Riflescopes: Under $200


Updated in October, 2016

Inflation has moved some nice designs out of this range, but there are a few reasonable options out there.  In this price, it is still best to resist the temptation to get the most feature rich scope in the known world.  Looks for something with solid fundamentals.


Vortex Diamondback 1.75-5×32, 2-7×35 and 3-9×40

Burris Fullfield II 2-7×35 and 3-9×40 and variou other versions of it. Burris naming scheme kinda got creative.


Fixed power:
Burris Droptine 22LR 2-7×35
Weaver Classic K 4×38 and 6×38.

Earlier recommendations: February, 2011

Now we are getting into a price range where some scopes are truly competent, not just affordable.  I think the sweetspot  of performance for the money is still in the higher price ranges, and there aren’t any high magnification scopes that I like for $200.  However, if you are a hunter or a casual shooter, you can get one of these and be set for a long time.


Vortex Diamondback 2-7×35 and 3-9×40 (1.75-5×32 is also worth a look)

Burris Fullfield II 2-7×35 (with #4 reticle) and 3-9×40

Fixed power:

Sightron SII 4×32


 Posted by at 8:15 am

  6 Responses to “Riflescopes: Under $200”

  1. How do you feel about the Diamondback 4-12?

  2. I misspoke. That was the AO version:

    The Diamondback HP is indeed a better scope, but the regular DIamondback is not too shabby either.