Top 5 Reliable Rifle Scopes under $500

Choosing the right rifle scope can seem like a daunting task especially when you want a rifle scope under $500, but buying a reliable and precise scope doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Based on our Customers shopping history, we were able to create this list of some top rifle scopes under $500 to help you stay on target and on budget.

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Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical Rifle Scope 30mm Tube 6-24x 50mm Side Focus First Focal EBR-2C MOA Reticle Matte

The Diamondback Tactical is a long range scope with an affordable price tag. The first focal plane reticle, a feature ordinarily reserved for 4-figure-priced optics, allows shooters to use the information-packed EBR-2C reticles for ranging, holdovers or windage corrections on any magnification. Housed inside its durable, one-piece aluminum tube is a 4x optical system delivering excellent edge-to-edge clarity and sharp resolution. Exposed elevation and windage turrets are low profile enough to stay out of the way in packing situations, but offer the quickness, ease and precision of dialing accurate shots at distance. A side adjustable parallax gives shooters peace of mind by removing parallax error from the equation from 10 yards to infinity. A glass-etched reticle allows for intricate reticle design, and is protected between two layers of glass for optimum durability and reliability.

Features:

  • Extra-low dispersion glass
  • Glass-etched reticle
  • Fully multi-coated lenses
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum, single-piece tube construction
  • First focal plane reticle
  • Exposed tactical turrets
  • Fast focus eyepiece
  • Water, fog, and shock proof

 

 

What Customers Are Saying

Awesome Scope for the Price!!

I recently purchased a new Browning X-Bolt 6mm Creedmoor and was in the market for new scope to outfit it with. I wanted something with tactical turrets because I prefer to dial my yardage when possible. When I saw this new Diamondback Tactical model was available in 6-24x50 with FFP, I did not hesitate to order it. In my opinion, Vortex did a great job with this scope. For the price point, you get a lot of features that you don't even get with certain more expensive scopes (FFP, Sunshade, 24x Zoom, etc.). And the quality is what I would expect from Vortex. Magnification is clear throughout the zoom range and the turrets have positive clicks and didn't feel mushy to me. Not quite at the level of the Viper PST that I have on my Ruger Precision Rifle, but that's a whole other level of scope, and for my hunting rifle this scope fits the bill perfectly. I mounted it and after zeroing it in, I was consistent with sub-MOA groups. Vortex produces some great optics and their warranty is hard to beat as w...
- M. King, 8/20/2018

About Vortex Optics

People, Products, and Promises – at Vortex Optics, we’re about you. Our products are designed, engineered, and built to work for you, no matter the task. Whether it be punching paper from the bench, or taking that trophy buck from a distance, we’ve got your back with purpose-driven products made by shooters, for shooters. Every Vortex product is backed by our VIP Warranty, which is our promise to the customer that no matter what, we’ve got you covered. Here at Vortex, you’re not just a customer, you’re Family. Welcome to the Vortex Nation.

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Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical Rifle Scope 30mm Tube 4-16x 44mm Side Focus First Focal EBR-2C MOA Reticle Matte

Try not to spit out your coffee as you check the price of the Diamondback Tactical FFP after reading about its impressive performance and features. The first focal plane reticle, a feature ordinarily reserved for 4-figure-priced optics, allows shooters to use the information-packed EBR-2C reticles for ranging, holdovers or windage corrections on any magnification. Housed inside its durable, one-piece aluminum tube is a 4x optical system delivering excellent edge-to-edge clarity and sharp resolution. Exposed elevation and windage turrets are low profile enough to stay out of the way in packing situations, but offer the quickness, ease and precision of dialing accurate shots at distance. A side adjustable parallax gives shooters peace of mind by removing parallax error from the equation from 20 yards to infinity.

Features:

  • Extra-low dispersion glass
  • Fully multi-coated lenses
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum, single-piece tube construction
  • First focal plane reticle
  • Exposed tactical turrets
  • Fast focus eyepiece
  • Fiber optic radius bar 
  • Water, fog, and shock proof

 

 

What Customers Are Saying

Dead on

Mounted this scope on a 7mm Rem Mag for elk hunting. On a lead sled, it took 5 shots to bring it to zero at 100 yards. Then it put 3 rounds through the same hole. What is not to like about that?
- Troxman, 8/28/2019

About Vortex Optics

People, Products, and Promises – at Vortex Optics, we’re about you. Our products are designed, engineered, and built to work for you, no matter the task. Whether it be punching paper from the bench, or taking that trophy buck from a distance, we’ve got your back with purpose-driven products made by shooters, for shooters. Every Vortex product is backed by our VIP Warranty, which is our promise to the customer that no matter what, we’ve got you covered. Here at Vortex, you’re not just a customer, you’re Family. Welcome to the Vortex Nation.

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Leupold VX-Freedom Rifle Scope 4-12x 40mm Matte

With the VX-Freedom you get best-in-class optics and unbeatable accuracy. It’s also everything you expect from a Leupold: designed, machined, and assembled in their Oregon factory, tested to the same ruggedness standards as their top-tier riflescopes, and guaranteed for a lifetime of performance.

Features

  • Outer lens surfaces are scratch resistant to military standard extreme abrasion specification
  • 1/4 MOA precision finger click adjustments for windage and elevation
  • Versatile 3:1 zoom ratio erector system is ideal for virtually any situation
  • Waterproof, fogproof and shockproof
  • Durable 1" main tube constructed from aircraft quality aluminum

What Customers Are Saying

Leupold delivers time and time again

Excellent scope so far. Time will tell but I don't have any concerns about long term durability given Leupolds reputation. The glass isn't quite as clear as I would have liked but is on par with the older VXII, and not quite as clear as the newest iteration VX2, which is absolutely nothing to complain about (hopefully I got the model designations somewhat correct). All of the scopes functions are very intuitive and well thought out and I definitely plan on trying the other flavors of the new Freedom line as well. I've heard people say that this scope it too 'tactical' looking for their tastes but honestly it's an extremely tasteful blend of usable features from the more traditional scopes and the tactical scopes; I see it looking nice and at-home on hunting guns as well as MSR's, etc. And as usual, fast shipping and great price from MidwayUSA!
- Tony Filing, 3/30/2018

About Leupold

At Leupold, we hold ourselves to a higher standard of leadership. A major part of that is bringing new technology and innovation to our industry. Whatever it takes to give you the most clarity, brightness, and ruggedness, you can bet we will be at the forefront making it happen and leading the way.

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Athlon Optics Argos BTR Rifle Scope 30mm Tube 6-24x 50mm First Focal Side Focus Illuminated Reticle Matte

For those of you that are just getting started in the PRS (Precision Rifle Series) or are looking to start, take a close look at the Argos BTR family of scopes. These scopes have features normally only found on high-end scopes. It has a 24x magnification that makes it versatile in multiple shooting disciplines. It has advanced fully multi-coated optics that deliver a crystal clear bright image even in dark environments. The Argos BTR also has exclusive XPL coating that protects your lenses from dirt, grease and harsh weather conditions.  The 6061T6 aircraft grade aluminum tube will protect these world class optics no matter what punishment you throw at it. Athlon didn’t just build the Argos BTR to perform well optically, they also built in features that make it easy to adjust for any shot you have to take.  These scopes have side parallax adjustment giving you the ability to adjust to any range right at your fingertips.  Exposed elevation and windage turrets are capable of being set to zero after sighting in the scope, so you can make quick, on the fly adjustments to make a shot and then easily return to zero.  Covered by Athlon's "Gold Medal" warranty.

 

Features

  • First focal plane, illuminated reticle
  • Fully multi-coated lenses
  • Heat treated, one piece 6061 T6 aluminum tube
  • Side parallax adjustment
  • Waterproof
  • Fogproof
  • Shockproof
  • Argon purged tube

What Customers Are Saying

a great scope

baught this scope and put on my savage 110 7mm mag long range gun, zeroed at 250 yds and I went all the way to 1200 yards tracking is spot on,made good hits and reset at 100 to 500 yards using the tree no complaints a great scope for the money, I wont be buying any vortex or leopold no more
- D,Droigk, 10/26/2017 Shop Now
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Nikon M-Tactical .308 Rifle Scope 30mm Tube 4-16x 42mm Side Focus BDC 800 Reticle Matte

The M-TACTICAL ratchets up riflescope performance through a profound mix of optical design, superior glass, innovative materials and a 100 years of Nikon optical ingenuity. The proprietary glass and multi-coating technology used in these optics prioritizes bright, high contrast sight pictures–and those views are complemented by purpose-driven reticles designed for long range. All long-range M-TACTICAL models feature side-focus parallax adjustments, while the full range of models feature directional indicators on turrets, 4x zoom range and utilize robust 30mm main body tubes drawn from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy. Turrets and zoom rings have knurling that is ergonomically designed for comfortable function with virtually any finger size. Each M-TACTICAL riflescope is finished with ultra-matte anodizing for extreme durability and reliability during a lifetime of real world performance.

 

Note: Reticle engineered for the .308 Winchester/7.62 NATO round with 168gr hollow point boat tail match bullet at 2680fps. 

What Customers Are Saying

PA10 gen2 20" chf upper

Love this scope. My range I go to only has a 650yard range and this scope delivers. Buy a good mount (I bought the American defense socom qd), get it sighted in, and then love it. The glass is better than my primary arms acss scope. Buy once cry once. Love the scope.
- MAGA2020, 5/11/2018 Shop Now