Today the art of shooting the long range rifle has never been a more practiced shooting sports event.
With the advance of the sport has come a massive development initiative among manufactures as well.
Currently, there are a massive number of scope manufacturers working toward offering the best long range scope systems possible. When building a very effective glass sight for long range shooting the designers have had to move well away from the standard approach to scope designs. These scopes need to be developed in terms of performance standards well into the next century in order to compete with both the demand and the performance stands of the new very best of the best. When taking on this subject be advised price point over the retail counter is going to be left on the back burner.
Good long range rifle scopes cost money because some very high priced parts have gone into them to meet the shooter’s demands. I will say that plan to spend upwards of $2000.00, and even far more when you’re thinking about the scope that will do the job at 1000 yards, 2000 yards, and even up to one mile away or more.
- Top 17 Best long range scopes reviews 2021
- 1. Vortex Optics Razor HD 5-20×50 FFP.
- 2. Vortex Gen II Razor HD FFP.
- 3. Leica PRS 5-30×56 i Ballistic Riflescope 51200
- 4. Swarovski Z3 4-12×50
- 5. Zeiss Conquest V4 6-24×50
- 6. Swarovski Optic 2.4-12X50 Z5BT Series.
- 7. Tract Toric 3-15×50 Riflescope w/BDC Reticle Long Range Hunting Optics
- 8. Nightforce The BEAST 5-25x56mm F1 Long Range
- 9. Night Force AYACR F1 7-35×56
- 10. Bushnell Elite Tactical 4.5030 x 50 G3 Reticle MRADS.
- 11. Burris Optics Veracity Rifle Scope.
- 12. Sig Sauer 5201287 Rifle Scope,
- 13. Zeiss Conquest V6 5-30X50 ZMOA Reticle BDC Turret.
- 14. TRACT TORIC UHD 4-20X50 30mm MOA PRS Long Range riflescope.
- 15. TRACT TORIC 3-15X50
- 16. Swarovski Z8i 2.3-28X56 BRX-1
- 17. Night Force ATACR 7-35X56mm 34mm tube. FFP.
Top 17 Best long range scopes reviews 2021
1. Vortex Optics Razor HD 5-20×50 FFP.
Just a month ago I was shooting the .223 Valkyrie using the model Vortex long range scope just under this advanced series for ultra long range work. This scope manufacture is a newer outfit in America and in effect has cut some cost and returned a step up in quality at the same time. That is a rare bird nowadays to be sure. I have found that this brand is a darn good example of getting a whole lot of bang for your buck. The glass is of high quality, turret adjustments are crisp and repeatable, the turret on this scope is retaining a wide range of elevation clicks for that 3/4 mile shot on steel targets, or the 1000 yard shot on a standing coyote.
While I have not shot this exact model by the way it is set up I would tend to think it is a clear candidate for the one mile shot. These scope need power and the max 20X magnification will handle that with ease. The glass is of a quality that target fade should not be an issue, and elevation adjustments that are about 19,5 MRADS at one mile re my 338 Lapua should be attainable. If not the use of a 10-30 MOA rail mount will take care of those issues, or the “halving” of the turret settings against the sub tensions through the lens will also add up to enough elevation adjustment for the shot.
Currently I am running my Razor on both the Valkyrie and my one mile 300 PRC Ruger Chassis model long range rifle. The rifle is new, and to date I have only shot it on area reference military style targets to 1200 yards. At that range shooting is almost child play in terms of getting DOP calculated and getting on target. After that I can start crushing the target objective being junk vehicles with human targets in the windows, or cardboard gun positions placed in strategic locations at ½ mile or better.
This scope retains a massive one piece aluminum (aircraft grade) 35 mm tube which says big heavy turret springs and parts, as well as lots of elevation adjustment. This scope also retains illuminated optics, snd full parallax adjustments through all range settings, Reticle construction is etched glass and built in the FFP as used by most ultra long range shooters. ( Reticle EBR 28)
25 MOA travel through one full rotation of elevation adjustments. MAX ELEVATION 125 MOA or 35 MRADS.
2. Vortex Gen II Razor HD FFP.
This second vortex is the Gen II at 3-18X50. Cut glass reticle special coating on glass surfaces to resist scratching or other damage, and seven options in power and reticle designs. This scope is flexible for the long range varmint hunter, big game mountain hunter, or steel challenge ultra long range shooter. Pick your sub-tensions, power settings and hang on as you use this outstanding scope with the wide range of MOA or MRAD turret adjustments available in this solid stretch shooting system.
The reticle is illuminated, zero stop of run over protection under stress, and built as a one piece tube using aircraft grade aluminum
3. Leica PRS 5-30×56 i Ballistic Riflescope 51200
Leica is a scope that I know from industry events in the rocky Mountains some years ago. Believe me when I tell you that shooting with one of these optical system was nothing less than spectacular. Using this type of long range scope as paired with some rang finding equipment also offered by Leica made a guy want to be rich.
This scope is designed for ultra long range work. The unit retains ultra high capacity turret adjustments for increased elevation required when shooting over 1000 yards, The scope is offered with three different reticles with all being set up in the first focal plane. This scope retains German glass of the very highest quality, and it shows when sighting an object even a mile down range and it comes in clear. Seeing long range targets is a major problem when selecting long range glass sights. The real deal in these sights requires that the optical quality be massively effective, and that means the cost is a major consideration being very good glass is not cheap.
The scope includes sun shade, tools, and clean equipment, magnification throw lever, as well as a battery. The sub tensions are illuminated for low light or no light shooting. The Leica needs no step by step introduction. This scope is among the best in the world regarding current production.
4. Swarovski Z3 4-12×50
Swarovski long range scopes are also among the best in the world. The glass is of a quality that is required when picking out a sheep’s head on the next mountain over a deep draw, or sighting a 1400 yards steel target and you’re with in a point of winning a long range shooting match.
This scope retains a one inch tube size making it an easy mount on lower bases and in alignment with the bore of the rifle. This is only one model of the scope companies line. There are others that need to be checked out as well being his brand is known for its long range capabilities in terms of performance standards.
I shot this scope as matched to the 308 Smith & Wesson AE-10 in a high altitude match some years ago and Swarovski had the scope sub tensions matched the very same sub-tensions located in the spotting scope the tam spotters were using. This was the best of both worlds, being the gunner and spotter were always on the same page when viewing the cross hairs and MOA settings on target.
5. Zeiss Conquest V4 6-24×50
Here is a beast of a scope and it will perform well. German glass and engineering this product straight out of Germany is hard to beat when it comes to image projection. There are always sharp edge lines on even soft targets at very long range, and super outstanding sub tensions through the looking glass. Why do I know this? Because I own the product and shoot it long range to 1500 yards on both the 6.5 Creedmoor, and the 300 PRC as offered by Hornady Ammunition.
Setting up area dispersion targets as in cardboard figures, gun platforms, and additional man targets, the supersize is to learn “area” gunning at ultra long range. This scope is a strong suggested example of a glass sight that can deliver the mail on these targets, actual autos in convoy mode, and other related long range shooting events to as great a distance as one mile or more down range ( 1,760 yards ).
This scope makes us of a full 30mm tube high tactical turret with external adjustments for windage and elevation that also carry a wide range of settings for additional elevation at very long ranges.
Offered in the second focal plane SFF, and retains an illuminated reticle for low light shooting conditions. The turret is designed with a ballistics stop ( zero stop) and fully adjustable parallax.
Reticle selection is flexible as well and you need not stay with just one type of sub tension system.
6. Swarovski Optic 2.4-12X50 Z5BT Series.
Again back to the Swarovski long range glass sights. This model retains the BDC
adjustable turrets for setting exact range limits, uses a slim one inch main tube body, and is built like a tank with total water proof and fog proof construction. This is a long range scope, but directed more toward the hunter versus the steel or paper target shooter.
However, be advised that this scope will still do the whole deal and it’s all well. This like other high end optical system is sing that Swarovski high end glass that will no distort, go fuzzy on the edges, or make rainbows in the lens just about the tie you real are counting on a good sight picture at 1/2mile down range.
Built in the SFF second focal plane.
7. Tract Toric 3-15×50 Riflescope w/BDC Reticle Long Range Hunting Optics
This scope is set up for the long range shooter and a hint toward the hunter versus the target shooter. The scope can take on any task in the stretch shooting business, but I feel it is a great choice for the mountain goat hunter, open plains antelope hunter, or ridge to ridge coyote shooter.
TORIC as offered by TRACT makes use of a special SCHOTT HT high transmission lens material, very solid main tube construction, ample turret adjustments for elevation and windage, and long range shooters sub-tensions (etched glass) all at a very workable price. No short cuts here and all advanced up to date design and materials. I shoot this scope on a 300 Win Mag, 338 Lapua, .223 Valkyrie, and 300 PRC regarding long range test work or ballistics measurement research.
8. Nightforce The BEAST 5-25x56mm F1 Long Range
Nightforce is a brand that has been tagged as the best long range scope system that covers almost all of theirs product line. These scopes are top quality and I can attest to that because I was offered and use one of the newer Beast models for a shakedown rifle review of Gun Digest a few years back. This scope is a rifleman’s choice for long range work. Clean lens system, detailed sniper grade adjustment settings, ample clicks for elevation adjustment at long range, and built like a Russian tank turret.
The massive 56mm objective lens is a light gathering monster, built in the FFP this is a snipers dream when adjusting for a 1000 yard shot as an area weapons system and using a big cartridge that will push energy way out into the next zip code.
Tactical quick adjustment and return turrets, illuminated reticle for low light shooting, and a 34 mm main tube,
This scope is a professional level glass sight and is priced in the high end area of sighting equipment.
9. Night Force AYACR F1 7-35×56
This 56mm objective lens scope is another professional grade glass sight that will do the job even out of a mile or more. Yes, a lot of shooters are shooting one mile today and some are working on the three miles shot as I write these lines.
This scope is set up using MRADS in the sub-tension system. That mans military based all the way. I shoot this when I have a choice over MOA settings as I get more elevation with far fewer turns of the turret in the MRAD adjustment range. For this reason alone this sight appeals to me a great deal. :less the fact that It is built well, uses good glass that will gather light and fight off distortion at 1760 yards the sight is a go to class act among long range rifle shooters and even military / police applications today.
10. Bushnell Elite Tactical 4.5030 x 50 G3 Reticle MRADS.
This Bushnell scope is not a toy and is not in the budget series glass sight department. I shoot this on a personnel Montana 1999 Mauser in 338 Lapua, and have shot my best one mile record on human targets using this exact scope. If you’re a bad guy even at a mile or more keep your head down when this outfit comes into play. At a savings of about $1000 and change over many other brands this scope will deliver the mail every time. MRAD sub- tensions through the lens and advanced turret adjustments with zero stop make for an easy click advancements when the ranging bullet drop DOPE has been worked out in raw numbers.
This scope won the ‘King OF The Two Mile Shoot, “shoot and other long range precision matches, while not requiring the shooter to sell the farm at the price of some of these scopes.
Built with ED prime glass illustrating no edge distortion or fading targets. Solid open one piece main tube at 33mm, and large high capacity turrets for fast elevation gains at very long range,
11. Burris Optics Veracity Rifle Scope.
Bring the price down a bit, but without question staying with quality the Burris Veracity is a good example of a best long range scope for hunting. The scope makes use of bullet drop compensation built int, 15 MOA elevation alinement each rotation of the turret, and 5-25X50 regarding the reticle size, and power settings.
Three different models to choose from in the FFP configuration, and a varmint, the standard 5X25 sub-tensions, or the 5CR reticle. Research these for details, but the scope has options for any hunters needs. Can be also configured for long range target shooting as well being the power settings are in place and the company will provided the correct reticle for the task at hand.
12. Sig Sauer 5201287 Rifle Scope,
As a second offering in the long range hunting variant the Sig 5270 is a possible option while keeping the price down just under a grand.
This scope is set at a 6.5-20X52mm and makes use of the larger 30mm main tube that is a one piece constructed unit.
The basic scope makes use of the BDX reticle range finding system on all three of its variants built around the standard model. Also the scope makes use of varied magnification levels on three different models of the scope. Turret settings are established using the 0.25 MOA click settings for detailed zero and sight adjustment for those possible long range shots. All three models are offered in the second focal plane (SFF.)
Given price, features and quality of the German product these three scopes scope are good options when selecting a hunting model scope for general long range field use. These scopes will handle most current high performance cartridges well.
13. Zeiss Conquest V6 5-30X50 ZMOA Reticle BDC Turret.
This scope is a professional grade long range optical system. I shoot this on a reference test and long range ( one Mile) 300 PRC on a full one mile target range. The scope pulls in light, sends a clear image to the shooter. and retains ample turret rotations for the required elevation to the previous indicated long range limits.
Built very well to German industry standards and using German ground lenses this is a top notch system by any standard. Zeiss offers the scope in the SFF, and makes use f the ZMOA sub tensions regarding its reticle.
Easy to use magnification adjustment, large eye piece for fast target acquisition, and ample light gathering abilities. Be advised, I have the eyes of an 80 year old shooter. I need all the help I can get when taking out a human torso target at a mile. This scope will do the deal with the correct rifle/ cartridge applied. How do I know this? Because we do this all the time here at BR&D research.
14. TRACT TORIC UHD 4-20X50 30mm MOA PRS Long Range riflescope.
Designed in the new age of super long range shooting TRACT is becoming know as an outfit that sells very good scopes at very fair prices.
These super scopes are designed for very long range app application and again like many others here at my agency we do use TRACT on the 300 PRC, 300 Win Mag’s, and 338 Lapua when running out steel targets from 1400 yards to a full mike down range. This scope carries ample turret rotations for this kind of work, and the lens glass used is of a high quality. It would not work at 1000, through 1760 yards if that were not the case. Currently I use TRACT on the “ Second Zero” system by which I zero the scope for 100 yards and with a flip of a special lens re-zero the scope in real time to 600 yards. The jump puts me at 100 with an almost dead hold with 338 Lapua ammunition. Would not use this system if I did not trust the scope completely.
The scope is set upon the FFP platform which is ofter requested by long range shooters. The Christmas tree style sub tensions with a floating center dot make for a very accurate aiming point. Elevation and windage are set up in MOA clicks at ¼ measurements.
15. TRACT TORIC 3-15X50
This long range TRACT used the T-Plex sub tensions, UHD & SCHOTT HT technology to offer some very good glass. This scope is much like the first one reviewed here, but at a lower power setting, Save for the arrangement of bell size and other related elements the scope is a very major introduction by TRACT in the ultra long range shooting market.
Offered with a lifetime warranty, built with the best materials available and from the ground up designed by very knowledgable engineers, the scope is a super buy at a price under a grand.
16. Swarovski Z8i 2.3-28X56 BRX-1
Swarovski rifle scopes are among some of the best in the world. This scope has been tested over a long period of time on manor long range shoots, industry events, and over time here at my home range. The glass is some of the best made on this rock pile called earth, the light gathering ability are beyond belief even when sighting the head of a mountain marmot at a quarter mile away.
Perfect repeat adjustments even at ultra long ranges, solid construction that will last the shooter a lifetime, Dependable when competing, or just shooting steel for fun. Long range is the name of the game when this brand of glass sights is involved.
Sub tensions are illuminated for low light applications or when weather is cutting the clear image of a long range target.
Once you shoot this brand of scope you will know the difference at once. Believe me I have been there myself.
17. Night Force ATACR 7-35X56mm 34mm tube. FFP.
This scope is set up in MIL tactical turrets. This is a snipers scope either long range capabilities.
Focus adjustment left side open tactical turrets for fast elevation and windage changes. This scope carrie a full 100 MOA of adjustment range. That means a pile of turret clicks when stretching for the super long range shot. This scope is a professional grade product re military and police applications. You could see a variant of this scope in the well known feature film American Sniper.
Lock this scope into a 408 Chey, 50 BMG,, or 338 Lap, and you have an over one and one half mile glass sighting system.
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L.P Brezny has been writing and reviewing product as well as how to projects for the past 50 years. He has authored four books on shooting with three on long range, and one covering shotgunning. With 26 years on a metro police department as a street officer and the rank of SGT / training L.P. has covered all the bases regarding weapons and street survival.
During the early years in non-toxic shotshell ammunition development L.P. designed the first successful measurement system for recording the speed of shot shell payloads down range. He was responsible for getting actual shotshell velocities printed on factory load boxes. Over the years he has developed and markets MetroGun System TM, and sells his designed ammunition for subsonic sound suppressed shotgun shooting.
Current L.P. resides in the South Dakota Black Hills and spends a good deal of time working through many types of ammunition both in the field on warm targets. With ultra long range being a current specialty L.P. shots for test and accuracy at ranges as great as one or more miles on the wide open Dakota grasslands.