Best Rifle Scope under $1,000 – Top 5 in 2018 [REVEALED]


You want to know what kind of scope you can get for up to $1000, huh?

​When finding the best scope for under $1000, the value better be there ...

'Cause paying a lot of money on a rifle optic doesn't mean that it's going to be amazing.

There are a lot of factors that go into paying for a premium rifle scope. You still want the best scope for the money, even if you are paying up to $1000.

Top 6 Best Rifle Scopes under $1000

  1. Bushnell Elite Tactical G2​ 6-24x50mm
  2. Vortex Viper Pst 6-24x50mm
  3. Nightforce SHV 4-14x56 .250 MOA 30mm
  4. Trijicon Accupoint 1-4x24mm
  5. Bushnell Laser Rangefinder 4-12x42mm
  6. Sightron SIII SS 10-150x60mm

I feel like there are just as many rifle scopes in this high price range as there are in the lower price range, the difference is that you are likely getting much higher quality and a lot more features.

If you are buying a premium riflescope under $1000, you have a certain level of expectations. One of the main differences between a scope under $1000 and one under $500, is that your scope should be remarkably clear and provide a bright picture.

Top 6 Best Rifle Scopes Under $1000 in 2018


These scopes allow you to shoot at short range, medium range and long range scopes and with more accuracy because of the clear and bright picture. They meet the demands and the stand up to the recoil on large calibre rifles better much better do to their higher quality.

A short range premium optic that is under a thousand dollars is usually designed for close quarters. The optic needs to be clear, and easy to use, but should be incredibly durable, as close quarters optics tend to live a rough life.

Medium range premium optics should have both great clarity, and durability. A medium range optic is best for hunting in brush of thick woods. As you're bumping into trees, limbs, and exposure to harsh elements, you’ll need to have a durable optic to withstand those things. You’ll also need clarity, and precision for taking longer shots across fields, up or down hills, or down rivers.

Long range optics should also be incredibly accurate, and strong. A long range optic around a thousand dollars should have features like zero reset turrets, fully multi coated lenses, single piece construction, and of course should be extremely precise.

Best Rifle Scopes under $1,000 Reviewed

NightForce SHV 4-14x56 .250 MOA 30mm

The Nightforce SHV is a very robust long range scope and it one of the most high performance and well balanced scopes we’ve reviewed. It's made out of aircraft grade aluminum alloy and it packs lots of high end features such as:

  •  A sophisticated 56mm objective lens,
  • An optimum precision and light transmission
  • Rugged construction with weather and shock proofing
  • Dual reticles
  • Reliable adjustment controls
  • All this while also managing to keep its price below the $1000 mark.

Note that it may be a bit wider and bulkier due to its 56mm objective lens diameter.

Overall, this is one of the best scopes out there for under $1,000.​



Magnification: 4-14x
Objective Lens: 56mm
Tube Diameter: 30mm

The Vortex Viper is a premium long range scope that really does deliver when you need it to. The Vortex Viper is a very good scope, and its 6 to 24 power magnification makes the optic perfect for long range shooting, up to at least a thousand meters when cranked up to 24 power.

The Vortex Viper PST features:

  • A 50mm objective lens - Allows the shooter to gather an impressive amount of light.
  • Complete with an illuminated reticle with multiple intensity settings
  • Can turn illumination completely off without having to cycle through different intensity levels
  • Customizable rotational stop - prevents user from dialing more than one rotation below zero

If you’re a long-range hunter, the Vortex Viper just might be the best rifle scope under $1000.



Magnification: 6-24x
Objective Lens: 50mm
Tube Diameter: 30mm

Bushnell Elite Tactical G2 6-24x50mm

The Bushnell Elite Tactical G2 is engineered for the most rugged field conditions. You won't find a better long range scope suited for the harsh conditions. The Bushnell Elite Tactical Rifle Scope features:

  • Exclusive Rainguard HD lens coating - prevents external fogging and moisture
  • Fully multi-coated lenses with new Ultra Wide Band coating which boosts brightness
  • Blackened-Out cosmetics for added stealth
  • Finger adjustable, zero resettable, 1/10 Mil target turrets.
  • Bushnell Elite Tactical Rifle Scopes are covered by a Lifetime Warranty.

With such high quality features, one would expect this rifle scope to cost well over $1,000, but that is not the case. It is considerably cheaper and well-priced when compared to other scopes in its category. 

The Bushnell Elite Tactical G2 truly packs great value for its price.



Magnification: 6-24x
Objective Lens: 50mm
Tube Diameter: 30mm

The Trijicon Accupoint offers more versatility and in our opinion is an overall better short range optic than most other short range scopes out there. The Accupoint features:

  • Transitioning from 1 power to 4 power. When you begin upping the magnification, you are capable of engaging precisely at ranges beyond bad breath distance.
  • Illuminated reticle that is compeltely battery free
  • Reticle is quite bright and can be reduced by adjusting a cover over red or gold illumination absorption point.
  • Made from aircraft grade aluminum that protects from all the elements.
  • Shock and fog proof
  • Great scope for close range situations due to its versatility

If you are looking for a top quality close range scope, the Trijicon Accupoint should be your scope of choice.

trijicon accupoint


Magnification: 1.-4x
Objective Lens: 24mm
Tube Diameter: 30mm

The Sightron series of scopes has always been known for its high quality. The Sightron Slll isn't any different. It really is a remarkable long range scope. The Sightron Slll would be best suited for users at home in the field, hunting across the plains, or anywhere else that may require a longer distance and extreme precision. Other features include:

  • High level of magnification, from 10 to 50 power.
  • A massive 60mm objective lens that provides an exceeding amount of light transmission
  • Uses a 7 layer coating to provide shooters with even more light transmission
  • A high definition sight picture
  • Capable of extreme precision due to the ⅛ MOA adjustments. 
  • Fast focus eyeball allows you to make quick and precise adjustments in the field

The Sightron Slll SS is one of the most accurate long range rifle scopes on the market. It really is one of the best and with a scope like this even a novice long range shooter can hit their target at one thousand yards.



Magnification: 10-50x
Objective Lens: 60mm
Tube Diameter: 35mm

The Bushnell Mil Dot is a really great medium range scope. It's combination of a 4-12 power scope with a 42mm objective lens is quite standard and covers most ranges six hundred to eight hundred yards.

When you first see the Bushnell Mil Dot, its body is very wide and square. The reason is that there is actually a small computer packed inside of the scope, which is a digital rangefinder. Other features include:

  • The 42 mm objective lens allows for a low or medium scope mount, which is a more natural height.
  • The eye relief is a 3.5 inch and the windage and elevation values are ¼ MOA.
  • The scope provides excellent optical quality and allows precise shots at all but the longest ranges.
  • Rangefinder fires a laser at whatever the reticle is pointing at and report back within 1 meter
  • Uses a simple mil dot reticle that allows user to work in tandem with the rangefinder to compensate for bullet drop regardless of caliber

The combination of a high quality scope and a precise and accurate rangefinder gives the hunter a near unfair advantage.

The Bushnell Mil dot is an all around brilliant scope, and the addition of the rangefinder makes it all the sweeter. This is without a doubt one of the best midrange rifle scopes under $1000.



Magnification: 4-12x
Objective Lens: 42mm
Tube Diameter: 30mm

Final Thoughts - Rifle Optics Under $1,000

At up to $1,000, there a lot of options to choose from when looking for a scope. You want to make sure that you get a high quality rifle scope for this higher price point. Your scope needs to be high quality, precise and very durable and that makes it difficult to choose the best.

If you are looking for a great premium scope, then I would say the The Bushnell Elite Tactical G2 is a fantastic choice and one my favorite ones I reviewed.  Overall, this is one of the best values out there for under $1,000.

A thousand dollars may seem like a high budget for a rifle scope, but buying a high quality scope is an investment, and a high quality scope pays off over time.

And we hope you’ve found the best rifle scope under $1000 in 2017 for your needs here.

If $1,000 is too expensive, consider dropping your price range. I have reviews for the best rifle scope under $500, the best rifle scope under $200, and the best rifle scope under $100.​

Stay safe and happy shooting.

Gary Fretwell is a 33-year-old die hard hunter and blogger from Wyoming. After serving in Iraq, he finished school to become an Asset Protection Officer and currently is learning to be a tracker to help hunters like himself find big game!