Best Rifle Scopes in 2020



Vortex Optics Crossfire II 2-7x32 Second Focal Plane, 1-inch Tube Riflescope - Dead-Hold BDC Reticle Review:


Mounted this to my 20" AR-15. It pairs extremely well with the rifle-length barrel and full stock. It looks perfect on the rifle, but also has the perfect amount of magnification power for my purposes. I felt that a 3-9x was too much power, and a 1-4 or 1-6x was not enough, and also the 1-6x are too expensive for my budget AR15 build. To make up for the lack of a 1x magnification, I opted to add canted iron sights to the rifle. This gives me the ability to be accurate at really any range the rifle is capable of.

This 2-7x is perfect, it is clear at all magnifications, and I really like the reticle. I also love the fact that it is not illuminated, my AR is already heavy enough as is, and didn't want to add unnecessary weight. I am not doing anything extreme with the rifle, and didn't need some optic that cost me same as the whole rifle did. This is a great budget scope with a clear sight picture and the right eye relief for an AR. It's a high quality scope and the best one I have personally owned. My dad has a Leupold on his hunting rifle, and while I can see the benefit and improvements, I personally can't justify spending a huge amount more on a Leupold for the slight gains in performance.

For those wondering, I used UTG 1" High Profile scope mounts to mount this scope. The Medium Profile does work, but it was a bit too close to the rifle for comfort. I found it was easier to get the proper eye relief and sight picture with the High Profile mounts. With the medium, I felt like my face was jammed against my stock just to look through the scope.

I will update this review with pictures of the rifle later.



Nikon Buckmasters II, 4-12x40mm, BDC, Riflescope Review:


Let me first say... this thing was supposed to come on the second of OCT. it arrived on the 28th of September! Awesome right! Ok .... out the box it feels and looks great. Eye reliefe is relative of the person using it. Such garbage to base stars off that. But people do....

Eye relief for me was great. All the nobs are clearly identified and work properly. (Before shooting). Except the eye relief ring adjust. It was very stif and I am still unable to move it...(i can move it now)Im using the recommended clamps from Amazon. Also great. This thing covers a lot of real estate. But it serves its purpose. There is a wonderful app that will help you narrow your sight in to minimal adjustments... i am waiting to shoot thisrifle and see how well the scope really performs under stress.

I will give it 5 stars when i see how it does at the range if worthy.

I am impressed with the clarity.... I could see the rough texture of my neighbors skin at 75 -80 yards.

If you buy this buy the App and don’t let personal comfort complaints sway you...

This is a good scope at its price point and when you say the name to boys at the shop they validate your good choice in scopes

UPDATE

Went to the range. The scope performed BEAUTIFULLY... I was able to sight in and put rounds on target with ease. I shot over 100 rounds and she stayed true...



Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x40 BDC Review:


These are great scopes for the cost. I use them on T/C Encores. They handle recoil and hold zero great. Since its muzzuleloading most shots are within 200yds. Practice out to 300 and scope can still see targets fine. Don't really use BDC. Rather have actual crosshairs so I'm a Kentucky windage guy. With practice and knowing bullet trajectory I'm confident where to hold my reticle. Plus faster way to shoot. Looking thru BDC holes at distance take longer and don't like shooting that way. But scopes are great for intended purpose for me. Glass is clear for low light conditions. Weather hasn't stopped them yet. After sighting in they hold zero well. Even though not a fan or trust BDC systems. As mentioned old school hold off works great for me. Just practice, practice, practice at 25-300. You'll know exact trajectory and can skip looking though BDC holes.



Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9x40mm Rifle Scope Review:


So far, I'm very impressed with this scope. Leupold seems to have responded to the market with a home run. I love that it is American made and fully guaranteed at such a low price.

The quality seems excellent, although I will echo another reviewer is stating that the adjustment knobs on the turrets seem a little squishy in their action. I feel like they might twist off or break if I got too rough with them.

The optics are bright and clear, the focus is great and the finish seems tough and durable. I also have a Nikon P-223 which I really like and these two compare well with each other. I do believe the Leupold wins in clearness and optics quality, however the Nikon is an outstanding value with its bullet drop chart reticle and super positive turret clicks. Perhaps Leupold doesn't want to look trendy or take the coolness factor from their more expensive scopes, but I really think they should have done exposed turrets like Nikon did and ditch the caps that I have to keep track of now at the range.

In conclusion, I'm pleased with this scope and its quality and that it's an Oregon made, USA job supporting scope.



CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 6-24x50 AOE Red and Green Illuminated Gun Scope with Free Mount Review:


CVLIFE 6-24x50 Scope (mounted to an Air Rifle)... A GREAT value for the money!!!

UPDATE: February 22, 2017
This scope has been mounted to my .22 Benjamin Trail NP2 since I finished testing it on my other Air Rifles back in December and hasn't missed a beat! I did notice that the Ocular Eyepiece Focus Ring started moving a bit at around 15 shots - I found a set screw and tightened it up slightly and now it works fine.

The scope has held zero right from the start and has taken the punishment of the tough recoil my Air Rifle has without any issues.

For Spring Air Rifle users; It is NOT advisable to use ANY scope that has a Scope Tube smaller than 30mm due to the massive recoil. Spring Air Rifles have a tendency to destroy even the best of scopes with under 30mm Tubes.
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First off... I am reviewing the SCOPE and NOT the FREE Scope Mounts that come with it. Therefore, I will not be deducting a Star, or Stars, for the free Scope Mounts that come with this Scope. Really, I can not for the life of me understand why anyone would take away anything from any product they purchase because they didn't like the FREE GIFT that is included with the product.

Second, if you are getting a "blurry" image, please read this review to understand how to focus this Scope properly. Oh, I have included a photo of the Reticle yardage for this Scope.

That said, I shall continue.

I, like some others, almost didn't buy this scope because of the reviews and, it looks like a lot of other scopes here on Amazon that are OEM'd out to quite a few sellers.

This first thing I noticed upon opening my Amazon shipping container was that the Scope was in an actual CVLIFE box. Not the generic "scope" box that similar scopes are packaged in. To say the least, I was impressed... that is, uh, well... until I opened the box and looked for the Users Manual and didn't find one. This was only a small let down as I am very familiar with Mil Dot/AO/IR scopes that have a Range Finder Reticle. Yup, that's what those curved lines with the horizontal lines running through them are for. Unfortunately, without a spec sheet, it can be difficult to figure out how to calibrate the Range Finder. Since I'm reviewing the Scope and not doing an instructional review on it, I will not be going into detail regarding the Range Finder Reticle except to say that it's calibrated for specific guns, ammo, bullet grains... etc. The Range Finder horizontal lines are the yardage lines for those specifics. CVLIFE should have that information available to you upon request. Once you obtain that information, you can download programs to help you calibrate the Range Finder for your needs.

Because there wasn't a User's Manual, I would take away 1/2 Star if it were possible. However, since it is not possible to rate 1/2 Stars, I opted to rate it 5 because the Scope is absolutely worth every one of them.

The focus problem that was mentioned in some reviews is simply unwarranted for this scope. There are three (3) main variables on this scope that will affect the clarity of the target through the Eyepiece. 1) The AO (Adjustable Objective), 2) The APM (Adjustable Power Magnification, and 3) The QF (Quick Focus - sometimes referred to as Speed Focus). I will explain. To obtain a clear view of the target all three (3) settings must coincide with one another. There are quite a few opinions on how to adjust these settings to obtain the best target focus possible using all three (3) settings. To clear things up as simply as I can... try the following:

Pick a target that you do NOT know the distance to (start with the APM at the Minimum and the QF set to the clearest position - wear your eyeglasses if you require them) and, with the AO on Infinity, look through your scope. The target may not fill your eyepiece but, it should look somewhat clear. Now turn your APM to the maximum position (in this case 24x) and look through your scope again. This time the image will, most likely, be blurry. This is where a lot of people make mistakes thinking that if the target looks focused at low power then it should be better at the highest power. It just doesn't work that way. To clear up the image and find the range of your target, turn your APM down to the minimum setting (in this case 6x) and, while looking through the eyepiece, turn the AO until the image (target) becomes clear. Now when you turn up the APM to the maximum setting the image should be clear - if it is not (if your target Is too close, you may have to reduce your power magnification for clarity), you can tweak the AO, or QF if need be, a bit until it clears up. This will give you the approximate, if not exact, distance to your target. Do this at least twice so you will become familiar with how the focus process works. This should clear up any focusing issues using this Scope. Please note that none of this will work effectively if you have not focused the Reticle (do a YTUBE search on how to focus a Reticle for more information). Also, this is an extremely simplified example but, it should be enough to get you to a reasonable starting point.

The Scope's Optics are very close to some of my $300.00 scopes. Albeit, without all the bells and whistles but, for the money, I am just fine with that. The Mil Dot Reticle is outstanding and not too thick as on most of the less expensive scopes being sold today. The Range Finder portion of the Reticle can be calibrated to the gun and ammo you are using but, it can be extremely frustrating to use. The Green/Red Illuminated Reticle works great for different lighting conditions - the brightest setting can be a bit overpowering until the battery wears down some. The Turrets for Windage and Elevation are smooth and "click" into place nicely and are marked so that it's easier to sight in the Scope at different yardages. Once this Scope is sighted in, it stays on zero (I have not been able to find a way to reset zero on this Scope). I supposed if you dropped your rifle and it landed on the Scope it would knock it off zero but, I carry my rifle by the Scope and have not had any issues with accuracy.

This Scope is designed to be a hunting scope but, it works well for any type of shooting. It's very long (16 inches) and you will need to be careful if you are going to mount this to a Break Barrel Air Rifle or the Scope will protrude over the Barrel Breech and you will damage it when trying to cock the rifle. I mounted mine to a Benjamin Trail NP2 (purchased here on Amazon) and it fits perfectly. Using a wider set of Scope Ring Mounts, the back Mount needs to be positioned on the 1st notch of the Picatinny rail. Place it there and tighten the rail mounting screw(s) - DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN the screws (use the long end of the Hex Wrench and tighten with the short end - usually you will hear a "pop" when the screw is tight. If you hear the "pop" you will need to turn the screw 1/4 turn to finish tightening it (this is a safe way to mount the Scope Rings if you do not have a Torque Driver). Leave the Ring Cap off and set the Scope into the Mount then place the Ring Cap over the top of the Scope tube and tighten the screws just enough so that you are still able to move the Scope back and forth as well as rotate it if needed. Pull the Scope toward the Butt Stock until the Scope Turret base is about 3/8 of an inch from the Ring Mount. Now snug down the tensioning screws just a bit so that you are still able to rotate the Scope if needed. Since this is a longer scope, the 2" spread that is usually ideal for mounting a scope, may not work for this Scope - depending on your configuration. Find the middle of the Scope, between the Turret base and the start of the Objective (the Bell) rise, and place your Scope Mount one notch forward of center on the Picatinny rail. This will balance the scope very well for most applications. Make sure that your rifle is level, level your scope, and tighten down the Ring mounting screws in a criss-cross pattern - be careful not to over-tighten the screws or you may damage your Scope. Once this procedure is done, you will be ready to sight in your new Scope. NOTE: On some RWS model Air Rifles you may need a Droop Compensation Rail to mount, and sight in, this Scope.

As for the Scope Mounts, I wouldn't be afraid to use them on my .17, .22, .222, .223, .243 or my .270. I would consider buying quality Scope Mounts if installing on anything of a larger caliber (like my M4, M40, 30-06, 30-30 .303, .308, 7 mm Mag or my .50 caliber rifles). I wouldn't use them on any Spring, Gas Piston, or PCP Air Rifle either. OK... so the Scope Mounts get 3 Stars. :o) Really, do not use them if you are installing this Scope on an Air Rifle.

I have used this Scope in various types of weather conditions ranging from 5 degrees to 70 degrees, in rain and a wintry mix, in light snow and fog, and have had no fogging or clarity issues. Now, when we get snow that covers the ground and the sun comes out and brightens things up, hopefully I won't have to edit this review.

BTW, the AO does get fairly hard to turn in cold weather - this is a good thing because when it warms up the AO won't be moving on you when you fire your rifle.

This is a quality well built scope for the price point that it is being offered at and, as long as you mount this scope correctly, it should give you years of shooting pleasure.

I may have passed over some of the quality aspects and features of this Scope unintentionally. If I missed something, please let me know and I will update my review.

One last thing to point out - if you are going to mount this Scope on a Magnum Spring Air Rifle, save yourself a headache and buy a Magnum Single Scope Ring Mount. Magnum Spring Air Rifles have a tendency to destroy a lot of scopes if not using Magnum Scope Ring Mounts. I HIGHLY recommend a one-piece mount.

I would recommend this Scope for the calibers I listed above and any Air Rifle (Edit; except Magnum Spring Air Rifles above 12 fpe - the minimum Scope Tube Diameter should be 30 mm for high powered Air Rifles) in any caliber as long as it's mounted correctly.

If you have ANY questions or concerns regarding the use of this Scope, please do not hesitate to leave a comment for me and I will get back to you as quickly as I am able to.



UTG 3-9X32 1" BugBuster Scope, AO, RGB Mil-dot, QD Rings Review:


Have this mounted atop my factory bushmaster .223, no mods at all on this weapon. This replaces a worthless red dot, hated that thing with a passion. Took it to the range last week, zeroed at 50 yds and put out 10, 4.5" clays. Hit them 15 times of 15 shots, so you know by the end I was shooting at tiny pieces left from the first shots. This at 50 yards. However I went back yesterday to try it out longer range. Started with 100 yds, only change needed was 1 mil left. Skipped 200 and went to 300. So here's where the fun began. I had NO dope on this scope and my guesses at mils needed were based upon my dope from my .308 based in MOA. This being a MUCH lighter round I was using an "educated" guess at what I needed. What round you ask? Monarch 55 grain off the shelf from Academy Sports at $7/box. So, I allowed myself 5 shots to get on target, then 5 shots to test repeat ability. Surprisingly my guesses were all VERY close, the only one off was actually 300 yds. I started at 4.5 mils and came back down to 4.1. 400 and 500 I hit on the money first shot out. Well, I must say I was impressed, not at my guesses but at the scope. I shot at 300, 400, and 500 yards. At 300 and 400 I hit 5 of 5. At 500 I hit 3 of 5, I missed the first 2 just high right and left. My fault, nothing else. The last 3 had the 10" gong swinging in the wind. At 300 I went up 4.1 mils, at 400 up 8 mils, at 500 up 13 mils with more left in the scope. Took me less than 30 minutes to shoot all 3 distances. That's all based off the 50 yd zero, and still only 1 mil left at all those ranges with the cheapest .223 ammo you can get off the shelf. I used to hate shooting this rifle, the red dot was a royal PITA. Couldn't hit a clay at 50 yds to save ur tookus! Now it's almost impossible to miss! It's also a whole lot cheaper to shoot than my .308, but that will still be used for the 1000 yards shots.....maybe. I'm gonna have to give it a go, I just have to now.Tho seeing that target at 500 was tough, not sure if I'll be able to see it at 1000. Eye relief at 3 power is awesome, gets a bit tight at 9, but collapsing the stock about 1/2 way gets you right in there consistently. No tighter than my 6-24 at full power tho. Only thing I have yet to check is to set it back to my 50 yd zero and get after some more clays. I'm guessing it will be perfect. So, bottom line is I love this scope! for the price you absolutely can't beat it. Kinda like the $139 6-24x44 I have atop my .308 that reaches out to 1000 yds consistently. You don't have to spend a fortune to get there. I shoot 1000 yds with an $800 off the shelf setup, including the glass! $800 total cost, NO mods done to the rifle other than changing the scope base from 0 to 20 moa, and adding a $17 muzzle break. It can be done, I'm proof. My Bushmaster .223 cost more than my entire 1000 yd .308 setup! But now it's a bad a$$ 500+ yd shooter. Mikey likey!



Simmons 511039 3 - 9 x 32mm .22 Mag(R) Matte Black Riflescope Review:


Bought this for a Savage .22LR rifle. The included rings were NOT used. I went with Weaver aluminum rings. The scope was simple to mount, and trued up well. Initial zero at 15 yards went without issue. Confirmed zero at 70 yards (normal set-up for my .22LR rigs) showed scope did not have issues with holding zero.

Scope is well made if not as nice as some other (far more expensive) scopes I have. It is clear, with only a slight bit of distortion at max power along the far edges of the FOV. Light transmission I would rate as 'average' for a scope, but very good for a scope this price. Controls are by and large ok, but I do find the turret adjust clicks to be nearly inaudible and the clicks themselves very soft. Still, if you pay attention, it is not an issue, and after having taken the rifle this scope is attached to out on several shooting cycles, it has not proven to be an issue with holding zero.

The zoom ring was a bit tight at first, but after some break-in time, it is now smooth and a little firm (which I like) without being hard to move. Same for the focus ring.

For the money, I would buy it again if I needed another scope for a .22LR that was earmarked for plinking and occasional varmint control.



Pinty 2.5-10x40 Red Green Illuminated Mil-dot Tactical Rifle Scope with Red Laser Combo - Green Lens Color Review:


I had hoped to mount this on a ar pistol but it didn't happen. I tried it on a bolt action 22lr rifle first it took awhile to get it sighted in but once I did it held zero. Also the laser seemed to hold also. The glass was clear and the magnification was good. But after a 100 rounds of 22s being shot the o-ring popped off the front lens causing the lens to come loose. This would have never held up to a 556. The good news is amazon refunded my money back the same day when I shipped it back to them.
Ok I'm updating my review now to 5 stars. The company sent me s new scope and I mounted it my ar 556. I have now ran 150 rounds of 233 and 556 and both the scope and laser are holding zero. I did have to put some blue loc-tite on the adjustment screws on the laser but it's holding. The furtherest I've been able to test the scope has been 110 yards but that's plenty far for me. I was able to see the laser out to about 45 yards on a cloudy day.
The first scope I got was defective but the company sent me another one right away. If you do happen to get one that doesn't work , contact the company. They will make it right
JOHN 3:16



CVLIFE 2.5-10x40e Red & Green Illuminated Scope with 20mm Mount Review:


This scope really gives you the most bang for your buck that you will find on Amazon, eBay, Craig’s list, etc. The magnification works superbly, offering clarity for close-in as well as distant targets. It doesn’t require batteries unless you want to use the laser and illuminated reticle, and you can shoot bull’s eyes all day long from 25-300 yards. The mil-dot reticle has 1/4 inch per click adjustments at 100 yards for elevation and windage. The scope is a sturdy one pound of aluminum, glass optics and electronics.

While I planned to just ignore the laser and red/green illumination of crosshair functions, seeing as all the batteries were included, I am using them now as needed. The laser helps you zero it in quickly, and since it’s strong enough to be seen in daylight out to almost 100 yards, the laser is an asset for quick target transition, close quarters, and for defensive use of your rifle indoors. Nothing is more intimidating than being painted with a laser. The illuminated reticle in 5 levels of green or red works well for target acquisition in almost any type of daylight. You won’t use it at night, though, as it blinds you of your vision downrange.

In summary, this solidly constructed scope has good optics, with magnification from 2.5 to 10x, and extra bells and whistles in the built-in laser and illuminated reticle. For under $40, this thing is a steal! Oh, and it looks good, too! Definitely has the “tacticool” factor going! See picture for example.



CVLIFE 3-9x40 / 3-9x40 AO Optics R4 Reticle Crosshair Scope with 20mm Free Mounts Review:


I needed a scope for my new AR build, but I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on my initial scope purchase. So, after reading reviews, I decided to try out the CVLIFE 3-9x40 scope. So far, its great. Mind you, I have not shot my rifle yet, so I don't know if it will stand up to the recoil of a .223/5.56, but here's to hoping it will. Installation was easy with the included mounting rings. I feel like the rings make the scope sit a bit high, but I think this will work well once I have backup iron sights installed. I can always swap out the rings for a lower profile if I wanted. The reticle is duplex style and comes in sharp. I tried to capture what it looks like as you peer through on my cell phone camera, but it looks way worse than it really is. The picture you see is at setting 3x and the target is 20 meters away. Before I installed the scope, I peered across the lake in my backyard on setting 9x and the image came in crystal clear. Overall, I am pleased with this investment and will update this review if anything ever changes.

UPDATE: I finally got around to sighting this in at 100 yards with .223 ammo. I am VERY impressed. I was consistently shooting 3 round groups at 100 yards within 1 MOA. The sight adjustments weren't really 1/4" changes per click, but after you get over that, you can eventually dial in your cross-hairs. Even after 90 rounds of 55 grain .223, the scope held zero. I even got to test the water resistance as it was raining while I was zeroing. I was under a semi-permeable tarp and the scope was sprayed and dripped on quite a bit. No water made its way into the scope and the optics remained amazingly clear and sharp. This scope allowed me to hit a 12"x12" steel target set at 200 yards with ease. I am very happy with my purchase.