The trend in long-range shooting is not likely to cease anytime soon. There’s something inherently attractive about being able to range out and pulverize watermelon or exploding milk jug from 1000 yards away. While the thousand-yard shot is more common than it used to be, farther ranges still are being shot all the time thanks to advances in technology, optics, and ballistic equipment.
Tactical scopes are available in a whole range of powers and specs, each with its unique reticle and adjustment turrets. The variety means that there’s a tactical scope to suit pretty much any rifle. The flip side is that it can be hard for the average hunter to know which scope is the right fit. To save you time, here are 5 of the best rifle scopes on the market
This premium sniper scope is built to military specs, with an insanely high power range and a MOAR adjustment/reticle system. There are lots of smart features like extended eye relief, zero-stop, and an extra-narrow tube which helps justify the high-end price. Previous buyers say it puts all their other scopes to shame!
The NXS is extremely high-powered, with a top end of 25X. That’s more than enough to make shots out at 1,000 yards and beyond with inch-precision. This high power complements premium rifles, and won’t underpower even the biggest rifle. The extra-big objective lens allows for a pretty wide field of vision, even out past 1,000 yards. 52mm adds a solid 1/4 onto most standard lens diameters, and it makes a difference at long range. You’ll be able to see not only your target but the area around it. Being able to observe the background helps you judge windage and parallax more easily.
Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II
Bushnell’s Elite Tactical scope was a pioneer in the precision-shooting market. Now it’s more like a homesteader, surrounded by a growing number of peers. There remains a lot to like about the 34mm XRS, including a new coyote-brown finish and G3 reticle that remains one of the fastest and cleanest mil-based ranging reticles in the field, though its utility tops out at about 25x.
The new XRS features middle-of-the-pack glass and above-average controls in a reasonably priced package. We especially like the readable witness marks on the turrets and robust throw lever on the magnification control.
Vortex Optic Viper HS
This scope uses premium fully multicoated, extra-low dispersion lenses to bring out the most color fidelity and highest-quality resolution possible. The XR coatings on this scopes optics provide enhanced light gathering and the combined armor tech coating protects the lenses from scratches and where.
The scope is made from a single piece of aircraft grade aluminum and is double O-ring sealed and hard on purged to make the scope rugged and dependable, like all Vortex products. This is a reliable and straightforward rifle scope that is available in three different models, a hunting model, a shooting model, and a tactical.
Known to be the most rugged scopes available, all NightForce Scopes are built to survive no matter what conditions you encounter. Shock, water, and fog proof, they are good to go anywhere you need them. This scope may be a little less durable than the NXS, but you are never likely to notice.
It is hard to downplay precisely how good a NightForce optic is. You won’t understand until you put your hands on one. It may take a little faith to spend the money, but once you do, you will be sold for life! Which is about how long these scopes last.
With 3.5-10x magnification, you have as much power range as you’ll need to get extremely accurate for your distances. While you might associate lower power range with daylight shooting, this Leupold ups the ante with some low light leverage
If there’s a scope that offers maximum quality in its baseline fundamentals, it’s this VX scope. Better yet, it’s one of the most affordable buys in the series. You now never have an excuse not to top your rifle with quality when this scope is priced so low!