The interactive comparison guide of the highest rated riflescopes that is provided below and the analysis that follows will help you decide which is the best rifle scope to buy.

Ultimate Riflescopes Comparison Guide and Key

Included in the matrix are 8 columns:

  • Picture of Scope
  • Scope Name
  • Finish
  • Magnification
  • Reticle
  • Objective diameter
  • Price – approximate prices on  The prices can change from time to time based on seller, special sales, availability, etc.  But in general terms, the pricing range is: $ = under $100, $$ = $100 to $150, $$$ = $150 to $200, $$$$ = $200+
  • Rating – this is the combined user rating on rating that is provided by someone who has used the product can be extremely informative and helpful in making a buying decision.
ModelMagnifi-cationObjective DiameterPriceUser Rating
Nikon ProStaff 3-9 x 40 Black Matte Riflescope (BDC)best rifle scope3x-9x40mm$$4.8
Nikon P-223 3-9x40 Mate BDC 6003x-9x40mm$$$4.7
Vortex Optics StrikeFire 2 Red/Green Dot Sight1x30mm$$$4.7
Nikon P-223 BDC 600 Riflescope with Rapid Action Turret, Black, 4-12x40rifle scope reviews4x-12x40mm$$$5.0
Nikon P-223 3x32 Matte BDC Carbine3x32mm$$4.7
Nikon ProStaff 4-12x40 Black Matte Riflescope (Nikoplex)rifle scope reviews4x-12x40mm$$$4.7
Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14x40 Riflescope (SF Matte, Nikoplex)best rifle scope4.5x-14x40mm$$$$4.8
Aimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Opticrifle scope reviews1x38mm$$$$4.8
LP UTG 3-9X32 Compact CQB Bug Busterrifle scope reviews3x-9x32mm$$4.3
Redfield Revolution 2-7x33mm Accu-Rangebest rifle scope2x-7x33mm$$$4.5
Vortex® Diamondback 4 - 12x40 V - Plex Reticle Riflescopebest scope for ar154x-12x40mm$$$4.7
Leupold VX-1 3-9x40 Waterproof Riflescope, Matte Black, Duplex Reticle 113874best scope for ar153x-9x40mm$$$4.9
Leupold VX-1 3-9x40 Waterproof Riflescope, Matte Black, Duplex Reticle 113874best scope for ar153x-9x40mm$$$$5.0
Leupold 113769 VX-R Patrol FireDot1.25x-4x20mm$$$$5.0
LUCID HD7 Red Dot Sight, Gen III (HD7)rifle scope reviews2x34mm$$$3.9
FSI Sniper 6-24x50mm Scopebest rifle scope6x-24x50mm$$4.3
Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Riflescope, 4-12X 40mmrifle scope reviews6x-18x50mm$$4.6
Bushnell Trophy XLT Riflescope, 3-9x 40mmrifle scope reviews3x-9x40mm$$4.6
Redfield Revolution 3-9x40mm 4-Plexbest scope for ar153x-9x40mm$$$4.8

It has been said by many experienced hunters that it is better to put a high quality scope on a mediocre gun than it is to put a mediocre scope on a high quality gun.  A good scope can make all the difference in the world when trying to hit a target. A good scope is much more important than the quality of the gun that it will be mounted. With a good scope you can see your target better and quicker which will enable you to pull the trigger on that mediocre gun quicker.

We recommend that you buy the best scope that you can buy. Because in the long run you will be much happier with a good scope that will help you put the crosshairs on the target and pull the trigger quickly before that trophy buck moves from your line of sight.

Finding the right riflescope for your gun can be a tall order. There are a lot of companies that make riflescopes, so how do you know which one to buy? That is a tough question because the scopes come with different features, are designed for different applications and have different performance ratings.

You could start by asking a buddy what brand and model of riflescope that he uses. However, he make have a riflescope for a  specific application that may not fit your needs. Often times, hunters will have more than one scope. They may have a scope mounted on different guns for specific uses. Asking a friend or a buddy is a good start but it may not be the right answer for you.

The best way to determine which riflescope is the right scope for you is to become an educated consumer and determine for yourself which is the right scope for your needs. There is a lot of riflescope reviews available on the internet for you to read. You can also visit forums that discuss hunting and use of riflescopes to see what brands that other hunters recommend using or suggest not buying.

In the comparison guide above, we have included some of the highest rated riflescopes available on the market to purchase. Nikon riflescopes are some of the best scopes for the money. In particular, this Nikon riflescope is an excellent for deer hunting. Vortex makes good deer hunting scopes that will not bust your budget.

Take your time to determine which scope is best for you and go ahead and spend the extra dollars to get the scope that you will be pleased with for years to come.