Scope Review: EOTech 518


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

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



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.



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.



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.

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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.

Brand Review: Burris Scopes

Review: Burris Scopes

Burris Scopes may not be in the public eye as much as other firearms optics companies like Trijicon or Aimpoint, but it has a storied past and a good reputation for producing quality products.

They manufacture rifle scopes, spotting scopes, sights (red dot style), mounts, accessories and more. Today, we will be taking a look at what put Burris on the map: It's mid-range to high-end scopes.

We'll go over what makes the Burris company and their products unique, as well as exploring some of their most popular products. We'll see just how well Burris stacks up against the many players in the firearm optics market.

The Burris Company


The Burris Company was founded in 1971 boy Don Burris, for which the company is named. Don Burris worked for 12 years at the Redfield hunting scope company. There, Burris designed and developed scopes that would set the standard for hunting scopes everywhere.

Some of the ideas he pioneered include the first constantly centered, non-magnifying reticle in variable power scopes, the first 4-12x and 6-18x riflescopes and The Redfield Accu-Range trajectory compensating dual reticle scope.

Burris decided to go into business for himself and make even better scopes and continued to innovate until his passing in 1987. His company innovated the first multi-coated lenses in hunting scopes (more on that technology later) and the industry's first variable power handgun scope.

Burris Today

Today, Burris is part of the Beretta family of scopes. While it is owned by an Italian company, The Burris Company is still headquartered in Greely, Colorado. Recently, Burris has outsourced some of its manufacturing to the Philippines. With the changing economy, the cost of producing Burris scopes wen up, but prices did not.

Customers were not willing to pay for “Made in America” anymore, and instead of sacrificing quality or volume, they opened up a second plant abroad.

The headquarters, testing and packaging facilities still reside in Colorado. Additionally, some of the scopes in Burris's catalog are also still made there. Before anyone starts complaining about outsourcing, know that many big companies like Bushnell and Weaver produce their optics outside the U.S. as well. It's the world we live in.

What Makes Burris Scopes Unique?

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Burris is an old-style American manufacturing company. They may have been acquired by an Italian company and outsourced some labor to the Philippines, but they did so to maintain control and the level of quality that they believed was necessary.

Instead of ratcheting up their prices or cutting back on features and quality, they bit the bullet and made some sacrifices.The result is a line of scopes and optics that are both quality and affordable.

They may not be the flashiest or most "decked out" scopes around, but they also aren't the most expensive. Their products are fine mid-range to high-end products that have several features and standards that set them apart from their competitors.

Multi Coated Glass

In the scope world, the quality of the glass is paramount. You have to see what you want to hit and if you can’t, then the scope isn’t doing its job. The better the glass and the better is treated with proprietary methods and chemicals, the more light can be let into the scope for a sharper, clearer and brighter image.

A good scope lets in over 95% of light while a great scope lets in around 99%. It is generally accepted that efficiency cap for light transmission is 99.5% per lens element. How can a scope achieve this? By coating its lenses with chemicals that prevent reflection and other light scattering or absorbing phenomena.

The most common substance for this coating is magnesium fluoride, but many companies have their own proprietary mix of chemicals that achieve a similar result. Lenses may be coated, or multi-coated, meaning they have more than one coating of treatment or multiple coatings of different treatments. Fully multi-coated means that every lens element is coated with multiple layers of chemical treatment to ensure maximum light transmission.

Every single Burris scope is fully multi-coated. They do not manufacture scopes with lesser or ineffectual coatings to cut costs. They claim their "HiLume" fully multi-coated index matched system is second to none and offers high light transmission through their optics in all weather conditions.

High-Quality Components

Burris employs a series of high-quality components to give their scopes the edge. It raises the price some, but they are banking on their customers preferring quality and security over saving a few bucks. These components are varied in their importance, but together they make a big difference.

  • One-Piece Main Tubes: It should go without saying, but some cheap manufacturers do cut this corner, so it bears mentioning. Burris scope housings (the tubes) are made out of single pieces of metal as opposed to two smaller pieces fused together via welding. This fusing process makes manufacturing easier, but the point where the two pieces meet is a structural weakness.
  • Quality Seals: Instead of using standard O-rings for their seals, Burris uses quad rings. These rubber seals are shaped so that there are multiple sealing surfaces instead of just one as in the old style O-ring.
  • Steel on Steel Click Adjustments: The components used for adjusting the scope's alignment and elevation are all steel on steel. This system makes their adjustment more precise, as there is no wiggle room which could happen with softer materials. Adjusting to a previous setting will put you back where you were, with virtually no margin of error. Furthermore, audible clicks help you keep track of your adjustments.
  • Dual Springs: Their adjustment springs are sturdy and robust dual springs instead of single springs. This little addition means that the springs keeping the scope aligned will stay put longer and not decay in strength over time.

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Proper Purging and Gassing of Internal Scope Spaces

Internal Scope Spaces

In modern scopes, the spaces between lenses are purged of atmospheric air and filled instead with an inert or otherwise non-reactive gas. This process ensures that no unwanted chemical reactions are taking place inside the scope like oxidation or condensation.

High-end scopes use argon, a noble gas that won’t react with anything. Burris uses nitrogen which is not a noble gas and therefore technically reactive. However, the conditions required to get nitrogen to react inside a scope are virtually impossible to create unless you are trying hard to make it happen.

Many gun owners and optics enthusiasts argue over the advantages of argon over nitrogen; some claim that argon is better due to its total inertness, and others claiming that nitrogen is functionally the same and that argon is an overpriced marketing tool.

Burris has chosen to use nitrogen to keep costs down because they, and others, have not found compelling evidence that puts argon clearly ahead of nitrogen. Their purging and filling technique standards are set high.

Lifetime Warranty

Each and every Burris scope comes with a lifetime warranty. If it fails or does not live up to its word due to manufacturing error or lack of quality, then the Burris Company will replace it. Also, the warranty covers any damage to the scope that hinders its performance even if it was accidental.

The warranty does not, of course, cover deliberate or cosmetics damage nor does it cover loss or theft, but the warranty does transfer to any new owner of the scope. So, even if you buy a Burris secondhand, you can enjoy the perks of the warranty.

If they can't fix it, they will replace it no questions asked. It doesn't matter how old it is or how it was damaged. This is one of the better warranties out there, and it really helps Burris stand out.

Popular Products

Here are some of Burris's more popular products. They have many more in their substantial catalog but here is just a taste.

  • The Fullfield II: The workhorse of the Burris family of scopes. This is their most affordable and best-selling scope. The quality you get for the price has made it a favorite for years.
  • The Veracity: One of Burris's higher-end models, the Veracity competes well with other more expensive scopes, especially in low light.
  • Scout: Their scout scopes are popular with customers due to their ease of use and stability. Scout scopes are unique in that they are mounted forward on the weapon as opposed to the rear where it can be closer to the eye. Despite this, Burris scout scopes give a wide and clear view and help acquire targets quickly.
  • Handgun Scopes: As they have a storied history with handgun scopes, it is no surprise that Burris makes several great scopes. Their handgun scopes are rugged and powerful while still maintaining a manageable weight.

Public Perception

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Users of Burris scopes are a generally satisfied bunch. Consumer reviews and reports tell of excellent quality optics with clear picture and fast target acquisition. Burris products don’t do much else than what they are intended to do, but they do it well.

Another of Burris's common compliments is how easy their scopes are to use. Not only do customers enjoy how easy it is to mount their scopes onto their firearms securely, but they also find that adjusting their scopes is a snap (pardon the pun). The scopes swiftly and reliably adjust for elevation and back with little error or excess work.

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Users also admit that most Burris scopes aren’t perfect. Some blurry images after prolong firing that eventually dies down, occasionally temperamental adjustment knobs and things like that.

However, to get a scope that is even marginally better than a Burris, you would have to pay much more. Many users don’t see the point and believe they are getting the best bang for their buck.

How Burris Compares to the Competition

Burris Compares

Burris stacks up well with many other manufacturers in the industry. They manage to beat out many brands on quality and performance while still maintaining affordable prices. There are plenty of affordable brands out there, but not all of them can hang with Burris scopes in terms of functionality. One option for affordable riflescope brand is by Nikon. 

Alternatively, their higher end competition charges much more than them. However, these premium brands do outperform Burris scopes in some areas. Resolution and repetition resistance is better amongst other more expensive out there. Burris may not be the best of the best, but you'd be hard-pressed to get better for the price they are asking.

Furthermore, the difference is not huge, but by and large Burris scopes tend to be more compact than their competitors. Not with every product of course but in general. If you are looking for a scope that doesn’t weigh as much as others or has a smaller profile, Burris is worth a look. 

What We Think

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We were impressed with the performance of Burris scopes. The picture quality was good, and the reticles perform well, especially in low light. However, we do agree with many users in that it isn’t perfect. This isn’t to say that it’s bad, it just isn’t at the level of other higher end scopes. But, as previously mentioned, its price point isn’t as high either.

We found good economy with Burris scopes. The scopes that we found to perform better often cost much more, twice as much in some cases! Throw in their no questions asked lifetime warranty and you have an all-around smart purchase.

Its mid-range price and great performance mean that you could go both ways if they aren't for you. If you want cheaper, there are trusted brands at lower prices like Nikon and Bushnell, and even cheaper knock-offs that we can't really recommend. You could also go the other way and spring for the premium brands like Nightforce or Swarovski which will likely improve your experience but also weigh much heavier on your finances.

Become A Better Marksman With One Of The Best .308 Scopes Available Today

As someone who uses a .308 for hunting, you’ve probably had a lot of success over the years and brought home some impressive trophies. While the .308 is known for its accuracy, you can improve your skills by having the best .308 scopes.

Whether you’re looking for a scope for the first time or you’re on the hunt for an upgrade, your results might be a little overwhelming and make it difficult to decide. To help you get started and on the right path, we’ve done all the research and compiled a list of some of the best .308 scopes available on the market right now.

How We Choose Our Ratings

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With hundreds of rifle scopes available, you’re probably curious as to how we narrow down our choices and select our top five. We take our ratings seriously, and we strive to provide consumers with the most honest and accurate information available about the products that we research and review.

You probably don’t have the opportunity, time, or money to test out every scope that’s suited for a .308. You would rather spend time using the scope out in the field or forest rather than spending countless hours researching the best scope to buy.We do all the work for you, so all you need to do is read this reliable, unbiased, and thorough review.

The Internet reading reviews and testimonials from other people who have purchased or tested out the same scopes that we review and rate.While our list is full of the best .308 scopes available, we take the time to read reviews that give a less than five-star rating as it’s valuable information as we research and review.

Many people ask us about our five-star rating system and how it works. When we give a product a five-star rating, it means that it exceeds our expectations and receives overwhelmingly positive feedback from other users and reviewers. Keep in mind that we do our own research and just because one consumer may give a scope five stars doesn’t mean that we do.

Our primary goal with our rating system is to give you the confidence in selecting a scope that is the right fit for you and will get a lot of use for years to come.

We Compare the Top 5 Best 308 Scopes




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Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5-16x42 Matte Mil-Dot Reticle

Best 308 Scope Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5-16x42 Matte Mil-Dot Reticle

Has a three-inch sunshade and a rainguard

Nikon M-308 4-16x42mm Riflescope w/ BDC 800 Reticle

Nikon M-308 4-16x42mm Riflescope w

Features a quick autofocus eyepiece and is accurate at long-range from 200 to 800 yards.

Vortex Optics Diamondback HP 4-16x42 Second Focal Plane Riflescope

Best 308 Scope Vortex Optics Diamondback HP 4-16x42 Second Focal Plane Riflescope

Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, it can withstand wear and tear and can handle the recoil of a .308.

Leupold 115390 Mark AR MOD 1 Riflescope with Mil-Dot Reticle 3-9×40-Millimeter

Best 308 Scope Leupold 115390 Mark AR MOD 1 Riflescope with Mil-Dot Reticle 3-9×40-Millimeter

the argon and krypton gas blend keep the scope water and fog proof

FSI Sniper 6-24x50mm Scope w/front AO adjustment

Best 308 Scope FSI Sniper Scope

ideal choice for someone looking for a larger scope and with a lower price tag

Review of the Top 5 Best 308 Scopes

Best .308 Scopes

Now that we’ve explained our five-star rating system and how we decide which scopes are the best, it’s time to take a look at our top picks; our favorite pick is at the top of the list. Even if the scope you are interested in (on our list) is not at the top, it doesn’t mean it’s not an excellent choice. Remember, this is a list of the best scopes; you won’t find low-rated scopes in our review.

1. Bushnell Elite 6500 2.5-16x42 Matte Mil-Dot Reticle

Rainguard Riflescope

Bushnell has over six decades of experience manufacturing and distributing high-performance sports optics. You are likely to have used a pair of Bushnell binoculars when walking around outdoors or at an indoor concert. The company strives to create products that can help enhance one’s experience in the Great Outdoors and at other events.

The Bushnell scope is completely waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof. With a three-inch sunshade and a rainguard, the lens stays clearer and dry, which can help you stay focused on your target during inclement weather. This sturdy scope can handle the recoil of a .308 and has been tested with 10,000 rounds of 375 H&H Magnum.

Check out some of the specifications of the Bushnell scope:

  • Magnification Power: 2.5x up to 16x
  • Field of View for 2.5x: 41 feet at 100 yards
  • Field of View for 16x: 6.55 feet at 100 yards
  • Minute of Angle (MOA): ¼ in
  • Mounting Length: 5 inches
  • Weight: 17.3 ounces
  • Length: 13.5 inches

The mil-dot reticle helps to improve accuracy at vast distances, which makes this an excellent scope for anyone who is trying to strengthen their marksman skills. The clarity and ease of sighting make this a “must have” scope for all types of weather and low-light.

At $700+ tag price, this Bushnell model is on the expensive side. You might want to look at Bushnell AR Optics Drop Zone-223 BDC Reticle if budget is a priority.



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  • mil-dot reticle helps to improve accuracy at vast distances
  • RainGuard HD anti-fog technology; Elite Bullet-Proof Warranty
  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • Push/pull turrets with resettable zero


  • Resolution drops a little bit as you move from the center to the edges, but not very severely.
  • Mounting length is a bit shorter than that of Elite 4200 scopes

2. Nikon M-308 4-16x42mm Riflescope w/ BDC 800 Reticle

Nikon M-308 4-16x42mm Riflescope

We all know Nikon for its long history as a high-quality camera manufacturer and their riflescope is created with the same care and quality that we would expect from a century-old company.

Like the Bushnell scope, the Nikon is waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof. An ideal fit for a .308, the Nikon’s BDC 800 Reticle was designed for the trajectory of a .308. The scope has a quick autofocus eyepiece and is accurate at long-range from 200 to 800 yards.

Check out some of the specifications of the Nikon scope:

  • Magnification Power: 4x up to 16x
  • Field of View: 6.3 - 25.2 feet at 100 yards
  • MOA: ¼ in
  • Weight: 19 ounces
  • Length: 13.5 inches

Another great option for hunters who are trying to hit their target from a long distance or in rainy or humid conditions. This scope is durable and is sure to withstand years of regular use while remaining accurate.

Not the Nikon riflescope model you were looking for? You might want to check out our review of the Nikon Buckmaster 6 18×40, Nikon Buckmaster 4.5 14×40, and Nikon Buckmaster 4 12×50.


  • Features a quick autofocus eyepiece
  • Fog proof, waterproof, shockproof
  • Large magnification range with oversized lens great for heavy caliber rifles


  • Best suited for use on long range tactical rifles



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3. Vortex Optics Diamondback HP 4-16x42 Second Focal Plane Riflescope

Second Focal Plane Riflescope

Vortex Optics is a Wisconsin-based company that specializes in optics for everything related to the Great Outdoors as well as for law enforcement.

The Vortex Diamondback scope is waterproof, fog proof, shockproof, and has extra-low dispersion glass which helps to increase the resolution and give you sharp images. The multi-coated scope also keeps glare to a minimal; it also comes with a sunshade. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, it can withstand wear and tear and can handle the recoil of a .308.

While this scope is shorter than others that are similar, it has a long range of view and is fast focusing.

Check out some of the specifications of the Vortex Optics scope:

  • Magnification Power: 4x up to 16x
  • Field of View: 23.8 to 6.1 feet at 100 yards
  • MOA: ¼ in
  • Weight: 18 ounces
  • Length: 12.5 inches

This scope may be an ideal choice for anyone who is looking for a shorter scope but with all the advantages of a more extended rifle scope.

Hunting all year round? Then Vortex Diamondback 4 12×40 AO can be the right Vortex model for you. 



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  • Has extra-low dispersion glass which helps to increase the resolution and give you sharp images
  • Finger adjustable capped reset turrets can be reset to zero after sighting in.
  • The fast focus eyepiece allows for quick and easy reticle focusing.


  • Turret tracking issues and the finish may be easily scuffed 
Mark AR MOD 1 Riflescope

Leupold is an Oregon-based company with over 100 years of experience specializing in rifle and tactical scopes. Longtime customers come to expect high-quality and long-lasting products.

This Leupold scope is one of the best 308 scopes because the argon and krypton gas blend keep the scope water and fog proof, allowing for a crisp and clear sight regardless of the weather.

Check out some of the specifications of the Leupold scope:

  • Magnification Power: 3x up to 9x
  • Field of View: 14.10 to 33.50 feet at 100 yards
  • MOA: 56 for windage adjustment, 52 for elevation
  • Mounting Length: 5.5 inches
  • Weight: 12.4 ounces
  • Length: 13.5 inches

Like similar scopes with a mil-dot reticle, .308 owners with the Leupold scope can make more accurate and fewer shots when hunting. Great for beginners but advanced enough for seasoned .308 users. The magnification may not be enough for some scope users.



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  • Great for beginners but advanced enough for seasoned .308 users.
  • 2nd Generation Argon/Krypton Waterproofing
  • 8.60X maximum magnification


  • The magnification may not be enough for some scope users.

5.FSI Sniper 6-24x50mm Scope w/front AO adjustment 

FSI Sniper Scope

FSI is known for making affordable long-range scopes and this sniper scope, which is suitable for a .308, is an excellent example.

While this scope is larger than similar scopes, the aluminum construction keeps it lightweight and durable. Water, fog, and shock resistant, the FSI scope performs well under a variety of weather conditions; a sunshade is also available to help keep glare to a minimal.

Check out some of the specifications of the FSI scope:

  • Magnification Power: 6x up to 24x
  • Field of View: 4 to 15 feet at 100 yards
  • MOA: ¼ inch
  • Weight: 26 ounces
  • Length: 16 inches

Like other scopes that have a mil-dot reticle, the sniper scope also has this feature but the multi-colored mil-dot reticle (red/blue/green), which may help the scope user with clarity and accuracy.

While this scope has many similar features to others that we have reviewed, it may be an ideal choice for someone looking for a larger scope and with a lower price tag.



Our Rating

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  • Ideal choice for someone looking for a larger scope and with a lower price tag
  • Ball and Bearing Windage/Elevation adjustment for precision and superior shock resistant


  • May have unusual directional markings on the turrets.
  • Stock rings are not big enough to be used with most rifles.

Best 308 Scope: Buyer’s Guide

While we believe that we’ve provided you with some great choices and enough information to help you make a confident decision, it’s important to know what to look for when shopping for a scope.

The more information you have, the more likely you are to make a sound decision and be happy with your purchase. Let’s take a look at some factors to consider before you buy one of the best .308 scopes.


A .308 rifle has some “kick” that’s why we chose scopes that were tested to handle the recoil of the powerful rifle. Not only should a scope be able to handle the recoil of every shot you take but it should be constructed of a durable material, like steel or aluminum.

While many hunters handle their .308s with care, a rifle and its scope need to be able to handle a little wear and tear and withstand the elements. A high-quality and durable scope should be able to stay in good condition for many years; storing in a case and keeping it clean (when not in use) can help extend the life of your scope.

Versatile Magnification

As you read through our reviews, you probably noticed that each scope had versatile magnification range (some more than others).

If you’re going to invest in a high-quality scope for your .308, you want to be able to shoot from a long distance as that’s one of the advantages of owning a scope. If you like to do a lot of long-range shooting, consider a scope that magnifies more than 9 x. The magnification you choose all depends on how far you plan to hunt and the terrain (open field vs. forest).

Accuracy and Clarity

Anyone that has owned a poor-quality scope knows how bad they can get on rainy, humid, or sunny days. Not being able to see clearly out of a scope can be a waste of money, a waste of some potentially good shots, and even potentially dangerous.

While many scopes are water, fog, and shockproof, make sure that one has all these features before buying. A removable sun or rain shade can be a nice addition to have on your scope as well.

If you’re a novice shooter with your .308 or want to sharpen up your skills, a scope with mil-dot reticle can help you improve your accuracy. Keep in mind that the best way to get to know your new scope is to test it out and read the owner’s manual that comes with the scope.

Even if you’ve been shooting your .308 for years, adding a new scope to your rifle can change everything about the way you shoot so be patient and take the time to enjoy learning how to use your new scope.

Brand Review of Leupold Scopes: A Century-Old Family Company And Their Versatile Scopes

Have you been shopping around for a new scope or are buying one for the first time? While all scopes are designed to help you see your target clearly, the price, quality, and design varies greatly. Let's start with the Leupold scopes.

With so many scopes on the market, it can be challenging to decide which model and brand to choose. Ideally, a scope should last you decades, if not a lifetime. Also, it depends on how much money you spend it can be quite the investment.

 In our review, we will discuss the , the history of the company, and the Leupold scopes. With all this information, you should be able to determine whether or not the Leupold brand is the right choice.

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A History Of The Leupold Brand

Leupold Scopes

These days it can be hard to find a family-owned business that has been around for decades, let alone over a century.

Leupold is a family-owned business and is based out of Beaverton, Oregon.

Here are some of the highlights of how the company got its start and where it is today:

The Telemark

In 1907, Fred Leupold Adam Volpel, friends and brothers-in-law, started a business of making surveying equipment by hand. In 1914, Leupold’s son, Marcus, joins the company. It was that same year that J.C. Stevens becomes a business partner and invents the first water level recorder.

He then continued to invent and improve surveying equipment in 1938. The Telemark, a water level recorder using telephone signals to transmit information, is introduced by the growing company. The following year, Robert Stevens, J.C.’s son, joins the business.

In 1942, after the passing of Volpel, the business name changed to Leupold & Stevens. Two years later, Fred Leupold passes away and his son, Norbert, joins the company.

In 1947, Leupold & Stevens created and sold their first scope, The Plainsman. The scope was designed after Marcus Leupold supposedly missed a trophy buck due to a fogged-up scope.

The company became incorporated two years later. They were well on their way to making and selling scopes when Jack Slack joined the company in 1953. Slack then married Marcus Leupold’s daughter, Georgia, a few years later.

In 1962, Leupold introduced their classic and ever-popular Duplex reticle. With the technology in scopes, accuracy and clarity became even better in low-light conditions.

Norbert took over the company in 1968 and that same year they moved to bigger headquarters. The first lightweight scope was created in 1974 and four years later, the first compact scope. In the early 1980’s, Leupold began making smaller scopes for handguns.

Leupold scopes used by the military

It was in 1983 when Werner Wildauer, became the president and chairman of the company. He has been serving the company for 25 years. In the following years, Leupold scopes are used in military and remain a favorite in the field and forest. A long line of innovators and hunting experts created the brand. 

Many of the scopes sold today are new and improved versions of age-old designs. The quality and craftsmanship remain today, and the company still operates out of Oregon despite its popularity across the globe.

A Look At Leupold Scopes

Leupold scopes

Now that you know more about the family business that has grown into the successful company that it is today let’s take a closer look at the variety of Leupold scopes.

As a brand review of Leupold scopes, we won’t discuss each scope but will take a look at the different types of scopes.

Leupold Riflescopes

The first Leupold scope was created after Marcus Leupold became frustrated with a fogged up scope. Determined to make a better scope, the Leupold scopes were born and have been fogproof ever since The Plainsman went on the market.

Leupold riflescopes are also waterproof, shockproof, and durable enough to handle the recoil of a rifle.

Here are the current Leupold scopes for rifles (click on each one to see the variety of magnification options and other specific features):

The VX Series:

VX-6HD | VX-5HD | VX-3i | VX-3i LRP | VX R | VX R Patrol | VX-Freedom

The Mark Series:

Mark 8 | Mark 6 | Mark 4 ER/T | Mark 4 LR/T | Mark 4 MR/T | Mark AR | Mark 5HD


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Fixed Power


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Amarican Marksman


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Leupold Shotgun & Muzzleloader Scopes

Leupold Scopes

These Leupold scopes are designed to help hunters get hit their target fast, thanks to the clarity and ability to perform well even in low-light environments. Here are current scopes for shotguns and muzzleloaders (click on each one to see the variety of magnification options and other specific features):

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Leupold Handgun Scopes

Leupold Scopes

Leupold handgun scopes may be considerably smaller than some of the other scopes, but they are designed to be just as accurate and durable as other Leupold scopes.

Here are current scopes for handguns (click on each one to see the variety of magnification options and other specific features):

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Leupold Compact or Lightweight Scopes

Lightweight Scopes

In our brand review of Leupold scopes, you will notice that many of the scopes are more substantial and a little heavier.

The Ultralight scopes weigh about a quarter less than other full-size scopes but have all the same characteristics that Leupold fans love. Why buy a compact or lightweight scope? It’s the ideal option if you want to keep your firearm light.

Here are the current compact or lightweight scopes:

VX Series:

VX-6HD | VX-5HD | VX-3i | VX R | VX R Patrol | VX-Freedom

Mark 4 MR/T

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Hog Rifle

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Hand Gun

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Mark 5 HD

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Note: Many of the Tactical and Long Range Scopes also fit into the categories we listed above. Click on the category to see the Leupold scope options.

What Makes Leupold Scopes Unique?

Now that you’ve seen all the Leupold scopes that are available it’s safe to say that the company is versatile, which is a prominent characteristic that stems back to the company’s early years. While many companies specialize in scopes, few offer dozens of options and versatility.

Not only is Leupold unique for its diversity and versatility but each scope, regardless of its size, is built to last, and is designed to help marksmen improve their accuracy and see a target more clearly.


The cost of a Leupold scope varies depending on the type of scope you purchase. While the VX-Freedom riflescope costs around $260, a Mark 5 HD riflescope costs about $2,600.

If you’ve never purchased a scope before, you may be hesitant to buy a scope with a high price tag. Keep in mind that these scopes are built to last and Leupold backs up their scopes with a lifetime warranty.

Warranty Information

Leupold will repair or replace any of its riflescopes, spotting scopes, or binoculars if it doesn’t work as guaranteed. There’s no need to provide proof of ownership or have a warranty card. There’s no expiration date on the warranty, and you don’t even need to be the original owner of the scope; as long as it says Leupold, that’s all they need.

Scopes that are modified, damaged, or misused may be ineligible for a replacement. For more detailed information on the warranty or to register a scope, visit the Leupold website.

What Others Say About Leupold Scopes

While the Leupold company has a long history of making high-quality products, we were curious if the quality of the products still holds up today and what other scope owners had to say about the Leupold brand.

As we browsed online reviews, testimonials, and product comments, the company had overwhelmingly positive feedback, and many product ratings were at least four out of five stars.


Many users remark on the durability and the craftsmanship of the variety of scopes. They don’t feel like they need to worry about damaging their scope while they’re hiking around the woods or working on target practice.

Other users praise the high-quality glass and the scope’s water and fog proof features. The quality of the glass and the clarity that remains despite the rain, sun, fog, or clouds, is one of the top-selling features of Leupold scopes.

Some reviewers are lifelong users of the Leupold brand and remain happy with each scope they purchase. They believe that the newer scopes hold up to the same quality of scopes that are decades old.

The majority of users, whether they bought a riflescope or a handgun scope, appreciated the ease of use and how well it performed each time they used the scope. Many say that they have become better marksmen and enjoy using their firearms much more now that they have a high-quality scope.


While some users had issues with the warranty and a few thought the price of their scope was too high, a majority of users think that the price of their Leupold scope is “well worth the money;” some even called it a bargain, given the quality of the scope.

How Do Leupold Scopes Differ From Other Competitors?

We’ve already highlighted what makes the Leupold brand unique, but those same features are what makes them stand out from the competition. While there are several high-quality, big name, and high-priced scope manufacturers, Leupold continues to succeed.

While many people might see their dozens of scope options as something negative, many scope users like having magnification options as gun owners use scopes differently. Rarely are scopes universal and Leupold knows that each type of gun deserves a specific scope.

Some people shy away from Leupold, based on the price alone. It’s important to remember that Leupold has a lifetime guarantee and other manufacturers that offer similar style scopes at a lower price don’t stand behind their products for a lifetime.

As we mentioned earlier, each Leupold scope is durable and can withstand daily use and withstand all kinds of environments; other scopes aren’t always designed with that same durability or reliability.

What We Think About The Leupold Brand

While it would take a long time to test out every scope that Leupold makes personally, we are confident in saying that the Leupold brand makes high-quality, durable, and reliable scopes for all types of guns.

A Leupold scope is ideal for a hunter or gun enthusiast who uses their firearm responsibly on a regular basis and cares more about the quality of the product than a cheap price tag. Leupold scopes are a good option for anyone who wants a scope that they can use confidently for decades.

People who have never used a scope before may be hesitant to try out a Leupold scope, especially given the price, but it may enhance and improve their hunting experience so much that they choose to use a Leupold scope for life.

If you’re unsure the Leupold brand is for you, ask your family and friends to see if they have a Leupold scope you could test out. While we’re confident that it will improve your shot and your overall experience, you might need to find out for yourself.

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