BEST AR-10 SCOPES UNDER $1000 2018
We have been at this since 2006 and when I look at how much more confusing the AR 308 and AR-10 platforms have become with all the new players Im surprised that rifle scope interest is equal to that of the AR-10 and AR 308 hardware compatibility interest. That brings us to the subject of this page which we have named “Best AR-10 Scopes Under $1000 2018”. Why AR-10 Scopes? Quite simply despite our efforts visitors still refer to all the AR 308’s as AR-10’s. Why under $1000? This price range is where most of visitors shop. Shooters with bigger budgets seem to already know what they want. We will look at more expensive scopes a little diffidently in a future article.
Note: Remember to mount a scope securely and prevent damage invest in quality scope mounts and rings.
Vortex has made massive inroads in popularity with their scopes. They offer some of the best in class scopes at all price points. Vortex understands what shooters want and constant are leaders in bringing the best technology to price points below other manufacturers equivalent scopes.
Vortex Viper PST Gen II 5-25×50 FFP EBR-2C Rifle Scope Detailed Specifications
The Vortex Viper PST Gen II 5-25×50 FFP should come in at $999.00 but because as of the time of writing this it’s a brand new model release and there’s some price gouging going on.
This updated favorite hands an unfair advantage to shooters who seek to keep the upper hand in every situation from close quarters to long-range shots. The illumination dial is cleanly integrated into the side focus adjustment knob for easy access and streamlined performance. The glass-etched reticle offers shooters highly functional, intuitive, and detailed hold points, yet remains uncluttered for optimal viewing and features 10 intensity levels with off positions between each setting.
Vortex Viper PST Gen II 5-25×50 FFP Rifle Scope Optical Features
XD™ Lens Elements: Extra-low dispersion (XD) glass increases resolution and color fidelity, resulting in crisp, sharp images.
XR™ Fully Multi-Coated: Proprietary coatings increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces.
Second Focal Plane Reticle: Scale of reticle maintains the same ideally-sized appearance. Listed reticle subtensions used for estimating range, holdover and wind drift correction are accurate at the highest magnification.
Glass-etched Reticle: Protected between two layers of glass for optimum durability and reliability.
Illuminated Reticle: Provides precise aiming under low-light conditions.
Vortex Viper PST Gen II 5-25×50 FFP Rifle Scope Construction Features
Tube Size: 30 mm diameter.
Single-Piece Tube: Maximizes alignment for improved accuracy and optimum visual performance, as well as ensures strength and waterproofness.
Aircraft-Grade Aluminum: Constructed from a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum for strength and rigidity.
Waterproof: O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust and debris from penetrating the riflescope for reliable performance in all environments.
Fogproof: Argon gas purging prevents internal fogging over a wide range of temperatures.
Shockproof: Rugged construction withstands recoil and impact.
Hard Anodized Finish: Highly durable low-glare matte finish helps camouflage the shooter’s position.
ArmorTek: Ultra-hard, scratch-resistant coating protects exterior lenses from scratches, oil and dirt.
Tactical-Style Turrets: Exposed turrets provide fast, accurate and easily read elevation and windage adjustments.
Vortex Viper PST Gen II 5-25×50 FFP Rifle Scope Internal Mechanism Design Features
RZR Zero Stop: Zero Stop mechanism prevents the turret from dialing below sight-in range.
Precision-Force Spring System: Uses premium components in the erector-spring system to ensure maximum repeatability and ease of adjustment.
Precision-Glide Erector System: Uses premium components in the zoom lens mechanism to ensure smooth magnification changes under the harshest conditions.
Vortex Viper PST Gen II 5-25×50 FFP Rifle Scope Convenience Features
Radius Bar: Fiber optic turret rotation indicator provides a highly visible and tactile point of reference for turret rotations. US Patent 7,937,879
Fast Focus Eyepiece: Allows quick and easy reticle focusing.
Built-In Accuracy Features: Matching (MRAD or MOA) turrets and reticles facilitate fast and accurate shooting at extended ranges. The patented fiber optic Radius Bar visually assists tracking turret rotations. US Patent 7,937,879
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 part number 16462 and BDC 800 part number 16463. 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.
Nikon M-308 Specifications
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.
NIKON BLACK X1000 6x14x50SF AR 308, AR-10 SCOPE
The Nikon Black X1000 6x14x50SF scope is ideal for most medium to medium long range AR 308 and AR-10 shooting applications. The 6X on the low side might be too much magnification for very close ranges where a 3x or 4x bottom end would be better suited.
Nikon BLACK riflescope series represents a new category of dedicated optics with models engineered for both precision long-range rifle and the action-gun AR enthusiasts. For the precision rifle shooter, BLACK X1000 models feature MRAD or MOA reticles while AR/MSR shooters can take advantage of rapid-action, close-to-intermediate-range targeting capability of the BLACK FORCE1000 riflescope and SPEEDFORCE reticle.
- NIKON BLACK X1000 4-16x50SF Matte Illuminated X-MRAD Reticle Product 16383
- NIKON BLACK X1000 4-16x50SF Matte Illuminated X-MOA Reticle Product 16382
- NIKON BLACK X1000 4-16x50SF Matte X-MOA Product 16381
The 4-16x50SF is a dedicated precision riflescope that offers the precision, the features and the ruggedness serious shooters demand. For starters, it is built with an aircraft grade aluminum alloy 30mm main body tube. With a choice of X-MOA, Illuminated X-MOA or Illuminated X-MRAD reticle, the riflescope delivers 90 total MOA internal adjustment travel for the X-MOA reticle and 25 MRAD for X-MRAD reticles. Its turrets have ¼ MOA or .1 MRAD click graduations yielding 12 MOA / 5 MRAD per revolution depending on variant. All of the 4-16x50SF models have the reticle placed in the riflescope’s second focal plane, so all holdover corrections, ranging and other measurements using the indicated reticle subtensions should be done at 16x magnification.
Nikon’s Illuminated X-MOA and X-MRAD Reticles
Specialized reticles and adjustment systems in BLACK X1000 are glass-etched MRAD or MOA tactical-style variants with illuminated option. Windage and elevation turret internal travel is enhanced for long-range dialing and crisp, click-stop movements operate with no backlash and are both precise and repeatable. The X-MRAD reticle presents the shooter with clean and visually simple, yet highly functional and advanced tools for estimating range, maintaining holdovers or dialing elevation come ups and compensating for wind. An advantage of using these tactical-style reticles is that it can be applied to virtually any shooting application regardless of caliber or ballistic performance, and can be further optimized for specific shooting situations utilizing Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Match Technology.
Full Multilayer Coatings On All Air-to-Glass Surfaces
With a very capable four-time zoom optical system built with Nikon’s renowned lead- and arsenic-free glass, BLACK X1000 lenses are fully multicoated with anti-reflective compounds for consistently bright, sharp, high contrast sighting at all magnifications.
Turret-mounted Side Focus Parallax Adjustment
Each of the riflescopes in this series features a turret-mounted side focus parallax adjustment to enable fine-tuning of the sight image without changing shooter’s position.
Generous, Consistent Eye Relief and Elevated Windage & Elevation Turrets
Consistent eye relief keeps your brow safe, while the exposed turrets are engraved for maximum readability while offering smooth, repeatable adjustments.