Fred’s Reviews of the Best Rifle Scopes

If you’re a target shooter or a hunter than you understand the importance of having a good rifle scope. For those unfamiliar with what a rifle scope is, it is a device that typically looks like a telescope. You place it on the top of your firearm, and it enables you to see your target clearer. Thus, you will be able to aim and shoot easier than ever before. A fantastic rifle scope can make it seem like you’re using an advanced firearm, even when you’re using a low-quality or beginner firearm. Since there are a variety of rifle scopes, finding the perfect one can be difficult and time consuming. But, you don’t have to worry about doing the research, because I hand picked and reviewed the best rifle scopes for you. So, here’s a list of my reviews of the five best rifle scopes.

1.) Vortex Viper PST 6

Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50 FFP EBR-1

Priced at $711, the Vortex Viper PST 6 is one of the best rifle scopes currently available. The adjustable distance sight ranges from 50 yards to infinity, which means you won’t have to worry about making noise and sneaking up on your target while hunting. When adjusting the distance and elevation, the Customizable Rotational Stop actively works to ensure that you don’t accidently set it under your zero. As for the reticle, it’s made from glass and a spring construction. Thus, you’ll be able to clearly and comfortably see during any weather condition.

2.) Bushnell Elite G2

If you’re passionate about target shooting or hunting, then spending $879 on the Bushnell Elite G2 is completely worth it. The intricate and advanced detailing of this rifle scope makes it perfect for advanced and experienced target shooters and hunters. Designed with a 30 millimeter tube, this rifle scope features a 50 millimeter objective lens that is designed with anti-fog and waterproof technology. Thus, your lens will be clear during every weather condition. The first focal plane reticle is designed with detailing that makes correcting ranging and holdover easy. Although the Bushnell Elite G2 has an abundant amazing features, one of the best features of this rifle scope is the click valve that makes it easy to adjust your rifle scope.  

3.) Nikon P-223

Nikon P-223 3×32 BDC Carbine

The next rifle scope on my list is the Nikon P-223. Nikon is known for their advanced rifle scopes that are moderately priced. Specifically, the Nikon P-223 costs $170 and is perfect for shooters who value long-range and speed shooting. The O-ring sealed lens is designed with Nikon’s renowned BDC 600 reticle, which offers clear and precise sight from 100 yards to 600 yards away. Other than the technological specifics of the Nikon P-223, it is crafted with a generous and plush material, which makes it easier to rest your eye on. Finally, the simple hand-turn adjustment design makes it extremely easy to alter your rifle scope’s setting.

4.) Barska 6.5

The Barska 6.5 rifle scope is priced at $68, and is one of the best rifle scopes for beginners. This rifle scope has a one inch tube and a large lens, which makes this rifle scope lightweight and extremely efficient. Increased light transmission is achieved with the scope’s easily adjustable lens and magnification. Other features, such as waterproof and shockproof technology and multi-coated optics, enable you to easily see your target, even if it’s 100 yards away.

5.) Simmons 511039

The last rifle scope on my list is the Simmons 511039. Retailing at $34, the Simmons 511039 rifle scope is one of the cheapest, yet advanced, rifle scopes on the market. This rifle scope has a 3.75 inch eye, which features high quality optics that will provide you with sharp and clear visuals up to 100 yards away, even when it’s foggy outside. The lens is coated with advanced HydroShield coating, which makes it waterproof and shockproof. One of the best features of the Simmons 511039 is the advanced SureGrip technology, which makes it extremely easy for you to adjust the rifle scope whether you’re wearing heavy gloves or not.


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Infographic: How Hunters are Helping Wildlife to Thrive

It’s rare that you will hear someone talk about how hunters help wildlife. After all, many people hold the common belief that hunters are detrimental to wildlife. Aside from the debate whether hunting is ethical or unethical, environmental activists are quick to peg wildlife destruction and crisis on hunters. But, the truth is hunters make up a large sum of wildlife conservation contribution. If you don’t believe me, continue below to learn about how hunters are helping wildlife to thrive.


In the early 1900s, wildlife species population was rapidly declining. Some species, were close to disappearing. In an effort to continue the support of hunters, while benefiting wildlife, some of the most reputable firearms companies argued that the excise tax on hunting gear, such as guns and ammo, should be redirected to wildlife conservation funds. This was made possible in 1937 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress passed the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. Since the act was create, the immense amount of revenue has enabled the government and organizations to purchase an immense amount of land solely used for the conservation of wildlife. Species who are hunted, and those who are not, flourish on this land. But, how many people know that this land was purchased by money from hunters?

The Process

Gun store salesman assisting clients

So, how does the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act work? The process is simple! Whenever someone purchases a gun and ammunition, regardless if they are a hunter or a target shooter, the manufacturer of the product has to pay an excise tax on the purchase. Instead of using the excise tax towards roads or other resources, it goes to wildlife agencies. Then, the funds are utilized by these agencies to purchase and manage land to create a healthier environment for wildlife.

Where Does the Money Go?

Currently, this process has created over $10 billion to wildlife conservation. Other than purchasing and maintaining land for wildlife use, this money has been used for wildlife research and educational programs about wildlife and general hunter safety. The money profited from this process has also been used to build and maintain shooting ranges for the public. This creates a maximum amount of safety and balance for hunters and wildlife.

Animal Population Comparison

So, it is evident that the act has contributed to an enormous revenue for wildlife conservation, but what about the impact it has had on animal population? Well, it’s safe to say that the species that were endangered in the early 1900s are now boasting. To give you an idea, the population of white tailed deer was only 500,000 in 1990. But, it is approximately 32,000,000 today. And the white tailed deer aren’t the only species that have grown immensely. Other species include; ducks, rocky mountain elk, wild turkeys, and pronghorn antelope.


The numbers alone should be enough to convince you that the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act has enabled hunters to become one of the largest groups of contributors for maintaining and preserving wildlife. But, if statistics and data aren’t enough, maybe learning that renowned businessmen and politicians, who are environmentalists and wildlife activists, have hunted under the act. Worldly heroes such as, Theodore Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, Key Pittman, and Willis Robertson, were all hunters, but wildlife activists who knew that this conservation model was successful and would continue to be successful for many years to come.