Therefore, scope makers have taken note and introduced a wide variety of different optics based around the 7.62x39 round. You’d need to pair a proper optic with the proper rifle to ensure you are getting the most out of both. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to tack a mini red dot on a bolt action rifle built for accuracy, does it? So, I’m going to give you suggestions to fit different types of 7.6 x 39 rifles.
Here are our reviews of the 4 best 7.62x39 scopes on the market:
Bushnell AK Optics AK 25 (“Scope” for AK-47-styled 7.62x39 Rifles)
- Bushnell AK Optics AK25 1x25mm Red Dot Sight, Matte Black (tilted front lens)
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OK, so the most popular rifle in 7.62x39 is the AK47 and AKM-styled rifles so we’ll tackle those first. The AK47 is a simple and effective rifle built to be used within 300 yards. It’s a lightweight gun, made from stamped steel, and it’s relatively short and maneuverable. For this rifle, the perfect optic would easily be a red dot. A red dot is lightweight, made to hit targets out to the 300 yards, and is simple to use.
The Bushnell AK optics are Bushnell’s newest line of optics. Coming off the success of their AR optics, Bushnell introduced a few new optics for the AK series of rifles, one being the AK25. The AK25 is a small but efficient red dot sight that is designed for the AK series. This 25-mm red dot has 11 different brightness settings. It’s only 2.4 inches long and weighs only 3.7 ounces. The optic is easy to mount, but you will need a Picatinny rail either on the dust cover or a side mounting solution.
The Bushnell AK red dot is surprisingly affordable and remarkably durable for its price. It’s shock, water, and fog proof and designed to be ran through hell and back. Bushnell also has a lifetime guarantee on their gear, and excellent customer service. With these advantages in mind, this is surely one of the best scopes for 7.62x39 rifles (even if it’s really a red dot sight).
Primary Arms Compact Riflescope (Scope for AR-15-styled 7.62x39 Rifles)
- Primary Arms SLX Compact 3x32 Gen II Prism Scope - ACSS-CQB 300BLK/7.62x39 - FDE
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The 7.62x39 has found itself in several more modern rifles than the AK series. This includes AR15s, hybrids like the CMMG Mutant, and even rifles like the SIG 556R. These more modern and more advanced rifles are a bit more accurate than the standard AK so the Primary Arms scope is the perfect companion to modern rifles. This is a fixed power 3x scope that is fitted with a reticle designed around the 7.62x39 round. This compact magnified rifle scope gives you a closer view of your target and makes hitting targets out to even 500 yards possible.
The Primary Arms scope’s reticle is a bullet drop compensating style (see full specs) that is designed to allow the user to easily compensate for bullet drop. The reticle has hash marks that each stand for a different range. Place the hash mark on a target at that range and fire away. These systems make long range shooting a breeze.
The reticle is also illuminated and powered via a single CR2032. The reticle has 12 different brightness settings and the reticle is glass etched so if the battery dies it will still function. The Primary Arms scopes are backed by a 3 year warranty and are quite well-made and well-designed.
Sightmark Ultra Shot Reflex Sight (“Scope” for SKS 7.69x39 Rifles)
- Sightmark SM26005 Ultra Shot M-Spec Reflex Sight, Black
- Price: $119.95
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One of the first weapons to be graced by the 7.62x39 round was the SKS. The SKS is a semi-automatic rifle that is quite common and affordable. Its action is open top like the M1 Garand and M14, and this makes mounting a traditional scope difficult. Most common scope mounts put the scope forward of the action and this necessitates a long eye relief scope. The Sightmark Ultra Shot features unlimited eye relief and is a holographic sight. This is perfect for the 200- to 300-yard effective range of the SKS.
The Sightmark Ultra Shot is a square design that offers a wide viewing window for a nice wide field of view. The Ultra Shot offers recoil protection up to a 50-caliber rifle so it’ll shrug off the 7.62x39 without issue. You also have five different brightness settings and the system comes with a built-in mount. The Ultra Shot allows you to rapidly and accurately engage targets. It’s very easy to use and the controls are simple.
The Ultra Shot is perfect for a variety of tasks, including target practice, hunting and even defensive use. The Ultra Shot really opens up the potential for your SKS and teaches an old gun new tricks. Hands down, it’s among the best 7.62x39 scopes for the money.
Vortex Crossfire 2 Sight (Scope for Bolt-Action 7.62x39 Rifles)
- Vortex Optics CF2-31001 Crossfire II Second Focal Plane, 1-inch Tube Riflescope - V-Plex Reticle, Black, 2-7" x 32"
- Price: $129.00
- Price as of 10/27/2020 12:17 PDT(more info about ad)
The Vortex Crossfire 2 is designed for the 7.62x39 mm rifle that can really reach out and touch a target. The 7.62x39 isn’t a long-range round, but with the right rifle and ammunition selection, you can squeeze out some significant performance from it. Rifles like the CZ 527 are bolt-action 7.62x39s and are exceptionally accurate. For these rifles, you need a scope that can keep up and the Crossfire 2 from Vortex has it all.
First, it’s a variable optic that can transition anywhere from 2 to 7 power (see full specs). This allows both close and long range shooting. It’s also a compact 32mm scope that is lightweight but well-made. Vortex makes great optics and this continues that tradition with the Crossfire 2. It’s the perfect little scope for the hunting rifle chambered in 7.62x39.
It provides a nice, clear picture, and a wide field 42-foot field of view at 2x and 12.6 feet at 7x. The small objective lens allows you to mount the optic low, which aids in precision and helps improve scope life. The Vortex Crossfire 2 is a substantial and impressive scope and is priced surprisingly low—it’s easily among the best scopes for 7.62x39 rifles, particularly if that rifle is a bolt-action one.
Finding the Right 7.62x39 Scope
The 7.62x39 is a powerful medium-range cartridge that is quite popular, and for good reason. It’s a round with little to no recoil. It’s good for home defense, competition, and hunting. Rifles chambered in the cartridge are common and are made much better when you tack on a good optic. The right scopes are what make the difference between a good and a great one. Good luck!
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