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6 Best Scout Rifle Scopes in 2021 – Reviews & Top Picks

Last Updated on June 25, 2021

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In the early 1980s, the scout rifle as we know it today was introduced. It can hit a man-sized target from about 450 meters without a scope attached to it. Jeff Cooper was the one who really promoted this type of rifle for general use. This makes them a truly popular rifle for anyone to have and to use.

This is where our reviews come in, for the scopes that go on these rifles. Where there are so many, we have narrowed it down to the 6 best for you to look at. Hopefully, we make it easier to sift through all the options to help you find your best fit. Take a look below and see which one suits your needs.

A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
Vortex Optics Crossfire II Scout Riflescope Vortex Optics Crossfire II Scout Riflescope
  • Large eye relief
  • Water and fog proof
  • Durable design
  • Best Value
    Second place
    TACFUN Long Eye Relief Scout Scope TACFUN Long Eye Relief Scout Scope
  • Water and fog proof
  • Scope rings come with it
  • Large eye relief
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Burris Ballistic Plex Hunting Riflescope Burris Ballistic Plex Hunting Riflescope
  • Large eye relief
  • Water, fog, and shock proof
  • Light weight
  • AIM Sports 2-7X42 30mm Scout Scope AIM Sports 2-7X42 30mm Scout Scope
  • 10–11-inch eye relief
  • Water and fog proof
  • Scope rings mounts included
  • Hammers Long Eye Relief Pistol Scout Scope Hammers Long Eye Relief Pistol Scout Scope
  • Quick eyepiece focus
  • Water and fog proof
  • Light weight scope
  • The 6 Best Scout Rifle Scopes – Reviews 2021

    1. Vortex Optics Crossfire II Scout Riflescope – Best OverallVortex Optics Crossfire

    At the very top of our list, we have the Vortex Optics Crossfire scope. This top-of-the-line optic comes a trusted brand that has been doing this since 1986. With a 2 to 7x zoom, you can know that you are going to hit your target without worry. The turrets on this scope are capped, making it easy to use your fingertips to adjust on the go. With a 9.45-inch eye relief, it allows you to focus quickly on your target and get your shot off as fast as possible. The lens is fully coated and anti-reflective to make sure there is no glare and your view is crystal clear. It has the popular all-purpose hunting reticle and doesn’t change in size with magnification.

    Pros
    • Large eye relief
    • Water and fog proof
    • Durable design
    • Doesn’t lose zero after a few shots
    Cons
    • Not built for low light
    • Lens covers are flimsy

    2. TACFUN Long Eye Relief Scout Scope – Best ValueTACFUN Long Eye Relief Scout Scope

    Look no further for one of the best scout rifle scopes for the money. It only weights 9 ounces, making it one of the lightest scopes on the market. With a 2-7x scope magnification, it offers a range of distances to get your shot off. It offers an 8.5 to 10.5 inch eye relief, making it one of the longest eye reliefs available for a scope of this price. The lenses are multi-coated for clarity and scratch resistance. The turrets are fingertip adjustable for easy adjusting without looking up from your optic. This optic does come with its own scope rings, making it easy to attach to a weaver or picatinny rail system.

    Pros
    • Large eye relief
    • Water and fog proof
    • Value price
    • Scope rings come with it
    Cons
    • Doesn’t hold a zero as long as others
    • Not shockproof

    3. Burris Ballistic Plex Hunting Riflescope – Premium ChoiceBurris Ballistic Plex Hunting Riflescope

    On our more expensive end we have the Burris Ballistic Plex, which offers more options than the other two do. However, it stays out of the top two because not everyone wants or needs every feature listed on this optic. This optic comes in at 13 ounces making it light on your rifle giving you a longer time hunting. The turrets are a fingertip adjustable style, with a low profile. The unique thing behind this scope is you can have both eyes open for shooting and keep your situational awareness up. The lenses are multi-coated for clarity and scratch resistant. The reticle inside does not change size when the uses changes magnification, keeping the clarity for the best shot possible.

    Pros
    • Large eye relief
    • Water, fog, and shock proof
    • Light weight
    • Can keep both eyes open
    Cons
    • Not glare proof
    • Glass has been known to shift inside

    4. AIM Sports 2-7X42 30mm Scout ScopeAIM Sports 2-7X42 30mm

    In our fourth spot, we have the AIM Sports Scope. It Is on our value side of the list, making it perfect for those who are just getting into using a scout scope and want to know if it is right for you. Like the majority on this list the magnification is 2 to 7x, leaving you with a wide range of visibility. The lenses are multi-coated, giving you the best clarity you can get. The eye relief range is between 10 to 11 inches to have the best image available to you. This scope does come with a weaver or picatinny ring mounts to quickly and easily attach to your rifle. This is a true beginner friendly scope, and one that is best used for those just looking into different scopes.

    Pros
    • 10–11-inch eye relief
    • Water and fog proof
    • Value price
    • Scope rings mounts included
    Cons
    • Doesn’t hold a zero as long as others
    • Not rugged like other scopes on this list

    5. Hammers Long Eye Relief Pistol Scout ScopeHammers Long Eye Relief Pistol Scout

    Coming in at another value optic, we have the Hammers Long Eye Relief Scope. This optic offers a quick focus ring for easy use. The magnification is at the standard 2 to 7x ranking it up with the best. However, the eye relief is shorter than others at 9 inches. It is still a great eye relief, but it is shorter than the others on this list. The reticle inside is a fine line 4plex which is the most popular option for most reticles on the market. The turrets are easily adjustable with your fingertips. They are higher than other turrets, giving this model a less than sleek profile. It weighs in at 10.4 ounces, keeping it on the lighter end of the scale.

    Pros
    • Quick eyepiece focus
    • Water and fog proof
    • Value price
    • Light weight scope
    Cons
    • Shorter eye relief
    • Bulkier appearance

    6. UTG 2-7X44 Scout ScopeUTG 2-7X44

    In our last spot is a more top end scope that has a unique feature the others do not have. This scope comes with an innovative EZ-TAP Illumination Enhancing System that allows the recital to be red or green. If you are looking for a scope that allows you to change colors, then this would be the one for you. It also comes with a memory feature that allows you to go back to the brightness and color setting that was last used. This lens is emerald coated to provide clarity for all users. The downside is the eye relief is shorter than others. The turrets on the sides and top are easily adjustable with fingertips and look tactical.

    Pros
    • Large eye relief
    • Water and fog proof
    • Illumination Enhancing System
    • Scope rings come with it
    • Easily adjustable
    Cons
    • Bulky appearance
    • Eye relief doesn’t match the magnification

    Buyer’s Guide

    Tips When Buying

    • You Get What You Pay For

    Quality is important when going for an optic of any kind. If you want something that is going to last and work for you, then you need to look for quality when buying. The old saying “you get what you pay for” stands true when it comes to optics. This is why our top pick is from a well-known brand. Vortex optics have been making various optics for many firearms for years now.

    Knowing what you are getting into will not only save your time, but money. There is nothing worse than getting a broken product and having to head to customer service. Or worse, never reaching customer service and not getting your money back. Going with a brand that has a reliable name will save you this hassle often. This also doesn’t have to come with a giant price tag. Sure, there are optics that are pricy, but you may not need all of what that price gives.

    The quality of the metal also matters. Just because something is lighter doesn’t mean it can hold up to the recoil of the firearm. It may last over a few rounds, but if you are planning on using your scope often, then you want something that is going to last. Cheaper scopes will not hold up to this as they were made to be replaced faster. If you just need something now, go for a cheaper scope till you can get your hands on a well made one.

    • Weight Matters

    Weight isn’t something many people think about when going to look for an optic. Weight really matters though, in the long run. Sure, some are a little heavier at only a few ounces, but that couldn’t possibly matter, right? While you may not notice the difference right away, after a few hours you are going to feel the weight of everything. You’ll want a lighter scope if you are going to be out with this firearm for hours on end. The heavier the scope, the less time you have with your firearm before it gets to be too heavy.

    Most scout rifles weigh about 6.6 to 7.7 pounds unloaded. Once you add on another say 13 ounces, you may not notice the difference right away, but you will. One of our lightest scopes comes in at 9 ounces, making it one of the best for using for long periods of time. The extra weight of a heavier scope, but one with more features, can make your hunting trip end in exhaustion rather than with the game you are after.

    • Durability and Rugged Design are Key Factors

    You want a scope that is going to keep up with you. We all know that sometimes hunting can get a little rough on all the devices we have. They could get all jostled as you’re climbing or dropped by accident. You will want a scope that can handle anything you throw at it. All the scopes you look at should be able to withstand major and minor impacts without breaking or throwing the whole scope off its zero. A lower-quality scope made from cheaper materials is going to lose the zero point after just a few shots.

    You also do not want a scope that has loose turrets. When your firearm recoils, the last thing you want is for your alignment to be off because the turrets moved. That would not only move your zero, but you could easily miss your next shot. That also means more time spent adjusting and less time shooting, which could be the difference between getting that big buck and watching it run away.

    • Know Your Eye Relief Range

    Each optic is going to have a specific eye relief range that comes with it. This can be anything from 3 inches to 11 inches for different kinds of optics. If you use something like a red dot, then that eye relief is unlimited. For most of our optics on this list, the eye relief is between 8-12 inches.

    Many people enjoy having a larger range to pick from. Knowing what is not only comfortable for you but also what works with your firearm is key. Measure out the distance between where the optic would sit and where you would look through it. Once you know that measurement, you will know which optic is going to work best for you.

    Nothing is worse than setting up your scope, only to find out you can’t seem to find the right spot to look through the scope. We’ve all been there where we just can’t seem to find the perfect spot. That is your eye relief being off.

    • Clarity is Important

    The ability to see your target is imperative when going to find a rifle scope. If you cannot see your target then you can’t shoot and what is the fun in that? This is where not only the eye relief comes into play but also the lens of the optic. Thankfully, with most scout scopes you have a decent eye relief, meaning no recoil will come back and hit your eye.

    The number of coatings on your lens will also determine how clear the image will be. You are going to want something with multiple coatings and quality coatings. The coatings protect your lens from scratches and glares for the most part. Dust is a part of life and if you are talking your scope out into an open area, it is bound to get dust on it at some point. If you’ve ever owned a pair to glasses you know that dust can scratch up a lens if there is no protection on it. The coatings eliminate the worry of scratching when you clean the lens up. For a lens that has cheap coatings, you find that they don’t last as long.

    If you intend to use your scope during all kinds of weather, the coatings and what the barrel of the lens is filled with matter. Nitrogen is the most popular gas, but Argon is an option as well. They both help prevent fog, which is key for the change in weather. This is a great time to know your humidity levels too. If you live in a humid climate fog proof is going to be key in getting the best clarity, you can.

    • Sizing

    Size really comes down to how you want your firearm to look. There are lower profile scopes that have sleek lines and capped turrets for adjustment. Typically, these scopes aren’t made for fast adjustment but for slower paced lining up your shot adjustments. The tactical-style turrets are quicker and can be used with your fingertips most of the time. They are great for adjustment but often they are a little bulkier looking. There is nothing wrong with that, as it doesn’t make much of a difference weight-wise. Look wise, if you want sleek go with smaller turrets but if that doesn’t matter go for more tactical.

    Important Things to Consider

    When going to buy a scope there are plenty of options out there, but finding the one you need comes down to a few different things.

    Here are the fundamental things to consider when starting your search for a scope for your scout rifle:
    • What eye relief suits your firearm?
    • Where do you indent on using your firearm the most? Range shooting or field?
    • How much are you willing to spend on an optic?
    • Does the profile matter to you?
    • What are the weather conditions like in the area you plan on using your optic at?
    • How important is quick adjustment?
    • Is name brand important to you?

    After looking at those questions and answering them, you’ll be able to find the scope that is the right fit for you. With so many options out there, in all different price ranges, you will be able to find something that works for you. Knowing the details of what you want will make it easier to sift through the list of products above.  

    Conclusion

    The winner of our tests is the Vortex Optics Crossfire. It sits at our number one spot because it not only offers everything you could want, but it comes in at a decent price too. The runner-up was the TACFUN Long Eye Relief scope, which is our value optic. No matter what you are looking for, this list has everything you could need on it. Hopefully, with our reviews, we’ve made it easier for you to find exactly what you are looking for. With as many products as there are, it can be hard to know what works best.

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    About the Author Robert Sparks

    Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.