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Eleven Best Riflescopes 2017

best riflescopes 2017



Whether you're trying to knock down a faraway bull or punch a cloverleaf in paper at 500 yards, the new 6.5-20X50 riflescopes from Meopta are purpose-built for long-range precision.

Available with capped hunting turrets or exposed target turrets for tactical or target shooting applications, these American-made optics feature one-inch tubes with MeoBright multicoated lenses, SCHOTT glass, and side-parallax adjustment to provide extreme clarity and accuracy at extreme distances.

Backed by Meoptas North American'Lifetime Transferrable Warranty.

$ 1,090-$ 1,150; meoptausa.com


The Styrka brand launched last year with the S5 and S7 riflescopes, but new for this year is the budget-conscious S3 series.

With eight models, including a fixed 4X32 rimfire riflescope and a 2-7X32 shotgun/muzzleloader scope, the S3s are ideal for weekend warriors, first-time hunters, and those who are simply unwilling or unable to dish out big bills for expensive optics.

You wont be disappointed by the fully multicoated glass and the option to choose Styrkas new SH-BDC reticle to compensate for bullet drop.

All in all, these scopes are a promising bang for your buck—pun intended.

$240-$360 strykastrong.com


Go long and lightweight with the new 6-24X50 Razor HD AMG riflescope from Vortex.

It weighs just a hair under 29 ounces, which isimpressive considering its feature set, including a battery-operated illuminated reticle with 10 intensity levels.

Speaking of the reticle, it's the glass-etched Vortex EBR-7 FFP (front focal plane) with elevation and windage marks in your choice of MOA or MRAD.

Its 30mm tube allows for 94.5 MOA/27.5 MRAD of elevation adjustment to compensate for bullet drop when you're dropping shots into your target from the next county.

Fully multicoated lenses with ArmorTek offer admirable light transmission and scratch resistance. Oh, and every part of thisscope is made in the USA.

$3,400; vortexoptics.com


Leica's legendary German optical engineering infused in a product that's built in America—that's what you'll get with the ER 5 series of riflescopes.

Six models range from a 1-5X24 for those who hunt whitetails in tight timber to a long-range 5-25X26 for Western hunters, and all feature 5:1 zoom ratios with six reticle options.

Four inches of eye relief will save your skull from magnum recoil on the bench or in the field.

The 34-MOA turrets are low profile and should stuff nicely into most scabbards if you're planning a horseback trip into the backcountry.

$750-$ 1,430; us.leica-camera.com


You commonly hear the phrase "light transmission" when it comesto choosing a hunting optic.

Simply put, you want to maximize the amount of light that can reach your eye through a scope.

Leupold has introduced a new concept called "light management" in its VX-3i series of scopes.

Leupolds engineers optimized these scopes for balanced light transmission across the entire visible spectrum—especially around the dim periods of dawn and dusk.

Combine this with edge-blackened lenses to reduce glare and high-contrast lens coatings and the result is crystal clarity during what are often the most critical minutes of your hunt.

Sort through 15 models with unique configurations to find your favorite match.

$520-$ 1,170; leupold.com


Swarovski continues to turn discerning heads with its optical innovations.

This year, the company has broken new boundaries with its Z8i series of riflescopes.

All four models use 8X zoom and have two noteworthy features that are proprietary to Swarovski.

The FLEXCHANGE 4A-IF reticle allows you to switch between an illuminated center dot and the dot with an outer ring; of course, you're not limited to electronics, and you can always rely on the primary etched reticle as a reliable fallback.

Another new optional addition is the Personalized Ballistic Ring (PBR); an engraved ring that's customized to your cartridge's specific ballistics, which can be added to the scope's Ballistic Turret Flex system.

$2,690-$3,520; swarovskioptik.com


Monarch 7 is Nikon's flagship line of scopes, and the line is constantly growing.

One of the newest modelsisthe Monarch 7 IL, offered in 3-12X56 and 4-16X50 configurations, both sporting Advanced BDC reticles for handy bullet drop and windage compensation.

The "IL" stands for illuminated,so you can choose to light up a center dot in the reticle for faster target acquisition on hogs, dogs, or any other targets that are trying to give you the slip.

All the Monarch 7s incorporate a 30mm main tube, quick-focus eyepiece, side parallax adjustment, and additional high-profile windage and elevation adjustment turrets.

$1,100; nikonsportoptics.com


Bushnell continues to deliver a value proposition that's difficult to ignore.

The new Trophy Xtreme X30 riflescopes are offered in six diverse models, covering the gamut between tight-timber hunters who will never take a shot beyond 100 yards to those who might need to let the air out of a high-country bull from 400 yards.

No matter where you fit into the equation, you'll be able to top your rifle with one of these bad boys for less than five Benjamins.

Every X30 is constructed with a 30mm tube and has fully multicoated lenses with Rainguard HD coating.

Choose from four distinct reticle options.

Bushnell's new "No Questions Asked Lifetime Warranty" means exactly what you think it does.

$260-$455; bushnell.com


If you're fond of first-focal-plane (FFP) reticles, you'll want to consider topping your rifle with a Veracity.

FFP is beneficial because it allows you to use the reticle to judge the distance to your target and also compensate for bullet drop.

The Veracity uses a five-times zoom system, and all four models are built with fully multicoated lenses.

Additionally, Burris's new Modular Adjustment Dial (MAD.)system allows you to choose from competition-style exposed knobs or capped knobs on both windage and elevation adjustments in any combination you desire.

Every Burris optic is covered by the Forever Warranty: repair or replacement, forever, no matter the circumstance.

$720-$ 1,080; burrisoptics.com


The big news this year for Weaver's Grand Slam line of riflescopes is the integration of its MultiStop Turret system.

This system allows a shooter to build a custom ballistic turret to match a particular load, but what's really unique is the color-coded bands on the turret.

Visit the Weaver ballistics calculator online and you can print a color-coded ballistics reference card, which matches the colors on the elevation turret.

Insert the card into the scope's custom lens cap—no more need to tape a chart to your gun stock.

Available in 4-16X44 and 5-20X50 models.

$ 1,215-$ 1,425; weaveroptics.com


For a shooter who demands the creme de la creme in long-range optics, the Victory V8 riflescopes might take the prize.

Four models make up this high-end new series, and the sweet feature set will raise your temperature.

A 36mm tube means ultimate low-light performance.

Each model conies' with nine ASV bullet-drop-compensating rings to closely match your cartridge's ballistics, or use the complimentary certificate to get a custom-engraved Kenton ballistic turret to perfectly match your load.

Zeiss claims to have the smallest illuminated reticle on the market in these scopes; it covers just ¼ of an inch on your target at 1,000 yards.

$2,600-$3,700; zeiss.com/sports-optics