Top 10 AR Scopes Under $750
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! Additionally, don’t just take my word for it. Each scope is linked to Amazon where you’ll see that most of these scopes have hundreds of positive reviews.
Top 10 AR Scopes Under $750
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on an AR scope, don’t worry… this Barska 4×32 can be had for around $50 bucks and it’s a great scope to get started with. At only 9 inches long, it’s perfect for an AR and includes the mounting rings so you can put it right on your gun without anything extra to buy. The illuminated Mil-Dot reticle will put you on target in any type of lighting situation. This is one of the best selling scopes on Amazon and has hundreds of positive reviews.
Nikon makes some of the best scopes for the money. They offer excellent glass and great performance. The 3x P-223 scope is perfect for your AR15. It gives you just enough magnification for most AR15 shooting situations without overdoing it. The P-223 offers a BDC reticle calibrated for the 55 grain, 223/5.56 bullet for accurate hits out to 600 yards! With 3.4 inches of eye relief, it’s comfortable to shoot and helps give you fast targeting. The overall length is only 8 inches so it won’t clutter up your rifle. You can find this scope online for around $115 bucks… and you just can’t beat that deal. Nikon quality for a little more than a $100 bucks. Make sure you take a serious look at this little scope!
Too many people automatically assume that if you’re putting a scope on an AR15 that it must be a Trijicon or Leupold… or some combat grade scope. But the reality is that 97% of the AR15’s sold in America are for recreational use. ….. and most people don’t have, or don’t want to spend, a thousand dollars or more on an AR15 scope. So at the low price end of our list, we include the 3-9×42 Ultimate AR-15 Scope. We’ve sold thousands of these scopes over the last 5-6 years they’ve been on the market and they are a great choice for target shooting, plinking and hunting. This is the newer, Second Generation version and they improved some of the problems that they had with the earlier version.
It comes with everything you see here: 3-9×42 scope with mini red dot sight mounted on top. The integrated quick release mount makes it easy to attach to your rifle. You can pick up this scope for less than $200!
Now here’s the deal… you can’t get a totally awesome scope for less than $200 bucks… I don’t care who makes it. But this is a really good scope. There’s nothing out there that gives you the features and quality found in this little scope for the same price.
It features a 500 yard bullet drop compensator (calibrated for 55gr .223 bullet) to easily put you on target out to the maximum range of your AR15. The thing I love most about this scope is the versatility. It covers everything from 0-500 yards, which is what most shooters are looking for. You want something for close-range speed yet, you want long range accuracy. Here it is, Speed & Accuracy in One Scope!
Additionally, it has a Lifetime Warranty on it.
A 4×34 Scope and also features integrated Green Laser Sight along with Red/White LED Navigation Lights. And on top of that, you also get built in Back Up Iron Sights (BUIS) on top, with a Fiber Optic Front Sight. That’s a lot of stuff packed into one compact scope, but what else could you ask for. This scope does it all – and then some.
The fixed 4x scope features an illuminated, laser etched reticle for quick acquisition targeting under any conditions. Also available in a Flat Dark Earth Finish, the illumination, laser, and light controls are placed on the left side of the unit. The 4x scope and green laser sight are all independently adjustable for windage and elevation. The 4x scope elevation knob is actually on the bottom of the scope, but can easily be adjusted with the scope mounted on your rifle. At only 6.3 inches long, it fits (and looks) great on top of your AR15.
I love the reticle in this scope. The illuminated BTR-1 reticle makes speed and accuracy easy! The First Focal Plane design makes the reticle hold-over marks accurate at any magnification. The reticle provides hold-over marks out to 500 yards.
The Bushnell AR scope includes the “Throw Down” PCL lever for super fast magnification changes. This is one of the best AR15 scopes for the money. When you add up the features and the quality, backed by Bushnell’s Lifetime Warranty, this little scope is hard to beat! You’d expect to pay a lot more, but you can pick it up online for around $200 bucks!
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.
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The Vortex 1-6x Strike Eagle is one of the “best buys” in tactical scopes. In fact, it’s the scope I use on my law enforcement patrol rifle. I chose it because it was affordable, reliable, and gives me the best of close range speed and medium range precision. I’m a Deputy Sheriff in the mountains of the Western U.S. and I use my Sig M400 Patrol Rifle for everything from clearing houses to hunting marijuana grows in the mountains. I need an optic that covers everything from 6 feet to 600 yards… and the Vortex Strike Eagle does the job extremely well.
The AR-BDC reticle is one of the features that makes this scope so desirable. The Horse-shoe style reticle is large and gets you on target fast for CQB situations. Inside the Horse-shoe is your precision cross hair with hold-over lines out to 600 yards.
I can’t afford to spend $1000 bucks on a scope, but my experience with the Strike Eagle has been nothing but positive. I highly recommend it! And you can pick it up for around $300 bucks!
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).
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