.308 Scope Selection Guide

Find the Best 308 Scope for Your AR-10 and 308 AR Rifle

There used to be an expression to “budget as much on your rifle scope and scope mount as you spend on your rifle”. While that still applies somewhat today don’t take it as a hard-fast rule. Today there are many great 308 scope options under $1000. That said if you want the best scope money can buy and have the cash to buy it, go for it. Please don’t shouldn’t feel pressured to spend beyond your means to keep up with guys at the range or from pressure on a forum.

Define Your Scope Needs and Budget

From a budget and magnification standpoint be realistic with your needs. You don't need a $4300  NIGHTFORCE BEAST 5-25X56MM SCOPE ZEROSTOP F1 DIGILLUM H59 RETICLE to punch paper at 100 yards or hunt wild boar in the brush. On the opposite side of the spectrum a $250 VORTEX OPTICS 4X CROSSFIRE II isn't going to be your best choice for taking out bad guys at 800 yards.

You Get What You Pay For With Scopes

Modern manufacturing methods have come a long way to improve the quality of low cost scopes but make no mistake there are substantial differences in most expensive scopes.

  1. Construction Quality: Generally speaking expensive scopes are precisely manufactured optical devices inside and out
  2. Glass: Expensive scopes typically have better glass that is clearer and brighter than cheap scopes. They also feature coatings to improve optical performance.
  3. Light Gathering
  4. Useable Magnification:
  5. Precise Adjustments:
  6. Repeatability:
  7. Environmental Resistance:
  8. Durability:

You might also be interested in our picks for the Top 5 AR-10 308 AR Scopes for 2018.

Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50mm FFP Riflescope EBR-2C MOA | AR SCOPE

Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50mm FFP Riflescope EBR-2C MOA | AR SCOPE

We probably get just as many questions about the best scope for an AR-10/308AR as we do out the platform hardware itself. The Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50mm FFP Riflescope EBR-2C MOA Reticle 43127 will be a first in a series of Vortex scope purchases for this and our other sites. The Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50mm FFP Riflescope EBR-2C MOA Reticle 43127 was intially ordered for a a MDT TAC21 project at modularrifle.com. However based on the price point half way between the inexpensive scopes and premium scopes the Vortex Viper PST 6-24x50mm FFP Riflescope EBR-2C MOA Reticle 43127 might just be exactly what many AR-10 and 308AR rifle shooters are looking for

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Vortex Viper PST 4-16×50 FFP Rifle Scope | EBR-1 MOA PST-416F1-A | AR SCOPE

Vortex Viper PST 4-16×50 FFP Rifle Scope | EBR-1 MOA PST-416F1-A | AR SCOPE

Vortex Viper PST 4-16×50 FFP Rifle Scope with EBR-1 MOA PST-416F1-A boasts features associated with top-tier riflescopes, yet comes in at a street price under the $1,000 mark. Matching reticle and turret measurements allow accurate, fast dialing of shots. The one-piece 30mm tube, precision-machined from a single solid block of aircraft-grade 6061-T6 aluminum, offers ample windage and elevation adjustment. Born from an intimate understanding of riflescope design, forward-thinking engineering, and open ears to a market incredibly vocal about what it wants in a riflescope, the Viper PST series delivers the performance and features tactical shooters demand at an economical price.

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4×32 Browe Sport Optic (BSO)

4×32 Browe Sport Optic (BSO)

The 4×32 BROWE SPORT Optic (BSO) is a purpose designed and built optic ideal for AR style rifles and well suited for sportsmen, police, and military. It’s designed and built from high quality precision grade materials and features housing machined from solid Billet 6061-T6 Aluminum, SCHOTT Glass, and FLIR etched mirror reticle. The BSO is designed to be a light weight and versatile optic. The BSO is waterproof, fog proof, and military tough enhancing its ability to survive the rigors of field abuse under the most severe environmental conditions.

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