Six Great Scopes That Won't Break The Bank

With more than 8-million new gun owners across the country, and millions more who have added to their collection this year, accessories for firearms are going to be a hot item this holiday season and a quality rifle scope is sure to be appreciated by almost every owner of a long gun.

Here are a few picks that deliver a lot of innovation at a reasonable price (I’m so proud of myself for not making a “bang for the buck” pun here):

1- Vortex Optics Crossfire II 1-inch rifle scope – You won’t find much disagreement from gun owners about the Crossfire II from Vortex Optics. Several models in the Crossfire II line have been named some of the best scopes of 2020 by Optics Magazine and American Hunter, and for good reason. The versatility of the scope is unquestioned, but what really sets the Crossfire II apart is its Dead Hold BDC reticle, which was “designed to minimize the need for guessing bullet hold-over at long distances”, according to the company.

2- Pinty Rifle Scope 3-9×32 Rangefinder – This multipurpose scope not only comes with a rangefinder rifle scope, but also a red/green dot sight as well as a laser sight. It offers magnifications from 3X up to 9X, along with 5 brightness adjustments for the red/green dot sight, and 5 brightness adjustments available for the riflescope as well, all at a price well below $200.

3- Bushnell Trophy TRS-25 Red Dot Sight Riflescope This isn’t the scope you want for big game hunting or long distance shooting, but if you’re looking for a great optic that has a proven track record, the TRS-25 is a fantastic option for a first scope. Coming in under $100, the scope offers a 3 MOA Dot reticle with 11 brightness settings housed in a waterproof and shockproof compact and lightweight cylinder. There’s nothing too fancy about the Bushnell Trophy TRS-25, but its durability and ease of use make it a standout and a favorite for many gun owners of AR-style rifles.

4- Bushnell Banner Dusk & Dawn Multi-X Reticle Adjustable Objective Riflescope, 6-18X 50mm – Let’s stick with Bushnell for another couple of paragraphs, because the Dusk & Dawn line of riflescopes is worth talking about. The 50mm version offers up to 18x magnification, while the lenses are designed to give you the maximum visibility in low light situations. That makes this a solid choice for those who love (or at least tolerate) getting up in the pre-dawn hours in order to hunt for wild game.

5-  Monstrum 2-7×32 AO Rifle Scope – This scope is beefy without being too bulky, and offers 2-7x magnification, adjustable reticle illumination with five settings and the option to choose between red and green. The adjustable objective lens allows users to better align their eye with the reticle and the target that the user is aiming at, and the illuminated rangefinder reticle is a boon in low-light situations. The body of the scope is crafted out of aircraft-grade solid aluminum, ensuring its durability in the field.

6- ATN Thermal Rifle Scope – Okay, so maybe the title of this piece should have been “Five Great Scopes That Won’t Break The Bank (And One That Might). Still, despite the four-figure price tag, I couldn’t resist including ATN’s thermal rifle scope on the list. Its 30mm tube is made of hardened aluminum alloy and is tough enough to handle the recoil from even large caliber firearms, and the rechargeable battery offers 16+ hours of continuous use. I would love to have one of these scopes handy the next time coyotes come prowling around my farm looking for a quick meal, and this would be a great addition to any gun owner’s collection, though it’s the most expensive option by far of all the scopes on our list.

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Feb 24, 2021 11:00 AM ET