With nearly three-quarters of the American adult population requiring some sort of vision correction, if you’re reading this, odds are, you are or will one day be among that crowd. Even people, who have enjoyed perfect eyesight their entire lives, will tend to require reading glasses as they age. With such high numbers of sight-affected individuals out there, there’s no question, good optics are essential for many shooters when it comes to achieving accuracy even at relatively short distances. Put a target out beyond 300 yards, and even for a person with 20/20 vision, making a pinpoint shot at a small target area without the aid of a quality scope becomes tricky. Fortunately, as the desire of shooting enthusiasts and competitors (and of course our law enforcement and military) have wanted the ability to reach out to the maximum performance limits of their rifles, optics companies have kept right up. Following are some top long-range choices that will help you reach right out there regardless of your budget.
Burris Eliminator III 4x-16x-50mm
Features of this sleek laserscope include the X96 reticle designed to range any magnification out to 1,200 yards. Shooters can enter ballistic data straight into the scope, including the ballistic coefficient and can even easily adjust it for wind. ($1,499, www.burrisoptics.com)
Bushnell Elite Tactical 3.5-21x 50mm Extended Range Riflescope
The Extended Range Riflescope (ERS) boasts three reticle options, increased side parallax adjustment range and the new Z-Lok locking elevation turret with .1 mil clicks for rapid target acquisition. It’s compact too at just 13.2 inches long. ($1,950; www.bushnell.com)
Konus M30 10-40×52
Konus has added this long-range model to its M30 Series of tactical scopes and it features fully multi-coated optics, a 174mm mounting length, 1/10 mil adjustments, a 30mm tube, dual illuminated Mil Dot engraved reticle, turrets that are lockable and resettable to zero, a side parallax wheel and a lockable, fast-focus eyebell. ($750; www.konus.com)