Top 5 Best Nikon Rifle Scopes Review
Nikon has long been one of my favorite rifle scope companies and I can personally say I've never seen a Nikon scope I didn't like. The fit and finish is rugged, yet beautiful and functional. For 90 years Nikon has been committed to making high quality optics. Their ability to innovate and utilize multicoat lenses in order to maximize light transmission was a driving force in genuinely bringing riflescopes up to an unprecedented level of 98% light transmission with balanced color distribution. Nikon is also well know for using the very best glass to form it's optical composition.The combination of maximized light transmission, and high-definition contrast is what makes Nikon a premium brand. Sadly, Nikon has announced they're taking a back seat on producing hunting scopes and once their current inventory is gone, its gone for good. This might be the last opportunity we get to own one of these revolutionary scopes.
Top 5 Best Nikon Scopes On
The Market In 2020
Nikon M-308 4-16x42mm Riflescope w/BDC 800 Reticle
When thinking of a great .308 scope, this is one of the best on the market right now, packing a lot of value and justifying the cost. Over the last few years, the anodized air craft grade aluminum M-Tactical series has been ratcheting up rifle performance. With a great mix of quality materials and ingenuity its become one of the most popular rifle scopes in the industry. High quality glass and multicasting technology gives you an amazing sight picture. It's complemented with intuitive tactical reticle and matched turrets for getting that perfect shot dialed in. Another thing I like, is the magnification and the lens diameter. The scope comes with an nice 4X variable zoom range magnification and 30mm main body tube. When you consider that this scope is active and accurate for up to 800 yards it's no wonder that the Nikon M-308 4-16x42mm Riflescope w/BDC 800 Reticle is a top choice among most enthusiasts. Selling at around $230 The only down side is that this isn't a budget scope, but unlike budget scopes you don't have to wonder if it's worth the money or not.
Nikon P-223 3-9x40 Mate BDC 600 RifleScope
When trying to figure out the best scope for one of my AR-15's I spent countless hours researching scopes and taking multiple trips to my local shop comparing apples to apples and seeing what features best suited me. After a month I had narrowed my search down to three scopes. The winner would be a Vortex, Leupold or Nikon. In a side by side comparison I felt the like the Leupold and Nikon held an advantage, but picking the best rilfe scope from here would be very difficult. Gravitating toward Nikon P-223 3-9×40 Mate BDC 600 I really felt like this scope had great value for the money. The BDC 600 reticle was specifically designed for .223/5.56 trajectory, the reticle offers unique open circle aiming points and hash marks from 100 to 600 yards. It also features 1/4-MOA hand-turn tactical-style turrets with positive click reticle adjustments that get you zeroed in quicker and maintain your setting even with repeated recoil. I've owned this scope for some time now and once you zero in, it holds perfect. You pretty much set it and forget it. Another nice option is the Zero-Reset Turret Feature which allows for simple and fast adjustments. Nikon has integrated this feature into all new riflescopes. Just sight-in as usual, then lift the spring-loaded adjustment knob, rotate to your “zero”, and reengage. Field adjustments are now as simple as dialing-in your subsequent ranges. Nikon's well known for it's full multicoated optical system and this scope is no different. The multi-coat glass provides up to 98% light transmission providing crisp clean images and maximum brightness from dawn to dusk. I've got to say, I've been extremely happy with my purchase. Seeing as how they're only selling for around $140 the P-223 BDC has been more then capable of handling everything I can throw at it.
Nikon Prostaff Rimfire II 3-9x40mm BDC 150 Riflescope
With the .22 rimfire being a staple in most shooters collection theres no shortage of .22 riflescopes, but picking the best option can be a daunting task. The truth is even with an abundance of options available there are few worth using with any amount of seriousness. This leads us to the Nikon Prostaff Rimfire II 3-9x40mm BDC Full Size Riflescope. It's not a good scope, it's a great scope. The BDC was designed specifically for rimfire and allows users to compensate for bullet drop. Sight in once, and your'e hitting center at 25 and 50 yards. Use the 4x zoom along with the aiming circles and you're still dead on at 150 yards. Nikon signature glass provides a vivid, crisp image. The Prostaff Rimfire II even comes with spring loaded instant zero reset turrets making adjustment some of the easiest and accurate of any rimfire scope. The Nikon Prostaff Rimfire II 3-9x40mm BDC Riflescope will cost around $150, but If your looking for a seriously good scope and don't want break the bank then is the one for you.
Nikon 3-9×40 BCD Reticle 16558 Riflescope
This scope might just be the deal of the century when it comes to a quality optic. The Nikon 3-9×40 BCD Reticle 16558 Riflescope sells so for so little. You might be thinking this is cheap scope review, but it's not. If it was, this scope would be the undisputed champ on just about every list. I could probably end the review here but there's more. The Nikon BCD general purpose rifle scope is waterproof, fog-proof, shockproof and includes multicoated lenses for clear sight, and enhanced brightness from dawn till dusk. A spot on optimized BDC reticle and 1/4-M.O.A. windage/elevation turrets that assist in making shots out to 600 yards. Nikon 3-9×40 BCD Reticle 16558 Riflescope is an excellent choice that matches up well with a variety of different rifles and calibers. When doing this review, I tried to think of cons, but it's a Nikon at budget scope pricing, so owning one is kinda a no brainer.
Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x50mm, BDC Reticle, Rifle Scope
When thinking of a great full size rifle scope the Nikon Buckmasters II comes to mind. There's some really great feedback confirming shots at over 1000 yards with accuracy. It's extremely affordable, and coming in at only $135, the scope's a champion among hunters. I've seen this used with 6.5 creedmoor, 308 and others so the ability handle recoil is no issue. The Buckmaster has all the same features we've come to expect, including bright, high-resolution images from dawn to dusk. Nikon boasts that you'll be on target out to 600 yards but as stated above there's good evidence that longer distance is achieved. Multi-coated lenses and a BDC reticle make for bright high-resolution images and sight picture. The bullet drop compensating reticle allows for bullet-drop adjustments out to 600 yds. Sealed nitrogen filled o-rings keep the sight waterproof, fog-proof and shockproof. When looking for a Nikon rifle scope, I feel like this one is a gift at the current price.
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