Top 10 AR Scopes Under $750

Top 10 AR15 Scopes

As I’ve said before, the question we get the very most is, “What scope should I buy for my AR15”.  I decided to do a “Top 10” list of AR15 scopes under $750.  I’m doing the list in terms of price, starting from lowest to highest.  I’m also trying to show the best scopes across the price range up to $750.  Like I say a lot, “Not everyone has $1200 to spend on a scope” so what are the best buys out there?  Above $750, anything you buy is going to be a great scope so you don’t really need to worry about it!   Also, this list is only for “scopes”, not holographic or red dot sights.  Comparing holographics like EOTech to magnifying scopes is apples and oranges…  two different applications.

Obviously a lot of things have changed since we originally published this post… And we realized it’s time for a serious update!  While there are a lot (hundreds) of scopes out there in this price range, not many are worth owning.  There are only a few companies that make scopes in this price range that I recommend.  Athlon Scopes, along with Burris, Sig, and Vortex offer the best bang for the buck.

Top 10 AR Scopes Under $750

Athlon Talos BTR 1-4×24 Scope

  • Price: 169.99
  • 1-4x
  • Illuminated MIL Reticle
  • 30mm tube
  • Lifetime Warranty
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This is a great AR15 scope for all around shooting – especially when you don’t have a lot of money to spend.  If you’re spending less than $200 on an AR15 scope, this is the one you should buy.


Athlon Argos BTR 1-4×24 Scope

  • Price: 299.99
  • 1-4x
  • Illuminated MIL or MOA Reticle
  • 30mm tube
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • More Info >

 


 Sightron S TAC 2-10×32 w/HHR2 Reticle

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  • Price: $339.00
  • 2-10x
  • HHR Gen 2 Reticle
  • 30mm tube
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • More Info>

This Sightron 2-10x S TAC is an awesome scope for your AR.  2x still gives you the close-range, high speed targeting you want with your AR and then you can zoom all the way up to 10x for long range precision.  This is an excellent ‘multi-role’ AR15 scope.  Super clear optical glass, 30mm tube, and rugged enough to hold up to just about anything.  This Sightron is one of the smartest choices for your AR.

Check out the HHR2 Reticle and see why this is one of the BEST BUYS for your AR15


Athlon Talos BTR 4-14×44 Scope

  • Price: $299.99
  • 4-14x
  • Illuminated MIL Reticle
  • 30mm tube
  • Lifetime Warranty
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When you want to reach out there a ways with your AR15, but don’t have a lot to spend on a scope, the Athlon Talos BTR 4-14×44 is the smart choice.


 Vortex 1-6x Strike Eagle

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  • Price: $329.00
  • 1-6x
  • Illuminated Reticle
  • 30mm tube
  • Lifetime Warranty
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Athlon Midas 4x Tactical Scope

  • Price: $369.99
  • 4x
  • Illuminated Reticle
  • Lifetime Warranty
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Athlon Midas 4x Tactical Scope

  • Price: $529.99
  • 1-6x
  • Illuminated MIL or MOA Reticle
  • 30mm tube
  • Lifetime Warranty
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This is the scope that I use on my law enforcement patrol rifle.  I’m a Deputy Sheriff in the mountains of the Western United States and I need a scope that works for close quarters building entry situations up to raids on marijuana grows in the mountains.  The Athlon Midas BTR 1-6x is rugged, reliable and holds up to punishment from tactical operations.  I highly recommend it for your AR15!


Burris 1-5×24 XTR II

I really liked Burris’ XTR line, but I’m even a bigger fan of the XTR II series…. Even Better Quality and More Magnification.  It seems like scope magnification has been pretty well set for the last decade.  And it’s radically changing ever year now.  We’re seeing wider and wider magnification ranges – and getting away from the need of putting a red dot on top.  We’re at the point now where one scope will just about do anything you need.

This XTR II ups the magnification to 5x and features Ballistic 5.56 reticle which is probably one of my favorites.  The reticle is a Horse-shoe dot with holdover points out to 1000 yards.  It’s very fast, very usable, but very clean at the same time.  The XTR’s have exceptional glass and you almost forget you’re even looking through a scope.  This XTR II is about $100 more than the Leupold VX-R Patrol, but I feel like it’s well worth it because of the true 1x capability and the extra magnification (5x).

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Conclusion:I hope this gives you more insight into the murky topic of AR15 scopes.  It’s really hard, if not impossible, to define what is the BEST scope for the AR15.  There’s some great scopes out there for less than $200.  As I always say, you don’t have to spend $1200 to get a great scope.  If your life depends on a scope, $1200 is cheap!  But most people’s lives don’t depend on their tactical scope so I’ve tried to include other options as well.  Please comment and give your opinions of my list.  I’d like to get your feedback.

 You can also find information about top AR-15 scopes on Rifle Optics World


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