Riflescopes: Under $100

 

Updated in December, 2017

My original poitn remains: if you are really looking to squeeze under $100 mark, your best bet is to look for sales (every once in a while I see Sightron S1 go on sale with a couple of models squeezing under $100), or to frequently check SWFA’s sample list, for lightly used or demo items.

Aside from that, if you shop int his price range, go with a brand that will support you when something goes wrong.  I suggest Hawke (their Vantage scopes are under $100) and HiLux with their Hi-Lux Optics Professional 1.5-6×42, which is a surprisingly decent scope for a hundred bucks.

Updated in March, 2016

As of lately, I have not really stumbled onto anything that is under $100 and is actually decent.

If you are really looking to squeeze under $100 mark, your best bet is to look for sales (every once in a while I see Sightron S1 go on sale with a couple of models squeezing under $100), or to frequently check SWFA’s sample list, for lightly used or demo items.

Earlier recommendations

If you are looking for a riflescope in the <$100 range, that means that you are REALLY on a budget with this project.  In the world of riflescopes, there are a lot of cheap scopes and with most of them you get what you pay for.  In this price range, a riflescope should be expected to do one thing and one thing only: hold zero.  Everything else is gravy.

 

If you are on a budget, go for a simple scope of moderate magnification.  In this price range, you do not want the scope to have a lot of fancy features.  That just means that the manufacturer paid less attention to the basics.

 

Here are the scopes that I do not necessarily like but that seem to hold up OK and cost $100 or less:

 

This is the February 2011 update since the scopes I selected for this last year are either no longer available or have moved up in price a touch.

 

Hawke Sport HD 3-9×40 and 4×32

Pentax Gameseeker 3-9×40

 

For a rimfire, $50 Swift Reliant 4×32 is a surprisingly decent choice as is the 4×32 version on Nikon ProStaff.

 

Now, this does not mean that all other cheap scopes are bad.  However, most of them are, and the scopes I listed above are the ones I have enough mileage with to be able to recommend.

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