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AR-10 and 308 AR 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.


Nightforce SHV 4-14×56 MOAR Riflescope C520

Nightforce SHV 4-14x56 MOAR Riflescope C520 AR308 Scope Best 308 Scope

Nightforce SHV 4-14×56 MOAR Riflescope C520

Nightforce SHV 4-14×56 MOAR Riflescope C520 – With extended range capability, a magnification range ideal for almost any hunting situation and outstanding precision, Nightforce SHV Riflescopes are an excellent choice for hunters, target shooters and law-enforcement personnel alike. MOAR™ reticle has 1-MOA elevation and windage markings, allowing accurate range-finding at long distances and a floating center crosshair that doesn’t cover up small targets. Elevation and windage are finger adjustable. Fully enclosed, capped, waterproof adjustments ensure your scope stays zeroed. Adjustments are precise with 1/4-MOA click values. Once you have established your zero, it’s easy to reset the indicator to zero. Variable magnification for use in a wide range of field environments. Zoom ring is easily adjusted with one hand. Parallax settings are marked in yards, and while field conditions can cause variations in exact yardage, the SHV’s marking gets you closer to the crispest, clearest image possible more quickly. Side parallax control is adjustable from 25 yds. to infinity without moving from shooter-ready position. Illuminated and non-illuminated reticles are available. Illuminated version uses a CR-2032 watch-style battery (included).

Vortex Viper PST 4-16×50 FFP Rifle Scope with EBR-1 MOA PST-416F1-A

Vortex Viper PST 4-16×50 FFP Rifle Scope with EBR-1 MOA PST-416F1-A Best 308 Scope 762AR.com

Viper PST 4-16×50 FFP Riflescope

Vortex is fast becoming my go-to for riflescopes.

The Vortex Viper PST 4-16×50 FFP Rifle Scope with EBR-1 MOA PST-416F1-A boasts features associated with top-tier riflescopes, yet comes in at a street price under the $1,000 mark. Matching reticle and turret measurements allow accurate, fast dialing of shots. The one-piece 30mm tube, precision-machined from a single solid block of aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum, offers ample windage and elevation adjustment. Born from an intimate understanding of riflescope design, forward-thinking engineering, and open ears to a market incredibly vocal about what it wants in a riflescope, the Viper PST series delivers the performance and features tactical shooters demand at an economical price.

Vortex Razor HD Gen II 3-18×50 EBR-2C Riflescope RZR-31803

Vortex Razor HD Gen II 3-18x50 EBR-2C Riflescope RZR-31803

Vortex Razor HD Gen II 3-18×50 EBR-2C Riflescope RZR-31803

Vortex Razor HD Gen II 3-18×50 EBR-2C Riflescope RZR-31803 the new frontrunner in the race for the ultimate precision, long-range optics. The Gen II Razors, designed and engineered for dialing precision long-range shots in extreme environments, have serious precision shooters saying “finally”. The Gen II Razors feature a 6x zoom range, a 34 mm single-piece aircraft-grade aluminum tube and our sophisticated L-Tec turret system plus a host of additional high-performance features for state-of-the-art optics with deadly accuracy.

TA01B: Trijicon ACOG 4×32 Scope with .308 Full Line Red Illumination

TA01B: Trijicon ACOG 4x32 Scope with .308 Full Line Red Illumination 308 AR Scope Best 308 Scope picture

TA01B: Trijicon ACOG 4×32 Scope with .308 Full Line Red Illumination

Trijicon ACOG 4×32 Scope with .308 Full Line Red Illumination:TA01B The concept is simple; a durable scope with a reticle that illuminates in low light situations. And the best part is that it doesn’t require batteries. Over 25 years later, the original ACOG stands the test of time and remains one of our most popular items. ACOG 4×32 Scope with .308 Full Line Red Illumination features black crosshairs during daytime and tritium illuminates reticle at night. The reticle ranges out to 800 meters for 7.62(.308 cal).



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