Best Rifle Scopes 2017-09-26T09:07:35+00:00

What Are Rifle Scopes?

The question of what is a rifle scope and its benefits is quite common. With the growing trend of average citizens taking up the sport of shooting, there are more and more people looking to fully understand what options are available to them and whether or not they will find them useful or desirable. The answer to this question depends on what your particular shooting goals happen to be.

Features of Rifle Scopes

The first part is to understand what is a rifle scope exactly. In layman’s terms it is a magnifying device that allows you to see targets from long distance, which would be very difficult to hit using the naked eye. The design of these scopes is actually based off the technology used in telescopes. As with telescopes, the power of magnification varies a great deal. The particular strength of the scope is typically directly related to its cost.

Unlike most telescopes, however, a scope typically has a graphic inside the viewing area. This is set up so that by viewing through the scope you can align the cross hairs to the intended target. The graphic can vary to some degree, but will surely involve intersecting lines that create a single focal point. In the case of red dot scopes those intersecting lines may be replaced with a single red dot for quick focusing.

The scope is mounted onto the rifle so that when one goes to shoot the rifle they can look into the scope and line up the shot. Proper alignment of the scope to the gun is essential for accuracy. Many people prefer to have a professional mount the scope for them. Accurate mounting usually requires that the gun is tested in a controlled setting to ensure that it is in proper alignment. If the scope is not properly mounted you will quickly find that making long distance shots in nearly impossible.

It can be somewhat challenging if you are not an expert about scopes to decide which one you would like for your rifle. Many people choose to seek the assistance of a sales person or experienced shooter when making the decision of which scope to purchase. Most gun enthusiasts and sellers are more than happy to assist in this process.

One important aspect about magnification is to understand that the higher the magnification is, the smaller the area will be that you will be able to see in your scope. This means that it may take more time to locate your intended target. You will also find that the higher the magnification the lower the amount of light is that will enter the scope. This will make objects in view darker and less resolute. There are pros and cons to each option. To counter this there are scopes that have the ability to adjust the magnification.

To be sure that you are making the best choice for your shooting needs it is best to consult someone that has experience in the type of shooting that you hope to do. Of course you can take the time to learn, but having assistance is always beneficial. With time you will gain the knowledge that those that came before you possess.

Best Rifle Scopes For The Money

Bestseller No. 1
Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope, 1x25mm, Black
3,690 Reviews
Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope, 1x25mm, Black
  • Trophy red dot, 1x25mm; 3 MOA, Dot-reticle
  • Easy target acquisition; Mounting Length of 1.1"
  • Amber-bright high contrast lens coating (front lens is tinted amber)
  • TILTED front lens reflects LED light to create red dot; Bushnell logo color on the product may vary (white/gold)
  • Red dot LED light source secured inside the scope with adhesive (by design, partially obstructs field of view)
SaleBestseller No. 2
UTG 3-9X32 1' BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings
2,040 Reviews
UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings
  • BEWARE OF COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS SHIPPED DIRECTLY FROM CHINA
  • 1 Inch Tube with Emerald Coating for Maximum Light Transmission, Premium Zero Lockable & Resettable Turrets with 1/4 MOA Per Click Adjustment
  • Range Estimating Mil-dot Reticle for Optimal Aiming and Shooting Performance, Adjustable Objective from 3 Yards to Infinity
  • Red/Green Dual Illumination for Versatile Applications, Large Field of View and Most Accommodating Eye Relief for Optimum Critical CQB Mission
  • Complete with 2" Sunshade, High Quality Flip-open Lens Caps and Quick-detachable Rings
SaleBestseller No. 3
CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 2.5-10x40e Red & Green Illuminated Gun Scopes with 20mm & 11mm Mount
1,350 Reviews
CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 2.5-10x40e Red & Green Illuminated Gun Scopes with 20mm & 11mm Mount
  • Magnification: 2.5-10x; Power of the gun sight laser:2mW; Class of the laser: Class IIIA
  • Made of high strength aircraft aluminum, the scope is durable.
  • Field Of View:100 yards of 32.5' @ 2.5x - 8.9' @10x
  • Laser Reaching Distance:100 yards
  • Reticle Illuminated Type: Red and Green
Bestseller No. 4
Pinty 2.5-10x40 AOEG Red Green Illuminated Mil-dot Tactical Rifle Scope with Red Laser Combo - Green Lens Color
288 Reviews
Pinty 2.5-10x40 AOEG Red Green Illuminated Mil-dot Tactical Rifle Scope with Red Laser Combo - Green Lens Color
  • Magnification 2.5-10X with 40mm objective, field Of View: 100 yards of 32.5' @ 2.5x - 8.9' @10x, laser range up to 100 yards.
  • The multi-coated green objective lens boast higher light transmittance for better clarity performance compared to blue objective lens.
  • Red and green illuminated reticle, 5 brightness levels for all environments.
  • Solid aluminum alloy construction, quick and secure attachment to all Picatinny or Weaver rails.
  • Nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed for waterproof, fog proof performance.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Sonicking tactical 3-9x40 AO Rifle Scope with 20mm Mounts
34 Reviews
Sonicking tactical 3-9x40 AO Rifle Scope with 20mm Mounts
  • 6061-t6 aluminum alloy is adopted to achieve high strength and high hardness (more than HV90). 6061-T6 series are made of aluminum, magnesium and silicon alloy which is processed by heat treatment and featured with corrosion resistance. With monolithic tubular design, high strength and strong resistance guarantee the integrity and safety of the product, despite of strong collision or scratches in outdoor sports.
  • Lead-free glass allows outdoor enthusiasts to present different color tones at different angles. It releases most of images from distortion and maximizes the softness of the light to protect your eyes. The coated lens improves light transmission rate, while improving the color reproduction and balancing the color. There is a scratch-resistant coating outside the lens, which can protect the external lens from scratches, oil trace and dirt.
  • The oscilloscope of the 3-9x40 product is completely sealed and 100% nitrogen-filled. When being installed in gun or air gun, it has advantages of anti-vibration, fog proof and water proof. The shock-resistant structure can meet the demand from pistols, shotguns and other types of high recoil weapons. It is wholly trustworthy. The Picatinny rail bracket built in oscilloscope is easy to connect hunting accessories, meeting your equipment needs to the maximum extent and increasing outdoor fun
  • The scope can be quickly moved and aimed, in which there is also an intelligent annular structure that controls the articulated interactions between inner and outer tubes within a range. The design provides long-lasting reliability for these interactions, ensuring precise response to adjustment of wind resistance/height over time. Full testing has been conducted for airguns and rifles with the destruction and certain range under extreme recoil.
  • In a wide range of zoom-in region, the target can be positioned with the scope at a medium to long distance, and precision shooting is achieved. The quick focusing eyepiece is equipped with the 1/4-inch repositionable wind direction and elevation adjustment, and can rapidly acquire the target that moves fast at a close distance. This will save you more time, when you take aim at a large deer or other predators which are 300 meters away. In addition, you can easily install other devices like flas
SaleBestseller No. 6
CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 6-24x50 AOE Red and Green Illuminated Gun Scope with Free Mount
1,693 Reviews
CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 6-24x50 AOE Red and Green Illuminated Gun Scope with Free Mount
  • Magnification: 6-24x
  • Objective Diameter: 50mm
  • Field Of View: 28 ft @ 100 yards
  • Click Value: 1/8 inch @ 100 yards
  • Illuminated Type of the rifle scope: Red and Green
SaleBestseller No. 7
CVLIFE Tactical 3-9x40 Optics R4 Reticle Crosshair Air Sniper Hunting Rifle Scope with Free Mounts
957 Reviews
CVLIFE Tactical 3-9x40 Optics R4 Reticle Crosshair Air Sniper Hunting Rifle Scope with Free Mounts
  • Specification: 3-9x40
  • Magnification: 3-9x
  • Objective Diameter: 1.57" (40mm)
  • Exit pupil: 0.2"-0.67"
  • Length: 12.20"
Bestseller No. 8
AT3 Tactical RD-50 Red Dot Sight with Low Mount
129 Reviews
AT3 Tactical RD-50 Red Dot Sight with Low Mount
  • ACCURATE - Crisp 2 MOA red dot sight allows for accurate, both-eyes-open shooting. 11 red dot brightness settings provide optimal visibility in any light conditions. Multi-coated, scratch resistant amber lens provides enhanced image clarity.
  • DEPENDABLE - Fully waterproof with sealed housing. Lifetime Warranty. Shockproof circuitry resists damage from rough handling. Matte black anodized finish resists scratches while keeping a stealthy profile.
  • UNBEATABLE VALUE - Exceptional battery life - up to 50,000 hours at the lowest brightness setting. Genuine RenataTM CR2032 Lithium battery included. Factory direct pricing - no distributor markup.
  • INSIDE THE BOX - Red dot sight, Rubber bikini cover, Instruction sheet, Lens cloth, Allen wrench, (Optional) Riser Mount
  • CHOOSE YOUR MOUNT TYPE - Low Mount (Standard Picatinny, No Riser) - Med Mount (.83" Riser Mount for "absolute" cowitness with iron sights) - Hi Mount (1" Riser for "lower 1/3" cowitness)
SaleBestseller No. 9
Nikon Buck Master II Scope with BDC Reticle, 4-12 x 40mm
309 Reviews
Nikon Buck Master II Scope with BDC Reticle, 4-12 x 40mm
  • Compact riflescope with 4 to 12x magnification and 40mm objective lens
  • Fully multicoated optical system transmits up to 98 percent of available light
  • Zero-reset turret with spring-loaded adjustment knob; 3.7 inches of eye relief
  • Nitrogen-filled, O-ring-sealed housing for waterproof, fog proof performance
  • BDC reticle; quick-focus eyepiece; measures 14.1 inches
SaleBestseller No. 10
CVLIFE 4x32 Compact Rifle Scope Crosshair Optics Hunting Gun Scope with 20mm Free Mounts
372 Reviews
CVLIFE 4x32 Compact Rifle Scope Crosshair Optics Hunting Gun Scope with 20mm Free Mounts
  • Magnification:4x;Objective Diameter: 1.26" (32mm); Eye Relief: 4.13" (105mm) Length: 7.48"(190mm);
  • With the fully coated optical glass, the rifle scope would give you a bright and high-contrast image.
  • Made of high-strength aluminum alloy and with its one-piece tube construction, the scope is definitely for greater strength and durability.
  • Inert gas purged, fog,shock, water proof, this scope can be used under any weather condition.
  • The length of the whole scope is 7.48" (190mm), which makes this compact scope suitable for quick moving and aiming.

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