For the budget conscience hunter looking to grab the best scopes under $500, they probably have many features that they are looking for to find the best fit for themselves: excellent accuracy with very low parallax error, great practical use with lots of user friendly features regardless of experience level, as well as a generally good scope for long range shooting. We have compiled a list of 3 scopes under $500 that we believe met our requirements to be the best rifle scopes as well as the best sniper rifle scopes available today on the market.
Regarded as one of the best rifle scopes available in Nikon’s Monarch range, the Nikon Monarch 3 BDC 4-16x42mm offers many great features for the reasonable price range of $500. Designed to compete alongside the Minox ZA5 and the Zeiss Conquests scope lines, it offers a plethora of features that makes it one of the best sniper rifle scopes for mid and long range shooting with basically very few downsides. Offering a flip up cover designed to protect your scope, it is a great value added that you don’t normally see added on scopes in this price range.
Although not the lightest of scopes available today, it compensates for this with a great magnification power of 16x, making it one of the lightest, weighing at only 1.25 pounds.
The Nikon Monarch 2 BDC 4-16×42 offers excellent scope to zero features making it extremely practical and easy to use on the hunting grounds, especially at longer ranges. Offering superb clarity with no blurriness or fogging up, it is a rifle scope that is definitely the price range. Not to mention the Nikon lifetime warranty, on the off chance that something should go wrong with the scope.
An ideal rifle scope for a long range hunter, target shooter and tactical support operator, the Millet Tactical 6-25x56mm offers supreme clarity and outstanding accuracy for the user. Built from scratch of the highest quality materials available, it is one of the best sniper rifle scopes for any hunter who enjoys long range accuracy regardless of whether they hunt during the day or nighttime. Offering precision controls with a 140 MOA adjustment setting and a military grade Mil-DotBar reticle for even further enhanced accuracy.
The scope is best suited for long range shooting with a staggering 25x magnification which compared to other models with similar magnification is both lighter and better priced as a budget friendly hunting accessory.
Having virtually limitless mounting capabilities, the 6-25x56mm is a great scope offering excellent features for any long range hunter built to last a long time and tested to provide the best hunting experience for anyone who wants to sit back and hunt from a distance.
- Vortex Optics Diamondback HP 4-16x42mm
Vortex Optics are known for building true quality optics that offer more value for relatively low prices in comparison to its competitors. The Vortex Diamondback HP 4-16x42mm is no different in this regard offering many great features for long range hunters and shooters alike making it one of the best vortex scopes on the market.
Excellent clarity thanks its extra-low dispersion glass that improves the resolution and the XR multi-coated lenses improve light transmission making it ideal for low-light settings. Apart from that the HP offers better performance compared to the standard Diamondback.
The long range capabilities with great magnification allowing for excellent accuracy at ranges of around 1000 yards, it offers great control and power that will satisfy any experienced hunter using the scope. It’s more than capable of holding zero perfectly with little to no parallax error and no fogging thanks to the nitrogen filled scope.
The built in adjustable knobs offer a satisfying and reassuring click so that you know exactly how much you have adjusted rifle. This riflescope allows for great accuracy for those looking to hit long distance targets even for newbies who find it difficult to maintain accuracy at long range.
The only cons I could come up with were that it was a little on the heavier side at 2 lbs but that is to be expected with a scope of this size as well as the occasional issue of adjusting, especially in environments with lots of brush. But there is still not a doubt that it is one of the best vortex scopes for long range shooters and hunters who want to get the best possible accuracy at long ranges and comes at a reasonable price with all the features that it offers. It is definitely a good scope for long range shooting.