If you are in the market to buy a riflescope that you can afford, then what kind of scope would you buy? Would you go for a simple scope that offers only a few features or would you look or a scope that has a good strong lens and other specialized capabilities that will help zero in on target quickly?

Complicated or simple? Expensive or affordable?

What Features Make a Scope a Good Scope?

Let’s look at what really makes a scope a good scope. Is it multi-coated objective lens? Is it a simple reticle that is easy to line up your gun with your target? Is is conveniently placed adjustment knobs that allow you to adjust the settings with ease? Is it the magnification power? Is it the size of the tube or scope body?

Actually each of these specific characteristics work together to make a riflescope a great scope for whatever your needs are. We recommend that you investigate the options available and make your own informed decision on which scope to buy.

The old rule of thumb from experience hunters used to be that you should spend twice the cost of the gun on buying the scope. I don’t think that philosophy is valid today. However, buy the best scope that you can afford. Don’t waste your money on a cheap, inexpensive scope that you can’t see through. You will be disappointed with it and you will end up returning it.

With all of the riflescopes that are available for purchase, it can be hard to find the right one for you. Based on our knowledge and experience, we have selected five of the best scopes for you to look at and consider for your application.

Honestly, all of the riflescopes included in the list below are excellent choices; but there are some of the scopes that we want to distinguish as our team favorites. In the scope reviews below, you will read about our top 5 choices for the best rated riflescopes.

Best Riflescopes

The riflescope reviews below are linked to a more comprehensive review.  So settle into a comfortable chair and let’s begin learning more about each of these great scopes.

1.     Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 3-9 x 40 Black Matte Riflescope (BDC 150)

The Nikon Prostaff 3-9 x40 Riflescope w/BDC is one of the best-selling riflescopes available on the market. This excellent scope provides a hunter with an exceptional experience. This Nikon riflescope is priced in an affordable range that will fit the budget for most any hunter.

The Nikon Prostaff 3-9 x40 Black Matte scope features a BDC reticle. A BDC reticle is a specially designed crosshairs that offers bullet-drop compensation. BDC reticles are designed to improve your chances of hitting your target at long distances. The BDC reticle will help your aim while compensating for the arc that the bullet travels along toward your target.

BDC reticles take the guesswork out trying to determine how high over the target you need to aim in order to hit your target. This is a truly amazing technology that will help a hunter or target shooter hit their target with greater frequency.

 

2.     Nikon P-223 3-9×40 Mate BDC 600

Nikon’s P-223 series riflescopes are designed for better long range accuracy for AR platform rifles and .223 cartridges. The P-223 3-9 x40 scope includes the Nikon’s patented BDC 600 reticle. This scope is equipped with a 40 mm objective lens that allows a light transmission rate of up to 98%.

This high end light transmission feature will provide more than enough light for the critical times just before sunrise when deer and other game animals are most active.

 

3.     Vortex® StrikeFire Red Dot Scope (Suitable for AR-15)

The Vortex StrikeFire scope is designed to let you shoot quickly even with both eyes open. Vortex has designed this riflescope to be compatible with most AR-15 rifles. In addition, this gun scope is compatible with most night vision optics.

The Vortex StrikeFire riflescope offers an unlimited field of view and eye relief to supporting hitting your target as quickly as possible. In situations when rapid fire shooting is needed, the Vortex StrikeFire provides excellent performance.

 

4.     Nikon P-223 BDC 600 Riflescope with Rapid Action Turret, Black, 4-12×40

This Nikon riflescope may be one of the most popular gun scopes that Nikon makes. This rifle also includes greater magnification which makes rifles more effective at longer ranges.

The Nikon P-223 scope with a BDC 600 reticle offers a choice between two separate methods of the popular bullet drop compensation technology. One choice that this scope provides for compensating for bullet drop at long distances is by using the BDC 600 reticle with open circle aiming points and hash marks from 100 to 600 yards.

A second method for compensating for bullet drop is by using Nikon’s Rapid Action Turret system that allows shooters to dial in their ranges and hold the BDC reticle’s horizontal crosshair straight on the target. Nikon’s Rapid Action Turret system makes it extremely ease to dial in on a target for long range shots.

 

5.     Lucid HD7 Red Dot Sight, Gen III

The Lucid HD7 is a new scope with capped turrets and offers a new reticle set with more capabilities. The Lucid HD7 Generation III scope is waterproof and fog proof which allows the scope to be maintain functionality in most hunting situations.

The Lucid HD7 Gen III Tactical scope is engineered to be strong and reliable. It also includes most all of the needed features at a budget friendly price.