification: 3-9X;
  • Objective Lens: 32mm;
  • Overall Length: 13 inches;
  • Elevation: ¼ MOA;
  • Eye Relief: 3 inches.

2. Winchester by Daisy Outdoor Products 2-7X 32 AO Scope

Price: $34.98.2-7 x 32 AO Winchester Scope, one of the best air rifle scopes

The Winchester 2-7 x 32 AO Scope is one of the best air rifle scopes for budget-conscious buyers. This scope features an adjustable objective (AO) that allows for sharp images and precise shots. It is shockproof to endure the unique recoil of spring-action air guns.

The scope’s fog-proof design allows for use in cold or wet weather, and the 3-inch eye relief provides comfortable sighting.

Specifications

  • Tube diameter: 1 inch;
  • Magnification: 2-7X;
  • Reticle Type: Crosshairs;
  • Objective Lens: 32mm;
  • Eye Relief: 3 inches;
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds.

3. NcStar 4X30 Compact Scope

Price: $19.66.NcStar 4X30 Compact Scope

There are lots of “budget air rifle scopes” on the market, but you will be hard-pressed to find one with the features, clarity, and practical functionality of the NcStar 4X30. This scope offers 4x magnification which makes it a perfect choice for short to medium range shooting. The generous 30mm objective lens provides a huge sight picture and ensures adequate light transmission for a clear view of targets. Additionally, the scope’s 3-inch eye relief allows for fast target acquisition.

Specifications

  • Tube diameter: 1 inch;
  • Magnification: 4X;
  • Objective Lens: 30mm;
  • Eye Relief: 3 inches;
  • Elevation: ¼ MOA.

4. UTG 3-9X40 1″ Hunter Scope

Price: $81.31.

UTG 3-9X40 1" Hunter Scope

The UTG Hunter Scope is arguably one of the best air rifle scopes that come with a mid-range price tag. The scope’s construction features a Built on True Strength Platform which is durable making the scope an ideal choice for the frequent hunter. Fine tuning the scope is quick and easy, and it only takes a few clicks to perfectly sight up the target.

One interesting feature of this scope that makes it stand out from the competition is that it has Tactical Range Estimating (TRE) mil-dot reticle and optics. This feature allows shooters to enhance accuracy and performance while hunting.

Just like many air rifle scopes, the UTG Hunter Scope is fogproof, waterproof and shockproof making it ideal for use in diverse weather conditions.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 1 inch;
  • Magnification: 3-9x;
  • Objective Lens: 40 mm;
  • Length: 12.6 inch;
  • Elevation: ¼ MOA.

5. CVLIFE Tactical 3-9×40 Rifle Scope

Price: $19.99.

CVLIFE Tactical 3-9x40 Optics The CVLIFE Tactical Scope is well-built, has a sleek design and impressive features making it a great addition to your air rifle. The scope has a fully multicoated glass to ensure you get superior images and exceptional color contrast. The lens has a scratch-resistant coating to protect it from oil, dirt, and scratches. The rear of the scope is equipped with a focusing dial that has five color brightness settings. The settings allow you to control the illumination based on the current shooting conditions.

Upon purchase, the CVLIFE scope is delivered with a lens cover, an Allen key, and two free mounts. Additionally, it features a 1-inch aluminum tube that is completely sealed and nitrogen filled to make it fogproof and waterproof.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 1inch;
  • Magnification: 3-9x;
  • Objective Lens: 40mm;
  • Length: 12.20 inches;
  • Weight: 0.76lb.

6. BARSKA 3-12×40 AO Air Gun Rifle Scope

Price: $54.22.BARSKA 3-12x40 AO Airgun

This airgun riflescope is one of BARKA’s most popular scopes and is ideal for recreational as well as competition shooting. Unlike other standard scopes in the market, the BARSKA 3-12×40 is specifically designed to withstand the reverse recoil produced by air guns. This feature makes the BARSKA 3-12×40 one of the best air rifle scopes in the market today.

The scope features an adjustable objective which enables a shooter to adjust the settings for multi-range parallax error. This feature also allows for accuracy and precision when aiming and shooting. Another feature worth mentioning is that the scope has fully coated optics to reduce glare and visual distortion in the image.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 1 inch;
  • Magnification: 3-12x;
  • Objective Lens: 40mm;
  • Length: 13.66 inch;
  • Click Value: 0.25 field of view.

7. X-Aegis Tactical 3-9×56 Air Rifle Scope

Price: $27.99.X-Aegis Tactical 3-9x56 for air rifle scopeThe X-Aegis Tactical 3-9×56 is yet another functional air rifle scope ideal for the budget conscious shooter. Constructed entirely of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, this durable scope from X-Aegis has several features worth mentioning.

The large objective diameter of the X-Aegis Tactical 3-9×56 makes it one of the best air rifle scopes for shooting in low light conditions. The scope’s red and green illuminated reticle has five levels of adjustment which allow the shooter to make a perfect shot both at night and in daylight.

The X-Aegis Tactical has a rigid construction which makes the scope very durable. Additionally, it is 100 percent sealed and nitrogen filled to ensure it remains shockproof, waterproof and fogproof.

Specifications

  • Tube Diameter: 1inch/25.4cm;
  • Magnification: 3-9x;
  • Objective Lens: 56mm;
  • Length: 12.59 inches;
  • Weight: 20.81 ounces.

8. Hawke Sports Optics Sidewinder 6.5-20X 30MM

Price: $370.18.

Hawke Sport Optics Sidewinder 6.5-20X 30MM

The Hawke Sports Optics Sidewinder is another scope worth considering. Despite being expensive, the scope has unique features that will upgrade your shooting experience.

It has fully multi-coated optics to provide you with superior clarity. The lenses are also shockproof and waterproof. The scope has a 30mm mono-tube that offers superior strength and reliability.

The Hawke Sidewinder scope comes equipped with a sunshade, a lens cloth, lens covers to protect the outer lenses and a two-inch side wheel to enhance range finding.

Specifications

  • Magnification: 6.5-20×;
  • Objective Lens: 42mm;
  • Length: 15.4 inches;
  • Weight: 26 ounces;
  • Eye relief: 89mm/3.5 inches.

Summing Up

These are among the best air rifle scopes to buy in 2018. Which scope would like us to add to our list? Leave us your thoughts or suggestions in the comments section below.