The SCAR 17 by FN is one of the most versatile rifles on the market. Chambered in .308 it is capable of engaging targets from close quarters to long-range if you have the right scope. We have reviewed the favorite scopes on the market and found the top 7 best scopes for the SCAR 17.
Each of the reviewed scopes is designed to withstand the abuse the SCAR 17 will subject them to, are made by some of the most respected manufacturers, and offer the features shooters are looking for.
Let’s take a look at what we found.
Top 7 Best Scopes for the SCAR 17 reviews
1. Leapers UTG 3-9x32mm Bug Buster
The UTG Bug Buster is a perfect example of a quality scope without a hefty price tag. Despite the budget price the Bug Buster is not lacking in features.
The first feature you will notice are the included scope rings. Not only are they QD (quick detach), but they also hold the scope solid even after hundreds of rounds. Speaking of solid that is the best way to describe how this scope feels. The aluminum/polymer construction looks and feels anything but cheap.
Other features include three turrets (one for elevation, one for windage, and the third for optional illumination). All turrets are easy to reach and operate in the field, even when wearing gloves. The scope is also advertised as fog, rain, and moisture resistant, although I am always a little reluctant to see “resistant” rather than “proof”.
The reticle is a simple crosshair design with multiple holdover dots. Although these dots are not matched to any specific caliber it is easy enough to determine what is appropriate for your specific firearm and load. The reticle is also illuminated (optional) and available in either red or green.
The 3-9x power is well-suited for medium to moderate ranges but is a little low for long-range precision shooting. The reticle and picture remain crisp until you get to about 8x. Above this setting, there is some noticeable distortion and blurring.
Due to the low cost of this scope, the minor flaws can be overlooked, making this one of the best scopes for those on a budget.
2. Bushnell Engage Rifle Scope, 30mm Tube
Bushnell’s Engage is marketed as a hunting and tactical scope and is available in two tube sizes, 1″ or 30mm. Of these, the 30mm appears to offer the best performance and features.
On the plus side, the glass is remarkably clear and offers good light transfer with a crisp, contrasting picture. picture. The MOA turrets match the reticle markings and track well. The fine lines of the reticle are excellent for precision target shooting. The turrets also include a lock feature, especially useful in a hunting or tactical setting.
On the other hand, the reticle is only available in a single option and is a little too fine for hunting, especially in low light. While the turret tracks well it does lack the range of adjustment needed for long-range. Plus, there is not MIL option, only MOA.
The 30mm tube is well constructed and a good size for the SCAR 17. It will mount solidly without interfering with the operation of the firearm and is not so large that it becomes awkward in the field.
Despite its shortcomings, the Engage 30mm still deserves a place on the any shopping list. Another excellent option for those on a budget.
3. Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-6x
If you plan on using your SCAR 17 for close or mid-range targets you will be wasting your time (and money) on high-powered scopes. Even a 3-9x will be difficult to use close in. One of the best close-range scopes for the SCAR 17 is the Strike Eagle by Vortex Optics. Despite being a 1x scope, the Strike Eagle offers many of the features shooters look for in more expensive long-range scopes.
The illuminated BDC reticle is specifically designed for close and moderate ranges. The outer circle marks the “circle of death”, perfect for close contact point and shoot use. At the same time, the inner circle allows you to quickly transition to the more precision shoots needed as distance increases.
The glass provides a clear, nearly distortion-free view at lower powers. As you increase the power this distortion does increase but is limited to the very outer edges. If you plan on shooting out to 500 yards or more this will be an issue, however, inside 300 yards there are almost no negative effects.
The capped turrets offer ½ MOA per click with a maximum range of 140 MOA for both elevation and windage. Having caps on the turrets does interfere with your ability to make adjustments on the fly, however, that is not what this scope is designed for. Once zeroed the combination of dual reticle rings should allow you to engage both near and far with nothing more than a change in magnification.
The magnification ring does include a small fin for easier adjustment on the move or when wearing gloves. Although this is a nice feature the fin is a bit small to be truly handy. A larger fin, or added texture, would allow this feature to be more than show.
Most notable is the Strike Eagle’s indestructibility. Vortex is known for heavy-duty scopes that will take a beating and this one is no exception. They are fine-tuned machines that can be treated like daily use tools and will keep going.
In the end, the Strike Eagle may not do everything but what it does do it does well. This is why it made our list of best scopes for the SCAR 17.
4. Leupold VX 6HD 1-6x24mm
If you are looking for a scope for your SCAR 17 that will be as comfortable on the 3-gun course as it is hunting your favorite game, it will be hard to beat the Leupold VX HS 1-6x24mm. The slim profile, high-definition optics, and unmatched light transmission allow this scope to tackle multiple jobs on the range, in the woods, or a tactical setting.
Leupold is known for providing high-quality, American-made optics that last a lifetime. With the VX 6HD, they can add versatility to the list as well. The 1-6x power provides the low settings needed to engage targets in a CQB setting or hunt big game in thick timber while still having the ability to reach out and touch targets at longer ranges.
The real focus of this scope is optics. Built around Leupold’s Professional-Grade Optical System, the VX 6HD provides unmatched light transmission, crystal clear picture, and industry-leading glare reduction. This means you can see, and identify, targets in a wide range of light conditions.
You will also enjoy the in-scope electronic reticle level, CDS-ZL2 Zerolock elevation dial, and removable throw level. This combination allows you to make precise adjustments, hold them while in the field, and change them easily should the need arise.
Like all Leupold scopes, the VX 6HD is designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA. It is guaranteed for life, even if you are not the original owner.
With features like this and a warranty that is second to none, it is easy to see why the VX 6HD is on our list and why it is worthy of your consideration.
5. Steiner T5xi 5-25x56mm SCR
Steiner is a leader in rifle optics, well known for precision scopes, and immensely popular with target shooters and hunters. With the addition of the T5xi, they have also taken the tactical field by storm. This scope is built with the military in mind, making it one of the best scopes for those looking for a high quality item that will last for many years.
The T5xi is the latest generation of scope from Steiner. Manufactured in American using German technology, this line of scopes offers one of the sharpest, toughest, and most reliable optical packages available. The 5-25x56mm is the largest of the three models available and specifically designed to allows your SCAR 17 to perform at its peak on long-distance shots.
It should come as no surprise that the T5xi is heavy in both features and quality. Precise German engineering includes Never-Lost turrets, large easy to use knobs, SCR Reticle, illuminated etched glass, and a Second Rotation Indicator on the elevation turret. No more guesswork or fumbling when making precise adjustments on the bench or in the field.
No matter where you take your T5xi it will be ready to outperform the competition. Each scope is waterproof to 33 feet and the electronics are impact tested. Near water, rain, fog, or sudden shock will take this scope out of action.
6. Nikon P Tactical .308 4-12x40mm BDC800
What qualifies a scope as one of the best scopes for a SCAR 17? It must be durable, have solid construction, and be designed to work well with the .308 caliber round. The Nikon P Tactical .308 4-12x40mm is all that and more.
With the BDC800 reticle, you get a built-in bullet drop compensator calibrated for up to 800 yards, making it easier to engage targets at a variety of ranges. The 4-12x power magnification is well suited for mid to long-range targets as well, although it may be too much for CQB use. The Rapid Action turrets are also calibrated for the .308.
Nikon is known for its exceptional quality lenses and this scope is no different. The combination of superior workmanship and “Ultra Clear Coat” provides edge-to-edge clarity and superior light penetration. This aids in target identification in a variety of light conditions and adds to the overall versatility of this scope.
Additional features include large combat-style turrets, zero-reset, waterproof/fog-proof construction, and a matte finish. Each scope is also covered by a lifetime warranty, meaning you can use it in the field without worry.
7. Zeiss Conquest V4 1-4x24mm
Although the SCAR 17 is accurate to what most shooters would consider long-range it was originally designed as a combat weapon. This means it also shines in close quarters and some of the best scopes for the SCAR 17 allow you to also engage short to mid-range targets. The Conquest V4 1-4x24mm is just such a scope.
This scope is configured with a 1-4x power, perfect for CQB use. With a light transmission rate of 90%, it is also well suited for use in a variety of lighting conditions. At only 9.75 inches and 17 ounces, it will not add unnecessary weight or make your rifle too cumbersome in tight spaces.
The Conquest V4 is equipped with the ZQAR reticle, which is illuminated and specifically designed for use with the .308 cartridge. It is available with a capped elevation knob, locking turrets and the Zeiss Ballistic Stop return to zero feature. They include second focal plane reticles and use a familiar .25MOA click value.
There is not one single feature that makes the V4 standout. What makes this one of the best scopes available is the combination of size, features, and quality construction. Despite its small package you still get big features shooters want.
Now that you have seen our choices for the top 7 best scopes for the SCAR 17 it is time to decide which is best for you. For tactical or CQB situations focus on those that are smaller, with lower powers. This will allow you to engage closer targets and add less bulk. If most of your shots will be at medium or long range look for scopes with higher powers, clear glass, and easy-to-use windage/elevation adjustments.
This will provide a clearer picture, letting you better identify far-off targets, and facilitate more precise shots.
Do this and you will find the scope for YOUR SCAR 17. Having the best scope will make shooting more fun.