Best riflescopes: Our essential selection

Our round-up of the best scopes on the market, including a couple of new nightscopes.

Swarovski Z8I 2.3-18X56 Riflescope

This sophisticated optical system with 8x zoom and up to 18x magnification offers rapid, accurate target acquisition. The optics produce razor-sharp images even in poor light conditions and at twilight.

The BTF ballistic turret has a pre-engraved graduated ring for the top turret with 70 clicks covering the entire adjustment range. The Swarowski Optik ballistic programme is a useful tool to help calculate your own personal data.

Swarovski UK
01737 856812
swarowskioptik.co.uk 

Leupold VX-5HD Riflescope

The Leupold VX-5HD offers extended low-light hunting performance and high-definition lenses along with a lifetime guarantee. It claims to be the lightest, most rugged 5:1 riflescope in its class, and features Leupold’s exclusive Argon/Krypton gas blend, which nearly eliminates the effects of thermal shock.

Blackened lens edges reduce light diffusion and the fast-focus eyepiece ensures a generous eyebox and superior field of view. The two-turn CDS ZeroLock 2 dials deliver accuracy and added elevation every time. 

Viking
01423 780810
vikingshoot.com 

Hawke Airmax Touch

The Airmax Touch scope is available in a 3-12×32 optical system offering a fast focus and zero-eye relief. The shortened 30mm main mono-tube maintains a super wide-angle field of view, perfect for hunting and night vision add on systems.

The scope offers 16-layer fully multi-coated lenses for maximum light transmission and clarity, side focus control with parallax adjustment from 10yds and a three-inch wheel for making focus adjustments with minimal movement.

The AMX IR reticle is glass-etched and has red illumination with six levels of brightness. Hawke’s recommended extension mounts are also available for rear-ward reach.

Hawke Optics
01394 387762
www.hawkeoptics.com 

Dignex N450

The new Pulsar Digex N450 is a highly sensitive digital night vision riflescope, housed within a familiar dayscope format, which mounts to rifles using standard 30mm scope rings, meaning the user can maintain a natural shooting position.

The highly sensitive 1280×720 HD CMOS Sensor delivers precise imagery and detail rendering via a 1024×768 HD AMOLED display. The combination of the sensor, with a fast 50mm f1.2 objective lens and high-power detachable 850nm eye-safe IR illuminator, provides a detection range of up to 550m.

This device also features a selection of 10 reticles, available in 9 colour combinations with three being scalable ballistic reticles, allowing for quick measuring of distance and adjusting for shooting at various ranges.

The Digex N450 cannot be damaged by bright light exposure, meaning the unit can be zeroed and used in daylight.

Thomas Jacks
01789 264100
www.thomasjacks.co.uk

Schmidt & Bender Exos 3-21X50 Riflescope 

Designed for intuitive functionality, the Exos is a joy to use, with clear and precise feedback.

The handcrafted second focal plane 34mm tube scope is fashioned from anodised aluminium – with integrated thread for accessories – and is ideal for low-mounting on the rifle barrel.

The diffractive illuminated reticle has a deviation of less than 1cm at 100m giving precise point-of-impact performance.

Schmidt & Bender
01233 510135
schmidtundbender.de/en

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