What’s The Best Scope For Your Ar15 In 2017 (Only Scope)

There are so many scopes for an AR-15 available these days that it can be tough to determine which one is the best.

what's the best scope for ar15

what's the best scope for ar15

As many have learned, the vast majority are completely overrated.

What we’ve got here today is a list of the five best scopes for an AR-15, and why each one made the list.

One stands tall above the rest, but each of these is worth a listen. Here we go!

Top Our Pick For Best Scope For Ar15 in 2017

Top 5 Best AR Scope For AR 15 In 2017

This is my review about 5 best ar 15  scope on the market, it will help you find the best for hunting. Check out it:

1. Vortex Optics SPR-1303 Spitfire 3x Prism Scope with EBR-556B Reticle (MOA), Black

Vortex Optics SPR-1303 Spitfire 3x Prism Scope with EBR-556B Reticle (MOA), Black

Vortex Optics SPR-1303 Spitfire 3x Prism Scope with EBR-556B Reticle (MOA), Black

This is the best scope for an AR-15 available.

Vortex broke down the elements of what most hunters think of with rifle scopes and completely rebuilt it from the ground up.

It’s shorter, meaning less effect of recoil and a lower chance of any actual body contact while shooting. It’s also zooms up to 300% of what you’re actually seeing in the field. It customizes to each eye very well, and holds for extended periods of time.

You’ll rarely hear of a hunter who had live problems with this scope – and if so, it’s likely because of improper setup. The directions to mount are thorough. Screws don’t come lose with rapid fire, and the scope is generous enough to forgive slight oversights on the part of the hunter. 

Vortex allows hunters the ability to easily zero and then target anything from short to very long range. AR-15s are built for optimization and this is far and away the premium option for getting everything a hunter can out of his time in the field.

All in all, this is the go-to for hunting mastery.

2. Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 Riflescope

Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 Riflescope

Nikon Prostaff 3-9x40 Riflescope

Simplicity is what Nikon does best.

They’re known throughout the world of vision and photography for products that incorporate the best of technology and ease of use – and hunters find similar results with this best scope for an AR-15.

Most scopes claim to be resilient to water and fog, but this Nikon scope tops this class at weathering the elements.

For hunters who live in the Midwest or north, where all four seasons are experienced to one extreme or another, there is not a more dependable scope.

3. Nikon P-223 3-9x40 Mate BDC 600

Nikon P-223 3-9x40 Mate BDC 600

Nikon P-223 3-9x40 Mate BDC 600

Among the best scopes for an AR-15 is the Nikon P-223.

The power here lies in the unit’s diversity. It’s built for heavy recoil, but also functions well with easier to handle guns.

If you are looking for an all-around winner to handle most any situation with your AR-15 this is the one.

Another big plus is that it used 1 inch rings. As opposed to 30mm rings, this gives the shooter increased height which can benefit their visibility.

One issue some shooters notice with heavy use is that the screws may become loose. This issue shouldn’t arise until well after 1500 rounds, but if it does, there are easy solutions. Simply tighten the screws before they fall off, preventing loss. Additionally, try to get in the habit of double checking all screws and joints on your AR-15 before each time you head into the field. This will ensure the Nikon P-223 works properly and won’t cause any issues mid-hunt.

Overall, this is the best mid-range AR-15 scope. Here it is being tested.

4. Bushnell Optics FFP Illuminated BTR-1 BDC Reticle-223 Riflescope with Target Turrets and Throw Down PCL, Matte Black, 1-4x/24mm

Bushnell Optics FFP Illuminated BTR-1 BDC Reticle-223 Riflescope with Target Turrets and Throw Down PCL, Matte Black, 1-4x/24mm

Bushnell Optics FFP Illuminated BTR-1 BDC Reticle-223 Riflescope with Target Turrets and Throw Down PCL, Matte Black, 1-4x/24mm

Bushnell Optics take ballistic calibration to the next level with the BTR-1 BDC Reticle.

It comfortably ups any hunter’s game with their AR-15, solving the problem of long-distance sight without hindering any other parts of the process.

The performance for long range shots is what this scope does best, and here’s why:

  • Hunters chasing moving targets that may alter shoulder comfort due to movement. Recoil issues are not a problem with this scope
  • It is heavy duty and will not falter with continued use. Additionally, this scope looks great on top of a wide variety of AR-15s
  • Shooters find this scope enhances the long distance shot capability of any hunter by quickly calibrating to their preferences and comfort level. It’s easy to learn, easy to master, and incredibly consistent

This scope is the best available for holding zero, meaning hunters won’t need to recalibrate in the middle of a day in the field. Once you’ve adequately installed the scope and zeroed in, you’ll find it is the optimum representation of accuracy.

5. CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 2.5-10x40e Red & Green Illuminated Gun Scopes with 20mm & 11mm Mount

CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 2.5-10x40e Red & Green Illuminated Gun Scopes with 20mm & 11mm Mount

CVLIFE Hunting Rifle Scope 2.5-10x40e Red & Green Illuminated Gun Scopes with 20mm & 11mm Mount

This is the scope to stock up on for shooters needing eyesight enhancement on multiple AR-15s.

Deer hunters especially seem to have taken to this scope to target moving animals. Keeping them in range across altering distances is a breeze, as is accounting for their body movements.

A big bonus when trying to strike a specific spot and not having any margin for error.

But be careful on those high-recoil weapons – if this scope is loose or not properly affixed, it can jolt back and strike you. In some rare cases, this may cause injury.

The problem is easily avoided by double checking to make sure everything is secured as tight as can be. Other than that, this is a solid option.

Hunters will easily get used to how it feels on their gun. It’s very easy to find consistency on different AR-15s when you’re zeroed and know the ins and outs of your scope aren’t going to be changing.

Head-to-head comparison

Two of the best scopes for an AR-15 stand out from this list. The Vortex Spitfire is the industry leader in its class, and if you’ve got the depth it is highly encouraged to go this route.

The Nikon Prostaff is the second-best scope for an AR-15. It is consistent and holds up better than the others on this list. The Nikon scope works well for novice and uninformed hunters, but doesn’t stack up against these two. The others on the list perform well – but what they fail to do is think outside the box.

Therefore, it really can only be the Vortex Spitfire the holds the title as the AR-15 scope. This one comes highly recommended and will satisfy even the most skeptical of hunters.

Conclusion

If you have enjoyed this article, or have a scope that was overlooked, go ahead and leave a comment below.

Put a comparison with one or more of the scopes on this list so that readers have a frame of reference to where you’re coming from. Also, please share on social media. Sharing is caring, and in the hunting world, the more informed we all are, the better we’ll be going forward.

Harvey Specter
 

"Sometimes hunting is the only thing that makes sense"

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