Best Hunting Scope Reviews

On our designated page about the different uses for rifle scopes we go into a lot of detail to make sure you understand what you need to look out for before you decide on a specific rifle scope. Some features may be very beneficial for certain uses, while for other situations they will be very inconvenient.

On this page we want to highlight our top three best hunting scope recommendations as well as the reasons we picked them. There are certainly many more than just these three, but before making any final decision make sure you read the details below.


Top 3 Best Hunting Scopes

Nikon PROSTAFF 3.5-14x40

Top Quality

  • Magnification: 3.5 - 14x
  • Length: 13.6 in
  • Weight: 17.2 oz
  • Field Of View:
       7.2-28.6 @ 100 yds
  • Eye Relief: 4 in

Our Rating

Nikon P-223 
3-9x40

Top Recommendation

  • Magnification: 3 - 9x
  • Length: 14.1 in
  • ​Weight: 17.1 oz
  • Field Of View:
       11.3-33.8 ft @ 100 yds
  • Eye Relief: 3.6 in

Our Rating

Bushnell Legend 4.5-14x



Great Value For Money

  • Magnification: 4.5 - 14x
  • Length: 14.7 in
  • ​Weight: 18.7 oz
  • Field Of View:
       23 ft @ 100 yds
  • Eye Relief: 3.6 in

Our Rating

* $$$$ = Under $400
$$$= Under $300
$$= Under $150




Features To Focus On

Generally speaking you will want to focus on the following features.

Wide Field Of View


Generally speaking you will want to have a reasonably large field of view through your scope for hunting. The reason for this is that it makes tracking your target a lot easier giving you a higher rate of success. This is especially the case when shooting at moving targets or in dense vegetation like forests.

Having a large field of view will allow you to move the reticle ahead of the target to an area where you will have a clear shot for example; and you will be able to do this while still keeping your target in view.


Good Magnification Up To 12x or Higher


The higher the magnification the closer you will be able to zoom into your target. However, this will also result in a larger price tag and also a longer and potentially heavier scope. These are things you need to weigh up and decide what will best suit you. For the most common hunting of deer a 12x zoom will be sufficient for shooting from 100 to 200 yard ranges.

You also need to keep in mind that the closer you zoom into a target the smaller your field of view will become, which may be counterproductive.


Thick Reticle


In most instances you will not want to opt for a very thin reticle. The reason for this is that you will find it difficult to see the lines in very busy backgrounds. What I mean by that is that very thin reticle lines will be difficult to see when you have a lot of foliage and other vegetation in the background.

Thin reticles are really only suitable for high precision target shooting where accuracy is required at the tenth of an inch level. For most hunting situations a thicker reticle will be more suitable.


Turret Adjustment


It is not going to be crucial for most hunters to have the ability to compensate for distance and wind. In most situations you will not have the time to make such adjustments, and only in extreme situations will it be necessary. The reason for this is that with an accurately zeroed scope at 100 yards, environmental factors will not make that huge a difference when shooting at a target at 200 or even 250 yards.

Unless you intend to target squirrels from 300 yards having such adjustments may be an unnecessary expense and even a distraction.


In addition to the above you may also want to consider the robustness of a scope, which is particularly important if you use a high power rifle for hunting big game. While all scope manufacturers do extensive stress testing on their scopes, not all will do so with high power rifles and cartridges in mind.

If you do a lot of large game hunting then you may need to consider investing more money than the average hunting scope recommended on this page.


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