What’s the best rifle scope under $300 you ask? It’s this clear, tough, and bright rifle scope by the renowned company Vortex. It’s constructed from a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum thereby making the scope strong and rigid. Light transmission is increased in this one because it’s fully multicoated with anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces. Read on to find out why this is highly recommended by military veterans, hunters, and competitors.
There are several pros in buying this scope, one is the clarity of its glass that will completely amaze you. Its O-ring seals prevent moisture, dust, and debris from penetrating the rifle scope, which is great because the scope can be used wherever you want. You don’t have to worry about the different temperatures because it’s fogproof. Redirecting will be as easy as A.B.C. thanks to its fast-focus eyepiece that allows quick and easy reticle focusing. It has an adjustable objective lens that provides image focus and parallax removal. The long eye-relief is great for specialty pistols as well. If you expect it to withstand recoil and impact, then you won’t be disappointed. Its rugged construction and hard anodized finish will help you with that. It can even aid you in camouflaging your position, just like the other helpful Vortex scopes.
But of course, I have to be honest in this review. So I’ll give you the four disadvantages of having this scope. The first disadvantage is just a possibility. Some Vortex Optics Crossfire scopes keep moving around and have no easy zero reference. You may also get upset with the turrets since they do not have a tactical style. The accompanied scope shade is also impossible to attach to the scope without damaging the threads. Unless you’re really really slow and careful, then it won’t be a problem. The elevation lines are also not marked properly in some products.
Let’s revert back to the positive features. One great thing about this scope is that the capped reset turrets allow re-indexing of the turret to zero after sighting in the riflescope. This may be applicable to most Crossfire II scopes but not in all its deliveries. The caps provide external protection for turret. Another convenient feature is its adjustment’s location. It’s on the rifle scope’s left side and is easily accessible from shooting position. The listed reticle subtensions used for estimating range, holdover and wind drift correction are also accurate at a magnification of 18x.
For those of you who do not know what BDC is, it means Bullet Drop Compensator. They are hash marks upon the reticle. They are used for quick hold over targeting at various distances. AO, on the other hand, means Adjustable Optics.
Below are the specifications of the said scope:
|Objective Lens Diameter||50 mm|
|Eye Relief||4.0 inches|
|Field of View||17.3-4.4 feet/100 yards|
|Tube Size||30 mm|
|Adjustment Graduation||1/4 MOA|
|Travel per Rotation||15 MOA|
|Max Elevation Adjustment||40 MOA|
|Max Windage Adjustment||40 MOA|
|Parallax Setting||10 yards to infinity|
It could be better if the turrets were raised but covered turrets are still good. The turret is also short and small. You can reset them to zero after you remove a screw. The scope can be blurry after 16x magnification power and the AO can be really hard to rotate but the clarity up to 16x power is really worth the money. If you’re looking for tactical applications as a varmint hunter, this is apt for you. If you’re putting this on a longer range rifle, look into a 20 MOA base. You need to add one to get more vertical to reach past 600 yards on the turret. To clear the Picatinney rail on your LR-10, however, the 50 mm lens requires extra high rifle scope rings. In some delivered Vortex Optics Crossfire II scopes, you may also get a lot of purple color through the lenses when you aim down the scope.
One negative review about this scope is that the elevation turret markings do not line up completely with the indicator. But this can easily be fixed by re-zeroing the turret. The front lens may also have a tiny speck but it won’t really affect the sight picture at all. Also, at maximum magnification, the sight picture may be slightly blurry in full sunlight. This, of course, is expected on cheaper scopes and the blurriness is far from unusable.
On the bright side, this scope can hold up the recoil of a .300 rifle and are dependable for 30-06. This scope works well with .300 Winchester Magnum, Aero Precision M5 .308 AR 10, Remington SPS 700 tactical .308 cal., M1A Tactical Rifle, and 6.8 SPC II AR according to satisfied customers.
The scope has a great design and has thin crosshairs. The parallax adjustments work great, the entire FOV is clear, and the lenses provide a perfect view. The adjustments adapt cleanly and predictably. The zoom and focus controls adjust with a reasonable amount of effort, too. It comes with lens caps and a lens cloth. The large sunshade that comes with it is very effective as well. This is great for beginner-medium level shooters who are looking for affordable scopes with a very high quality. The sight-in will take less than ten rounds at fifty yards and the sight picture will be extremely clean without the reticle blocking the target.
Take note, if an optic holds zero, it means it does not require frequent readjustment. Some scopes need to be re-zeroed more often than others depending on the scope’s quality and the caliber of the rifle. But with Vortex Optics Crossfire II, you won’t have a problem with this zero hold issue.
Bottom line: There may be drawbacks but if your budget is under $300, don’t waste your time and money on another.