Over fifty years later, the .300 Winchester Magnum is popular with military and police sharpshooters, and hunters who need a round with more reach and knockdown power than other common thirty caliber rounds. Now widely used for long distance hunting and tactical applications that require power and range, the .300 Win Mag is one of the most popular thirty caliber magnums out there.
And what good are range and power if you don’t have the 4 best scopes for .300 Win Mag:
The Leupold VX-I Rifle Scope
- Leupold VX-1 2-7x33mm Compact Waterproof Fogproof Riflescope, Matte Black (113863)
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Nightforce SHV 5-20x56mm
- NightForce SHV 5-20x56mm Riflescope,30mm,.250 MOA,MOAR Non-Illuminated Reticle
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Nightforce is one of the leaders in modern, high powered rifle scopes. The .300 Win Mag demands a scope with serious power, and Nightforce delivers. Featuring 5-20 power magnification, an enormous 56mm objective lens, and built to the exacting standards you’ve come to expect from NightForce, this is a scope that will allow you to wring the maximum potential from your .300 Win Mag. Built with long range hunters and target shooters in mind, this scope is as much at home on your thousand yard range, as it is in the wilds of Alaska hunting big game. If you demand the very best for your rifle, this is it.
The Redfield Revolution Riflescope
- Redfield Revolution 3-9x40mm Riflescope with 4-Plex Reticle, Matte Black
- Price as of 10/25/2020 17:15 PDT(more info about ad)
What Makes the Best .300 Win Mag Scope?
This is the sort of loaded question (no pun intended) that can spark intense debate and discussion. If there was a simple answer, there would be one perfect scope to use. You’d pick it up, and a chorus of angels would burst from the heavens singing the praises of the scope, and you would walk away knowing that you had picked the best scope for .300 Win Mag rifles. Unfortunately, I’ve never had a chorus of anything other than salespeople burst forth when I picked up a scope, and quite frankly, I’ve yet to meet a salesperson who reminded me of an angel, so I had to look at more than one scope for the .300 Win Mag.
Magnum rounds are not the shoulder punisher the name suggests. While certainly high powered, and capable of delivering a bruising to your shoulder (recoil pads are cheap and exist for a reason), the round itself is not so devastating as to require much careful consideration when shopping for a scope. Modern engineering methods have ensured that any quality scope can handle the recoil of most magnum cartridges, and the .300 Win Mag has such a large market share, you are sure to easily find a scope engineered to handle the recoil of this particular round.
Therefore, the best .300 Win Mag scopes all have a few things in common. If they aren’t water proof, shock proof and fog proof, keep walking. This is such fundamentally basic technology that anything other than the absolutely cheapest scopes will have them. By using precision engineered locking rings to hold the optics into place, and choosing quality glass for lenses, the recoil from a rifle cannot damage the delicate internals of a rifle scope, and the whole assembly is typically protected with a rubber O ring sealing a tube purged with a neutral gas to keep water out, and to prevent internal fogging of the optics. And the best scopes will be stout and rugged. Modern alloys can deliver stronger than steel strength at a fraction of the weight. Don’t settle for a chintzy scope tube, look for one that is designed for hard use.
There is a place in the world for fifty dollar rifle scopes, but something like a .300 Win Mag is not it. Give it the respect it deserves. We’ve shown you a few fantastic choices for the best .300 Win Mag scope, now all you have to do is pick one. Good luck!
Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him.