2020’s Best AR-15 Scopes For An Accurate Target At Hunting Trips
- Robert Stevens
It took me a bit to figure out what AR stood for. Initially, I was on the wrong track thinking that AR stands for ArmaLite rifle, the Company that came up with the AR-style of rifle back in 1950. The ArmaLite is a semi-automatic rifle which means that at the pull of the trigger, only one round is discharged. But this is a coincidence.
When we are talking riflescopes, AR stands for an automatic rifle. Though telescopic sights have been around, modern technology has transformed them into superlative scopes such as red dot sights, traditional magnified optics, low-light/night vision optics and more.
A plethora of attachments and accessories have refined the riflescope to an infallible status without which a shooter would be practically shooting blind. We have imparted an in-depth descriptive analysis to assist you in understanding the workings of the individual components which should dispel any confusion in your mind when you are ready to go and grab that best AR scope.
What You Will Get Here
- Best AR Scopes Comparison Chart (Updated 2020)
- Our Top 12 Best AR Scope List
- Overall Best: Vortex Optics Crossfire II 1-inch Tube Riflescopes
- Advanced Choice: Trijicon ACOG 3.5x35 Riflescopes
- Beginner's Choice: UTG 3-12X44 30mm Compact Scope
- Multifunctional Choice: ATN X-Sight II HD 3-14
- A List of 7 Other Products We Reviewed
- A List of Other Products We Tested
- What’s Special About AR Scopes
- AR Scopes - A Comprehensive Buying Guide
- Cleaning & Maintenance Tips
- Final Words
Best AR Scopes Comparison Chart (Updated 2020)
Vortex Optics Crossfire II 1-inch Tube RiflescopesRead Full Review
UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster ScopeRead Full Review
Trijicon ACOG 3.5x35 RiflescopesRead Full Review
UTG 3-12X44 30mm Compact ScopeRead Full Review
Multifunctional Choice: ATN X-Sight II HD 3-14Read Full Review
Nikon Buckmasters II, 4-12x40mmRead Full Review
Vortex Optics Spitfire EBR-556B Reticle (MOA)Read Full Review
ProStaff 3-9 x 40 Black Matte RiflescopeRead Full Review
Vortex Optics Viper HS-T Second Focal Plane RiflescopesRead Full Review
Bushnell Optics Drop Zone Reticle RiflescopeRead Full Review
Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II First Focal Plane RiflescopesRead Full Review
Burris 200261 Ballistic Plex 2-7x32mmRead Full Review
Our Top 12 Best AR Scope List
Vortex spells quality and they have incorporated many features in this low powered scope.
The 1-4x suits short and mid-range. The scope is constructed of a single tube from aircraft-grade aluminum. Both shock-proof performance and strength are assured. Nitrogen purged and O-ring sealed, the Crossfire II is fog and water-resistant.
The magnification range is 4-12x and the objective is 24mm. The Dead-Hold BDC reticle supports varying ranges.
The eye relief is long. Getting a sight picture is swift and easy to acquire. The reticule focusing is provided with a fast-focus eyepiece.
Fully multi-coated lenses are anti-reflective, provide crystal clear, bright views for the user. The reset turrets are capped and are adjustable by finger with MOA clicks that after sighting in can be reset to zero.
Having nominated the Vortex Optics Crossfire II as our top Choice, we need to justify our research.
The lenses are splendid, durable and the reticle is illuminated. Lens caps are not provided.
This scope is not for use on scout type rifles as the image will wash out with higher magnification. The red dot works flawlessly. Also, the zero holds true after sighting in.
It is a well-engineered product and overall, we stand by the Vortex Optics Crossfire II. It’s a winner hands down.
In comparing, we have in the ring, the UTG BugBuster. Both these scopes are budget-friendly.
The Crossfire II has a Dead-Hold BDC reticle for shooting at various ranges. The BugBuster is armed with a mil-dot reticle. Mounting it was easy. The magnification and objective settings are user friendly. The BugBuster is used for medium to long-range whereas the Crossfire II is more suited for short to medium range.
The Vortex Crossfire II is well reviewed and has price range is $120-$220. The BugBuster has received its fair share of reviews too. Its price is around $80.
|Eye relief||4 inches|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||96.2-24.1 feet|
|Parallax setting||100 yards|
|Adjustment graduation||½ MOA|
TheVortex Crossfire II is durable enough for most range shooting and hunting. But if you intend to really put it through the grind, you should contemplate on getting yourself a higher-end scope. The turret dial is squishy and there are no clicks.
The Vortex Lifetime is reliable and you have no fears on that count. The Vortex Crossfire II is worth its price but for a few bucks more, the Vortex Diamondback is a better buy.
When it comes to looking for a budget-friendly rifle scope for the AR-15, the UTG is among the more favored and is worth checking out.
The Bug Buster is a hardy, versatile scope. The exterior tube is of 1-inch, 9.8 inches long and it weighs 13.9 ounces. The lens coating is of emerald for ultimate light transmission and a 2-inch sunshade is provided. Two heavy-duty mounting rings and two lens caps that flip open are provided.
The scope is variable and includes a 32mm objective lens withh 3-9x magnification. This is an ideal magnification range for both mid and long-range. Generous eye relief is provided.
A mil-dot reticle for range estimating is fitted. The scope comes with an impressive dual green/red illumination. Illumination is adjusted by means of a side control wheel.
The turrets of the UTG Bug Buster are lockable and resettable, permitting adjustments to windage and elevation.
Different weather conditions do not adversely affect this scope as it is totally sealed and filled with nitrogen.
This is the product we narrowed down as our Budget choice. We ran our own trials on the Bug Buster and found it delivers big. It mounts easily and can be used both for hunting and shooting. As far as durability and toughness go, it passes with flying colors.
High-quality materials gone into its construction. Recoil and battering have also been rigorously tested.
A rather grave problem we faced was the windage setting, even at 25 yards was quite off.
The scope zeroes well, the turret moves fluidly with smooth, sharp clicks. The magnification adjustment proved a bit stiff. Higher magnification introduces blurry black edges.
The ocular rings are troublefree and the scope looks and feels well made.
The BugBuster has been already compared with the closest match, the Vortex Crossfire II previously. The BugBuster has been sufficiently reviewed. It is priced around $80 which is a throwaway price.
|Eye relief||3.2-4.2 inches|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||14-37.7 feet|
|Parallax setting||3 yards to infinity|
|Adjustment graduation||¼ MOA|
We wonder if there is anything they have missed out in adding to the features. Its track record is enviable. This scope is well suited for shooting and home defense. Being a Vortex product, some effort has been put in to place all useful feature that will transform the scope into a unique, performance driven scope. In the they have been very successful.
The Trijicon ACOG is an insanely durable and combat driven scope. .
The ACOG is short for Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight it was designed specifically for the US Military, in particular, The Navy Seals for a long time. It’s housing of top-quality forged aircraft-grade aluminum. The lens is of multiple coatings that supplement its strength. It is waterproof and shockproof and it can handle a few bumps and thumps without any adverse effects.
The magnification of the Trijicon scope is a fixed 3.5x. In case you are wondering if this magnification is a little miserly, the low power has been chosen, because the scope can then be deployed rapidly at targets close enough.
The illumination for this scope is battery-less. The illumination for the Trijicon ACOG is dual; fiber optics and TrItium. The fiber optics swing into play in daylight brightness and the Tritium glows in low light conditions. This incredible scope comes with 10 reticle options and 3 color alternatives. (red, green and amber)
The Trijicon ACOG is our Advanced choice. Based on the brightness conditions, this optic will auto adjust the illumination. The battery is illumination-free. The sight picture is amazingly clear and there is no strain or fatigue.
To tally it all up, the 3.5x35 is one combat-proven optic that most consider the best in its class.
We undertook a comparison of two products in the same genre; The Trijicon ACOG and the Vortex Viper Gen II, worthy rivals. The means of reticle illumination are different, the ACOG stealing the march here. .
The lens on the Viper is stellar. We were overawed.
The Trijicon has not been reviewed extensively. This is the most expensive of all the products we have chosen and being a premium product, hence few takers we guess. Its priced in the region of $1100.
The Vortex Viper Gen II has not fared well either on the review front. It has a price range between $880-$1300.
|Eye relief||2.4 inches|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||28.9 feet|
|Adjustment at 100 yards||3 clicks|
Not for nothing has the Trijicon ACOG earned the respect of many users. As the choice armament of the Navy Seals, it proves its pedigree. It is a tactical scope that can also be used for hunting and shooting. Some may complain that the magnification is on the lower side but this is a tactical scope. It is combat proven and comes with a premium tag.
For a memorable hunting experience, a great riflescope is a must. Just team it with a fabulous rifle, and sit back. This is the reason why the UTG 30mm SWAT 3-12X44 with its compact scope and AO Mil-dot has a considerable fan-following amongst hunters.
Its specific purpose is tactical hunting, predator hunting and also hunting big game.
The turret is zero resetting and target zero locking. By adjusting these features, your target aiming will be bang on. A parallax range of between 10yards and infinity works great.
The IE (Illumination Enhancing) reticle is another prime feature. This customizes the illumination and multi-color mode with a spectrum that has 36 colors.
The UTG scope has emerald coated lenses and these top-rated optics come with lenses that are multi-colored. A glare avoiding angled sunshade with flip open lens caps is fitted.
And now let’s take a good look at our Beginner’s choice, the UTG Compact scope. We loved the feature whereby the illumination is non-stop. This is also when experiencing heavy recoil. .
The glass is clean, holds zero wonderfully and the brightness is more than one can expect. The focus knob positioned on the left is wonderful. If you are on a budget and also aiming for accuracy, this scope will have you doing hoops. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.
We are pitting two products of the same manufacturer into the arena, the UTG BugMaster (Budget Choice) and the UTG 30mm Compact Scope (Beginners choice), both inexpensive scopes, to start with.
The mil-dot reticle of both is a great hit amongst hunters. The Compact has a zero-reset and a zero lock facility. Mostly, they are evenly matched and are joint winners.
The BugBuster has seen serious reviewing. It’s price is around $80 which is a throwaway price.
The UTG Compact Scope is adequately reviewed, and is priced at $100 approximately.
|Eye relief||84mm to 72mm|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||34-8.4 feet|
|Parallax setting||10 yards to infinity|
The UTG Compact scope is touted as an entry-level scope but judging by the number of goodies packed in, we are a bit bewildered. This scope has been tried and tested in all forms of use be it hunting for predators and even big game which is a dead giveaway to its superior versatility. It is economically priced keeping in mind that the target audience would be beginners. A word of caution, make sure the scope and your rifle are compatible.
Riflescope technology has traveled a long way. Thermal imaging, nocturnal vision, and smart scopes are the stuff of science fiction. The AXN X-Sight II is a smart Day/Night Rifle Scope..
The ATN X-Sight combines digital imaging technology with the features of the rifle scope.
The magnification of this scope is 3-14x.
The night vision at HD standard, targets are visible in any condition of lighting. This night vision can be gained in green or black and white.
The X-Sight II is also a digital camera. It can take high quality still pictures and the camera records at 1080p resolution, is also WiFi-enabled and can stream directly to another device.
The scope permits you to automatically calculate the distance to the target you are aiming at with the built-in range finder.
The scope also contains a built-in ballistic calculator. This gizmo integrates the variables in your bullets trajectory and advises you where to hold to make long-range shots.
The ATN X-sight, our Multifunctional choice, as we discovered is indeed worthy of being called a smart scope. Mario, our intrepid woodsman tried the scope and his pronouncement was that the image quality was excellent though he observed some blurring at 14x (which is to be expected). The zoom works well and the picture quality was exceptional.
The night vision quality exceeds expectations. The recoil activated video though turned out mediocre. This scope is a battery guzzler. A micro-SD card should have been included but isn’t.
There is no windage or elevation setting. Zeroing is by auto-calibration.
We can convincingly say, the ATN X-Sight is what it claims to be. It is an exceptional riflescope.
Being reviewed well, the ATN is mid-range priced at $500.
Its closest rival is the Burris 200261 which is cheaper. It performs well though and though can’t be said to be at par with the ATN, is still an all-rounder.
|Field of view||9 degrees|
|Focus range||10 m to infinity|
|Battery life||6 hours|
That the ATN X-Sight is described as a multifunctional choice is apt. It is truly a smart scope and accordingly outplays the competition on several fronts. The day/night vision, the ballistic calculator, the in-built camera; you name it. At the price it is offered at, one would be tempted to grab it. But a sensible choice would be to take your time, try the features, read as many reviews as you can before you make a move.
A List of 7 Other Products We Reviewed
Nikon is a name you are familiar with and this riflescope runs out the competition. The Nikon Buckmasters II is Nikon’s top launch.
With a 40mm objective lens and magnification range 4-12x, the picture is crystal clear, your target cannot elude you.
The Buckmasters II comes with a brawny, durable body structure.
The Nikon riflescope harvests light which enables shooting even if it’s dark outside. The optical system being multi-coated has the means to transmit 98% light irrespective of the ambient light.
Generous eye relief of 3.7 inches has been incorporated. .
This scope’s tube is nitrogen-filled, insurance against fogging over, shockproof and waterproof. .
Hitherto, long-range shooting was a bit problematic. The built-in BDC allows exceeding this range. A ballistic circle view is incorporated. Adjusting for around 300 yards is simple.
This scope is provided with a spring-loaded knob integral with the zero-reset knob.
Excessive sunlight is a deterrent for the shooter and the adjustable sunshade.
We know for a fact that the Nikon Buckmaster II was a riflescope much coveted. Our review made it amply clear that at the price offered, holding back could be a disaster. Reiterating its performance stats is not our method. We chose to examine certain aspects only. Enter Mario, our prized expert. The clarity is amazing he said; A spectacular scope was his pronouncement. This scope is one great bang for the buck.
The two scopes we could not resist to compare are the Buckmaster II and the Nikon Prostaff. The Buckmaster II has a greater magnification and the reticle is standard BDC. The Prostaff is equipped with the BDC LR-22 reticle. It is priced at a budget friendly range of $160-$180. This scope has been fairly reviewed
The Buckmaster II is in the price range of $180-$200 and has been reviewed sufficiently.
|Eye relief||3.7 inches|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||23.6-7-9 feet|
|Adjustment click value||¼ MOA|
Among the top renowned brands, Nikon contributes highly sophisticated products. When perfection counts nothing can surpass their products. Not only is the product of the choicest quality, but it also will not overstretch your budget. You get a great deal by paying less for more. This riflescope is a terrific blend of a flawless optic and mobility.
Prior to reviewing this product, we had examined each of its elements and we believe you will not be disappointed. So rev up your shooting skills by grabbing one of these as soon as possible.
Vortex Optics have recently gained ground as the manufacturers of the superb optic around the world. It is a mid-range gun. It has a lifetime warranty that is unlimited.
The Spitfire 3x is devised to function as the optic that any rifle utilizing a 5.56 cartridge The Spitfire 3x has high recoil potential and is a good fit for semi-automatic weapons. Its uses are multifarious- hunting, tactical shooting, police work and competitions as the precision of its targeting aim and accuracy is peerless.
The Vortex Spitfire optic’s weight is 12.2 oz.and 5.5 inches in length.
It was devised as a near replacement to an ACOG optic, though unfairly alluded to as the “poor cousin of the ACOG”.
The Spitfire has a fixed sight magnification but it does its task as a mid-range top-quality gun with aplomb. This sight is well-matched with other rifles that take a 5.56 caliber cartridge. It is a workhorse in tough conditions and handles high recoil efficiently which makes weapons that are semi-automatic compatible with it.
The optic holds zero unerringly while the EBR-556B (Enhanced Battle Reticle) reticle is matchless in making distance measurements striking the target accurately. The reticle can be used at differing ranges using the varied markings. You can pick between many illumination colors. Five intensity levels are present. This really works wonders for divergent lighting conditions.
What grabbed us straight up was the ‘always ready platform’ of this beauty. We found this riflescope pretty underrated. For many years, fixed prism scopes have been on the top of the charts owing to simplicity, compact and reliable design. This culminates in the Spitfire 3x. The custom BDC reticle takes out any guesswork from 0-500 yards. Mario just affirmed our thoughts.
The pricing is a decent $345. It boasts a well populated.
|Eye relief||2.8 inches|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||31.5 feet|
|Adjustment click value||½ MOA|
Vortex Optics, an American Company is the manufacturers of the Spitfire. This scope can be fitted on a wide variety of rifles. The batteries are powerful lasting 150-3000 hours depending on usage. The reticle may appear thinner or smaller especially for older shooters. These scopes have pedigree and are the last word in ruggedness. Make sure you are buying your scope from an authorized dealer or your warranty is voided.
Nikon is a name that does not come as a surprise to anyone. Their skill is carved in stone. The Nikon Pro Staff Rimfire 3-9x 40 is from their stables.
Though this scope is inexpensive, full functionality is guaranteed and the device is made to last given its rugged durability. It is patented by Nikon’s full lifetime warranty.
The parallax is set at 50 yards so if you are sighting at 25 yards or less, you could experience blurring as parallax adjustment is not possible. It is crucial that the rifle, scope, and bullets are matched.
Nitrogen -purging ensures that the seals do not allow any moisture making the scope totally fog-free.
The ProStaff 3-9 riflescope supplies a BDC reticle that is 22 LR-specific. The parallax setting is 50 yards. The zero-reset turrets are spring-loaded.
Nikon’s multicoated lenses render an exclusive sight picture. The optical system that is fully multi-coated provides light transmission up to 98%.
The eye relief of the Rimfire is a comfortable 3.6 inches.
A fair review means refusing to be browbeaten. Sure, it’s a Nikon. For one they missed out on a sunshade here. Mario got down to business. First shot, the pumpkin disappeared. The scope is crystal clear and focuses steadily. The BDC reticle was wonderful. We discovered that it was possible to transmit to the Nikon website that will calculate ranges and hold points in the BDC. Parallax adjustment is not provided which is a bit of a letdown. We say, with much confidence that you cannot source a scope at this price.
The Burris 200621 and the Spitfire 3x compare well being in the same price range; the former a little under $350, the later a little under $400. We will not get into details here. The Burris has been reviewedthoroughly whilst the Spitfire has had a fairly decent review.
|Eye relief||3.6 inches|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||33.8-11.3 feet|
|Adjustment click value||¼ MOA|
|Parallax setting||100 yards|
Once in a while, you come across a scope that leaves your jaw-dropping. This review has highlighted this incredible riflescope in-depth, its most innovative traits being cited. This is a modern riflescope of infinite quality. Almost all the features described score heavily. To achieve the maximum performance, it is highly desirable that rifle, scope and ammo match. If the scope you are looking for demands perfection and affordability, you won’t be disappointed.
The Vortex Optics Viper is worthy of all kinds of firearms. The Viper is built sturdy as a barn from 30mm tube, turrets are easily adjustable, scope clarity and myriad other features.
It can perform well for short, mid or long-range shooting thanks to its 6-24x magnification. The 50mm lens is a boon for image clarity field of view. The 4-inch eye relief is easy on the eyes. The dreaded ‘scope bite’ is safeguarded against.
The body material is of 1-piece 3 hard-anodized aluminum that is coated. It is argon purged for fog and waterproof.
Ideal for long-range holds, the reticle is a VMR-1 model. This reticle is based on the hash marks with a second focal plane so that the reticle is independent of magnification. This sort of reticle is great for windy conditions and targets that are moving as opposed to the classic red dot reticle other scopes use. The VMR-1 reticle is not illuminated.
The parallax adjustments and the MOA turrets and are extremely robust. This scope doesn’t come with mounting. A VIP warranty is included with the Vortex Viper.
We find the construction all in all, spectacular. A couple of drawbacks are that it is on the heavier side and being 16 inches long, a bit bulky too. Achromatic aberration, the usual blurring of edges beyond 24x but the center focal area remains clear. Sadly, Mario was not happy with the reticle. All other parameters seemed to make him merry. Said Mario, the glass is abs clear, turret, focus, and parallax knobs operate freely. I am happy. So are we.
The Viper has a price tag of $440-$750 and a well observed review.
It can safely be compared with the ATN X-Sight though it is a far more digitally enabled scope. The Vortex Viper is a hardy, all-round scope and bot ase comparably priced.
|Eye relief||4 inches|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||5.1-17.8 feet|
|Adjustment range||65 MOA|
|Parallax||50 yards to infinity|
It is downright hard to find another scope that can do what this one does. It is in a league of its own. If you look beyond the incremental weight difference and the length, you will see a scope that is great for all ranges to shoot with, is a study in craftsmanship and sturdiness. The construction is rock solid. For the sheer weight of the features it offers, this scope is amazingly low-priced; almost a giveaway.
For hunting expeditions and shooting at long-range specifically, the Bushnell AR optic fits the bill. Even when engaged in dreary lighting and dismal weather conditions, the Bushnell Optics has come out on top with its proven enhanced precision scope.
An indisputable functionality is the parallax correction that is side focus, a showpiece of the Bushnell riflescope. This functionality rectifies parallax errors which go some way in bestowing near-flawless precision at all shooting distances virtually.
A reticle that is BDC ballistic and drop zone is featured on this scope. This reticle is in a class of its own and races in at roughly 104 yards. Not only that, but it also has aiming points that are accurate to 500 yards.
The target turrets are imperative and expressly designed for high fidelity adjustments. The reticule comes with optics that are multi-coated. This delivers to users the ability to obtain a sharp, crisp and clear sighting of their targets.at long-range.
Rapid and reliable target acquisition is provided by an eyepiece that is fast-focus. 4.5-18x is virtually invaluable in hunting or shooting from a long-distance.
We find the Bushnell Optics Drop Zone riflescope a no-nonsense scope. What you see is what you get. It is a second focal plane scope. The crosshair maybe a bit dense for some folks but that we believe is a non-issue. Mario was targeting at around 100 yards and did not miss once. Beyond, the zero was wandering. The magnification is a bit restrained for anything beyond the medium-range. Mario was thrilled with the side parallax focus. The Bushnell Drop Zone scope is a gem; easy to use and devoid of frills. It has a single agenda; delivering accuracy.
This scope is cheaply priced at around $150 having received a fair review.
|Eye relief||3.5 inches|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||29-11 feet|
|Adjustment range||50 MOA|
|Parallax||10 yards to infinity|
The Bushnell AR Optics riflescope is one that is impressive for the price it is on offer for. Multi-coated lenses, parallax adjustments, and similar features being routine on more expensive scopes, you are in for a bit of a shock when you look at the price tag. With a magnification power of 3-9x, we highly recommend this amazing scope to hunters, target shooters and varmint hunters who want the best of their weapons.
Vortex, a well-known name in the field of optics is the creator of this masterpiece, the Viper PST Gen II riflescope.
The illuminated first focal plane reticle and turrets that are tactical style make it simple to recompense bullet drop and wind drift at long ranges. The Rapid Return Zero (RZR) design halts the turret from misaligning below the original zero after a compensated long-range shot.
Resolution and color trueness is increased by using extra-low dispersion glass. This gives you a crisp, sharp image. All air to glass surfaces is fully multi-coated with anti-reflective coatings to boost light transmission. The exterior of the lens surface features Vortex’s patented ultra-hard ArmorTek coating to safeguard against oil, dirt, and scratches. The body is of 1-piece, 30mm tube of aircraft-grade aluminum.
To promote concealment, a durable hard-anodized low glare matte finish is applied. The Viper PST Gen II scope is O-ring sealed and argon-gas purged for that cent percent waterproof and fog proof dependability.
The EBR-2C MOA reticle for calculating windage and elevation compensation. This riflescope is covered by a VIP Unconditional Lifetime Warranty.
We would like to put in a word here. Vortex Optics, is our all-time fav. The bad news first; zero does not hold. The manufacturer made adjustments and all was hunky-dory. The reticle illumination for daytime does not quite cut it. It’s all up from here especially the lens that we simply felt was a sublime piece of optical engineering.
Our Multifunctional choice, the ATN X-Sight is a good comparision with the Viper Gen II which may not be high-tech but it sure delivers the goods. The centerpiece, the lens is superior to the ATN. Eye relief is a bit constrained.
This is a premium scope and comes for between $800 and $1300. The review is a bit stunted. It could be better.
|Eye relief||3.2 inches|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||58.3-11.7 feet|
|Adjustment range||50 MOA|
Vortex is no Johnny come lately in the field of riflescopes. The Viper PST Gen II is a stunning piece of optics and bears testimony to the skill and professionalism of Vortex. What took our breath away was the superlative optical arrangement and the care and expertise that has been put into ensuring the lens is well protected. The price is a little high we agree but the product is way more worth the expense.
Are you in a quandary about which scope to acquire for your hunting aspirations? Let’s narrow the choices down to a few select options. Straight away comes to mind the Burris Scout 2-7 which is designed for scout rifles. The Burris scope comes loaded to the brim with a truckload of advantageous features such as positive click adjustments, double adjustment rings, seals that are quad ring and more.
Foul weather is not going to restrict you indoors when you decide to go hunting. Thanks to the Burris Scout 2-7 scope you can foray out hunting irrespective of the weather owing to the scope’s rugged construction. It is water and fog proof which supplements overall performance. The scope will retain its functionality come hell or high water.
The scope is of a shockproof housing so that trying and rugged field use in any weather will not faze it.
Eye relief is one feature that cannot be compromised. Its role is crucial in the functionality and safety of the scope. Burris fully recognizes this and provides what is arguably the best eye relief range in the market. .At 7.3 inches, the eye relief delivered is both generous and tightly controlled. A full crisp view with the absence of dark rings around the edges enables swift target acquisition. Black eyes are avoided especially when you are using a high recoil rifle.
The Burriss 200261 is a lone hunter. It is a medium budget scope made with features that are required for a hunter/ shooter; accuracy, image quality, weatherproof and more. We regard safety highly and the eye relief provided is ample. If you are getting your feet wet in this compelling sport, a hasslefree scope like the Burriss is your best bet.
The Burris will set you back by $380 give or take. Thhe reviewing has been decently sufficient.
|Eye relief||9.2-12 inches|
|Field of view/ 100 yards||7-21 feet|
|Adjustment click value||¼ MOA|
At the time of writing this review, we did go through some user reviews which all reflected a high degree of reliance on this product.
When shopping for a rifle scope, the vital things to consider include optical stability, glare reduction, light handling, construction, suitability and mechanical reliability to your hunting application. The Burris Scout stands out in these areas and is thereby a great buy. The icing on the cake is that despite its unsurpassed quality and performance, it is not too costly.
A List of Other Products We Tested
- 01 Bushnell Optics 3-9x/40mm Drop Zone Riflescope
- 02 MidTen 4-12x50 Dual Illuminated Scope
- 03 Pinty Rifle Scope 4-16X50
- 04 Monstrum 1-4x20 Rifle Scope
- 05 Primary Arms Classic Series 4-16x44mm SFP Rifle Scope
- 06 XopingABC 4-16x50AO Rifle Scope Combo
- 07 ATN X-Sight II HD 5-20 Smart Day/Night Rifle Scope
- 08 HIRAM 4-16x50 AO Rifle Scope Combo
- 09 Vortex Optics Crossfire II 3-12x56 30mm Tube Riflescope
- 10 TRUGLO TRU-Brite 30 Series Tactical Rifle Scope
- 11 Vortex Optics Crossfire II Riflescopes
- 12 Leupold Rifleman 4-12x40mm Riflescope
- 13 SWFA SS 3-15x42 Tactical Rifle Scope
- 14 NightForce SHV 5-20x56mm Riflescope
- 15 Trijicon 1-6x24 VCOG Riflescopes
What’s Special About AR Scopes
One of the predominant use of a rifle scope is target magnification. This is a great deal better than seeing with the naked eye. Magnification gives you a much clearer sight picture and here accuracy is the name of the game.
This not only permits you to shoot unerringly at greater distances but adds to safety as you can see with clarity what lies before and after your target.
The prime time for the big game to move about is around dawn and dusk. Using an iron sight will mostly result in an unethical shot whereby the game is injured. Riflescopes harvest all available light making it feasible to shoot accurately in low-light conditions.
A higher level of precision is attainable by a riflescope than traditional iron sights. An iron ramp sight, at 100 yards will cover 6 inches of the target. Precise bullet positioning is restricted by the target’s large area that is covered. Modern riflescopes use a reticle or crosshair that only covers ⅛ inch at 100 yards. .
Finally, a riflescope can take the lead in the modern cartridges and rifles at disposal. New rifles and calibers having more energy, shoot flatter and fast than did those at the turn of the century. A correctly mounted and sighted in a riflescope, with a little practice thrown in, hunters can now hit the bullseye at greater distances than thought possible.
AR Scopes - A Comprehensive Buying Guide
Scopes are often tagged with the numbers 3.9 x 40. The first figure is the magnification range of the scope which is that objects are visible at least 3 times larger than the naked eye, The second figure denotes the size of the objective lens. The larger the objective, the more light is transmitted and the clearer the image.
For the furthest long-distance in open ground, a rifle with a minimum magnification of 9x is recommended. This has to be teamed with a lense that is large enough for peak light transmission which yields clearer and brighter images over extended distances.
For close-quarters tactical settings and point-blank range, image clarity takes precedence over magnification. A 1-4 magnification will suffice and these scopes meant for close range encounters have smaller objectives rendering them compact and low profile.
2. Shooting Distances
Ranges are classified into three broadly.
Close- up to 150 yards
Medium- 150 to 350 yards
Long- 350 to 800 yards
- Duplex- These are widely known and are the basic of reticle types. And similar to the magnification, depending on the use of your AR-15 will dictate the choice of the reticle. The duplex reticule is straightforward and common. Quick target acquisition is its hallmark. It features a cross, the edges being marked with thick lines and thinner lines at the intersection point. Some scopes have a duplex reticle for long-range shooting to gauge distances accurately.
- Mildot- In appearance, the mildot reticle is hardly any different from the duplex. Etched on the scope is a simple cross. The principle difference between the two is that the mildot reticle always includes a set of markers for the estimation of the distance in both horizontal and vertical planes. Marksmen and hunters who relish long-distance shooting prefer the mildot reticle.
- BDC- The BDC reticle figures in the effect of gravity on the fired bullet. The aim needs to be higher in long-distance shooting and the measurements needed to compensate for the drop in the bullet are provided by the BDC reticle. Scopes designated for extremely long-range shooting are invariably equipped with the BDC reticle.
For precise target acquisition in low-light conditions, illuminated reticles are used. They make it a lot simpler to pick out the target in dark conditions.
4. MOA or MRAD
To harness the full benefits of our scope, you need to calibrate it. Yo need to understand the correlation between an inch on your scope’s motion and the field distance is. Herein enters the minute of angle, a mathematical equation. It could be a bit complicated to understand but the benefits are manifold once you get the hang of it.
The first step is to divide the circle into 360 parts called degrees and further subdivide each degree into 60 equal parts called minutes. The matter becomes imperative when sighting your new scope. Extreme accuracy is called for as due to identical triangles, any error propagates and grows.
As is apparent, one MOA dot enlarges to 1-inch at every 100 yards. The knobs serve you to help fine-tune the scope till you zero in.
The objective lens is the one on the outer side of the scope. The larger the objective, the more light it will allow in which renders the image clearer especially in low-light conditions. Larger lenses are bulkier but they also offer a larger field of view.
Another important parameter is the exit pupil. This is the amount of light emanating from the scope. It is derived by dividing the objective with magnification. So an objective of 32mm with a power of 4 will give you 8mm. By day, the human pupil varies from 2-4mm; at dawn and dusk, this goes up to 5-9mm. In low light conditions, it is desirable to get as much light in your eye as possible.
6. Focal plane
The etching of a reticle is either in the first focal plane or the second focal plane. This means that in the FFP it is positioned near to the objective lens and in the SFP, it is closer to the ocular lens and eyepiece.
When set in the first focal plane, the reticle is magnified along with the image whenever the magnification power of your scope is adjusted. In other words, when you zoom in a scope with a mil-dot reticle, the small markers become enlarges with enhanced accuracy over long distances.
A reticle situated in the second focal plane behaves the opposite. Regardless of the magnification of the scope, the reticle remains the same size. Which configuration to use is strictly on the application and the user’s preference.
7. Parallax Adjustment
When the focal plane is misaligned, it is termed parallax. It is easy to test and see if the parallax is present in your scope. Sight your target via this scope at a range of 100-110 yards. After being on the target, move your eyes to a different part of the target and watch for any image movement. If you spot any difference, parallax is present.
This can be corrected using the scopes adjustment for this problem if such an adjustment is included in your scope. If your scope doesn’t have a dedicated parallax adjustment, you will need to sight the scope again. The downside is that if your scope has parallax you cannot correct it in the field.
8. Type of AR-15 Rifle
- Marker-Based Augmented Reality.
- Marker-less Augmented Reality.
- Projection Augmented Reality.
- Superimposition Based Augmented Reality.
9. Eye Relief
This is the distance that a scope can be held comfortably from the eye and still allow the shooter to sight the entire view. It is stated as a range since in a scope with variable power, the eye relief will vary with the power.
A lateral adjustment can be made with the mounting to get the optimum eye relief. 3 to 4 inches is the norm. On large magnum rifles, maximum relief is desirable as the recoil can be large and the possibility of eye injury exists.
10. Accuracy and brightness
Any shooter will wager that a scope without clarity is a dud. More so during hours of dawn and dusk. This goes hand in hand with the brightness which is equally principal.
Accuracy is the focal point of every gunsight and rifle scope in the world. Especially when you are after the big game at close quarters. You may get just that one shot and it better count.
Cleaning & Maintenance Tips
The most common cause of damage to a lens is a fall. The second is water, dirt not being removed or removed improperly. Dedicated cleaning kits such as Swaroski have everything you need. What you need are:
- Spudz microfiber lens cloth
Tips for Servicing and Cleaning
- Prevention is always better than cure
- To keep your scope in good condition, it doesn’t take much
- Put into place, a scope maintenance regime
- The most common damage is breakage
- Promptly remove water or dirt from the lens
- Use quality lens cloth or brushes
- Brush the dust off first before using the cloth on the lens
- Keep the lens cap on when not in use
- Tap the lens with the optic pointing downward for the dust to drop off
- Get a lens pen, lens brush or a soft-bristled brush
- Ensure dusting tool clean of debris and oil
- Allow debris to fall off by lightly brushing the lens
- If using a lens pen, allow for a tighter bristle group by retracting the brush to loosen up tough buildup.
- Use the microfiber cloth in a circular motion to clear away smears.
- Don’t use your shirttails to wipe the lens. They are abrasive and will scratch the lens
- Don’t use your handkerchief. It is highly contaminated
- Don’t use your sleeve to wipe off condensation
- Avoid spray cleaners directly on the lenses.
Prior to purchasing a riflescope, put in that extra effort to study and research. Using the right scope makes all the difference in the world. Speaking of reviews, read all of them, the good and the bad. You’d be better equipped. We have followed this tenet in our review encompassing as much detail as possible for your benefit.
Make sure that your scope and rifle match and also about the warranty. This is a giveaway as the good makers always include a warranty being sure of their product. When shopping for a scope make absolutely sure what suits you and your needs.
An illuminated reticle is a different ball game than a laser sight. If you are in doubt or confused, speak to someone knowledgeable who will guide you. Follow these tips and soon you will be the owner of the best AR scope.
Q. 1: What is the optimal magnification for an AR-15?
A. The AR-15 is a tactical weapon. AR-15s are commonly used by people to rid their property of coyotes, foxes, and other varmints. Assuming that this is the case, the magnification you will need is between 5x and 9x. The range is medium, which is 150-400 yards.
Q. 2: For a AR 15 scope, what are the magnification levels available?
A. When deciding on the level of magnification, it is important to define what your primary style of shooting is to be. If you are going to be shooting long-range precision, then your scope magnification is going to be high.
With innumerable uses for an AR-15, the answers as to the right level of magnification are equally varied. Other reasons why your style of shooting will affect the magnification are:
- When you are taking a shot standing, the rifle is bound to wobble. The higher the magnification, the greater the wobble.
- The higher the magnification, the shorter the field of view.
- Heatwaves and mirages increase at higher magnifications
Q. 3: On a AR 15 scope, what is a BDC Reticle?
A. BDC stands for the Bullet Drop Compensator. These may be the best choice when it comes to the AR-15. Most BDC reticles are illuminated. Reticles can have hash marks that allow for differing distances; some prefer a single reticle dot. Some reticles are adjustable in color and intensity.