308 AR Scope
AR10 and 308AR Scopes
One of the most frequently asked questions we get at 308AR.com is “What is the best 308 AR Scope?” “What is the best AR10 Scope?”. The problem with that question is an answer that costs way more than most shooters will or can afford to spend. Not every shooter needs to spend $1800 an upwards on the best Leupold Scopes and NightForce Scopes. Shooters need to ask themselves some basic questions.
Punching paper at 200 yards requires a lot less scope than someone doing the same at 1000 yards. The same would apply to hunting situations. Hunting wild hogs in the brush is a much different application then shooting elk in the plains of Montana. A competitive benchrest shooter needs a different scope than New York deer hunter. Your scopes power and reticle selection should be dictated by your primary target. Do you need illumination? What reticle? Do you need bullet drop compensation? Are you a set it and forget person or do your needs call for a scope with external adjustable turrets? How much adjustment do you need? Will you take the time to learn how to properly use a complex scope? Do you just want external adjustable turrets just because they look cool? Regardless of all the previous questions the most critical factor is budget. So many guys buy expensive rifles only to buy some inexpensive $150 Chinese scope. The rule of thumb used to be spend as much on the scope as you did the rifle. While I think there is something to that for folks who use their equipment to it’s fullest I think many shooters can be well served with mid-priced scopes if they are casually shooting at the range or hunting a few times per year.
Never feel pressured to spend a lot of money on a scope out of peer pressure. Internet forums are horrible for this. A Nightforce sitting in a safe for months and years was probably not a good investment. To the other side of the equation a cheap scope will let you down at the worst moment, when you need it most.
Fortunately as I write this there are very good 308 AR scopes that will suit a majority of visitors to this site all priced well below $1000 and closer to the $500 mark. If you can afford to buy the best by all means go for it. Great glass comes at a great price.
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NIKON – M-308 4-16×42 Riflescopes
Over the past few years Nikon has done a great job of designing and building scopes specifically for AR-15 rifles. In fact the have become my go to scopes for a majority of my AR15′s. Well recently Nikon released the M-308 4-16×42 Riflescope in to reticle versions Nikoplex and BDC 800. These are the first two Nikon scopes designed specifically for the 308 AR and AR10 rifles. Nikon priced the M-308 4-16×42 Riflescopes at about $550. One of these two models could probably satisfy 80 percent of shooters. The scopes have very good optics, a matte black finish, adjustable external turrets that should satisfy the “Tactical” in every shooter.
The Nikon M-308 Rifle Scope is designed for long range precision and with the popular .308 AR platform in mind. The M-308 is packed with features that will prove themselves time and time again in the field or at the range. The fully multi-coated lenses and Ultra ClearCoat optical system deliver superior image clarity and resolution and up to 95% light transmission. The NikoPlex Model features Rapid Action Turrets that are calibrated for the trajectory of the .308/7.62 NATO Match round with 168 grain HPBT bullets, allowing the shooter to dial in known distances out to 800 yards. If you prefer hold over, the BDC 800 reticle models feature Tactical turrets with 1/4 MOA click adjustments and holdover points out to 800 yards with .308 168 grain bullets. A locking side focus, generous 4″ eye relief, rugged 1-piece 1″ tube, 80 MOA of internal adjustment and the included 20 MOA elevated M308 1-Piece mount make this the ideal setup for the AR-10 or .308 bolt action firearm. The included M-308 mount fits standard picatinny-style rails and with the enhanced mounting space of the M-308 rifle scope, you can mount the scope to exactly the eye relief for your shooting style.