2020’s Best 223 Scopes: 10 Superbly Built Multi-coated Models With Fast-Focus, Zero=Reset Turret & Ample Eye Relief—Fully Tested & Reviewed (Buying Guide)
- Erik Himmel
You don’t have to scour the seven seas to find a 223 scope. Scopes come a dime a dozen but the best thing about a .223 scope is that it checks all boxes. Both cartridge and rifle are from Remington Arms including the scope which they developed. The .223 cartridge is a more desirable alternative to the 5.56.
For one its a good deal cheaper and the choice of vet shooters for 500-600 yard range.
Now that you have made up your mind on the .223, traded in your firearm for an AR or a Remington, what next; which scope? We are looking for low recoil, ultra-easy shooting round for close-up too, and durable to boot.
The .223 optic must deliver clarity, the choice of low magnification for dealing with close ranges, precision and of course it should be affordable. BDC reticles and extended turrets are features that manufacturers have built-in for accuracy and precision.
Your head is swimming now and you are thinking, how on earth am I going to figure this out.
We have put together this little compilation for exactly that; guiding your path to the best 223 scope out there. Good luck.
What You Will Get Here
- Best 223 Scopes Comparison Chart (Updated 2020)
- Our 10 Best Scopes for .223 Bolt Action
- Editor’s Choice: Vortex Optics Crossfire II 1-inch Tube Riflescopes
- Great Value for Money: Bushnell Optics, Drop Zone BDC Reticle Riflescope
- Advanced Choice: Trijicon ACOG 3.5x35 Riflescopes
- Best for Long-Range Shooting: Primary Arms Classic Series 4-16x44mm SFP Rifle Scope
- A List of 6 Other Products We Reviewed
- A List of Other Products We Tested
- What’s special about .223 Scope?
- .223 Scope - A Comprehensive Buying Guide
- .223 Scope: Maintenance & Cleaning Tips
- Final Words
Best 223 Scopes Comparison Chart (Updated 2020)
Vortex Optics Crossfire II 1-inch Tube RiflescopesRead Full Review
Bushnell Optics, Drop Zone BDC Reticle RiflescopeRead Full Review
Trijicon ACOG 3.5x35 RiflescopesRead Full Review
Best for Long-Range Shooting: Primary Arms Classic Series 4-16x44mm SFP Rifle ScopeRead Full Review
Vortex Optics Diamondback Second Focal Plane RiflescopeRead Full Review
Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40 BDCRead Full Review
Vortex Optics Crossfire II Dead-Hold BDCRead Full Review
Vortex Optics Crossfire II Riflescopes V-Brite IlluminatedRead Full Review
Bushnell 1-4x/24mm scopeRead Full Review
Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9x40mm RiflescopeRead Full Review
Our 10 Best Scopes for .223 Bolt Action
Vortex is the magic wand of scopes. They have been on the scene long enough to know what features that count needs to go into a specific scope. A Crossfire II is the sum total of simple functionality without the fancy thrills and frills and does best what it is meant to; give you superior sporting quality.
The lens has several sheets of anti-reflective coatings that keep glare at bay and harvest light transmission effectively. The body is a single tubing body that is solid constructionally and confers high scope integrity so you are not let down when you need those precise and on the dot adjustments when it is most needed.
A zero-reset turret is part of the works and is fully capped for protection. It is impervious to inclement weather conditions and is fog proof too.
Eye relief is extravagant and the quick-focus eyepiece is a splendor. It allows swift and uncompromised clear and bright pictures. An unconditional VIP lifetime warranty is thrown in.
The picture quality at 9x takes a beating. If you want to use this scope on a scout-type rifle, choose the model carefully. Not all are compatible. Sadly, reticle illumination is missing. We were curious if zero would hold after the heavy recoil of a Remington; no way, zero remained faithful. It’s in the price slot $130 to $220, a bonanza for the performance you are getting.
We would like to put in a word for Vortex’s customer support which doesn’t come better.
This scope has been widely reviewed and barring a few moans, the feedback backed by our verification has been picture perfect.
|Eye relief||3.9 inch|
|Parallax||100 yards Factory set|
This riflescope holds great promise for hunting. You don’t have to break the bank for some sophisticated features that are more show-off than productive. The Vortex Crossfire II keeps things simple and is no pea shooter. Fully functional for the big game, varmint and small game hunting including target shooting, its right there.
Leading the pack is this great riflescope from Bushnell. With its shockingly low price, it has many adherents. The scope itself has features attributing it to great accomplishment. The optics are AR with a power of 3-9x which makes long-range shooting a play. The objective is a standard 40 mm which heightens the target’s clarity and rendering exact focusing.
A second focal plane is a standard on this scope and zero calibration is at 100 yards with aiming points reaching up to 500 yards which is not too bad for a scope that can do long-range duty.
The scope arrives loaded with a multi-coated lens that does not give two hoots for ambient light conditions. Brightness is delivered for sure.
The quick focus eyepiece is a testimony to precise shooting. The eye relief provided does exactly; provides ample margin from the recoil keeping you safe. Durability and robustness figure highly for any scope. This is of aluminum alloy, hard-anodized at that. A long-life is a surety.
For waterproofness, not only is it sealed but inert gas purged. So come rain, fog or whatever the elements bring down, your scope remains unscathed. Needless to say, it is scratchproof and rustproof.
We all know that Bushnell is no babe in the woods when it comes to riflescopes.
It is, as Mario our resident scope expert tells us a bit heavy though he was a bit perturbed that the turret marks were a bit offline. He said that it was not a killer deal anyway. Chasing up on a review we came across, we asked Sam, one of our team members who wears glasses, to have a look at a target which Mario was moaning was blurry and distorted.
Sam did confirm. Mario id some more experimentation and said it’s really not a problem; the mag power was set too high. Bushnell delivers credibly and we were on a high.
The review of this product was pretty good. It has a killer price of $100 give or take.
|Eye relief||3.7 inch|
Summing up, it is a wise pick for professionals and hunters whose interest is durability, top-notch quality and above all, reliability. A hunting or shooting experience is in your hands. This is one scope you will be glad to have in your belt. Like a faithful dog, it will give you accuracy and you will be your own master of every tactical situation.
The big boy of riflescopes is here.
The ACOG or otherwise called the Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight, has been in use by vets and their collective view is “it just does not fail.” Do we need to say more? The ACOG is the jewel in this crown. It is an exorbitant show of optical engineering and aptly deserved too. With around 12 different variations and over a dozen reticular combinations, it derives its power to illuminate from three sources primarily; batteries, fiber optics, and Tritium.
Replenishing on power and light during the day is the job of the fiber optics. When the light calls it a day, the tritium imparts a faint glow.The reticle itself is always a BDC which is pre-calibrated for a load of 5.56. It has a built-in rangefinder.
Riflescopes care for above all clarity. With the Trijicon ACOG, you can get that flea off the squirrels head at 500 yards with the squirrel oblivious. The Trijicon turns its collars up at the sheer brilliancy of its optics; absolutely outstanding. An extremely strong and magnificent glass gives you the freedom to see and be selective of the different targets that will pop up.
The much-trumpeted ACOG has its own cons; being self-regulation of the system. The brighter it is outside, the reticle follows likewise. This can be an impediment. We had a one on one with a young marine back from Afghanistan and this is what he had to say about the Trijicon ACOG. “Yeah sure, they get roughed up pretty bad. They are deployed in training also, and there’s the field; bouncing off walls, riding in Humvees, MRAPS, tracks and all. One guy hit an IED but his gun and piece came out cool.” The ACOG performs incredibly in low light and in pitch darkness, you have night vision to fall back on.
Some trade-offs; too much outside brightness and you need to tape off the red stripe which is the light collector. The reticule illumination is restricted to your location, not that of the target.
|Eye relief||2.4 inch|
|Adjustment Click value||¼ MOA|
|Field of view at 100 yards||28.9 feet|
|Reticle||Illuminated Red TA11EA Chevron|
The Trijicon ACOG is the Hercules of all riflescopes. It is a combat-proven part where it’s all about power weaponry. But getting down to brass tacks, this is undoubtedly where the ball drops. You need deep pockets for this one, at least something in the vicinity of 1.2K. This scope is decidedly for advanced users. Our reasoning is that we do not envisage you in tactical, combat, sniper roles in ordinary circumstances.
This second focal field plane riflescope is dual purpose; both short and long-range shooting. The added bonus is a quick switching mode. The scope’s reticle being a Mil-dot, it is pretty easy for you to figure out whatever it is that you are shooting at as it is illuminated. The view is blemishless all marks to the fabulous lens.
Being a second focal plane scope, the Mil-dot reticle can range targets to 16x magnification power. The zero is resettable and the turrets are locking. The ¼ MOA clicks are loud enough to be heard in the Suez. The parallax adjustment is through a sidewise knob that banishes parallax as well as extending a sharp image even at extended ranges.
The scope itself is of incredible strength. It has been forged to withstand high stresses and the durability is awesome irrespective of external factors such as weather.
Reticle brightness is in 12 levels; you get to choose what’s best for you. Flip covers are included.
Our findings of this product are reliable, first hand and factual.
Age has to be factored in first. Image clarity is directly proportional to your retinal status. At 200 meters, no complaints. The mil dots are a wee bit tiny to locate; true. Turrets are easy to relocate without the use of any tools.
|Eye relief||4 inches|
|Adjustment Click value||¼ MOA|
|Field of view at 100 yards||3.5 inch-26.19 feet|
Primary Arms have come up in the recent past with a host of riflescopes that are giving the competition a run for their money. They have got it right at every step. They have managed to create a supreme bundle for a little under $160. If you seek to buy a scope, we advise you to take a look at this little beauty.
A List of 6 Other Products We Reviewed
Vortex is a leader in the American Industry that deals with optical equipment be it for bird watching, law enforcement, recreational sport, you name it; the point being they are not the new kids on the block when it comes to riflescopes. The Vortex Diamondback is a very popular riflescope for all the right reasons as we shall see. Their usual combination of high-quality with a low price has the consumers eating out of their hands.
The glass is multicoated and spells extremely high-quality. Being a second focal plane scope it renders spectacular quick focusing features and compactness that further highlights sharp imagery.
As far as durability goes, it is a single-piece hard-anodized finish bestowing the Diamondback with great robustness, achieving three things at one go; sturdiness, shockproof and camouflage. Waterproofing and fog proofing is arrived at by O-sealing of the lens and nitrogen purging of the tube.
The reticle options are two; a dead-hold BDC and a V-Plex.
We honestly found the Diamondback an unpretensive straightforward scope. It’s child’s play to figure it out and mount. Being lightweight, it is not awkward to position your stance. In a short while, it makes you comfortable. Of the reticle options, we found the Dead-hold BDC a great deal simpler for windage and elevation corrections. In the same breath, not providing a sunshade seems irresponsible.
We do not need to delve into the sourcing part of the scope, but it should suffice to say that if you are a hunter handicapped by a budget or a newbie, the Diamondback will do you proud.
Time for a joust. The NikonBuckmasters II vs the Diamondback.
The Nikon offers high-quality optics. The Diamondback is a bit restrained here. Accuracy and ease of shooting, even Steven. The reticles, here the Diamondback gets the edge by a thin margin.
|Eye relief||3.1 inch|
|Parallax setting||100 yards|
|Field of view at 100 yards||32.4-11.3 feet|
With its numerous advantages, we highlight why Diamondback is a better option than other products twice the price. The features are specific to medium-range shooting, the optic quality is above par and the entire package comes with serious design understanding of the riflescope. Do yourself a favor; we are not advising you to buy it outright; just take a look at it.
Nikon knows how to hit home runs on the trot. They did just that with the Buckmasters II leaving the competition frothing. Blending simplicity with solidity is not an easy task. Nikon makes it so.
The reticle is BDC, reinvented with transparent ballistic circles, raising the stakes for long-range hunters. A Spot on Ballistic Match technology has been introduced here to enable the reticle to shoulder shot accuracy considering load, ammo in use, and so on. Being an outdoor use product, it has to face up with some undesirable abuse. A lot of infrastructures has gone into ensuring solidity.
The product is totally waterproof, complete with perfect lens sealings and inert gas internal purging. The lens is fully multi-coated and the turrets resettable without any tools. This scope has a light transmission of up to 92% owed to their patented Brightvue technology which is darn sweet to get your quarry down.
The Nikon warranty policy on this product looked a bit shady to us- No-Fault Repair/Replacement Policy and Limited Lifetime Warranty. On confirming with them, shipping defects are OK but not if your scope gets stolen. Fair enough.
Blurring images at close to mid-range and there is no way for parallax correction. The eye relief of 3.6 inches is an aspect to watch closely before making up your mind.
This product is well-reviewed and rated. The tag carries, around under $150 proving that it has little bearing.
|Eye relief||3.6 inches|
|Parallax setting||Factory set 100 yards|
|Field of view at 100 yards||33.8-11.3 feet|
The Nikon Buckmasters II is in a class of its own. The riflescope product is what is of interest to us specifically. Since we have sighted and done some common tests, this riflescope tells no lies. The Buckmasters is truly an accomplished product, in particular, the reticle management which is at the heart of things.
Versatile, great performance, overall great buy, and so on as reviews claim. So many models so let’s not get bogged in. Vortex is no child in arms when e speak of high-performance riflescopes. So let’s go.
The magnification is in the ideal slot; 6-24x. The second magical deal is the rigid construction.
Cast from a single piece of 1-inch aircraft-grade aluminum, anodized and finished in black, it can withstand severe conditions within accepted norms. It is made to take high recoil and impact. Any penetration of foreign matter and moisture is kept at bay with the lens being O-sealed and the tube nitrogen purged.
This variable optic is wonderful irrespective of whether you are using an AR or a hard-hitting bolt-action firearm. The second focal pane housed a Dead-Hold BDC reticle with a customized hash marked design that takes the guesswork out of the elevation and wind factors. In an SFP, the reticle is situated close to the ocular which means the plane changes size depending on the setting of the magnification and the BDC will be accurate at the highest setting. This makes it a winner for long-range shooting and competitions.
We were overwhelmed at the praise most of those owners we talked with had about the customer support.
Mounting this scope calls for additional investment as rings or other means for mounting the scope is not provided by Vortex. We advise going for a cantilever mount which gives better shoulder support. We found the design a bit short in that one cannot see the MOA markings on the turret when carrying out an adjustment as they are obstructed by the fingers.
A good scope has the markings below the top part and visible. At $190 more or less, it’s quite a bargain. One cannot ask for more from this scope as it has all bases covered to perfection.
This product has been reviewed quite largely.
|Eye relief||3.8 inches|
|Field of view at 100 yards||34.1-12.6 feet|
|Adjustment click value||¼ MOA|
Vortex is a giant in the field of optics. And here we are not talking of riflescopes. Their premium range covers wildlife and bird watching, for law enforcement and outdoor recreational sports. Choosing Vortex is joining an exclusive club.
We have here an expensive, top-notch product with ultimate magnification and clarity of vision. If for some reason, you don’t quite do check up on the other Crossfire variants. You will come away rolling your eyes. They actually cater to a mighty broad range
The V-Brite claims a class of its own. It comes with the works. Adequately long eye-relief, an eyepiece that is a fast focus type, lenses fully multicoated, and turrets that are resettable. There is no compromise on this Crossfire II. Bright, tough, and clear is how we can put it best. For the price, it does score heavily on its challengers.
It is produced of a single piece of anodized aircraft-grade aluminum, both O-sealed and nitrogen purged for waterproofing and standing in the way of fog prevention. The reticle is V-Brite which uses the V-plex advancement format which comes into play. With the battery-operated center dot illumination, it raises performance to a different level. This scope is a godsend for hunters and shooters during times of extremely depleted light conditions.
We have to doff our hats off at The Crossfire II V-Brite. Tight packaging of the very essentials is what we seek from a product. No more or less. The V-Brite completely satisfies on all scores.
We did find it a jot on the heavier side. The crosshair seems a bit awry but not exactly troublesome. The general opinion is that it is a great multipurpose scope. We tried it on a Lapua Magnum with a shot over 1000 yards. Unbelievable, we were bang on. That is testimony enough we should think.
We cannot but resist comparing the two Crossfire twins. Both are in the same price slot. Little under $200. Both are the second plane focus but the Crossfire II V-Brite with its contribution nudges the V-Brite ahead a mite. But honestly, the comparison has to end here because both are engineered to provide performance, rugged and no-nonsense.
A 30mm tube affords enormous strength as compared to a one-inch tube. The Crossfire II Dead-hold BDC saves weight without sacrificing durability. The V-Brite is positioned for greater recoil and power.
|Field of view at 100 yards||96.1-4.1 feet|
|Adjustment click value||½ MOA|
|Reticle||V-Brite Illuminated center dot BDC|
|Tube diameter||30 mm|
Our hope is that our highlighting of this scope has been illuminating. To reiterate, the robustness and durability of this scope are wonderful not to mention the complete waterproofness of the scope and its ability to take in knocks. Genuinely, this is a decent scope to start off with.
The market, if you observe, is mostly inundated by variable scopes claiming better viewing. However, the Bushnell, which is basically an AR optic, comes with a bunch of goodies that are hard to not pay heed to. It, we agree is a wee bit on the bulkier side but when it comes to the crux, it is hardly anything when compared to other 4x magnification scopes out there.
The Bushnell 1-4x/24 has a suffix; PCL which is short for Power Controlled Lever. It is a handle that is foldable and can be deployed swiftly to go from 1x to 4x. This optic will hardly see the user using 2 or 3x. The reticle is of the BTR-I type which is a reticle calibrated for the .223. This reticle is magical in all daylight conditions without the requirement of any illumination.
.If you do go in for a Bushnell, do opt for the PCL version. It can be dismantled if you feel you don’t need it. The turrets are exposed and finger adjustable. No locking arrangements have been provided. And no zero stop, so this is a weak area of this scope.
At night, the 1x disappears. But this scope comes with the best illumination system we have encountered in any scope. The illumination marking is in 11 steps, 1 being off. The steps have been adjusted brilliantly. Position 11 is for bright daylight against a white background. We simply cannot but agree that this is how reticle illumination should work.
The quality of the clicks belies its budget nature. As a short-range carbine scope, the clicks are very distinct, audible but exhibit a truckload of lash on each click; meaning crispness is out of the picture. If you are shopping for a $160 scope, look no further than the Bushnell 1-4x/24mm PCL.
The Bushnell is difficult to compare with other scopes. It has been thoroughly reviewed and is in a class of its own.
|Field of view at 100 yards||112-27 feet|
|Adjustment click value||½ MOA|
|Tube diameter||30 mm|
Bushnell has been in the field of optics for donkey’s years. Their products are the culmination of much research and engineering. These scopes are essentially short and medium-range products and give you the best bang for your buck. This is a great option for law enforcement and such ancillary tasks. One suggestion though, protect those turrets when not in use. A good buy any which way you want to look at it.
The Leopold brand for scope lovers is a hallowed brand. Their range covers a lot of bases. That is proof enough of their expertise. Freedom is one of their hotcakes. The 3-9x40mm is in two styles; CDS (Custom Dial Service) and the Rimfire. The CDS provides custom adjustable turrets to suit your ballistic requirements
Let’s just restrict ourselves to the Freedom. This is a kind of master of all trades. From muzzleloaders to AR-15s, the Leupold has no problems. Their goal is to fulfill all possible scenarios for hunters and shooters. The Freedom has a standard duplex reticle. Being a budget-oriented product, they supply the core only, accessories are your baby which you need to procure separately.
Leupold has put everything into the optics which is a total marvel. Some of the innovations will make your jaw drop. The turrets, for example, are not meant to make significant changes to drop, they do not have a zero-reset and are meant to be used with the turret caps in place.
This product comes with Leupolds Gold Ring full lifetime guarantee.
We agree this scope was a bit deep to fathom out. Mario, our resident team gun expert after a long time did appear somewhat bewildered but he is good in what he does; assessing scopes. There was a lot of thumbing and twirling of knobs to get a feel. The Freedom made things easier; zero adjusted automatically and Mario pumped off a couple of rounds.
The reticle he said was bad. No, it works fine but not user friendly he said. The zoom part was A1.
Eye relief was just about OK but the eye box at 9x is not a happy number.
The glass quality is superb.
This product has been moderately reviewed but is still a steal at $200.
|Eye relief||4.17 inches|
|Adjustment click value||¼ MOA|
|Tube diameter||1 inch|
|Field of Vision@100 yards||11.22-5.44 feet|
The Leupold Freedom is ruly a sope that bestows freedom. This riflescope is an advanced version in which we found the Army marksmanship Unit aptly put it; Shooting is shooting. Whether you are in combat, on the range or in the field, chuck everything aside and get down to the job-get your target down. The fundamentals don’t change. The Freedom epitomizes this culture. It’s worth the buy.
A List of Other Products We Tested
- 01 Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Multi-X Reticle Riflescope with 3.3-Inch Eye Relief, 3-9X 40mm
- 02 Bushnell AR Optics, Drop Zone BDC Reticle Riflescope with Target Turrets and Side Parallax, Matte Black, 4.5-18x/40mm
- 03 Bushnell Optics Drop Zone-22 BDC Rimfire Reticle Riflescope with Target Turrets, Matte Black, 2-7x/32mm
- 04 Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Rimfire, Second Focal Plane, 1-inch Tube Riflescope - V-Plex Reticle
- 05 UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings
- 06 HIRAM 4-16x50 AO Rifle Scope Combo with Green Laser, Reflex Sight, and 5 Brightness Modes Flashlight
- 07 TRUGLO TRU-Brite 30 Series Illuminated Tactical Rifle Scope - Includes Scope Mount, 1-6 x 24mm
- 08 Vortex Optics Diamondback 4-12x40 Second Focal Plane Riflescope - Dead-Hold BDC Reticle (MOA) with Baseball Hat
- 09 Redfield Revolution 3-9x40mm Riflescope with 4-Plex Reticle, Matte Black
- 10 Vortex Optics Viper HS LR 6-24x50 First Focal Plane Riflescope - XLR Reticle (MOA)
- 11 Nikon M-223 4-16x42M BDC 600
- 12 Primary Arms SLX Compact 5x36 Gen II Prism Scope - ACSS-5.56/5.45/.308
- 13 Nikon P-Tactical .223 3-9x40 Matte BDC600
- 14 Primary Arms SLX 4-14x44mm FFP Rifle Scope - ACSS-Orion
What’s special about .223 Scope?
What exactly is the purpose of a scope? You attach it to your firearm and pump up efficiency in your shooting prowess by increased accuracy, aim, and to get your quarry at one go. You need a scope for simplification of an otherwise tedious job. A scope is essential for long-range shooting.
A scope is essential for determining two aspects that deviate a bullet from their intended path; bullet drop or elevation and wind effect. Simply put, be it long or short-range, a scope helps in the eradication of sloppy shots. When you are presented with the option of being precise. Negating it is being foolish. Ammo is not a cheap commodity. A scope helps a tremendous lot in making that shot count.
Imagine driving a car with dim headlights. Sure, you can still drive. But that’s asking for trouble big time. A firearm without a scope is akin.
.223 Scope - A Comprehensive Buying Guide
1. Durability & Construction
All riflescope manufacturers are aware of the importance of providing an all-weather sturdy scope to their clients. The tube of the scope needs to be lightweight with the strength of a bison and having the flexibility too of being inured to stress. The choice of material is the classic combination of aircraft-grade aluminum.
There are plenty of these combinations and each maker to his own. The end result, however, is a sturdy scope capable of withstanding the knocks which is a common occurrence. Of great importance is the lens itself which is the nerve center. The O-seals that insulate the lenses from any kind of ingress are vital and inert gas purging of the tube cover the requirements amply
- BDC reticle- The name says it all; Bullet Drop Compensator. The markings under the middle of the crosshairs indicate the projected bullet drop which is to be compensated for.
- Mildot reticle- A mil dot reticle is for range finding. MIL is short for milliradian.
- Illuminated reticle- This brightens the reticle utilizing light so that in low light conditions the target gets to be more visible.
- Dot reticle- The scope exhibits a red dot which is the point of aim.
It really doesn’t matter whether you require a scope to shoot that coyote at 50 yards. You need magnification for shots aimed at longer distances. Here accuracy and precision are part of the picture. When the magnification is significant, you can bring down targets located further off with greater ease.
4. Lens & Light Transmission
Light transmission to the lens skyrockets when the lens is sealed tight from sourced that can affect the clarity. The lens as we have repeatedly endorsed is the heart of a scope. If there is a compromise here, consider your scope useless. The lens harvests available light. The bigger the objective, the better the amount of light that is gathered.
5. Tube Size
The tube provides rigidity and is directly responsible for the durability and robustness of the scope. Secondly, it determines your field of view. Tubes come in 3 different standards; 1 inch, 30mm, and 34mm. A 34 mm obviously gives a far better field of vision. Another aspect to consider is that the weight also rises with a greater bore tube. Some people erroneously believe that the larger the tube, the more the light. In general, tube size does not weigh heavily on your choice of scope.
6. Eye Relief
This is an important parameter that one needs to pay careful attention to. The eye relief is that space between the eye and the scope whereby the eye can see the entire view and utilize it. The further the eye is positioned away from the scope with an uninterrupted view, the better. A scope can still be mounted a bit further on the barrel, but there is a trade off between sight and safety. Eye relief is paramount for safety keeping your eye safe from recoil.
7. MOA & MIL(MRAD)
These measurements are very useful for adjusting your scope’s turrets. One MOA is one 1inch at 100 yards and 1 MIL is 3.6 inches per 100 yards. S if your shot is one inch off, you can adjust to bring the inch back to the opposite direction.
8. Accuracy & Clarity
This is the one factor on which your entire choice of a scope is pegged. Without an accurate scope, you will bag nothing and be wasting precious ammo. When hunting for an apt scope for the .223, what you need an optic that has accuracy at the foremost so that the guesswork about elevation and drop is taken out of the equation and performance is enhanced.
9. First or Second Focal Plane
Preference over first or second focal plane scopes is a personal choice. A reticle contained in the first focal plane changes sizes as you zoom in whereas the reverse is true of a second focal plane; it will remain the same size irrespective of zoom.
The weight of the scope is dependant on a number of factors; tube dia., objective size, accessories, and so on. Ideally, for a shooter who would be on his feet when taking a shot, the weight makes a difference as it introduces wobble which directly affects accurate aim. A shot executed lying supine, weight is not an issue
11. Mounting Option
Mounting a scope is a delicate and careful affair. This requires patience and time.
Normally, there are two methods of mounting a scope- Picatinny rails or rings, the more popular being rings. We personally prefer rings as any alterations to get the scope on even keel can be done using shims.
.223 Scope: Maintenance & Cleaning Tips
Your scope scarcely needs maintenance. But we recommend in the interest of keeping things ship-shape.
- Exterior surfaces of metal should be kept clean. A dampened cloth used for light dusting should do the trick.
- Turret caps are all treated to exclude water incursion. Leave them on.
- Start with a soft-bristled paintbrush or a lens brush to gently whisk dust and dirt away.
- Using an eye syringe or a bulb aspirator, blow off any further remnants of debris.
- If further cleaning is called for using a soft lint-free cloth. Clean the objective starting at the center and rotating outwards to the edge.
- If not satisfactory, repeat.
- Do not use any solvents unless it is a patented lens cleaner. Otherwise, you risk damaging the lens beyond repair.
- A microfiber cloth is best to use for cleaning.
The world of riflescopes is clearly defined in that you need to bring your quarry down, get the edge in a competition, rid your land from varmints, and other pestilences. Earlier the rather primitive move was to somehow mount a pair of binoculars on the barrel and make the best of it. It is only the last five years that have seen individuals investing in riflescopes. A brief summation of why you need a riflescope- longer range, improved accuracy, a scoreboard that looks good, and finally most importantly self-confidence and belief.
They may seem somewhat a tedious and unnecessary investment for some. We maintain that it is an indispensable addition to your firearm. It is an addition that attributes to accuracy, precision, range, and much more. Do consider what is achievable with a reliable scope. If you do not have one yet, it’s about time you consider getting the best .223 scope.
Q. 1: What Size Scope for .223?
Ans. The question is a bit awkward. It would have helped if you were more specific. I will try my best to amplify. The objective being the light-gathering device, the larger, the better. The tube is best at 1 inch to 30mm. Whatever your choice, try keeping the weight down.
Q. 2: How to Sight in .223 Rifle Scope?
Ans: Follow these steps:
- Mount your scope
- Focus the reticle. The crosshairs should be crisp and upright. To do this, focus on the sky and then a terrestrial object. The vision should not be blurry.
- Next step is to boresight the firearm
- After bore sighting, you are good to start. Try 25 yards first using paper target.
- You adjust your MOA settings for the bullseye
- Increase yardage once you’ve got it right.
Q. 3: How to Mount a Scope on a DPMS 223?
Ans: A DPMS is a brand for the AR for the uninitiated. Mounting a scope is the commonest failure of a scope. Here we are talking about can it slip. That would be a disaster as your next step is to head back home.
There are two basic mounting styles available; Picatinny rails or ring mounts. The later seems much more favored.
Q. 4: What to Zero a .223 Scope at?
Ans: Okay, your new scope has arrived and sitting there ready to swing into action. The first step is to zero it. So let’s proceed. Make sure your gun is not loaded and mount the scope following the instructions. No need to hurry, just get it right. The correct mounting is of great importance. Even the slightest can’t will horribly spoil things in the process. You will need a bubble level and shims to get a perfect system.
Head for the range next. Boresighting comes next which is outside the scope of this article at this point. Let it suffice to say, that your scope’s alignment is a process that initially if not perfect, will give you great headaches.
Q. 5: The AR-15 seems to be the choice, why is that so?
Ans: An AR-15 is an accepted standard. The most important part of a firearm is the bolt. A gun with a barrel of low quality, a non-mil spec buffer tube, poor finish all adds to a deficient gun which is a danger. The AR-15 is a clearly superior firearm which has been perfectly designed to obviate these setbacks.