It doesn’t matter if you are a hunter or a competition shooter, when you’re shooting at a distance, you want the best scope that you can get your hands on. There’s plenty to consider when choosing shooting optics, from reticle type to price range. This guide of the 10 best long-range riflescopes on the market today will help you stay on target.
The Steiner 5-25×56 long-range riflescope is a wonder of optical engineering. Made in Germany, the Steiner adheres to military specs, and is just what you need for that perfect shot, whether in combat or competition. It features an adjustable, illuminated MSR reticle, and is waterproof to depths of 33 feet.
If you’re looking for a bargain, this offering from Vortex Optics might be the one for you. This relatively low-cost model has all the features you could ask for in a long-range riflescope. It features a one-piece 30mm argon-filled aluminum tube that makes it water and fog resistant. The MRAD reticle is paired with a Fast Focus eyepiece for accuracy and comfort.
The Primary Arms 4-16×44 Illuminated Mil Dot Scope should be on the list for shooters and hunters on a budget. You’ll get fully-featured second focal plane optics with a Mil-Dot reticle and a side-mounted parallax adjustment knob to keep your image centered and sharply focused. It also comes with 12 reticle brightness settings and flip caps for the lens.
The NightForce C507 features a 56mm objective lens that extremely effective for long and close ranges. It also has ZeroStop, which returns your scope’s elevation settings back to zero with a single knob turn. And for shooters who like to customize, the NightForce is available in one of nine reticles.
The 5-25×56 PM II L/P from Schmidt Bender is pure quality from the eyepiece to the objective lens. Police and military forces around the world rely on them for precision shots, and you’ll get the same. It comes with parallax compensation from 10 meters to infinity and an illuminated reticle that guides you to an effective range of up to 2,000 feet.
Leupold prides itself on accuracy and durability, and that’s what you get with the Mark 4 ER/T. Features include blackened lens edges that reduce glare and a Front Focal Mil Dot reticle that magnifies as the image focuses. It’s also customizable with a choice of three BDC dials, or none at all.
Nikon has long had a reputation for the quality lens, and with the MONARCH 3 BDC Riflescope, you can see why. You get a 4x zoom range with up to four inches of eye relief and a quick-focus eyepiece that brings the image clear and close in an instant. Spring-loaded zero-reset turrets offer make for quick and easy adjustments. And it is easy on the wallet, too.
The TR23 AccuPoint is Trijicon’s longest-range riflescope. Suitable for all types of shooters, the fiber-optics and tritium aiming-point illumination makes for battery-free reticle targeting long after the sun sets. The multi-coated lenses stay crystal clear and have zero distortion in low light situations. And, with zero forward emission, no light is emitted from the objective lens. The AccuPoint is a great buy for early morning and late evening shooting, regardless of your environment.
Coming in as the priciest long-range riflescope on our list, the Carl Zeiss Optical Inc Diavari Riflescope is truly something to behold. It boasts an impressive 72mm lens made of fluoride glass that reduces ghosting and allows for detailed identification at maximum ranges. Due to the LotuTec coating, water rolls right off the lenses. And with a choice of illuminated and non-illuminated reticles and 30mm simple ring mounting system, this set of optics will fill just about any shooter’s needs.
The SWFA SS Tactical Riflescope is a combination of value and quality. Designed to meet NATO standards as well as survive the rigors of combat, this offering from SWFA features their patented Mil-Quad reticle that will hold a target in even the worst conditions. And since it’s waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof, you really can’t ask for much more for the money.
In the end, what choosing the best long-range riflescope really comes down to personal preference. You want to consider things like quality, function, options, the ability to accessorize and how they all fit into your price range. And it never hurts to ask questions. Shooters that get results are usually quite willing to talk about what works for them, and they’ll tell you why.