These optics also should provide a high level of light transmission and present a clear sight picture at long range. For under a thousand dollars, you can expect an optic with a powerful magnification and a large objective lens. (Disclaimer: Though these products usually are under $1000, there are price fluctuations. The real, current price is the one found on the Amazon page.)
Here are our recommendations for the best long range rifle scopes under $1000 on the market:
Trijicon Accupoint Rifle Scope
- Trijicon TR23 AccuPoint 5-20x50 Riflescope Standard Duplex Crosshair with Green Dot Reticle, 30mm Tube
- Price: $988.99
- Price as of 10/19/2020 16:11 PDT(more info about ad)
The Trijicon Accupoint is Trijicon entry into the world of long range shooting. Trijicon is already a big boy in the optics market but are more known for their close range combat optics than their long range scopes. The Accupoint is a 5 to 20 power optic with a 50 mm objective lens. The Accupoint is built with combat in mind, and is extremely tough. The optic is shockproof, waterproof, and is purged to prevent fog build up.
The Accupoint uses an illuminated reticle and sticks with Trijicon’s battery free illumination technology. This fiber optic technology adjusts automatically to the brightness of the optics environment. When you are stuck in a low to no light situation, you still have a tritium phosphor lamp to illuminate the reticle. This reticle is in the second focal plane, meaning the reticle size remains the same as you zoom. This gives much more precise aiming points when using higher magnifications at longer ranges.
The scope’s tactical parenthood is obvious in its design. The Accupoint is not limited in use but is better suited for live targets. The Accupoint would make an excellent optic for long range hunting, especially during the morning and near dusk, where the light is lower, but the game is more active.
Bushnell Elite Tactical G2
- Bushnell Elite Tactical G2DMR FFP Reticle Riflescope (6-24x50-mm)
- Price as of 10/19/2020 10:26 PDT(more info about ad)
Bushnell has decades of experience in designing optics, and it shows here. The G2 is a 6 to 24 power optic, attached to a 30 mm single piece tube. The power is clearly sufficient for long range shooting and the addition of a one piece tube is icing on the cake. One piece tubes are typically stronger and are certainly more precise. Precision is major factor when taking that eight yard shot, as inches are feet in long shooting.
The G2 (see full specs) uses a mil dot reticle for accurate holdovers for both windage and elevation. The scope features an aggressive 3 inch sunshade to prevent glare and make shooting more comfortable. The optic features fingertip adjustable turrets that are wide and high. This makes using the scope with gloves much easier. The turrets provide both audible and tactile feedback when adjustments are made. The fingertip adjustable turrets are a must have for those who make corrections in the field.
The Bushnell G2 scope also has a side focus parallax adjustments for easy and accurate focusing. This allows the shooter to rapidly adjust the focus of the scope as the magnification and range increase to the target.
Vortex Viper PST Rifle Scope
- Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II 5-25x50 FFP Riflescope EBR-2C MRAD
- Price: $899.00
- Price as of 10/19/2020 16:11 PDT(more info about ad)
The Vortex Viper PST is a powerful optic that combines a variety of useful tactical features in a long range platform. The PST uses a simple, standard 30mm tube that is incredibly common size, and makes it easy to find the right scope rings. The scope has a 5 to 25 power magnification that is capable of getting out there, well past a thousand yards. The 25 power magnification retains its clarity due to the fully multi coated lenses and the use of a 50mm objective lens.
A 50 mm objective lens allows the shooter to mount the scope with low or medium mounts depending on the weapon. The lower the scope, the more in line it is with the barrel of the weapon, and the more precise the weapon and optic is. This also aids shooters when it comes to sighting in the weapon. The Vortex Viper PST features an illuminated reticle with 10 different positions. The control knob is an excellent addition that provides an off switch between each illumination setting. This allows the shooter to instantly put the illumination on their favorite setting.
The Vortex Viper is one of the best long range scopes in this price range, especially for those using a lighter rifle. The reason being the scope is relatively compact and lightweight. The scope is the size of a standard hunting rifle scope but provides a larger level of magnification. The only telltale sign this is a long range optic is its 50 mm objective lens. The optic would be at home on any heavy duty .338 Lapua rifle but it’s still at home on a .308 as well.
Bushnell Tactical 4.5-30x50
The range of optics Bushnell produces is truly outstanding. They make everything from affordable, under 100 dollar red dots to the elite series of Bushnell Tactical optics. The model we are taking a peek at is the Bushnell Tactical 4.5-30x50mm rifle scope. It’s a beast of a scope designed for long range target engagements. The Bushnell Tactical uses a mil-dot reticle that allows the shooter to compensate for bullet drop and make wind calls. The use of common mil dots makes it easy to dial in your dope for those long-range shots.
The Bushnell Tactical features Bushnell’s always awesome RainGuard HD anti-fog technology. This lens coating allows the optic to get completely soaked by the rain and still give you a complete and clear sight picture. To aid in that clear picture you have an Ultra Wideband coating and fully multi-coated optics that allows for easy low light shooting and total target engagement. Optics this clear is necessary to make it easy to see your target against a background, especially when you are facing a potentially camouflaged target.
The Bushnell Tactical also sports target turrets that allow the user to dial in the optic without the need for tools. They are large enough to be grabbed and moved without breaking your sight picture. They are also heavily textured and provide tactile and audible feedback to the end user. You can have complete confidence that the adjustments you make are staying in place.
The Best Long Range Rifle Scopes under 1000 Bucks
A good optic of a good rifles means if you can see it, you can shoot it. Optics can be found at any budget level, but at right around a thousand you have a variety of high quality, incredibly capable optics. A quality piece of glass is invaluable, and is truly an investment that pays off in the end.
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