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What is the best riflescope for .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges? This is a question that comes up a lot with Lapua uses. When you are using a high-powered, quality cartridge, you need a reliable riflescope to match.

In this article we will attemp to clarify this. We have selected 5 top rated riflescopes to give you the ultimate low down on what you should use alongside your .338 Lapua’s

For our findings at a glance, head to the table below. For a detailed review of each of our picks, plus a comprehensive buyer’s guide, keep on reading.


Best Scope for .338 Lapua Magnum – Top 5

NAME
RIFLESCOPE
DETAILS
BEST BUDGET PICK:
Vortex Optics Viper
6.5-20x50
VPR-M-06BDC 
Dead-Hold BDC,
Or, Mil Dot Moa
XR Coated Lens
Quick Re-indexing
Ade Advanced
Optics 6-25X56mm
Riflescope
Extended-range
Mil-DotBar Reticle
Water Resistant
35mm Tube
Primary Arms
4-14x44mm
Riflescope
4-14X Magnification
Mil-Dot Reticule
Durable Design
3 Year Warranty
BEST PREMIUM PICK:
Steiner 5-25x56
T5Xi with SCR
Scr Reticle, 30mm
Tube, 15x50mm,
or 25x56mm
Millett BK81007
6-25x56mm
Riflescope
6-25x Magnification
Mil-DotBar reticle
140 MOA Adjust
35mm Tube

Riflescope Reviews

sniper and the .338 Lapua Magnum

There are many models and brands of riflescopes that are marketed as compatible with high-powered, sniper-grade cartridges such as the .338 Lapua magnum.

Even so, these products vary in terms of reliability, aiming accuracy, durability, construction quality, design aesthetics, and quality of images produced.

By basing our selections on these qualities, we have put together the definitive short list of the best scopes for .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges.

1. BEST BUDGET PICK: Vortex Optics Viper 6.5-20×50 VPR-M-06BDC 

The Vortex Optics Viper is an affordable high-performance variable-magnification riflescope that offers superior optics optimized for hunting and medium-range shootings.

This is a second focal plane (SFP) model which means that the reticle positioning inside the tube does not allow for its (reticle) magnification.

Therefore, for the viewer, the reticle remains the size regardless of the magnification used. This SFP reticle limits the use of this riflescope for long-range targeting. (This because the non-magnified reticle calibrations offer poor resolution of the target site as compared to magnified reticles).

For this reason, this riflescope is best suited for medium-range shooting. Relatedly, its reticle uses a proprietary dead-hold bullet-drop compensating (BDC) mil-dot design.

The reticle is attached at the rear end of the precision-glide erector tube (which holds this reticle in place).

The reticle and erector tube are housed in a 30mm wide tube made of aircraft-grade aluminum that is polished off using hard anodized finish.

Its magnification power can be adjusted from x6.5 to x20. This model is designed and manufactured by the reputable American company, Vortex Optics, which is headquartered in Barneveld, Wisconsin.

The riflescope is relatively lightweight, coming in at about 1.35lbs. It is also 16.2inches long, 4.4inches wide, and 4.3inches tall.

The scope is shipped alongside the following items:

  • an all important warranty documentation,
  • soft pouch,
  • lens cloth,
  • removable lens covers,
  • an instruction and maintenance guide.

The riflescope has 3 capped dials – the windage turret dial, the side-focus dial, and the elevation turret dial. The turret design used is the tall capped version.

The scope also features an eye-relief of 3.1″ which further limits its use to mid-range shooting as such an eye-relief is inadequate for long-range shooting using a .338 Lapua magnum cartridge. This is because the accompanying recoil could cause the eyebell to violently hit and scour the eyebrow.

Because of its variable-magnification design, this model has a variable field of view which ranges from 17.4 feet at x6.5 magnification to 6.2feet at the highest x20 magnification.

The Vortex uses fully multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity; the XR coatings enhance the light gathering capacities of the lenses while the Armortek lens coating protect the lenses from scratches and chipping.

Moreover, these coatings minimize the light dispersion capabilities of the lenses which creates an extra-low dispersion optical system, enhancing image resolution.

The proprietary reticle design of this model combines the mil-dot and bullet-drop compensation, and duplex reticle designs into a single Dead-hold BDC design.

This means that the cross-hair features the duplex design in the outer half, while the inner half has bullet-drop compensating center lines and 3 calibration markings called the drop hashmarks.

The center lines intersect, and 3 drop hashmarks are located on either side of the horizontal line, while the vertical line has the hashmarks only below the intersection.

These hashmarks give the reticle its dead-hold designation as it allows the shooter to choose the appropriate bullet impact for selected shooting distances. This helps to eliminate guesses about bullet hold-over for middle-range distance shooting.

Magnification adjustment is done using the magnification adjustment ring that is paired with a MAG bar which indicates the magnification currently in use.

The magnification range is from x6.5 to x20. Another important optical element is the large objective lens which has a diameter of 50mm.

As a variable-magnification model, it offers excellent adjustment of exit pupil size that allows the scope to be used in different lighting conditions.

Likewise, it allows for diopter adjustment and parallax error correction through its reticle adjustment feature. This is provided by the reticle focus dial located at the rear edge of the eyebell.

This water-resistant, shock-proof riflescope is argon-purged which prevents fogging.

It is supported by a lifetime warranty guaranteed by Vortex Optics.

Pros of the Vortex Optics Viper 6.5-20x50 VPR-M-06BDC
  • Budget variable-magnification riflescope.
  • Large magnification range of x6.5-x20.
  • Fully-featured model with windage turret, side-focus, and elevation turret dials.
  • Has a large 50mm objective lens.
  • Uses a 30mm wide tube.
  • Incorporates reticle adjustment for parallax error correction and diopter adjustment.
  • Uses a proprietary-grade BDC mil-dot reticle that enhances shooting accuracy at recommended shooting ranges.
  • Variable field of view that ranges from 17.4 – 6.2 feet.
  • Uses multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity and maximize resolution.
  • Argon-purged model.
  • Lifetime warranty.
The Cons
  • Limited to mid-range shooting due to use of SFP reticle design.

Bottom-line

The Vortex Optics Viper VPR-M-06BDC is an affordable high-performance variable-magnification riflescope that offers superior optics optimized for hunting and medium-range shootings.

This argon-purged model has a large magnification range of x6-x20, and features the windage turret, side-focus, and elevation turret dials.

It has a large 50mm objective lens, and incorporates reticle adjustment for parallax error correction and diopter adjustment.

Moreover, it uses multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity and maximize resolution, while its proprietary-grade BDC mil-dot reticle design enhances shooting accuracy at recommended shooting ranges.

Overall, this is an excellent riflescope at an affordable price point, making it our natural choice for the best budget riflescope for .338 Lapua Magnum cartridges.


2. BEST PREMIUM PICK: Steiner 5-25×56 T5Xi with SCR

The Steiner is at the other end of the price point spectrum and is our top choice premium pick for 2019.

This high-precision, first-focal plane tactical riflescope comes with a proprietary, trademarked special competition reticle (SCR) that can be illuminated. Its accuracy is optimized by the razor-edge image clarity created by its optical system.

Its illumination system is powered by a CR2450 battery and is designed to offer seven levels of light intensity during daytime, while night-time use benefits from choice of one of the four available illumination options.

The Steiner is also designed to be waterproof for water pressure equivalent to being 33feet underwater.

On the tactical scale, its use of an FFP reticle allows it to be used for long-range shooting when mounted on high-powered, large-caliber rifles.

Its range of magnification is also impressive with the lowest magnification possible set at x5 while the highest possible magnification is an astounding x25. This high-level of magnification improves its accuracy in long-range shooting.

The model is designed and manufactured by one of the premier manufacturers of riflescopes in Europe, the Italy-based Berretta Holding Group through its U.S subsidiary, Steiner Optics. The company is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, and this particular model belongs to the T5Xi series of SCR tactical riflescopes.

The scope uses MRAD ratings as compared to the 5126 model which has similar specifications but uses MOA ratings. Its elevation and windage adjustment is set at 0.1mRad (MRAD).

In this SCR model, the reticle is positioned at the front end of the erector tube, which allows for its magnification as it is in front of the ocular lens.

The riflescope weighs about 2.06pounds, and it is 16.8inches long, 4inches wide, and 7.2inches tall.

It is shipped alongside the following items:

  • a warranty documentation,
  • pouch,
  • removable Tenebraex lens covers,
  • and an instruction and maintenance guide.

The fully set-up riflescope has 3 capped dials – the windage turret dial, the side-focus dial, and the elevation turret dial.

Moreover, these dials feature similar turret design which is the tall capped version. Even so, its elevation turret dial is more sensitive as compared to the one in Vortex Optics Viper, as it is calibrated in mil numbers and comes with a second rotation indicator that is activated after the first 120 clicks.

This ensures that the shooter does not count of how much the elevation dial has been used.

Relatedly, its reticle and erector tube are housed in a 34mm wide tube made of aircraft-grade aluminum, with a hard anodized finish.

It has an eye-relief of 4.3 inches which makes it adequate for long-range shooting of a .338 Lapua magnum cartridge using a large-caliber rifle.

Likewise, because of its variable-magnification design, it has a variable field of view which ranges from 21.5 feet at x5 magnification to 4.3feet at the highest x25 magnification.

This model also uses fully multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity as the proprietary coatings enhance the light gathering capacities of the lenses. These also protect the lenses from scratching, in addition to creating an extra-low dispersion optical system that enhances image resolution.

Furthermore, its proprietary reticle design combines the mil-dot and bullet-drop compensation. This reticle also has more drop hashmarks than Vortex Optics Viper.

This allows the shooter to better choose which bullet impact is most appropriate for selected shooting distances, and this eliminates guesses about bullet hold-over in long-range distance shooting.

Magnification adjustment is done using the tapered all-metal adjustment ring. Another important optical element is the large objective lens whose diameter is 56mm.

Such a large objective lens means that when mounted on a rifle, this riflescope will be placed high above the barrel.

This model offers excellent adjustment of exit pupil size with the size ranging from 11.2mm to 2.3mm. This allows the scope to be used efficiently in different lighting conditions.

Likewise, it allows for highly accurate diopter adjustment using the lockable diopter mechanism, as well as parallax error correction using the side focus dial.

This water-proof and shock-proof riflescope is nitrogen-purged which prevents fogging.

It is supported by a lifetime warranty called Heritage warranty by the manufacturer.

Pros of the Steiner 5-25x56 T5Xi with SCR
  • Variable-magnification, first-focal plane riflescope.
  • Large magnification range of x5-x25.
  • Uses a proprietary, trademarked special competition reticle.
  • Uses a battery-powered illumination system that provides adjustable levels of lighting throughout the day and night.
  • Fully-featured model with windage turret, side-focus, and elevation turret dials.
  • Has a large 56mm objective lens.
  • Uses a 34mm wide tube.
  • Allows for parallax error correction and diopter adjustment.
  • Exit pupil size ranges from 11.2mm to 2.3mm.
  • Uses a proprietary-grade special competition reticle design that enhances shooting accuracy at shooting ranges.
  • Variable field of view that ranges from 21.5 – 4.3 feet.
  • Uses multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity and maximize resolution.
  • Nitrogen-purged model.
  • Heritage warranty.
The Cons
  • Quite expensive.

Bottom-line

The Steiner 5-25×56 T5Xi is a premium, high-precision first-focal plane tactical riflescope that comes with a proprietary, trademarked SCR that can be illuminated. Its accuracy is optimized by the razor-edge image clarity created by its optical system.

It uses a battery-powered illumination system that provides adjustable levels of lighting for daytime and night-time environments.

This nitrogen-purged model has a large magnification range of x5-x25, and features the windage turret, side-focus, and elevation turret dials.

It has a large 56mm objective lens, and incorporates reticle adjustment for parallax error correction and diopter adjustment.

Moreover, it uses multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity and maximize resolution, while its proprietary-grade SCR reticle design enhances shooting accuracy at long-distance shooting ranges.

Regardless of its pricing, the Steiner 5-25×56 T5Xi models delivers an exceptionally high performance-to-price ratio which makes it the best premium riflescope in this review.


3. Ade Advanced Optics 6-25X56mm Riflescope

The Ade Advanced is a high-quality tactical riflescope that uses a mil-dot bar reticle that can be illuminated.

This SFP model offers excellent shooting accuracy for mid-range shooting, while its battery-powered illumination allows for its use in the evenings and during night-time.

It also boasts of an impressive range of magnification with the lowest magnification set at x6 while the highest magnification is set at x25.

This high-level of magnification improves its shooting accuracy. This model is designed and manufactured by Ade Advanced Optics, Inc; which is headquartered in Oregon city, Oregon. It uses MOA rating with elevation and windage adjustment set as at 1/4 MOA.

In this riflescope, the reticle is positioned at the rear end of the erector tube, which limits its ability to create a high-resolution magnification of targets located far away.

Nonetheless, it can be used as a military-grade monocular as its x25 magnification is sufficient for surveilling targets located far away.

The scope weighs about 3 pounds; and shipped alongside a warranty documentation, soft pouch, removable lens shade/covers, and an instruction and maintenance guide.

It has 3 capped dials – the windage turret dial, the side-focus dial, and the elevation turret dial. These dials are designed as tall capped turrets. The color scheme for this riflescope is matte-black.

Relatedly, its reticle and erector tube are housed in a 35mm wide tube made of T6-grade aluminum that is polished off with an anodized finish. It has an eye-relief of 3 inches which sets it as a mid-range shooting scope.

It has a variable field of view and uses fully multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity as the proprietary coatings enhance the light gathering capacities of the lenses, as well protect these lenses from scratch; in addition to creating an extra-low dispersion optical system that enhances image resolution.

Its special mild-dot reticle design has clear calibrations that indicate the level of bullet-drop compensation; and this allows the shooter to better choose which bullet impact is most appropriate for selected shooting distances.

Ultimately this eliminates the need to guess about bullet hold-over in mid-range distance shooting.

In this scope, magnification adjustment is done using a well-calibrated adjustment ring. Another key optical element is the large objective lens whose diameter is 56mm.

Because of this large objective lens, the riflescope is placed high above the barrel during mounting. This calls for some eye-to-eyebell lens alignment.

The scope offers excellent adjustment of exit pupil whose size varies depending on the magnification used. As expected, this allows the scope to be used efficiently in different lighting conditions.

Likewise, diopter adjustment and parallax error correction can be done to improve its shooting accuracy. This water-resistant and shock-proof riflescope is nitrogen-purged which prevents fogging.

It is supported by a limited lifetime warranty guaranteed by the manufacturer.

Pros of theAde Advanced Optics 6-25X56mm Riflescope
  • Variable-magnification riflescope.
  • Large magnification range of x6-x25.
  • Uses a battery-powered illumination system.
  • Fully-featured model with windage turret, side-focus, and elevation turret dials.
  • Has a large 56mm objective lens.
  • Uses a 35mm wide tube.
  • Allows for parallax error correction and diopter adjustment.
  • Variable field of view.
  • Uses multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity and maximize resolution.
  • Nitrogen-purged model.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.
The Cons
  • Limited to mid-range shooting as it uses an SFP reticle.

Bottom-line

The Ade Advanced Optics 6-25X56mm is a high-quality, high-precision tactical riflescope that uses a mil-dot bar reticle that can be illuminated.

This SFP, nitrogen-purged model offers excellent shooting accuracy for mid-range shooting, while its battery-powered illumination allows for its use in the evenings and during night-time.

It has a large magnification range of x6 – x25, and features the windage turret, side-focus, and elevation turret dials.

It has a large 56mm objective lens, and incorporates reticle adjustment for parallax error correction and diopter adjustment. Overall, a high quality scope at a reasonable price.


4. Primary Arms 4-14x44mm Riflescope

This is a first-focal plane riflescope that uses a non-illuminated mil-dot reticle. This makes it an ideal model for use in mid- to long-range daytime shooting.

It has a wide range of magnification with the lowest magnification set at x4 while the highest magnification is set at x14.

Its highest-level magnification means that it is also limited in terms of targeting distance as targets located far away can be seen, but with poor resolution.

This model is designed and manufactured by the US-based firm, Primary Arms. It uses MRAD rating with elevation and windage adjustment set as at 0.1MRAD.

As expected, the reticle in this model is positioned at the front end of the erector tube which allows the shooter to see high-resolution images of targets at x14 magnification.

This reticle and erector tube are housed in a 30mm wide tube made of aircraft-grade aluminum that is polished off with an anodized finish.

It has an eye-relief of 3.22 inches which sets it as a mid-range shooting scope for non-experienced user, but experienced users can use it for long-range shooting.

It also has a relatively large objective lens whose diameter is 44mm.

This compact, affordable riflescope weighs about 1.5 pounds; and shipped alongside a warranty documentation, soft pouch, removable lens shade/covers, and an instruction and maintenance guide.

It has 3 capped dials – the windage turret dial, the side-focus dial, and the elevation turret dial. These dials are designed as tall capped turrets. The color scheme for this riflescope model is black.

This scope has a variable field of view that ranges from 27.20feet at x4 magnification to 7.85feet at x14 magnification.

Moreover, it uses fully multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity as the proprietary coatings enhance the light gathering capacities of the lenses, as well protect these lenses from scratch; in addition to creating an extra-low dispersion optical system that enhances image resolution.

Furthermore, its special mild-dot reticle design has clear calibrations that indicate the level of bullet-drop compensation that one can expect at specified target distances.

This allows the shooter to better choose which bullet impact is most appropriate for selected shooting distances, and this eliminates the need to guess which bullet hold-over to expect in mid-range distance shooting.

In this model, magnification adjustment is done using a well-calibrated adjustment ring. It also offers excellent adjustment of exit pupil whose size varies from 3.3mm to 11.2mm.

This allows the scope to be used efficiently in different lighting conditions. Moreover, diopter adjustment and parallax error correction can be done to improve its shooting accuracy.

This water-proof and shock-proof riflescope is purged using a non-reactive gas which prevents fogging.

It is supported by a 3-year warranty guaranteed by the manufacturer.

Pros of the Primary Arms 4-14x44mm
  • Variable-magnification, first-focal plane riflescope.
  • Large magnification range of x4-x14.
  • Fully-featured model with windage turret, side-focus, and elevation turret dials.
  • Maximum magnification above the x12.5 magnification recommended for mid- to long-range shooting.
  • Has a large 44mm objective lens.
  • Uses a 30mm wide tube.
  • Allows for parallax error correction and diopter adjustment.
  • Variable field of view.
  • Uses multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity and maximize resolution.
  • Fog-resistant model.
The Cons
  • Lacks an illumination.
  • Warranty limited to only 3 years.

Bottom-line

The Primary Arms 4-14x44mm is a high-quality, high-precision first-focal plane riflescope that uses a non-illuminated mil-dot reticle. This makes it an ideal model for use in mid- to long-range daytime shooting.

It has a magnification range of x4 – x14, and features the windage turret, side-focus, and elevation turret dials. It has a relatively large 44mm objective lens, and incorporates reticle adjustment for parallax error correction and diopter adjustment.

Yet another affordable scope suited to rifles loaded with  .338 Lapua Magnum cartidges. Highly recommended.


5. Millett BK81007 6-25x56mm Riflescope

The Millett BK81007 is a high-precision tactical riflescope that uses a mil-dot bar reticle that can be illuminated by a battery-powered illumination system.

This SFP model offers excellent shooting accuracy for mid-range shooting, even at evenings and at night. It also boasts of an impressive range of magnification from x6 to x25.

The x25 level of magnification is beyond the shooting range of most SFP riflescopes, but in this model, such a high magnification allows this product to be used as a precision monocular when hunting, or searching for a target located more than 1,000yards away.

This model is designed and manufactured by Vista Outdoor, Inc., through its subsidiary, Millet Tactical, which is based in Kansas City.

It is part of its long-range scope (LRS) series which uses MOA rating with its elevation and windage adjustment set as at 1/4 MOA.

As expected, the reticle is positioned at the rear end of the erector tube which limits its ability to create a high-resolution magnification of targets located far away.

Nonetheless, its special reticle design features clear calibrations that indicate the levels of bullet-drop compensation, and this allows the shooter to better control where the bullet impact would be.

Evidently, this removes the need to guess how the bullet hold-over would impact shooting performance in mid-range distances.

It also has a large 56mm wide objective lens.

This affordable model features a compact design and weighs about 1.2 pounds; and shipped alongside a warranty documentation, soft pouch, lens shades, and a user guide.

It has 3 capped dials – the windage turret dial, the side-focus dial, and the elevation turret dial. These dials are designed as tall capped turrets. The color scheme for this riflescope is matte-black.

Its reticle and erector tube are housed in a 35mm wide tube made of T6 aluminum. It has an eye-relief of 3 inches which makes it appropriate for mid-range.

It has a variable field of view that is determined by the magnification chosen. It also uses fully multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity.

These coatings also maximize the light gathering capacities of the lenses, as well protects them from scratch; in addition to creating an extra-low dispersion optical system that enhances image resolution.

For magnification setting, there is a well-calibrated adjustment ring that allows one to choose which magnification best suits him/her. Magnification setting also allows for adjustment of exit pupil.

Adjustment of exit pupil size allows for this riflescope to be used efficiently in different lighting conditions. Another related advantage is that diopter adjustment and parallax error correction can be done to improve its shooting accuracy.

This water-proof and shock-proof riflescope is purged by a chemically-inert gas so as to make it fog-resistant.

This model is supported by a limited lifetime warranty guaranteed by Millet Tactical.

Pros of the Millett BK81007 6-25x56mm
  • Variable-magnification riflescope.
  • Large magnification range of x6-x25.
  • Uses a battery-powered illumination system.
  • Fully-featured model with windage turret, side-focus, and elevation turret dials.
  • Has a large 56mm objective lens.
  • Uses a 35mm wide tube.
  • Allows for parallax error correction and diopter adjustment.
  • Variable field of view.
  • Uses multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity and maximize resolution.
  • Air-purged model.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.
The Cons
  • Limited to mid-range shooting as it uses an SFP reticle.

Bottom-line

The Millett BK81007 6-25x56mm is a high-quality tactical riflescope that uses a mil-dot bar reticle that can be illuminated by a battery-powered illumination system. This SFP, air-purged model offers excellent shooting accuracy for mid-range shooting.

It has a large magnification range of x6 – x25, and features the windage turret, side-focus, and elevation turret dials. It has a large 56mm objective lens, and allows reticle adjustment for parallax error correction and diopter adjustment.

It also uses fully multi-coated optics to optimize color fidelity and maximize resolution. Well worth checking out.


Guide to Purchasing a Riflescope for a .338 Lapua Magnum

The reviews above give you an idea of what to look for in a riflescope.

Nonetheless, there are key considerations that you should take into account when planning to purchase the best scope for .338 Lapua magnum, and they are:

1. Mil-Dot or BDC Reticle

2. Usage

The first thing to consider when planning to purchase a riflescope is its intended use. Use will determine the quality and type of riflescope that you should look for.

For instance, a hunting riflescope has a different profile than a military riflescope, and thus it is inappropriate for you to purchase a military sniper riflescope to fit on a hunting rifle.

Usage also determines which reticle is best for the scope with finer crosshairs being favored for long-range shooting, while duplex reticles can do for normal hunting.

Likewise, a riflescope being used for short-to-medium range shooting would do with MOA calibrations, while long-range riflescopes need to have an MRAD dial.

3. Type

You need to determine whether you need a fixed-magnification riflescope, or a variable magnification one. This also requires you to check the construction quality as rough environments mandate that you use a corrosion-resistant, waterproof riflescope.

4. Magnification

Next, you need to choose the right magnification depending on where the rifle is to be used. As a basic rule, a hunting rifle to be used for shooting targets located within 100 yards requires a scope whose magnification power is x4 or above.

For long-range shooting using mounted full-scale rifles, then magnification power of 12 and above is required.

This also mandates you to check the objective lens with the goal being to choose the largest objective lens within a given price range. Even so, you should note that large objective bells require the scope to be mounted higher on the rifle as compared to mounting a scope with a smaller objective bell.

This can affect eye-to-scope alignment but this can be solved by adjusting the eye relief with high eye relief allowing for scopes with large objective bells to be mounted on high-caliber rifles. An eye relief of 6 inches or more is considered adequate for medium-powered scout rifles.

5. Price

Naturally, pricing is determined by the skillset of the manufacturer and the quality of materials used. Expectedly, cheap prices reflect a lower level of workmanship on inexpensive materials as compared to higher prices.

Even so, riflescope scope price must be within your planned budget, and this could force a trade-off between quality of craftmanship and price.

Moreover, it is advisable that you purchase a high-powered riflescope that lacks additional dials than acquire a medium-powered riflescope with lots of additional dials.

The reason for this is that you should look for the riflescope that offers the best visual clarity and aiming accuracy for a given price range.

6. Reliability and Durability

The construction quality of the scope determines how reliable it is during usage, and how long it can work without losing its performance.

It is advisable that you choose a shockproof and waterproof model. It is an added advantage if this model is argon-purged (or nitrogen-purged) as this preempts fogging inside the scope.

7. Riflescope Size

Another consideration that you should make is whether the chosen riflescope fits well on your rifle. This requires the riflescope size to be matched to the rifle size.

Scope size also impacts performance, and this should be considered when selecting the right scope size for your needs.

Wide-diameter tubes are typically heavier than the inch-wide tubes, and this makes them ideal for shooting far-way targets, but not-so-ideal for hunting which requires the shooter to carry a compact, relatively-lightweight rifle.

Even so, narrow-width tube provides inferior light management and poorer optics as compared to wide-diameter riflescopes.

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