When suggesting what I call the 10 best long range scopes the first consideration is operational quality. In this area price is always higher then your standard hunting optic. Based on the elements just reviewed above, the long range optic selected for target, hunting, or military applications just can’t be embracing any short cuts regarding materials or construction.
Best Long Range Rifle Scopes list:
- CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 6
- Monstrum Tactical 1-4×24 First Focal Plane (FFP) Rifle Scope
- Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24x50mm Riflescope
- Bushnell Optics 1-4x 24mm
- UTG 4-16X44 30mm Scope
- UUQ 4-16x50EG AR15
- Nikon Buck Master II Scope
- Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S
- Vortex Crossfire 2 4-12×44 Riflescope Deadhold BDC
Amateur shooters generally face lots of problems in deciding which long range scope to choose. This article will try to point out most important features that shooters and hunters need to focus while choosing from wide array of long-range rifle scopes.
If you are looking for a scope costing over $3,000, reading this article is not important because those high end optical devices generally come with all the features that users need. If your budget ranges between $500 and $3000, you need to know which are the features that needed to be emphasized upon.
What are the Most Important Features in Long Range Rifle Scopes?
1. Glass Quality
One feature that distinguishes between good or poor riflescopes is definitely quality of glass. With a sharp glass, users can watch through clearly even at lower power magnifications. Though many consider ‘Light Transmission’ as the only feature to compare, there are no standard test methodology available. The best way to understand quality of glass in a scope is to compare several devices in hand side-by-side. Some of the renowned manufacturers in the industry include U.S. Optics, Zeiss, Nightforce, Schmidt & Bender, Leupold, and Swarovski.
2. Milling Reticle
Users need reticles that have hash marks or spaced dots along the horizontal and vertical axis. For long range shooting, hunters and shooters need ‘dial for elevation’ and ‘hold for wind’. Distance to the target can be measured or estimated through dialing of elevations. It calculates the extent of drop and then rotate scope turrets for putting crosshairs dead center on target. ‘Hold for wind’ becomes important because of the frequent change of wind speed. Shooters will not get enough time to adjust turrets, get back gun within that small time, and then take shot before wind speed changes. For vertical drop they make adjustment of riflescopes that allow users in holding dead center on vertical axis. Even after setting the adjustment if shooters feel that wind speed has changed at the last minute, they don’t need to readjust. They simply have to shift according to mil adjustment and hit dead center. The importance of milling reticle in precision long range shooting can be easily understood with the help of Nightforce Reticles that are equipped to offer accurate aiming points.
3. Zoom Range/Power
That’s really important while buying a riflescope. Which one you will choose depends upon the usage. If you are a hunter, you will need higher as well as lower zoom range. Therefore, the sweetest range is from 5x to 25x in most hunting scenarios. If you strictly need long range ones, 18x to 25x will be good.