Best Long Range Scope On a Budget

By Archer | Rifle Scopes Reviews

Jan 24
Best Long Range Scope On a Budget

Hunting is a much adored pastime but it can often cost you big bucks… before actually helping you to bring down the real ones – rifle scopes can cost anywhere from 50 to 1000s (ouch) of dollars.

The terms ‘budget’ and ‘long range’ are rather comparative ones but for the purposes of this article, I will set the range at 500 yards and the budget below 300 dollars.

 Bushnell Tactical 10x40 Rifle Scope, Mil-Dot ReticleVortex Optics CF2-31033 Crossfire II 6 - 18x44mm AO Riflescope, DEAD-HOLD BDCNikon Monarch 3 2-8x 32mm BDCLedsniper Riflescope 6-24x50
Magnification Power10x6-18x2-8x6-24x
Objective Lens Size40mm44mm32mm40mm
Field of View11 feet at 100 yards15.2 - 5.3 feet at 100 yards11.5 - 46.2 at 100 yards16.1- 4 feet at 100 yards
Eye Relief3.5 inches3.7 inches4 inches4.25 inches
Adjustment Graduation¼ MOA¼ MOA¼ MOA¼ MOA
Adjustment Range80 MOA50 MOA80 MOA80 MOA
Weight15.9 ounces19.6 ounces13.4 ounces23.0 ounces
Length11.5 inches13.5 inches11.5 inches15.8 inches
In A Hurry?
The Vortex Optics Crossfire II 6-18×44 AO Second Focal Plane Riflescopes is my favorite out of the 4 scopes, you can check it out on Amazon here.

1) Bushnell Tactical 10X40 Rifle Scope, Mil-Dot Reticle

Bushnell Tactical 10X40 Rifle Scope, Mil-Dot Reticle

What I like about Bushnell is that it is a brand known for their precise optics and dependability. The scope equipped with target turrets and a a Mil Dot aiming reticle.

Their Ultra Wide Band Coating technology boasts optimum colour and brilliance across the light spectrum. Also, the Fully-Multi Coated optics ensure a low percentage of light is lost, so using the scope is less strenuous on the eyes.

Moreover, the RainGuard HD exterior coating keeps the lens weatherproof in wet weather. Its matte black finish helps with camouflage so you won’t stick out like a sore thumb.

The one-inch body tube is argon-purged which is considered to be more effective than using nitrogen. The scope comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

The scope itself has a fixed 10x magnification which some people might find limiting.

Pros Cons
  • Good Warranty
  • High Quality Clear Glass
  • Simple, no-frills design
  • Fixed power scope
  • Lacks features such as sun shades, lockable turrets or a side focus

Verdict: (4 / 5)

Click here for reviews of Bushnell Tactical 10X40 Rifle Scope, Mil-Dot Reticle on Amazon


2) Vortex Optics CF2-31033 Crossfire II 6 – 18x44mm AO Riflescope, DEAD-HOLD BDC

Vortex Optics CF2-31033 Crossfire II 6 - 18x44mm AO Riflescope, DEAD-HOLD BDC

The Crossfire II is equipped with a Dead-Hold BDC reticle which is designed for hunting when holdover might be difficult.

The objective lens itself is adjustable and allows you to remove parallax error with its fine-tune focus. The scope has optimal light transmission, even in low-light conditions, and this is facilitated by the fully multi-coated lenses which are anti-reflective.

Capped turrets together with its svelte, aircraft-grade aluminum tube means that this rifle can handle its share of roughing up. O-ring sealed and nitrogen filled, the Crossfire II is crafted to be fogproofed and waterproofed.

This scope is ergonomic and easy on the eyes, with the glare-reducing sunshade, long eye relief, generous eye box and quick focus eyepiece which all allow for comfortable target acquisition.

Included are a CR-2032 battery, a dust cloth and lens covers.

Pros Cons
  • Long eye relief
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Variable power
  • Sturdy
  • Eye relief becomes finicky at higher magnifications

Verdict: (4.5 / 5)

Click here for reviews of Vortex Optics CF2-31033 Crossfire II 6 – 18x44mm AO Riflescope, DEAD-HOLD BDC on Amazon


3) Nikon Monarch 3 2-8x 32mm BDC

Nikon Monarch 3 2-8x 32mm BDC

Bearing the weight of Nikon’s reputation is an affordable rifle scope from the Monarch line. What’s great is that the Monarch 3 is compact and lightweight making it portable. It is spring loaded zero-reset turrets are interchangeable and the lenses are built with Ultra ClearCoat lenses.

It features a 1-inch tube with Enhanced Mount Ring Spacing. Nitrogen-purged and O-ring sealed, the scope is protected from the elements.

The scope comes with unique Monarch 3 Eyebox technology and Spot On Ballistic Match technology for quick and easy target acquisition. I really liked that the reference numbers can be seen easily hence are conveniently adjusted in the field.

Another rifle with great optics, the Monarch 3 offers great clarity and transmission of light. It also comes with a lifetime warranty. Included are a micro-fiber cleaning cloth and scope covers.

However, the body of this scope is flimsy compared to the other scopes and will not perform as well out in the bush. The magnification power of the scope is relatively short which will dissuade people who want to make longer shots.

Pros Cons
  • Portable
  • Compact
  • Variable power
  • Low magnification power
  • Flimsy

Verdict: (4 / 5)

Click here for reviews of Nіkоn MONARCH 3 2-8x 32mm BDC on Amazon


4) Ledsniper Riflescope 6-24×50

Ledsniper Riflescope 6-24x50

The Ledsniper Riflescope 6-24×50 brings with it an astounding magnification range, at the fraction of the cost of similar rifle scopes. I found the Green and Red Illuminated Mil-Dot Reticles really cool and they can also be adjusted for brightness.

The lens are multi-coated which help with low light conditions. The Ledsniper is inert gas filled and comes with 3 inch long sunshade to minimize glare. The scope’s body is sturdy and shockproof too. The wide 40mm objective lens isn’t too shabby and helps with light gathering.

Furthermore, the price is a plus point: This scope can be a good introduction kit for beginners as it comes with added parts too. I also find this scope to be versatile and functional.

Unfortunately, the warranty is pretty short. It is also the longest and heaviest scope so people who prefer their scopes light and portable will dislike this one.

Included are a protective cap set and 2 scope rings.

Pros Cons
  • Large magnification range
  • Affordable
  • Lighted reticle
  • Sharp at high magnifications
  • Short warranty
  • Bulky

Verdict: (3.5 / 5)

Click here for reviews of Ledsniper Riflescope 6-24×50 on Amazon


In conclusion, here is a brief recap of all 4 great budget scopes and their prices in the table below:


While shooting is costly, the right knowledge can help you make an informed choice. In addition, there are plenty of things to consider when choosing a rifle scope; from the bulkiness of the scope to how weatherproof it is or even to the magnification power offered.

You will need to decide which features are important to you and hopefully this article has helped you make that decision.

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