If you have money to spend, these top-of-the-line scopes will help.
Things have changed a lot in the past 20 years when it comes to long-range shooting, rifles, and high-quality rifle optics. While the budget variable magnification scopes on the market today are lightyears beyond what would have been considered a good or great scope a couple decades ago, there are still reasons to save up for one of the more expensive rifle scopes out there, and a whole lot of reasons not to settle for the cheapest scope you see on Amazon.
While glass has gotten dramatically better in less expensive optics, the most expensive scopes offer superior quality control, construction, and durability, along with advanced glare protection and fog-proof coatings, which can make all the difference in the field. Many also offer a combination of features that increase versatility. They often come with an excellent warranty, which you will be thankful for the first time your pricey scope doesn't survive an encounter with airport baggage handlers.
Sure, you can get a good optic for an affordable price and the most expensive rifle scope isn't necessarily the best rifle scope for you, but it's pretty tough to turn your nose up at these offerings--and if you can afford it, why not get the absolute best? While brands like Bushnell, Trijicon, Vortex, and Burris offer some really nice optics, these scopes are at another level.
Here are the most expensive rifle scopes we could track down for sale on Amazon right now:
This scope sits at the tippy top of this legendary optics-maker's list of long range rifle scopes. It includes the Front Focal Tremor 3 reticle and a matte finish, plus it's completely waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof.
The M5B1 turrets have auto-locking pinch and turn adjustments that unlock when you grip it. The front focal place (FFP) reticle magnifies with the image so you can estimate range accurately at any magnification. It also features a lockable fast-focus eyepiece.
While Nightforce offers some great affordable scopes, it also offers some high end scopes as well. This premium optic comes with an F1 MIL-XT reticle is selling for a cool $3,600.
It features a 34mm main tube, tactical MIL turrets, waterproof and fogproof construction, and an illuminated reticle for low-light shooting. It has a wide magnification range and optical performance. This scope features a parallax adjustment down to 10 meters and 100 MOA of elevation travel as well as a wide field of view on its entire magnification range. This feature-rich scope allows for accurate target acquisition and shooting solutions in any light conditions.
This long-distance rifle scope has a high maximum zoom and bullet drop compensation range. The ZEISS VICTORY V8 owes its outstanding image quality and target resolution in this class to its unique transmission of 92%, HT glass and the extremely wide fields of view. It has also set new benchmarks in ergonomic excellence.
The fine illuminated dot can be easily and precisely operated, while the short and compact design ensures maximum ease of use. The scope features the new BDC/ASV LongRange reticle, whose large adjustment range ensures maximum distances.
This scope represents the cutting edge blending between a conventional rifle scope and digital targeting technology. This digital optic features an illuminated first focal plane 4A-I reticle, a side parallax focus, and a 40mm main tube and an eye relief of 3.75 inches. The large 40mm tube allows for a high magnification of up to 25x--along with the large 52mm lens, this scope is perfect for long-range shooting.
On the electronics side, the Automatic Aiming Point feature takes into account distance, air pressure, temperature, angle, and magnification along with personal ballistic data to display the correct aiming point in the scope's field of view, along with key ballistic data. The scope also connects to the dS Configurator app on your smartphone vie Bluetooth, which allows the user to configure personal ballistic data, units of measurement, size of aiming points, thickness of windage hash marks, duration of aiming point and distance display, wind speed for wind aiming points, and more.
There's no easier way to jack up the price of a scope than to add some thermal imaging technology. This thermal rifle scope offers 640x512 resolution, a 75mm lens, 3x optical magnification, an 8.3s6.6 field of view, all with waterproof construction.
On board is a FLIR Tau 2 17?m pitch thermal sensor, a manually adjustable eyepiece and objective lens, real-time display, and multiple color palettes.
This scope has a large magnification range in a very compact and lightweight package that's suitable for short- to long-range shooting on a wide array of rifle types. It's only 14.5-inches long, allowing it to be used in conjunction with forward mounted night vision or thermal aiming devices.
An illuminated MRAD hash-mark reticle comes standard and a double-turn elevation turret provides 18 MRAD clicks of adjustment per rotation for a total of 126 MOA--all in a ruggedly constructed package.