Best Rifle Scope Under $500: 10 scopes tested head-to-head

I bought 10 rifle scopes to give you a completely unbiased review of the best rifle scopes under $500. The scopes considered are all approximately 4-14 magnification, which is very common for a hunting and general purpose field scope.

Best Overall Scope:
Best Lightweight, Capped Scope:
Second Place for Lightweight, Capped Scope:
Best Target or Competition Scope: Arken 4-16×50 MIL

Special thanks to Blackhound for sending me their scope to review when I wasn’t able to purchase one since they were out of stock. Blackhound is a great company with excellent customer support. I suspect the copy I received is an outlier with the top turret problem. I will continue to support them in the future.

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