Top 5 Long Range Scopes for 308

Long range shooters love the .308 Winchester out to 1,000 yards. It goes without saying that shooting at those distances requires a rifle scope capable of the task. We've put together a list of a few of our favorite scopes for success at long range with your .308.
1

Nightforce NX8 F1 Rifle Scope

Nightforce's  newest family, Nightforce NX8 F1 Rifle Scopes have evolved from the classic NXS series – scopes proven over two decades in the hands of the U.S. Military, hunters and competitive shooters under the most demanding conditions on Earth. NX8 riflescopes build upon this hard-earned reputation with new technology and a remarkable 8x zoom range, razor-sharp at every setting, a challenge that was vexed optical designers for years. Consider that problem solved.

Features:

  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass for superior image quality
  • Compact length
  • Capped windage adjustment
  • Integrated PTL (Power Throw Lever)
  • Locking diopter adjustment
  • Comfortably shoot at close ranges or rapidly moving targets
  • Superb clarity and resolution at every step
  • Delivers world of versatility and confidence at every step

 

What Customers Are Saying

Alot of Unfair Reviews for This Scope

I was very hesitant to buy this scope because the chit chat on the message boards and so forth was inconsistent. The reviews were either "scorched earth" or "God's own scope". Let me address a few of the common comments: Common Message Board Non-sense: 1. The scope "darkens" on 7-8x or the optical quality is poor in the higher power range: I have seen any signs of this whatsoever. It is quite clear all the way through 1-8x. If anything the distortion is @ 1x, with a VERY SUBTLE fish bowl effect. The fish bowling is significantly < than the Vortex Razor, but not as good as the Leupold Mark 6, so there you have it. As most probably know, a little bit of fish bowl effect is to be expected on LPVO's @ 1x. The magnification range, however, is crystal clear. If you own a NXS 5-22x or whatever, the glass quality is similar. (I owned or shot with all of these sad I know). 2. The 1 MOA center dot is "too big": This is probably one of the most uninformed or criticisms. Yes it will cover 6" inches @ 600 yards,...
- crbarcher, 3/31/2019

About Nightforce

Rugged. Reliable. Repeatable. Nightforce was born in 1992 with the vision that everything built will meet this promise. For nearly three decades, Nightforce has designed and built optics and mounting systems that have been tested in the harshest conditions on Earth. MidwayUSA carries the popular Nightforce rifle scope series, such as ATACR, NXS, SHV, NX8, and competition scopes. Other products include spotting scopes, rings & bases, and accessories to go with your favorite Nightforce scope. Before leaving the factory, Nightforce riflescopes are subjected to conditions far beyond anything you will ever encounter in the field. During impact tests, riflescopes must endure repeated impacts of over 1200 G’s of force on multiple axes. After each severe impact, the riflescope is hand-checked for tracking accuracy and overall integrity. Never compromising quality.

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Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen 2 Rifle Scope

This updated favorite hands an unfair advantage to shooters who seek to keep the upper hand in every situation from close quarters to long-range shots. The illumination dial is cleanly integrated into the side focus adjustment knob for easy access and streamlined performance. The glass-etched reticle offers shooters highly functional, intuitive, and detailed hold points, yet remains uncluttered for optimal viewing and features 10 intensity levels with off positions between each setting.

Features

  • Extra-low dispersion (XD) glass increases resolution and color fidelity
  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • Glass-etched reticle
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum, single-piece constructed tube
  • Argon purged and o-ring sealed creates and water and fog proof scope
  • Shockproof
  • Tactical exposed turrets
  • RZR Zero stop prevents the turret from dialing below sight-in range
  • Fiber optic turret rotation indicator provides a highly visible point of reference for turret rotations
  • Fast focus eyepiece



What Customers Are Saying

I Made an Execelent Purchase

This scope was purchased to be put on a Daniel Defense M4. I was looking for a scope that could be a true 1X power and also give some magnification for longer range shooting. This scope more then filled my expatiations. First the optics: They are crystal clear with no color shift or aberrations all the way to the outer ring no matter what the magnification setting. At 1X there is no magnification so using it as a red dot works well. At 6X the MOA reticle calibration is dead on. There is a .25MOA Red Dot that you can see in daylight with Off settings between intensity settings. The quality of the build is great. The warranty is the best in the industry. This scope is a winner.
- John, 8/21/2018

About Vortex Optics

Founded in 1986, Vortex is an American, family- and veteran-owned business headquartered near Barneveld Wisconsin. Vortex is a leading optics manufacturer offering cutting-edge rifle scopes, red dot sights, spotting scopes, binoculars, rangefinders, range-finding binoculars, crossbow scopes, scope bases and mounts, scope rings, and tripods. We carry all Vortex Optics models, including the Razor, Diamondback, Crossfire, Viper, Strike Eagle, and more. Vortex also offers an exciting line of Vortex jackets, coats, parkas, shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, vests, hats, rain gear, binocular cases, binocular harnesses, water bottles, and morale patches. Vortex Optics, including rifle scopes, red dots, rangefinders, binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods, and monoculars, are covered by the Vortex unlimited, fully transferable, unlimited lifetime VIP warranty.

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Nightforce ATACR F1 Rifle Scope

If there is such a thing as a “professional” riflescope, it is an ATACR. They are designed for military, law enforcement, hunters, and other tactical professionals… and for those who simply want to shoot like a professional. An ATACR riflescope is the combination of the finest materials, engineering expertise, mechanical reliability and optical performance available today. Simply put, there is no expense spared, no detail overlooked in building a Nightforce ATACR. They are the basis for Nightforce's Mil-Spec riflescopes, currently in use by several branches of the U.S. Military and allies around the world. All ATACR riflescopes feature ED glass, which produces brilliant images, superb color contrast, and exceptional resolving power–allowing you to distinguish the smallest targets at extreme distances. Nightforce's higher-power ATACR riflescopes, designed for extreme long-range precision, meet or exceed the capability of any known rifle cartridge.

Features:

  • Cleaning Fob/ Cleaning Cloth
  • Multi-Tool
  • Owner's manual

 

What Customers Are Saying

A tad expensive but worth it

Some people say it's too long at 7-35mm even for long distance. I would say for up to about 1200yds a 5-25mm might be a better bargain but I wanted to reach out to 1mi and beyond. This scope allows me to easily spot at 1mi whereas my 5-27mm I really can't. Can barely see the target and just can't see splash or target movement very easily. The optics are crystal clear throughout the entire 7-35mm spectrum. I hear that the 5-25mm Nightforces can lack a little clarity on the low end whereas this one doesn't have any bad range. I don't own a 5-25mm so can't confirm that though. My "lower end" but also very worthy long range scope is a Vortex Razor 5-27mm and I'd say I like this Nightforce 7-35mm better. Seems like it's a tad clearer optically and I like the turret ergonomics a lot better. Zero stopping the NF is less complex, adjusting your clicks is super easy and the throw lever is the right size to allow quicker rotation while not being obnoxiously large like the Vortex. I also like the black color...
- GearJunky, 3/22/2019

About Nightforce

Rugged. Reliable. Repeatable. Nightforce was born in 1992 with the vision that everything built will meet this promise. For nearly three decades, Nightforce has designed and built optics and mounting systems that have been tested in the harshest conditions on Earth. MidwayUSA carries the popular Nightforce rifle scope series, such as ATACR, NXS, SHV, NX8, and competition scopes. Other products include spotting scopes, rings & bases, and accessories to go with your favorite Nightforce scope. Before leaving the factory, Nightforce riflescopes are subjected to conditions far beyond anything you will ever encounter in the field. During impact tests, riflescopes must endure repeated impacts of over 1200 G’s of force on multiple axes. After each severe impact, the riflescope is hand-checked for tracking accuracy and overall integrity. Never compromising quality.

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Vortex Optics Viper HS LR Rifle Scope 6-24x 50mm XLR Reticle Matte Black

The field proven Viper HS LR has gained another extraordinary tool with the addition of the First Focal Plane Reticle. The HS LR was designed for long range shooting and now you can extend that range even further. The exposed elevation turret features ½ MOA adjustments with 24 MOA/Revolution and 75 total MOA of travel. With a generous eye relief and ample field of view, the HS LR FFP is in a class of its own. The 30mm 1-piece tube is 100% weatherproof and the extra low dispersion glass is XR fully multi-coated for increased light transmission and maximum brightness. The HS LR also comes equipped with the CRS Zero stop to prevent dialing more than one rotation below your zero when dialing for extreme long range. Other outstanding features include side focus, MAG-View fiber optics to verify the magnification setting even under low light, ArmorTek scratch resistant lens coating, fast focus eye piece and the HS LR is covered by the Vortex VIP Unconditional Lifetime Warranty.


What Customers Are Saying

Great Product, Great Service

I ordered this scope over a year ago from Midway and have never looked back. It's been on a QD mount and been used on many rifles, primarily a semi-auto 308. On a Sunday afternoon of shooting, the unthinkable happened, and I went to adjust the windage... no positive click from the turret. In fact, it freely spun and came off in my hand. I was pretty upset, and wrote an email to Vortex's customer support the following week. I received an email less than an hour later saying to send it in and they'd repair it and ship it back to me. I was pretty happy, and they quoted me two weeks lead time to get it back. Bummer. I shipped it overnight to them on a Thursday, and received it back via Fedex, totally fixed on the following Monday! Great to see a company stand by their product so quickly.
- Chris H., 4/5/2016

About Vortex Optics

Founded in 1986, Vortex is an American, family- and veteran-owned business headquartered near Barneveld Wisconsin. Vortex is a leading optics manufacturer offering cutting-edge rifle scopes, red dot sights, spotting scopes, binoculars, rangefinders, range-finding binoculars, crossbow scopes, scope bases and mounts, scope rings, and tripods. We carry all Vortex Optics models, including the Razor, Diamondback, Crossfire, Viper, Strike Eagle, and more. Vortex also offers an exciting line of Vortex jackets, coats, parkas, shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, vests, hats, rain gear, binocular cases, binocular harnesses, water bottles, and morale patches. Vortex Optics, including rifle scopes, red dots, rangefinders, binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods, and monoculars, are covered by the Vortex unlimited, fully transferable, unlimited lifetime VIP warranty.

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Vortex Optics Strike Eagle Rifle Scope

Executing technical, short and long-range shots, requires a riflescope with application-specific features and rock-solid build-quality, to ensure accurate, reliable and repeatable performance - every time you squeeze the trigger. Strike Eagle Riflescopes boast those features - in a trim, lightweight, durable, package - making them the ideal choice for value-minded shooters who are looking for a riflescope to top their next rig, or those who want to get in the game, but don’t want to take a loan out to do it.

Features

  • Proprietary coatings increase light transmission with multiple anti-reflective coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces
  • Glass-etched reticle protected between two layers of glass for optimum durability and reliability
  • Illuminated reticle provides precise aiming under low-light conditions
  • Single piece, aircraft grade aluminum tube is o-ring sealed and nitrogen purged for waterproof and fogproof performance
  • Hard anodized finish provides a highly durable low-glare matte finish which helps camouflage the shooter's position
  • Tactical-style, exposed turrets provide fast, accurate and easily read elevation and windage adjustments
  • Fast focus eyepiece allows quick and easy reticle focusing 

What Customers Are Saying

Over and over

I am totally enthused with this scope! I shoot long range, which I consider 500 and beyond, scope is clear, bright and crisp at any power. Track's absolutely perfect throughout all adjustment. The illuminated reticle, while I will probably not use it, is amazingly clear and doesn't blur no matter the setting. Shot in a lot of low lite conditions since I have gotten it, the bell and the tube diameters really aid you in this. Totally beautiful Vortex perfection!
- Todd, 8/28/2020

About Vortex Optics

Founded in 1986, Vortex is an American, family- and veteran-owned business headquartered near Barneveld Wisconsin. Vortex is a leading optics manufacturer offering cutting-edge rifle scopes, red dot sights, spotting scopes, binoculars, rangefinders, range-finding binoculars, crossbow scopes, scope bases and mounts, scope rings, and tripods. We carry all Vortex Optics models, including the Razor, Diamondback, Crossfire, Viper, Strike Eagle, and more. Vortex also offers an exciting line of Vortex jackets, coats, parkas, shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, vests, hats, rain gear, binocular cases, binocular harnesses, water bottles, and morale patches. Vortex Optics, including rifle scopes, red dots, rangefinders, binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods, and monoculars, are covered by the Vortex unlimited, fully transferable, unlimited lifetime VIP warranty.

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