The Best Scopes for Your Hunting Rifle

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Now, more than ever, there are more scopes on the market that you can use to hunt with. While it can be difficult to find the best scope for your rifle, there are several that stand out. For the most part, we know that people want a big tube that has exposed turrets, as well as an outstanding sighting system that helps with accuracy.

Then there are some that just want a normal scope that isn’t too intricate. Well, we have you covered here, as we discover the best scopes for your hunting rifle that you can find right now.

Vortex Optics Diamondback Spotting Scope

This is a straight spotting scope that weighs 2.9 pounds and contains an exit pupil of 4-1.3 mm and includes a 20 to 60 times magnification. This allows you to see better with a wide field of view. It is small and easily portable.

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Because of the nice exit pupil, you will see well if you wear glasses or not. The Vortex Optics Diamondback includes a built-in sunshade which helps with the natural brightness adaptation. This gives you a more clear view of the target.

The best parts of this spotting scope include being waterproof and weatherproof, too. You can easily take it anywhere, in any conditions and it will work as if you are in nice weather. The only real downside is that it is recommended you use it with a tripod or a bipod, which it does not come with. Other than that, this is one great spotting scope.

Vanguard Endeavor Spotting Scope

The best spotting scope under 500 is probably the Vanguard Endeavor spotting scope. It weighs 3.2 pounds and has an angle to it with 15 to 45 times the magnification. It is waterproof and fog proof and contains a 4.2 to 1.35 mm exit pupil.

This spotting scope has a rubber armored design making it very durable, and it is light and compact, for ease of use and storage. While it does not have higher magnification like some other spotting scopes, it is still one of the best on the market and you won’t be disappointed.

Overall, this is a great scope that holds up over time, is great in any weather and climate, and it gives you clear images of your target.

Nikon Reticle Rifle Scope

This rifle scope comes in a matte black color and has specialized reticles as well as an adjustment system which are etched in glass and are considered tactical. You can order this with or without the illumination.

The Nikon Reticle Rifle Scope has multi-layer coatings on the air to glass areas and it has a turreted mounted side focus called the Parallax adjustment which lets you fine turn the scope’s sight without moving your body.

The great eye relief keeps your eye area safe and isn’t too hard to withstand. The scope overall is smooth and makes adjustments easily without disturbing your target. It has a 30 mm main body tube and is light in weight, coming in 4.8 ounces.

Zeiss Conquest V6 Reticle Scope

This scope might be pricey, but it is easy to see why it’s so great. The Zeiss Conquest is a ZMOA reticle type scope that has adjustable BDC turrets. It also has a second focal plane, 50 mm objective lens that can stand up in any weather because it is waterproof and fog proof.

The newer ballistics is noticeable with this brand new model (when it comes to turrets and reticles). With great optics, you won’t have to worry about hitting your target at all. Zeiss offers a 5-year No-Fault Policy as well as a Limited Lifetime Warranty that can be transferred. If you want a scope that is versatile, can go long ranges and has great optics, then this is the scope for you!

Nightforce ATACR F1 Scope

We realize this is an expensive scope, at over $3,500. If you can afford it, though, you should consider it. The Nightforce ATACR F1 scope has a 34 mm tube, is 16 inches long and weighs 39.3 ounces. It is bigger and heavier than some, but it is greatly impressive when it comes to the images, resolution and the ability to repeat itself.

This is a great long range target scope that has great reticle options with MOA or MIL graduations. It has a zero stop and 100 MOAs elevation adjustment. While it does lack in the lighting department, and the weather performance department, this is still an impressive scope.

You will need a bigger-than-normal mount for this scope, but that’s okay because you can spin your turrets for longer, have clear imagery and an overall amazing performance.

Redfield Rampage Angled Spotting Scope

The Redfield Rampage is an affordable spotting scope that gives you a great performance with great imagery and accuracy. This scope is best used in a mid to long range setting, as well as wet or foggy weather conditions. It weighs 6.1 pounds, which is heavy but it does have a 20 to 60 times magnification.

This scope is waterproof as well as fog proof and is angled with rubber armor on the outside to give it durability and sustainability. It stays still easily due to its weight, but you can still transport it anywhere with ease. This piece does come with a tripod that is small but works well but you should buy another one if you are considered about having the scope positioned at higher points.

With its moisture protection and durability, this is definitely a scope to look into. It may be bigger but it’s definitely worth the extra weight.


There you have it! We have given you a handful of reviews on scopes for your rifle that we hope you will consider. In the end, if its comfortable and works well, that’s all you need! Just be sure to get a scope that fits your needs.

About the author: Mike is a passionate hunter and his favorite grounds are Alaska and British Columbia. He’s also an expert in hunting gear and he is one of the most reliable resources when it comes to choosing the right tools for the job. He also writes for


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