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.

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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.

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

Burris

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?

Burris Company

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.

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

+ Pros: 

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.

- Cons: 

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.

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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PROS:

  • 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

CONS:

  • 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
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.

PROS:

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

CONS:

  • Best suited for use on long range tactical rifles

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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. 

Quality

Price

Our Rating

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PROS:

  • 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.

CONS:

  • 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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PROS:

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

CONS:

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

Quality

Price

Our Rating

$ $

PROS:

  • 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

CONS:

  • 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.

Durable

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.

Improve Your Close-Range Accuracy With The EOTech 512.a65 Sight

Trying to shoot your weapon without a sight can be challenging, and you’re likely to waste a few good shots trying to get your target.There are different types of sights available on the market, but you may not know what kind the best fit for you and your shooting style is. In our review, we will focus on the EOTech 512.a65 sight, discuss some its unique features, the cost, and what other users have to say about using one.

What Is EOTech 512.a65 and How Does It Work?

EOTech 512.a65

The EOTech 512.a65 is a holographic sight created and manufactured by EOTech. EOTech is a Michigan-based company that specializes in holographic sighting systems, thermal imaging equipment, and tactical lasers. EOTech built the first Holographic Weapon Sight (HWS), in 1996, and made it available to purchase commercially.

Before we get into the details of specifications, we will discuss the differences between a sight and a scope. If you are a long-time firearm owner, you probably know a lot about scopes, sights and prefer one over the other.

New gun owners may not know the difference or may not know which one is best for them. It’s worth taking time to explaining the differences between the two, so that you can make a confident decision about what you need for your weapon.

A Brief Look At Scopes

When many of us think of a scope, we might envision a large and long telescope looking piece of equipment that is mounted to a larger gun like a rifle. A scope provides magnification and is most useful for long range shooting; most scopes have magnification options, which makes it versatile.

A scope has a large lens, which is the objective lens and is located on the opposite end of the eyepiece. When light transmits through the objective lens and back to the ocular lens (or the lens in the eyepiece); this is when magnification occurs.

How Do Holographic Sights Differ?

Sights are often a popular choice among novice gun owners because it’s smaller and easier to use. Some sights, like the red dot sight, will display a red dot sight if you don’t have the target lined up with your line of sight. Sights displays are often easier to read and use than crosshairs or other features of a scope.

Many sight experts believe that a holographic is similar to a red dot sight but works a little better. Holographic sights are smaller than other sights, and there’s room for error when lining up your line of sight with your target.

Holographic sights like the EOTech 512.a65 are lightweight, small, and designed for mid to close range shooting. Rather than an objective and ocular lens, holographic sights consist of a hologram between glass. The glass (or your view) is not altered or affected by any light coming through the viewer window.

What Makes EOTech 512 Unique?

EOTech 512 Unique

With dozens of holographic sights available, you might be wondering how EOTech 512 is unique. One of the main things to consider, when looking at the 512 sight is that it is made by the company who created holographic sights.

While many holographic sights have similar features and may even be a fraction of the price, there are advantages to sticking with a sight that was explicitly designed by its company.

A Detailed Look At EOTech 512

Now that we’ve discussed some of the main differences between scopes and sights, let’s take a closer look at the EOTech 512. According to the manufacturer, the 512.a65 is the company’s most popular holographic sight.

When the shooter looks through the heads-up display window, see a red hologram of a reticle pattern on the target plane. This image is easier to see than crosshairs and red dots, and it may help novice shooters improve their accuracy; overall, it’s a suitable sight for anyone who wants to improve their shooting performance and have more control.

While this sight is not compatible with night vision, it’s an ideal sight for speed and versatility in close to mid range shooting environments. The EOTech holographic sight is made of durable aluminum. The sight comes with two-AA batteries, a Knurled Weaver bolt for mounting, 7/64 Allen key, a quick reference card, product registration and warranty card, sight assembly, and a user’s manual.

The Parts of the EOTech 512.a65

 Parts of the EOTech 512.a65

While the design of the sight is relatively simple, it’s a good idea to get to know the parts before deciding if this is the best holographic sight for you.

The holographic window contains the embedded holographic reticle pattern and will display a hologram of the reticle when it’s illuminated by a laser light.

The protective hood is located over the display window (sight housing). Not only does the protective hood increase the durability of the sight housing but keeps it better protected from damage and extended use.

A battery cap latch keeps the battery compartment free of water, dirt, and other debris while the battery cap contains the power source for the holographic sight.

With the universal mount, you can easily mount your sight to a 1” Weaver or a MIL-STD-1913 rail. For other mounting details or instructions, contact the company directly.

The windage adjustment dial is designed to adjust the point of aim at 100 yards with a half-inch per click either left to right. Similarly, the elevation adjustment changes the point of aim at 100 yards with a half-inch up or down.

While there are no night vision capabilities, users can adjust the brightness (with 20 settings) to make the sight easier to use in low or high-light environments.

Specifications

  • The Field of View: Up to 30 yards
  • 1 x magnification
  • Anti-reflection coating
  • Fog-resistant
  • Water submersible up to 10 feet
  • Length: 5.5 inches
  • Width: 2 inches
  • Height: 2.5”
  • Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Color: Black or Camo
  • Window Dimensions: 1.20 x 0.85 inches
  • Front Glass: 1/8 inch thick
  • Rear Glass: 3/16 inch thick

Maintenance Tips For The EOTech 512.a65

Maintenance EOTech 512.a65

The holographic sight is relatively maintenance-free but here are a few tips to consider when caring for the sight and to help extend its life and optimal performance.

Since the sight windows are coated with an anti-reflective material, you should use care when cleaning the surface. Before cleaning the glass, blow away any excess dirt or debris.

Never clean the glass without moistening a soft cloth first. Always use a lens cleaning fluid (or a cleaner that’s suitable for cleaning camera lenses).

Use soap and water or a water-based cleaner to clean the outer surface of the sight. Never use alcohol, acetone, or a gun cleaner on the holographic sight. Parts of the sight are permanently lubricated and should never need lubricating. If you encounter issues, contact the manufacturer first.

Disassembling any part of the sight can void the warranty and compromise the performance of the sight, particularly the nitrogen-filled optical cavity (to avoid fog and excess moisture).

While sights are designed to be durable, you may want to store your sight in a padded case to keep it protected when not in use.

Pricing

If you are shopping around online and making some price comparisons on the EOTech 512.a65, you may notice that it cost more than other holographic sights; you may see that the price varies on the actual product.

When you go the manufacturer’s website, they are selling the EOTech 512 for $479 (MSRP). If you look at Amazon, the prices vary between $384 and $429. While the prices on Amazon for EOtech 512.a65 are significant savings and it’s difficult to detect any differences in the products (if any exist), you should make sure that the sight is not pre-owned and that a warranty is available.

Warranty

EOTech 512.a65 sights that are purchased after 2017 are protected by a 10-year limited EOTech Prestige Warranty. The warranty covers any defects in the material or workmanship that occur under regular wear within ten years of purchase. The warranty may not include a sight that has been modified, abused, stolen, or has cosmetic damage. For all warranty details, visit the EOTech Warranty page for more information.

What Others Say About EOTech 512

About EOTech 512

Interested to know what other users have to say about the EOTech 512.a65 Holographic sight, we read dozens of product reviews, customer comments, and testimonials on the Internet. The sight has received a lot of positive feedback with an overall rating of at least four out of five stars.

+ Pros:

Many first-time holographic sight users were impressed by the ease of use and clarity; many remark about how much easier it is to use than red dot sights. Novice users felt comfortable and confident using the sight and experienced users liked how it instantly improved their accuracy.

Other users comment on the durability and craftsmanship. Some mentioned that despite the small size of the sight (versus a scope), they didn’t feel nervous about using the sight or felt like they would damage the equipment.

- Cons:

While some users comment that the scope is not ideal for long range shooting, the manufacturer clearly states that the EOtech 512.a65 is  ideal for close to midrange environments.

EOTech 512.a65 sight lacks of night vision capabilities like the Eotech XPS2. Most users were happy with the multiple brightness settings so that they have continued clarity and better control in low-light environments.

If the night vision feature is a deal breaker, then you might want to consider getting a night-vision scope.

Reviewers had minimal complaints about the holographic sight, and those that did were able to have their issues fixed via troubleshooting or by using their warranty and having the sight repaired by EOTech.

One user ended up purchasing a counterfeit sight, which is another reason why you may be best off buying directly from the manufacturer rather than from an online marketplace like Amazon. Few users complained about the price and most thought that the price was fair for the quality and performance of the sight.

How It Compares

As we mentioned earlier, the EOTech holographic sight is the original holographic weapon sight; similar sights from other manufacturers may have some of the same features but might be “copycat” designs.

When comparing a holographic sight to a red dot sight, most users preferred the holographic sight due to its ease of use, accuracy, and a great choice for beginners.

Comparatively, the EOTech 512.a65 comes with a 1x magnification, while the Burris AR 332 features a 3x magnification. 

What We Think Of EoTech 512.a65

EoTech 512.a65

After reading all the reviews and comments online, we agree that EoTech 512.a65 sight deserves a nearly five-star rating. While the price is a little higher than other sights, it’s clear that you are paying for the high-quality craftsmanship and the 10-year warranty to back up the product, makes it worth the price.

Our Rating:

We like the no-nonsense design, how easy it is to make adjustments, and the room for “error” as you learn how to use a sight. While this sight may be a bit of an investment for new sight users, we think that the sight is an ideal choice for beginners and experienced shooters alike.

The owner’s manual gives you all the information that you need to operate the sight properly and the troubleshooting tips can help you figure out any issues before calling the manufacturer. There are several ways to get a hold of customer service and based on other user reviews; customer service is prompt and helpful.

Considering the quality of the EoTech 512.a65, this is easily the only sight that one might need or want on their weapon and when cared for properly, it can perform with accuracy and clarity for decades.

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 Leupold brand, 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.

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):

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):

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):

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 (click on each one to see the variety of magnification options and other specific features):

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.

Pricing

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.

Pros:

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.

Cons:

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.

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. 

8 Best Long Range Rifle Scopes

Looking for the best long range rifle scopes? There’s no greater pleasure than shooting at something from a mile away. Whether it’s a target in the shooting range in your backyard, a big game in the wilderness, or anywhere in between, cocking a long range rifle and sighting your target down a long range scope really is an immense thrill. Especially if you actually hit your mark. We’re here to make sure that you do with this article on the top 8 best long range rifle scopes for the money.

We’ll be looking at some of the top manufacturers of rifle scopes to see which of their esteemed sights actually make the best shoot. Many of these companies have been featured in our articles before, but never in this precise way. And since this is a rifle scope review center, we’re going to review the guns according to their specs, leaving the shooting to actual professionals who know what they’re doing. Our article will look at which of these long range rifle scopes gives you the best value for your money.

Best Long Range Rifle Scopes

Man looking through the scope on his wooden rifle gun

8 Best Long Range Rifle Scopes for the Money

8. Burris Eliminator III 4-16x50mm

Not one of the cheaper options on this list of long range rifle scopes, the Burris Eliminator III is a very sturdy sight for your rifle. Named as one of the best rifle scopes on the planet, you know it means business. It’s sturdy and robust but lightweight, it’s really sleek, but it can really pack a punch no matter how far you are from your target.

The best feature of the Burris Eliminator III is its reticle. The X96 is an amazing reticle – it has a powered display which draws energy from a small battery (which you can change very easily though you rarely need to). On it, you will be able to see displayed the distance from the target in yards as well as an estimate of how many dots you need to account for depending on the wind.

7. Leupold Mark 4 ER/T 8.5-25x50mm

We’ve talked about Leupold scopes before and gathered that they do make some of the meanest rifle scopes in the world. The Mark 4 ER/T 8.5-25×50 is no exception to that rule. It can pack an incredible shot from over 1,500 yards. The company actually says that it will heat a decent mark at over 1,800 yards. If we do the math with the other long range rifle scopes, it most definitely should.

6. Nightforce ATACR 5-25×56mm

Coming in at mostly the same performance results as the previous long range rifle scopes, the Nightforce ATACR model for a 25x rifle scope is an amazing sight to behold. It can down targets with ease and it’s 25x zoom makes certain that it will see as far as 1,800 yards. Still, most hunters and professional shooters don’t need that much zoom.

The Nightforce ATACR works amazingly at lower ranges. It features the MIL-R-5 Mils Reticle with very intricate windage adjustment capabilities.

5. Vortex Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56mm

With the zooming capabilities of this amazing scope, you know the Vortex Razor HD is ready for that wild hunting trip you’ve been planning. Snipers will simply love this rifle scope along with its amazing reticle. You can’t go wrong with choosing Vortex for any rifle scope needs, but these beauties particularly shine when tested for long range shooting.

The reticle featured on the Vortex Razor HD is a very advanced one with inlays to determine the range, the windage adjustments, as well as the holdover of the scope.

Best Long Range Rifle Scopes

sniper scope for hunting close up

4. Nikon ProStaff 5 3.5-14X50mm

Given, the Nikon ProStaff 5 3.5-14X50 hasn’t got that much zoom as any of the other long range rifle scopes on this list. Still, the incredible lighting adjustments that Nikon ProStaff scopes offer are incredible. You could probably see a target 1,000 yards away in almost no light.

If there’s one word that defines the ProStaff 5 3.5-14x50mm, that word is “exceptional.” If you don’t agree with us, you should check out our article on Nikon Rifle Scopes before you go on.

3. Swarovski Z6 5-30x50mm BT

Swarovski have made it their sole purpose of amazing the world of amateur and professional shooters everywhere. That’s because most all of their scopes are simply incredible. The lighting adjustments are out-of-this-world, the windage adjustments are so precise that your accuracy will be incredible, no matter what range you’re at.

It’s possible that you will hit any target, still or moving, at any range, be it 200 yards or 1,200 yards. Swarovski scopes, and particularly the Z6, make you almost forget that the fame of Swarovski comes from diamonds. However, just like their diamonds, Swarovski long range rifle scopes are brilliant.

2. US Optics LR-17 3.2-17x44mm

When it comes to long-range rifle scopes with which to actually hit your target, you can’t go wrong by choosing anything from US Optics. However, we particularly recommend the US Optics LR-17. Why? This mil-dot reticle, lo-profile, rapid focus long range rifle scope is exquisite.

With the ability to down anything from big game to small game to medium game, the LR-17 is especially good for hunting purposes. It can land a perfect shot on any target that’s up to 1,500 yards away. Even beyond that and the US Optics LR-17 will prove a trusty accessory.

1. Zeiss Victory FL Diavari 6–24x72mm

Admit it, you saw this coming from a mile away! Through a Zeiss Victory FL, of course. Zeiss actually make some of the most amazing scopes in the world. In fact, Zeiss make some of the most amazing optics in general. Cameras with Zeiss lenses are renowned for their sharpness.

So is the Diavari 6-24x72mm. We recommend you equip it with one of the Rapid-Z 7 reticles for a truly astounding targeting experience.

Best Long Range Rifle Scopes

Young man shooting with a rifle, against sunset with a sunburst between the scope and his eye

So, have you decided which of these long range rifle scopes will you be taking out for a shoot? We hope we’ve given some appropriate insight into this and that you will be as fascinated as we are about these rifle scopes. Let us know in the comments how your aim goes if you do decide to try out one of these scopes.

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Carl Zeiss Scopes Reviews

Zeiss scopes are not just any scopes. Although most companies that make rifle scopes are pretty good, we are a bit partial to Carl Zeiss scopes on account of a few simple reasons. First of all, while all other companies that make scopes also make other devices such as cameras, Zeiss has, for the better part of its history, been known for one thing. And that was manufacturing exquisite lenses. Lenses that reshape your perception of reality – both literally and figuratively.

The sharpness of the image, the lighting of the field of view, the incredible accuracy and the superb pixel quality made Zeiss lenses something to be desired for every camera ever built on the face of the Earth. With that in mind, we should talk about Carl Zeiss scopes. Seeing that Zeiss is almost exclusively dedicated to the lenses, what can we make of the way the scopes are designed?

We’re here to solve this question. We’re here to test if Zeiss scopes really live up to the name of the brand. The incredible optics company does make some mean-looking series of scopes. We’re going to break down each of these series and check out their features.

Victory Zeiss Scopes

Zeiss scopes

The Carl Zeiss Scopes Victory series is designed especially for hunting. The images are crisp and bright. The sight is made compact, ergonomic, yet incredibly deadly. It will make sure that once you’re out in the field, you will stay on target. And that’s no matter how far is the target, how well camouflaged it is, or how small. Whether it’s small game, medium game, or big game that you’re after, this line of scopes will guarantee you hit it where it counts.

Here are some of the highlights of Victory Zeiss scopes:

  • Victory HT Zeiss Scope. The HT has 5 models. Each is best for particular situations. The smallest rifle scope is the 1.1-4×24. It’s built to handle anything fast and dangerous at the same time. The two medium ones, 1.5-6×24 and 2.5-10×50, are designed for maximum light capturing and high-performance results. The biggest Victory HT is the 3-12×56. This one’s designed to perform well even in no-light conditions.
  • Victory Varipoint iC Zeiss Scope. The Varipoint iC is not a series but a technology. Still, there are some scopes specifically designed to carry red-dot illuminated reticles. The iC can be activated or deactivated according to the shooter’s wish. The reticle is designed so that it works exceptionally well even without the dot.
  • Victory FL Diavari Zeiss Scope. The Diavari can achieve up to 24% magnification. On the other hand, the Diavari was built so that it offers great precision even at close-range shooting.
  • Victory Red Dot Sights. We’ll admit, red dot sights are not scopes. However, we thought we’d mention them since it’s nice that Zeiss also make them available to customers.

Conquest Zeiss Scopes

Zeiss scopes

Conquest Zeiss Scopes are designed not just for hunting, but for a whole range of activities. Military choose to employ conquest Zeiss optics. Conquest models are also often found at professional shooting competitions. The standout features of Conquest Zeiss Scopes are the adequate natural light reproduction (assuring that the colors are the same), the lightweight construction, and the incredible precision.

Some stars of the Conquest Zeiss rifle scopes series:

  • Conquest HD5 Zeiss Scope. The Zeiss Conquest HD5 is a versatile scope, built for a nobler age. The SuperZoom feature makes sure you get to hit your game from whatever distance you may want to. Depending on what you want to do with it, there are 4 different HD5 models.
  • Conquest Duralyt Zeiss Scope. The Duralyt is one of the Zeiss scope models with an illuminated reticle. This device even has a touch system that permits it to be turned on and off at the simple push of a small button. The same button regulates the intensity of the light.
  • Conquest Basic Zeiss Scope. There are three more Zeiss scopes that do not have a special name. These Conquest models are three: the 3-90×40 Rimfire, the 3-12×56 MC, and the 6.5-20×50. For those of you who like engaging in long range shooting, the latter model may well be the best of all the Zeiss scopes.

Terra Zeiss Scopes

Zeiss scope

The Terra Series of Zeiss scopes is built to last. No other series of rifle scopes has such resilience to harsh weather condition. Like many other self-respecting riflescope companies, Zeiss optics also offer a comprehensive warranty system that accounts for user negligence. No matter how the user happens to damage the scope, Zeiss will offer to replace it. That’s because their optics are built to stand against the toughest conditions.

The best Terra Zeiss scopes:

  • Terra 3X Zeiss Scope. Being fresh in the line of Zeiss Scopes, the Terra Zeiss series only has one model: the 3X. However, it’s a very diversified miniseries. It features a total of 5 scopes ranked as follows: the 2-7×32, the 3-9×42, the 3-9×50, the 4-12-40, and the 4-12×50. The first of these is probably the most compact of all Zeiss rifle scopes and is recommended for careful stalkers that like to hide in thick bushes and foliage. The Zeiss Terra 3-9×42 is slightly larger all-purpose riflescope. As is the newer 3-9×50. The last two models are, as per usual, very good at magnification.

The Terra Zeiss series does seem like a promising one and we can’t wait to see an iC version of these beautiful rifle scopes.

Conclusion

There are many more advantages to Zeiss scopes than we had room enough to delve into right here. We should, however, mention the bullet drop compensation system by Zeiss which clearly is one of the best in the riflescope world. Also, Zeiss scopes reviews praise the Zeiss ballistic reticles for being far better than many companies which exclusively produce rifle scopes. It seems that Zeiss really know what their customers are actually after when they set their sights.

Zeiss scopes are solid pieces of craftsmanship. Any hunting job will benefit immensely from Zeiss scopes, as would any military or professional shooting job. Let us know what you think of Zeiss scopes in the comments section below.

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Sightron Scopes Reviews

Another great optics company making great rifle scopes, Sightron scopes comes to us as a humbler manufacturer than some of the previous riflescope companies we’ve talked about. Humbler in name, but not in style, though. While their brand had its birth in 1993, in just 23 years this scope and rifle optics designer has managed to assert its position as a leading competitor on this market.

Today, we’re here to present you with a complete guide to this awesome rifle optics manufacturer and its top-of-the-line scopes. On their website, the company states time and time again that their Sightron scopes are simply the best at acquiring targets and making sure the shooter never misses. We’re going to look at their scopes’ specs, to see if that’s true. Without any further delay, we suggest you put your eye on the target and read on!

Sightron Scope

About Sightron Scopes

There isn’t much info out there about Sightron Scopes. This may be on account of their serious model of doing business. Or maybe they just wanted to let their exquisite scopes speak for themselves. Either way, we know very little about the company itself, apart from a few simple facts.

Sightron Scopes began way back in the year 1993, as we’ve already mentioned. Over time, the company grew into what we see today. A company made by sportsmen to provide a solid range of equipment for professional and amateur shooters everywhere. While their incredible scopes have not been the subject of one-too-many reviews, they sure have made themselves known as a very serious company. Specifically, many professional sport shooters have employed Sightron scopes.

Today, although there’s not much talk around the internet about Sightron, there are clearly a lot of buyers for their products. We’ve asked ourselves why this is. Looking at their official catalog, you get the feeling that they put great care into making their scopes as best they can. You can see this by looking at the general features of Sightron Scopes presented below.

Sightron Scopes Specs

Like all serious companies that make rifle scopes, Sightron also have a few stand-out features that make their scopes worthwhile. Here’s a list:

  • The locking turret system. All Sightron scopes have a locking turret mechanism that enables them to immediately lock in place at that exact adjustment. This is especially good for harsh environmental conditions. The last thing you’ll want to do when out in the wild and humid forest is unintentionally change your scope’s knob positions.
  • The FAST system. This is basically a tuner that gives you the ability to make very fine adjustments to your sight. By enhancing the details of the field of view and stabilizing the focus, you will see a target four times clearer than with any other type of rifle scope.
  • Waterproofing. All Sightron scopes are waterproof. This may be a common feature with many scopes, but with Sightron, it’s especially good since it combines very well with all the other neat specifications of the Sightron rifle scopes.
  • Incredible resistance. A Sightron scope in and of itself can be a lethal weapon. That’s because the outer case is so hard, it would really take someone with great force to even make a dent in it. This rigid outer shell is made to keep the scope always in focus, no matter through how many harsh conditions you may put it to the test.
  • Nitrogen filling. Being waterproof, you probably already figured that Sightron scopes are also nitrogen filled. Nitrogen is almost always used with rifle scopes in order to fog proof them. If they were filled with air, it would be very easy for fog to form inside the scope. Nitrogen eliminates that possibility.
  • Customizable settings. For each purchase made directly from the company’s shop, they offer to customize your scope to fit you, your sport, and your rifle. You can change the turret, a few parallax options, and the reticle. Sightron reticles are incredibly varied: from simple crosses to complex models that need an instruction manual to be understood.
  • Lifetime warranty. Sightron scopes, like any reputable brand selling rifle scopes, offer a lifetime warranty for their products. This warranty is applicable in most cases in which the scope becomes unusable on account of something that they had guaranteed worked. For instance, say you buy a Sightron SIII 6-24×50 now and 40 years from now you drop it into a puddle of mud. If any drop of water gets in, Sightron will most definitely replace it, no questions asked.

Sightron Rifle Scope

Other Useful Info about Sightron Scopes

Apart from the main features of Sightron Scopes listed above, you may want to know more specific info about the scope models themselves. We’ve also made a list of these interesting facts:

  • Sightron Scopes for sale to look for. These are the most amazing categories of Sightron scopes that you should most definitely watch for: Sightron SV series, Sightron SIII LR series, Sightron SIII series, Sightron S-TAC series, Sightron SII Big Sky series, Sightron SII series, Sightron SIH Series.
  • Sightron scopes that have the same system. The following Sightron models have the same sighting systems: the SII Big Sky, the SII, the S-TAC, and the SIII LR series.
  • The advantages of the Big Sky. The Big Sky has a bigger eye relief, better knobs for the turret, and an adjustable focus that can go down to as little as 10 yards.
  • The Zact-7 Revcoat. Look out for the Sightron Scopes labeled with a Z7 symbol. These make light transmission a dream, with levels as high as 90 to 91%.

Sightron Rifle Scope

Conclusion over Sightron Scopes

While not as famous as other scopes (Burris, Olympus, or Leupold), Sightron scopes do still manage to pack a major punch. Simply put: they can be just a reliable, at a slightly more affordable price tag. Don’t be afraid to pick up your Sightron scope today! We guarantee you will not regret it.

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