Best Rifle Scopes Under $100

If you thought there’s nothing good available in rifle scopes under $100, you couldn’t be more wrong. So, what’s good under $100 then? Here’s what. Get the best value for each dollar you have. You would, in fact, discover that some the scopes at this price range are some of the best. They are actually reliable, built by reputable manufacturers with some unexpected warranties and are capable of withstanding and performing in even the toughest of conditions. It’s hard to believe but true. Apart from the features and controls, the main difference from a scope in one price bracket to another is the overall quality control. Dialling in the scope using the windage and elevation knob becomes far more critical at 400 yards then 50 yards.

All these attachments costing under $100 are typically used for varmint hunting on rimfire guns or target shooting with a .22lr or .17/17hmr although some of the higher quality scopes may make a solid companion on a .308 or.30-06 for hardcore veterans. 

For any casual sport shooter, a $400 lens wouldn’t improve accuracy any more than a new golf kit making him beat Tiger Woods. Nevertheless, if only you are a serious hunter looking for a great hunting scope or are shooting at long range and need a long range scope then $400, $500, or even $1000 rifle scope looks a lot more justified. 

Looking at some of the makes that would offer you something close to $100 are surprisingly some of the best known.

  • Nikon P-223 3-9x40mm BDC 600
  • Leupold VX-1 3-9x40mm
  • Vortex Diamondback  4-12x40mm
  • Nikon Buckmaster 3-9x40mm
  • Bushnell AR Optics Dope Zone-223

Nikon has developed one of the best reticles through their unique Bullet Drop Compensator (BDC) reticle system. It helps match your aiming point with the calibre of the bullet you are using at different distances. Compared to some of the cheaper scopes the Nikon is a lot clearer at a distance. It’s ideal for hunting and target shooting alike. The zero-reset turret feature is an added bonus that makes zeroing the scope in the field a snap. It carries a lifetime warranty, the clear glass focuses well, the adjustments are easy and the BDC Reticle is phenomenal. It just gets a bit fuzzy at high magnification and mounting isn’t too easy.

Leupold has been a leader in scopes but more on the costlier side. Compared to the rest, the glass is consistently crisper and clearer. It’s one of the best deals is a Leupold optic. It has a lifetime warranty. The focus is great and it’s easy to equip and zero, unlike Nikon. Just that it’s a bit troublesome in low light.

Vortex too makes great scopes. They are comparable with any in its price range. The variable power ring is easy to twist and the windage and elevation knobs are knurled making them easy to rotate without having to use a coin or a flat head. The short eye relief is perhaps is the only limitation.

Many often opt for expensive brands because they believe that cheap scopes are no good but CVlife scope would prove them wrong. It’s the best for hunters in a small range with its specifications of 6-24 magnification and 50mm objective lens. Surprised? In this range it sure is surprising.


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