When you want to know what scope is best suited to a rifle like the Remington Model 700, things get a bit complicated. Here is the deal in a nutshell. I own three Model 700 Remington rifles. All three have a different function. They are all built differently as well: short action, long action, and in-between action.
With a short action Remington Model 700, you are dealing with cartridges like the .223 Rem, .204 Ruger, .243 Winchester, and .308 Winchester. Even with these different cartridges, the Model 700 can mount a bull barrel for bench rest shooting; a very short, lightweight “pencil pipe” barrel for an ultra-lightweight carry rifle; or a standard 24” big game pipe. Long action Remington Model 700s clearly vary a lot.
Move to the .270 Winchester, 30-06 Springfield, or even the .300 Win mag and now you have a Model 700 with a long action design. Long action Remington Model 700s are much longer than short action models. They can be just as varied as short action rifles.
The size of the receiver (length) and cartridge being chambered will determine which type of Modell 700 you choose. Remember, the size will also indicate if you require glass sights as well.
Below you will find my picks for the top scopes for the Remington 700. These scopes will give you, I believe, the most for your money. I also take how the rifle is set up and how it will be used into consideration for each pick.
- Top 7 Best Scopes For Remington 700 Reviews 2021
- 1. Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm Side Focus Riflescope
- 2. Vortex Optics Crossfire II Adjustable Objective, Second Focal Plane, 30mm Tube Riflescopes
- 3. Tract Toric 3-15×50 Riflescope w/BDC Reticle Long Range Hunting Optics
- 4. Tracto Toric 2 – 10 x 42 RIFLESCOPE W/Impact BDC
- 5. Zeiss Conquest V4
- 6. Bushnell Engage riflescope
- 7. Trijicon Huron
Top 7 Best Scopes For Remington 700 Reviews 2021
1. Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm Side Focus Riflescope
Leupold built this scope as a long-range glass sight. The power settings range from 4 through 24, with a 53mm objective lens. This means great light gathering. There is also total control over the 1000 yard long-range shooting events. You will even receive varmint and ultra-long-range shooting as well. This scope runs external open turrets side focus adjustments, and an illuminated MOA reticle (Fire Dot)
As I have indicated in many other reviews covering the Leupold product line, the scopes are all American-built. They are covered for life, make use of glass set (no glued) lenses, and have high-end glass that will not let you down at long range.
This scope is best utilized on a Model 700 Remington with a target grade stock (beaver tail for-end) or a full-size standard stocked long-range big game rifle (antelope).
The scope is large. It needs heavy rings and bases, and as such is better as a static or slow stalking rifle than a fast carry system or walking rifle for varmint hunting. The reticle type, in this case, is the Leupold CDS-ZL2 Duplex style.
2. Vortex Optics Crossfire II Adjustable Objective, Second Focal Plane, 30mm Tube Riflescopes
Here we have a rifle scope by Vortex that is much less expensive than the Leupold. This scope carries turrets that are capped and open to zero the sight. It also works best with the standard Model 700, or a short action rifle. You can also set it up for longer-range varmints and general hunting. I shoot a Remington Model 700 in .223 that is a heavy target rifle. Most of the time I shoot it from a bench. As such, I don’t require any heavy lifting when I take on prairie dogs, etc. This scope is a general utility model. It is a good starter system or a standard working system when mounted on an eastern states-style whitetail rifle.
At 6-24X5, the sight is great for distance and makes use of the BDC Dead Hold reticle.
The turret adjustments are MOA calibrated. They make use of the zero rest position after you make the correct zero for the scope system used.
3. Tract Toric 3-15×50 Riflescope w/BDC Reticle Long Range Hunting Optics
I have selected this scope because I use it myself on both my short action full-size rifle and long action rifle chambered in 25-06 Remington. Yes, I just use one scope and set it up for two levels of the Model 700. This glass sight is powered by a 3-15 x 50 and will cover any hunting need. It also works well as a 1000 yard sight when applying target loads and chambered long-range power levels in ammunition.
I have shot this scope on a Model 700 204 Ruger turkey model I set up a year ago. It allowed me to take gobbler out to 400 yards on the open prairie. Shooting the same rifle and scope, I have dusted off coyotes in open country to 350 yards consistently.
This scope carries ¼ MOA clicks for elevation/windage adjustments. It resets to a zero stop after initial zeroing. The scope also includes a high-profile MOA zero kit for target and long-range varmint hunting. I have switched this scope between a half dozen rifles for mountain hunting, steel target test shooting, and just general walk-and-stalk hunting. That means it has been tested on rifles weighing 6.5 pounds to 14 pounds. The scope is versatile, well-built, and covered by the manufacturer. TRACT is a solid company that builds good equipment.
4. Tracto Toric 2 – 10 x 42 RIFLESCOPE W/Impact BDC
As a second option in the TRACT series, the 2-10X42 is a solid choice on a Model 700. You should use it for a fox, coyote, or turkey rifle chambered in .223 or .204 Ruger. This is a power-level scope that fits many hunting needs. I shoot almost all of my kill shots at or under 8X, and in most cases about 6X much of the time. That makes the 10X a powerhouse. It can close the sub tension down on a warm target at ranges well out to 400 yards.
This scope uses SCHOTT HT glass that reduces glint, fade, or rainbow effects at the edges. I shoot this glass to1000 yards using 10x magnification without any issues. The scope has a lifetime warranty.
There is a flat gray finish that I like for reducing sun glint. It is sold as a one-piece main tube constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum. Included are a high-profile turret kit and the zero stop feature after making your preset zero.
If you want a good scope at a fair price with state-of-the-art engineering, I recommend this TRACT. It fits the Remington Model 700 as offered in many variants well.
5. Zeiss Conquest V4
This is a 3-12×56 rifle scope using the Zeiss Z- Plex reticle (#20). It is very well-made in the German manufacturing tradition. It carries great glass that will work all the way downrange to that long-distance target. There is also a turret design that gives you return clicks, is accurate in terms of zero-turn and bullet impact points, and makes use of capped turret adjustments for the rough field hunter. The scope is ideal for 700s that chamber deer hunting rounds. You can also use it on long action or longer-barreled rifles in short action design–such as the 308 / 243.
The elevation offered in this scope is 25 MOA with a fixed parallax. This is not an ultra-long-range bullet pushing system, but a solid whitetail hunter’s tool. Simple to zero stays corrected even in rough field conditions. It is even built Tiger tank tough.
Lens quality is outstanding. I shot their glass on several tests and with field rifles and received nothing but great results. This scope is priced right in the dead center for offerings of the same quality. The Zeiss German glass really sets this scope apart, the German construction is a big plus.
6. Bushnell Engage riflescope
Want a scope that is dirt simple, built well, and provides a lot for your money? Then try the Bushnell Engage model 3-9X40. The power settings and scope size are old-school and a world standard in game rifle glass. Shooting the Model 700 in .308 Win, 7mm 08, or even .243 Win in the short action design works great. The scope is mounted on the receiver face of those rifles.
Bushnell is known for giving the buyer a good product at a fair price. The scope has an illuminated Multi-X center dot reticle, capped turrets for the snow ladened tree cover and blowing ice storm winds. Zero hold is good. The glass is protected and very clear, and owners all across the country give it high marks. I have some of the oldest scopes in my inventory here at BR&D with the name Bushnell on them. No regrets and no replacements either.
7. Trijicon Huron
Trijicon is an ultra-high-end brand in terms of design, materials, quality, and creative innovation.
This scope is a base model lacking the battery-free illuminated reticle but carries everything else that makes it a fine glass sight. The glass on these scopes is outstanding and powered from 3-4 to 3-12X40.
There are four different models of this scope. They range from the chopped forward bell to the large higher power range scope for open country deer hunting. The four models of the Huron will cover the different receiver sizes and cartridge offerings on the Remington Model 700 rifle. This is the most complete line of any brand. It easily fits the deer hunters’ needs. I shoot the advanced illuminated 3X12 in an upgraded model on my Remington Model 700 heavy barreled rifle chambered in .223 Remington. My system has been up and running for over twenty-five years.
The Remington Model 700 has been selected by the military for decades. It is considered a gold standard in sniper equipment, as chambered in the .308 / 7.62 NATO round. Recently some of these US Army rifles have been upgraded to .300 Win Mag. However, other models and calibers have started to move into the sniper role as well. Even so, police departments, military snipers in many countries, and armies rely on the Model 700 as a go-to rifle. She is old-school but retains the reputation for getting the job done. In most cases, the scope selected for this rifle in a sniper variant is the Leupold MARK IV. This is not an option for the civilian market. I have the Remington-based M-24 variant in 7.62 NATO and the MARK IV scope as a complete sniper setup.
I fell in love with the rifle years before it became off-limits to the public. Why was it banned? Because it was just that good when matched with Leupold glass. You can’t beat Leupold optics no way, on no given day.
Back to the Trijicon Huron: It carries a ¼ MOA click graduated system, eye relief is measured at 3.9 inches, optics are built in the second focal plane (SFF,) and 100 through 40 MOA elevation adjustment are available.
Without question, the Trigicon Huron is a hunter glass sight.
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