Best Sniper Scopes in 2024 – Top 12 Picks for Short to Long Range

Hey there, fellow hunters and shooting enthusiasts! Joel Mccartan here, back with another deep dive into the world of hunting gear. Today, we’re zeroing in on a topic that’s close to my heart – sniper scopes. Whether you’re looking to make that perfect long-range shot or just want to up your hunting game, having the right scope can make all the difference.

I remember my first time using a high-quality sniper scope. It was like seeing the world through new eyes – suddenly, targets that seemed impossibly far away were crystal clear. That’s the magic of a good scope, and today, I’m going to share my top 12 picks for 2024. We’ll cover options for both short and long-range shooting, so no matter your style, you’ll find something that fits the bill.

Before we dive in, let’s talk about what makes a sniper scope stand out from the crowd. We’re looking for crystal-clear optics, durability that can withstand the toughest conditions, and precision that’ll make your jaw drop. Ready to find your perfect match? Let’s get started!

Vortex Viper PST Gen II 5-25x50mm Rifle Scope

Kicking off our list is the Vortex Viper PST Gen II. This scope is a beast when it comes to long-range shooting. I’ve used this bad boy on multiple hunting trips, and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 5-25x
  • Objective Lens: 50mm
  • Illuminated EBR-4 MOA reticle
  • First Focal Plane (FFP)

What I love about this scope is its incredible clarity, even at maximum magnification. The illuminated reticle is a lifesaver in low-light conditions – perfect for those dawn and dusk hunts. Plus, the durability is top-notch. I’ve accidentally knocked it against tree branches more times than I’d like to admit, and it still holds zero like a champ.

Leupold VX-3HD 4.5-14x40mm Riflescope

Next up is the Leupold VX-3HD. If you’re looking for versatility, this scope delivers in spades.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 4.5-14x
  • Objective Lens: 40mm
  • CDS-ZL dial system
  • Twilight Max HD Light Management System

What sets this scope apart is its incredible light transmission. I’ve used it for early morning deer hunts, and the clarity in low light is simply amazing. The CDS-ZL dial system makes elevation adjustments a breeze, which is crucial for those long-range shots.

Nightforce ATACR 7-35×56 F1

For those of you who are serious about long-range precision, the Nightforce ATACR is a scope you can’t ignore.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 7-35x
  • Objective Lens: 56mm
  • First Focal Plane reticle
  • ZeroStop elevation adjustment

This scope is the cream of the crop when it comes to long-range shooting. I’ve used it in competitive shooting events, and the precision is unreal. The 56mm objective lens gathers light like nobody’s business, giving you a bright, clear image even in challenging conditions.

Vortex Optics Razor HD Gen II 4.5-27×56 FFP Riflescope

Another fantastic option from Vortex, the Razor HD Gen II is a scope that’s built to perform.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 4.5-27x
  • Objective Lens: 56mm
  • First Focal Plane EBR-7C MOA reticle
  • L-TEC turret system

I love this scope for its versatility. The wide magnification range means you can use it for everything from medium-range to extreme long-range shooting. The glass quality is superb, providing tack-sharp images across the entire magnification range.

Burris XTR II 8-40x50mm Rifle Scope

If you’re looking for a scope that can reach out and touch targets at extreme distances, the Burris XTR II is worth a look.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 8-40x
  • Objective Lens: 50mm
  • F-Class MOA reticle
  • Zero Click Stop adjustment knobs

This scope is a long-range shooter’s dream. I’ve used it for prairie dog hunting, where pinpoint accuracy at long distances is crucial. The high magnification range lets you spot and engage targets that would be invisible to the naked eye.

Athlon Optics Argos BTR GEN2 6-24×50 FFP Riflescope

For those on a tighter budget, the Athlon Argos BTR GEN2 offers a lot of bang for your buck.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 6-24x
  • Objective Lens: 50mm
  • First Focal Plane APMR MIL reticle
  • Argon purged for fog and waterproofing

I was skeptical about this scope at first due to its lower price point, but it’s proven itself to be a reliable performer. The glass quality is surprisingly good for the price, and the FFP reticle is a feature usually found on much more expensive scopes.

Trijicon AccuPoint 5-20×50 Riflescope

Trijicon is known for their rugged, military-grade optics, and the AccuPoint lives up to that reputation.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 5-20x
  • Objective Lens: 50mm
  • Fiber optic illuminated reticle
  • Second Focal Plane

What sets this scope apart is its battery-free illumination system. I’ve used it on multi-day hunts where changing batteries would be a hassle. The clarity of the glass is exceptional, and the build quality is rock-solid.

Steiner T5Xi 5-25x56mm Rifle Scope

Steiner is a name that commands respect in the optics world, and the T5Xi is a prime example of why.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 5-25x
  • Objective Lens: 56mm
  • SCR (Special Competition Reticle)
  •  Locking turrets

This scope is built like a tank. I’ve used it in some pretty nasty weather conditions, and it’s never missed a beat. The optical clarity is top-notch, and the SCR reticle is fantastic for long-range shooting.

Zeiss Conquest V6 5-30×50 Riflescope

Zeiss has a reputation for producing some of the finest optics in the world, and the Conquest V6 lives up to that legacy.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 5-30x
  • Objective Lens: 50mm
  • ZBR-2 reticle
  • Ballistic turret

The glass quality on this scope is simply stunning. I’ve used it for long-range target shooting, and the clarity at maximum magnification is impressive. The ballistic turret makes holdover adjustments a breeze.

Sig Sauer TANGO6 5-30x56mm Riflescope

Sig Sauer may be better known for their firearms, but their TANGO6 scope is a serious contender in the optics world.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 5-30x
  • Objective Lens: 56mm
  • LevelPlex digital anti-cant system
  • MOTAC (Motion Activated Illumination)

What I love about this scope is the LevelPlex system. It helps eliminate cant errors, which can be a real issue for long-range shooting. The MOTAC system is also clever, preserving battery life by only activating when the scope is in use.

Primary Arms PLx 6-30x56mm FFP Rifle Scope

Primary Arms has been making waves in the optics world with their high-quality, affordable scopes. The PLx series represents their push into the premium market.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 6-30x
  • Objective Lens: 56mm
  • First Focal Plane Athena BPR MIL reticle
  • Zero Stop turrets

I’ve been impressed with the optical quality of this scope. It holds its own against scopes costing much more. The Athena BPR reticle is intuitive and great for ranging targets.

Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II 4.5-30x50mm Riflescope

Last but certainly not least, we have the Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II. This scope is a favorite among precision rifle shooters.

Key Features:

  • Magnification: 4.5-30x
  • Objective Lens: 50mm
  • G3 First Focal Plane reticle
  • RevLimiter Zero Stop

I’ve used this scope in precision rifle competitions, and it’s performed flawlessly. The optical clarity is excellent, and the turrets provide positive, tactile clicks. The RevLimiter Zero Stop is a handy feature for returning to your zero quickly.

Conclusion

There you have it, folks – my top 12 picks for the best sniper scopes in 2024. Whether you’re a long-range target shooter, a competitive marksman, or a hunter looking to extend your effective range, there’s a scope on this list that’ll fit the bill.

Remember, the best scope for you depends on your specific needs and shooting style. Consider factors like your typical shooting distance, the environmental conditions you’ll be facing, and of course, your budget.

Investing in a quality scope is one of the best things you can do to improve your shooting. Trust me, once you experience the clarity and precision of a top-tier scope, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.

Happy hunting, and as always, stay safe out there!

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