5 Best Long Range Scope ~ Article & Video

Best Long Range Scope
Best Long Range Scope

L.P. Brezny

USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- Author L.P. Brezny literally wrote the book on Long Range Shooting, now in its Second Edition.

In this quick article, Loyal makes the case for his five best long range scopes. Let me say right off that in the business of long range shooting the old standard 3X9 whitetail scope becomes history when we talk about the best long range scopes.

When range is extended much beyond say 400 yards the whole game changes, and as such some very different glass sights are regarded as very necessary.

What the long range rifle scope is, for the most part, is a general advancement of optics quality, internal parts ( turret springs and retaining systems,) and an increase in magnification, as well as some very different and exact reticle systems, that in most cases are etched directly into the optics glass. ( Horus, and Schmidt Bender by example .)

The best long range scopes optic needs to retain a core system so as to elevate to some massively long ranges (1 ½ miles.) by example. This means a turret system that is large in ring size and retains more than enough M.O.A. or Mil graduations so as to allow elevation to hit a target at ultra long range.

When suggesting what I call the five best long range scopes the first consideration is operational quality. In this area price is always higher than your standard hunting optic. Based on the elements just reviewed above, the long range optic selected for the target, hunting, or military applications just can't be embracing any short cuts regarding materials or construction.

Therefore based on this criteria these are my choices in best long range scopes that will carry the mail down range.

Scope BrandSteinerLeupoldVortexNightForceSchmidt Bender
Scope ModelM5Xi MilitaryMark 4 ER/THS-T with VMR-1 Reticle (MRAD)C507 NXSPMII
Scope Size5-25×56mm8.5-25x50mm6-24×5mm5.5-22×56mm5-25×56mm
Most Recent Price$3,257.74 $1,559.99$629.99$2,202.00$3,799.00
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Steiner M5Xi Military 5-25×56 Rifle Scope

Steiner M5Xi Military 5-25x56 Rifle Scope
Steiner M5Xi Military 5-25×56 Rifle Scope

First of all, I will begin by saying that if I had unlimited resources all the best long range scopes I own would be based on military ( mil specs ). Staying in this bracket, however, would drain the bank account and I would be eating beans seven days a week. That stated my number one scope system, and the one that sits atop my Armalite M-30 A-1 300 Win mag is a Steiner M5Xi Military 5-25×56 Rifle Scope application, a sniper scope system.

With ultra long range milrad settings on this scope our South Dakota grass rats are turned into red mist out to 1000+ yards all day long. This little long distance glass sight system runs up on the credit card to about $3,700 MSRP retail, but it is designed to save a snipers life when return fire is a strong possibility. In terms of an operators needs, price is no object at all.

Leupold Mark 4 ER/T Riflescope

Leupold Mark 4 ER/T Riflescope
Leupold Mark 4 ER/T Riflescope

While the first scope reviewed here used a Schmidt Bender long range reticle in military grade, the second scope that is in effect mounted on my Kimber turn bolt 7.62X51,308 sniper rifle makes use of the standard moa turret settings and a “loaded” turret that can crank additional elevation for almost ever. The scope. Leupold's M-4 the proven battle tested glass sight found on one pile of M-10 7.62X51's in the sand box across the pond. Currently in the Leupold's Mark 4 ER/T Riflescope has a MSRP of $3000.00 and change, but with an internet search you can take this glass sight system home for under $2990.00 and less.

Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24×50 Riflescope with VMR-1 Reticle (MRAD)

Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24x50 Riflescope with VMR-1 Reticle (MRAD)
Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24×50 Riflescope with VMR-1 Reticle (MRAD)

There is good news in this area of advanced best of the best long range scopes systems. Vortex, a newer scope company has broken the reticle glass sealing by introducing long range designed scopes for under $1000.00, and in some cases much less. As applied to my Ruger Precision chassis 6.5 Creedmoor, is a Vortex Viper with a milrad reticle, and combined turret using moa adjustments for additional precision accuracy.

After a full year reviewing the Vortex I can say with confidence that the system works very well when being subjected to coyote forays, long range steel shooting at over 100 degrees F (Gun Sight AZ,) and in general the normal abuse a field rifle is subjected too quit often.

The price of the Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24×50 Riflescope with VMR-1 Reticle (MRAD) with a glass and aircraft aluminum tube system comes in at $640.00, or about the same prices as a better quality whitetail optic.

NightForce C507 5.5-22×56 NXS Riflescope

NightForce C507 5.5-22x56 NXS Riflescope
NightForce C507 5.5-22×56 NXS Riflescope

When searching out the best long range scope my final selections cover two more of what I like to call ATAT systems. Nightforce, the logo on almost all sniper filmed shooting sequences being observed slightly through camo paint or in your face black and white, is with question a bench mark product in long range applications. The NightForce C507 5.5-22×56 NXS Riflescope was a primary go to optic when shooting test loads for the new Hornady ELD-X bullets to 1300 yards near Grand Island NB, the home base of Hornady, and the Charlie Sisk shooting school at Gun Sight AZ during the early summer of 2015.

In both cases when I pulled off the Nightforce glass and switched out rifles my scores dropped. Enough said regarding that matter it would seem.

Pricing on the Nightforce is competitive with others at $2000.00.

Schmidt Bender PMII 5-25×56 Rifle Scope

Schmidt Bender PMII 5-25x56 Rifle Scope : 5 Best Long Range Scopes
Schmidt Bender PMII 5-25×56 Rifle Scope

As the final optic selected as the best of the best it comes down to the folks at Schmidt Bender and their outstanding PM II. This Schmidt Bender PMII 5-25×56 Rifle Scope 4-P 0T system that is military grade all the way. Installed with their own reticle of a milrad projection, or the Horus Milrad Christmas tree, and you have a world class long range system.

Pricing on this optic will run high at $3,799,00, but if you a professional bad guy hunter, or need a bloody end gate on the pickup truck to prove success to clients, this is just the cost of doing business.

While some will argue that picking the Best Long Range Scopes may be subject to personal choice, the five listed above are rock solid long-range optics and well worth the investment by serious operators or hunters.

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About the Author L.P. Brezny:
With more than 50 years experience in the field and the testing lab, author L.P. Brezny is one of today's most recognized shotgun experts and authors. He is a contributor to dozens of firearms publications, such as Wildfowl, Shotgun Sports, and Varmint Hunters, and he is a regular columnist in the Gun Digest annual.

  • 298 thoughts on “5 Best Long Range Scope ~ Article & Video

    1. I’ve never bought or even used the likes of a chinese knock off leupold but I’m considering buying one just to c for myself I’ve read some pretty good reviews at campfire making me think what tha heck it’s less $100 bucks for a squirrel rifle to try it on what u guys think

    2. I’ve shot whitetail deer more than once over the years over 300yds running up and down roads within our hunting club and running across open fields with one shot that don’t make me Great but it’s real good for the area we hunted in at that time maybe 30yrs ago

    3. A browning safari 3006 with 80gr Federal hunting cartridges have Nikon prostaff5 2.5-10-50 on ruger308 also shoots Federal but in the 150gr

      1. That’s browning safari 180gr Federal in 3006 & a Ruger 308 shoots 150gr Federal 2 super great deer combinations

    4. High dollars aren’t needed to hit paper targets get a 308 bolt action a descent rifle scope Bushnell and Nikon fits the bill save ur money shooting paper to me is stuuuuPid lol cause u really can’t eat paper unless ur a goat and they eat good to

      1. Listen, moron, I guess nobody has ever told you this, but by society’s standard, you’re retarded. Full on “rainman” level retarded.
        You’re welcome.
        Please take this opportunity to shut up.

        1. I just get on here tell u what I like and what I don’t if u don’t like the same as I u call me stupid I’m doing the same thing y’all are doing on this site I’m a hunter and shoot pretty well u guys are shooters the way we grew up u shoot what u was gonna eat and didn’t waste Ammo on what u don’t that’s why I made the goat comment I’m not retarded not even stupid a little crazy sometimes but I’m normal as u just our likes are different have a good day

        2. Listen u say retarded because I don’t care for Leupold I can search and get just as good for my needs for less dollars spent that’s not retarded that’s saving dollars and that’s smart after nearly a decade of obama don’t even get me ther terrible potus

          1. Oldmarine >>>Georgiaoutlaw
            I agree with you on Leopold scopes. I have had very bad experiences with them. I find that they have a major problem with the reticle mounting. The worst problem I had is when I could not zero a Leopold scope, all over the target.. I tried dry firing and noticed that the reticle jumped almost 5 MOA when the hammer dropped. I”ve had other problems with the Leopold scopes and just don’t trust them any more.

        3. @Kcshooter, GO is not really a moron. He just writes that way because it is convenient for him. And he is at a certain stage of his shooting career. He probably has not been exposed to long distance shooting, so that the things that are just the norm for you are foreign to him. Or he is being financially responsible. We all have to live within our means, and family does come first. And aren’t those laudable concepts.
          Whatever difference that the both of you may have… they are inconsequential. You probably both voted the same way in the last election, and plan to vote the same way in the next election; no longer have any respect for the FBI; and would like to see Clinton, Obama, and Soros indictments.
          If everyone would just knock off the insults, it would save typing, reading time, and add to clearer writing. Where is that Idadho person, who is all about clear writing, when he is needed.

          1. Wild bill thanks I think u wur kinda taking up for me for that I thank you I’m not a moron just a poor man doing best I can raising a family and two boys that deserve the best of everything I can give them I just have to watch how I do it thanks again sir

          2. That’s all correct I think. Long distance for us a 300yd shot at a deer going across our lower line in our hunting club. A pretty good shot also.im not mad at anyone on this forum,I just do things that’s convenient to me and what I do. Thanks guys

      2. @GO, Actually, high dollars are needed to hit paper, at the distances that KC contemplates. Nor would he use a .308 at those distances. I am sure that you are aware that paper targets, or more properly steel targets, are not practice for deer.
        As to KC, he is always grumpy. He may be old and have the aches and pains that accompany old age or have that “I don’t take no shit from anyone mentality that is so prevalent in the cyber world, but in spite of his lack of diplomatic skills, he does write some things worth reading occasionally.
        I bet you and he both vote the same way, cheer Trump, jeer the main stream media minions, can’t hardly wait for Hillary’s indictment, and come here for good conversation.

        1. So true I would love to see HRC go away for a long time maybe they can figure a way to send bill with her and gs money will keep him free I’m sure

    5. The main point that people miss when comparing long range scopes is where they are made! The only one on the list that is worth buying is the leupold as it is made in America by an American company. Leupold scopes are built as well if not better than the foreign scopes you talk about.think I’m wrong? Just ask a marine or army sniper, and remember the next time your hungry because you have no job you can try to eat your foreign made scope. Good luck

      1. Sorry to burst your bubble but Leupold uses Japanese glass and some parts, it is assembled here in the states though. the only company that makes there own scopes including they’re own glass is U.S. Optics.

        1. Just my 2 cents on leupold and owning a entry level 3-9-50 rifleman that was the worst rifle scope I ever owned and I’ve shot tasco Simmons Bushnell Nikon their monarchs and all but I’m old skool wen the turrets are free turning ther wore out and how uno wen they are really worn out – rifleman- POS by leupold some like them some don’t I don’t nuff said

            1. I have Leupold rifle scopes not a problem I just don’t like them as some do all the brands have excellent rifle scopes u just have to be sure to research and purchase what u want and need

            2. A cheap ass 3-9-50 rifleman got rid of it now got a leupold freedom 3-9-50 until it proves me wrong my 3-9-50 Bushnell Legend Ultra hd 3-9-50 is the best

        2. So made in USA is a lie ther no better than several of the other brands of rifle scopes I suppose forgive me if I’m wrong

      2. Thank you for ur service I think may be due to u sir but u comment on leupold I tell u the truth about leupold they have good customer service but Bushnell does also I have a legend ultra hd 3-9-50 on one of my hunting rifles so far it proves to be my best hunting scope I have several Nikon prostaffs a prostaff5 couple old Buckmasters and buckmasters2 it’s average only it has Nikon lifetime warranty got some Bushnell elites but my favorite always comes back to the Bushnell Legend Ultra hd that scope always stays wer u put it and tracks remarkably well wen zero in at different ranges and it has Bushnell’s bulletproof warranty is one of the best warranties in the buisness some u guys turn ur nose up and head away at my comments bout the Bushnell Legend Ultra but it very strongly the best hunting rifle scope I own Leupold doesn’t hold a candle to the legend only thing close I have seen is the Nikon Monarch 2.5-10-50 it does all as good as the legend so I’ve stratched of leupold along time ago all Leupold has is excellent c/s but Nikon and Bushnell has heat c/s also so before I’d go out and spend some big money on a leupold I’d check Nikon or Bushnell first Great scopes for hunting can be found and bought from other brands that are as good or better than the prize jewel Leupold they rank down on my list using my past experience with what they wur offering for

      3. The Leupold rifleman is a solid POS made by the blessed leupold company u can get the same warranty on just as good maybe even better leupold is a lot of name not the quality they built ther selves on the rifleman is really a complete POS had one got rid of it fast as I could got a 3-9-50 Leupold freedom to replace it got to have turrets that u can feel ther working not the darn friction turrets what kinda s?;t is that. Probably will never give Leupold another chance to earn my buisness especially if the freedom fails just one time

    6. How many hillbillies does it take to miss the point? ALL OF THEM.

      Thanks for a concise and well thought article. I do think an quick discussion of SFP and FFP would be helpful to those just considering an LR scope. However, if you’re considering these scopes as options, then you probably have a grip on FFP/SFP.

      Not sure how all this swerved into deer country or “why don’t you think about the common man?” Shit, just to shoot LR in Virginia, I have to travel to a private range, 1:45 away from home and pay $200/year to maintain a membership. Shooting long-range is not just showing up on the firing line and “shoot the one ya brung.” At my club, you don’t even uncase a weapon at 1K unless you’ve qualified your equipment, ammo and shooting skills. That may not be for the “common man”, but if hitting a man-silhouette at a click was easy, everyone would be able to do it. Shooting LR requires chrono-ing your loads, knowing your dope and hittting what you aim at – and that requires time, brainpower (maths), practice and good equipment for repeatability.

      Buy once and cry once. I have a case full of lesser glass that equals twice the cost of the S&B I’m about to buy for my LR rig.

      Cheers,

      1. I’m a pretty damn good deer hunter my family has done for close to 2centurys and we have thousand dollar rifles but but most of us don’t have to hit man size targets to hit and kill a deer I don’t understand ur point explain if u dare to

        1. “If you dare to…” Not sure what kind of comment that is. The point is my friend, that deer hunting at ethical hunting ranges (by my definition: as close as you can call or conceal yourself and draw game in to your kill-box) and long-range target shooting are completely different disciplines. And, thereby, they require different skill sets and may require different equipment. I agree with you! A 1Km rifle is not as important as woodsman skills in hunting… and no one every took a .30-30 to the Bisley.

          Though I COULD hit a deer at 1000 yards with my .308, what does that say about my ability to “hunt”? Even if I could connect at 1Km, would anyone choose to haul a 14lb rifle into the deer woods or even out to a sheep hunt in Alaska? Last October, my .06 tagged out a bull elk in NM at a range of (an amazingly close) 65 yards! This was testimony to my guide’s ability to call bulls and our concealment and reading of the wind. MUCH more exciting that taking a poke at one far beyond ear-shot.

          My comment was moreover directed that those who hi-jacked this post and made it a big-dick contest between budget deer hunting and high-dollar target shooting rigs. Silly an sad – we all want the same things from our Second Amendment – put your penises away.

      2. And my low price Bushnell legend will compete with any u have at the usual deer range from 50 to 350yds if that’s not much for u I’m proud of u but again we are deer hunters not paper target shooters sorry for you

        1. Georgia inbred.. what are you doin on the i terwebs on a Friday night?
          Don’t you have a hot date with your sister?

    7. Old marine sir no disrespect of ur service at all but wen I deer hunt and rarely get presented a 300yd shot but wen I do I want be able to make it

      1. @Go, I’m sure that you don’t confine yourself to shooting when you are hunting. You must check your equipment, and practice with your rifle and scope. So don’t you ever put a beer can or an orange down in front of a stump or other backstop, and move back 400 yards, just to see how you do? And when 400 yards is no longer a challenge, maybe move back to 500 yards? At some point you get so good at it that you out grow your rifle and scope system. Then you want something better? Maybe?

      2. Long Range Shooting (Over 600 yards) is an extra skill. If you can shoot good at 1000+ yards then less than 600 yards is much easier. The purpose of target shooting is to develop ONE of the important skills required to become sniper qualified. Long range skills are required by practice on targets at extreme and unknown ranges. If you do not have this skill then you are limited to shorter ranges.

        Long range shooting is basically for combative use but can be used in hunting. ( go to UTUBE and you can see 1000+ yard deer kills using Shepherd Scopes) The main objective in long range is “man Hunting” completely different from hunting a deer. Long range shooting without the other required skill if “STALKING” is nothing more than sport and has no relation to hunting and requires a good knowledge of mathematics. Many long range shooters use equipment that fits either hunting or sniper skills. I might note that in a real life SHTF situation that the long range shooter skills will be much more deadly than a hunters skill. A good sniper (long range shooter) will Acomplish kills approximately 10 to 15 time more than using hunter skills.

        Do NOT think that a long range shooter is of a lower standard that an accomplished hunter because his target area is much bigger than the hunter and can make more kills than the standard hunter. The long range shooter is capable of greater skills than the standard hunter both in weapons and skills. As far as scopes go the long range shooter requires a scope more powerful than 3×9, some times as high as 6x34x50 looking to hit a 14 inch target at 600 to 1500 yards plus using a round near to 3o to 50 cal. Most hunting rifles are not sufficient as a long range weapon.

        Most weapons are designed for a declared purpose. There are some calibers that are hare to designate a general sue for. As an example the 22.250 is the smallest cal used for long range but is a very good hunting round. I knew a guy that shot a deer at a little over 200 yards and hit it in the neck and decapitated it.

        There are weapons that are in a use gray area but deer hunting rifles and scopes are pretty obvious. You pick what you feel comfortable with for hunting. Long range shooting is expensive and time consuming both the weapon and the ammo you use. Some people can’t really learn how to be a good long range shooter. But just about any long range shooter can be a good hunting shooter. I hope that this can clear the air and help people pick the correct site to comment on a shoot, Ammo or hunting comments or blog. Hunting And Long Range are two different animals. Even when hunting You have to select the rifle and scope for for the animal you are hunting. (you dont use a .22 LR to hunt deer)

        Confidence helps make a good shooter but experience and training makes an excellent shooter. Have fun shooting and train yourself to get better. Remember that the subject is Best Long Range scopes that means a scope with a power greater than 9 power. One of the Long Range Scopes I favor are listed.

        The Subject is “Best Long Range Scopes”

        The reason I like them that when the scope is zeroed you really don’t have to adjust the scope after that Unless you want to adjust for wind. I have two of these scopes, one for 7.62 NATO/308 an one for .22 Magnum. They can be purchased for almost any Caliber.

        Shepherd Rogue The Best Scope You’ve Never Heard Of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzSnH20fZhc

        Shepherd Scopes DRS Demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On0OwYVJZZc

        shepherd scope 1000 yard Deer shot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNrdzrlJNfI

        A Good Explanation of Long Range https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTca3wF35Og

          1. Morning GO, Click on his referenced websites, they are very detailed and informative and will give you pricing info.

        1. If you really want to find out more about the company making these scopes you can find information on Shepherd/Salvo at the following web sites. These company is not a small foreign company but a very large highly technical company.

          https://salvoeo.com/
          https://salvo-technologies.com/
          https://salvo-technologies.com/companies
          https://govtribe.com/vendor/salvo-technologies-llc-salvo-technologies-largo-fl-dba-salvo-coatings

          The newest and most innovative with the very best glass on the market and the toughest scope you can find. >>> Oldmarine

        2. Nope seriously to us that’s wasting Ammo I’d rather just sight my rifles in at 1.5 to 2” high at 100yds that will get it done to 300yds with little effort shooting and killing deer isn’t that hard just ur scouting with other techniques are all is needed and ur shooting skills and I’ve grown up hunting fishing that’s my life

    8. All you fancy fancy guys out ther shooting just to hear the rifle make noise I’ll put my 3-9-50 bushnell legend ultra hd rifle scope up against any thing you have I’m a deer hunter and upto 300yds my guns are deadly accurate

      1. Oldmarine to Georgiaoutlaw
        I thought this was supposed to be a discussion about long range scopes. When I went thru USMC Boot Camp in 1953 we all had to qualify up to 500 yards with iron sights “NO SCOPES” . I admit that a scope helps but to need one at 300 yards or less seems to me kind of fluffy. I always think of “LONG RANGE” as 600 yards or more. Alaskan hunters do a lot of hunting at ranges more than 300 yards and probably for more than just deer.. military Snipers routinely make shots between 800 and 1500 yards but a scope isn’t necessary even at 800 yards. During WWI the when the Germans first meet Marines, the closest they could get to the marine line was 800 yards and earned the Marines the ” DEVIL DOGS ” title. because they killed the Germans at 800 yards with Iron sights on Springfield 03 rifles. LONG RANGE usually means in excess of 600 yards. If you have never made a kill at that range then you are not a long range shooter scope or not. Shooting at Long Range requires more than a scope but also an understanding of ballistics for any given ammunition. Long Range shooting is almost a science with more than trigger skills and a awareness mere point and shoot and scopes of 9 power or less are insufficient for accurate consistent kill shots. When you can hit a 10 inch target ( paper or live) at 1000 yards then you have entered the long range game. Shooting at Long Range usually requires two people, the Shooter and the Spotter. Deer hunting is a very poor example of Long Range shooting, Have fun with your chosen scope and make clean shots but at 9 power it won’t cut the mustard for Long Range.
        >>>>Oldmarine

          1. Oldmarine >>>
            I’m interested in your hunting setup. What rifle/caliber is your 3-9-50 bushnell legend ultra mounted on???

        1. OLD Marine
          Long range scopes come in many manufactures and the most expensive I find to be “out of line” price wise. The expensive scopes are selling name more than actual product and are mostly out of date with new tech. Few scopes are really made in the US but I find that one of the true American made scopes that is made in Florida and Nebraska. I found out about these scopes by researching scopes used by big game hunters in Africa and Alaska. The scope brand is “Shepherd” now produced by Salvo Technologies Inc. a large international company but originally started by Dan Shepherd was started in 1981 but now part of Salvo Technologies. Their scope have the latest innovations (double reticle) and at about 1/2 of the prices of any major manufacture. The big game hunters and military (Snipers) use them because you can shoot at unknown ranges without touching your scope. Salvo also makes many other products for military, industry and law enforcement. I have used A P1 ( 6×24 50 )scope on my M1A1 for about 4 years now and find it to be the fastest I’ve ever seen. I have just purchased a new Shepherd scope for my .22 Magnum Research Carbon barrel rifle good for over 500 yds (first Shot kill ). This is long range for a 22 Mag. If you shoot at unknown ranges the Shepherd scopes are customized to your rifle or Ammo and will out shoot any other scope at unknown ranges. Check-out the company and scopes, I believe you will be surprised. >>>> Old Marine

    9. That’s all fine and dandy but I’ve got a 3-9-50 bushnell legend ultra hd & a Nikon prostaff5 2.5-10-50 and the legend beats it out in every way for deer & pig shooting the legend can’t be beat better than my Nikon but both are great scopes

    10. Old vet thot u was my web site friend the genestar is having trouble hope ur not ganging up on me old vet the legend lives on say genestar ol pal get ur self a legend unfortunately ther now made in China under very strict American supervision ther supposedly still a great scope mine is 10 r 11 yrs old fantastic scope for the money if ur a hunter like myself

    11. My particular bushnell legend 3-9-50 ultra hd rifle scope made in the phillipines is very very good glass better than another 3-9-50 leupold the legend is much more clear I’ve never missed a target with the bush legend fine rifle scope for all my hunting needs this legend is definitely a legend in its on time don’t believe it look thru one u will c very fine glass by bushnell I love mine hope u will to

      1. Oldmarine —Georgiaoutlaw
        Just copied off the internet

        https://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-legend-ultra-hd-3-9x50mm-rifle-scope.html
        Product Discontinued by Manufacturer
        Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 3-9x50mm Rifle Scope has been discontinued by Bushnell and is no longer available. Our product experts have helped us select these available replacements below. You can also explore other items in the Rifle Scopes category yourself to try and find the perfect replacement for you!

        I think that there still may be some retailers that have them in stock.

    12. First let me say I am new to this but I thought that for Long Range shooting there was a preference of FFP scopes versus SFP scopes. I like the Vortex you listed but I was wondering if you could clarify? Thanks

      1. Oldmarine > Robert Daley
        Reticles are a science created to meet mathematical requirements of specified rifle calibers. The focal plane they are established on has cause and effect. The first focal plane (FFP) Reticles will zoom in (change size) and out as you adjust the power of you scope meaning that the Reticle marks will always be true to data for any scope zoom setting but it takes a little getting used to Your Reticle changing in size. In other words your Reticle reads true at any zoom. On the other hand a Reticle on the second focal plane (SFP) will remain the same at any zoom level. this gives you a disadvantage because the Reticle is only accurate at the Maximum zoom.. This is because the Reticle remains stationary over a varying image making the Reticle accurate at only one zoom level. That is why the Double Reticle scope has an advantage over a single Reticle scope. The FFP zooms the reticle and the SFP keeps the cross hair fixed giving your both an accurate Reticle at any zoom and a cross hair reticle that remains the same at any zoom level. I hope this can help you understand the effects of each focal plane.

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