Rifle scopes magnify targets located in the distance increasing the shooter’s accuracy.
Rifle scopes provide a reticle, which indicated the exact position of the target, making aiming easier.
Rifle scopes sometimes resemble a small telescope. They are available in various shapes, sizes, and models. The magnifying lens can have a power between 1 and 50.
The prices of rifle scopes can vary depending on the magnifying power, make, and brand. But if you want a budget scope, a budget of $100 is more than enough. Here is a list of the best cheap rifle scopes:
5 Best Cheap Rifle Scopes – 2018
This scope comes with a high-grade fully coated optical lens. The scope is filled with dry nitrogen, so it’s waterproof, fog proof and shock proof as well. It offers magnification power from 4 to 12.
This is usually enough for leisure hunting. The scope fits well on AR14 rifles. It’s designed to fit with 22mm Picatinny rail mounts. The scope itself is red and and a Multi-X reticle with five levels.
It gives a field of view between 10 and 27 inches. You can generally get a big view between 200 and 1,000 yards with the widest magnification power. We got a really good view at 75 yards.
The rifle scope is really well built. It reminded us of a high-end, military-grade UTG. Interestingly, the holographic sight could be mounted on either on top of the rifle or the scope separately. Everything works well. It comes with four reticles.
The reticle is rather weak when illuminated, such as by bright sunlight. But it has black crosshairs so color is unnecessary for viewing. You will need an Allen wrench to make any adjustments to the elevation and windage.
- Well built and very compatible
- Magnification power up to 12
- Big field of view
- Multiple reticles
- Shock proof
- Fog proof
- Reticle is weak under bright sunlight
This is definitely one of the best rifle scopes under $100 money can buy. It’s from a trusted brand and is really well built as expected. The scope is remarkably durable too.
The scope tube is nitrogen filled and sealed, so it’s shock, water, and fog proof completely. The tube has Emerald coating maximizing light transmission.
The turrets are lockable and resettable. It also comes with a really rare feature called Adjustable Objective from 3 yards to infinity, which optimizes aiming. The scope has dual red and green illumination to adjust based on natural light. It has a two inch sunshade and a lens cap that can flip open. Rings are detachable.
We enjoyed a solid range of 5.56 for up to 600 yards on a sunny day. The scope mounted well on a .22 LR rifle and a .22 caliber air rifle. The air rifle was spring powered, and this scope could withstand the recoil easily. The optics were clear and we really liked the clarity this provided. Magnification settings are very
The optics were clear and we really liked the clarity this provided. Magnification settings are very user-friendly too. However, the scope provides only limited eye relief. The scope is very compact, so it can be uncomfortable to use sometimes.
- Well built and durable
- High levels of clarity
- Can withstand air rifle recoil
- Good range
- Double illumination
- Limited eye relief
This is an interesting rifle scope that comes with a red dot. The build is good, and it’s rain proof, shock proof, and is fog proof. Magnification power provided is between 4 and 12, suitable for hunting and practice.
The scope has red and green Multi-X reticles with 5 levels. It gives a field of view between 10 and 27 inches up to 100 years. The scope has Eye relief between 3 and 3.4 inches, which is rather standard.
The scope has tubeless holographic sight with a 33mm reflex lens aperture. So the field of view is wide. We found this rifle scope more than adequate for rapid fire shooting of moving targets.
This scope comes in a combo pack with accessories like a fast focus eyepiece, elevation adjustments, and detachable laser sight with an independent switch. The red dot sight fits perfectly with Picatinny rails. However, be aware that this scope is longer than usual.
It didn’t fit on a Bushmaster quad rail M4. Also, the holographic sight with the reticle can be a bit off when not magnified.
- Comes with a red dot laser
- Decent eye relief
- Good build
- Great for rapid shootings of moving targets
- Longer than typical so won’t fit compact rifles
- Reticle is sometimes off
This is a Chinese-built product, but we were impressed by the quality. It’s not top of the line, but for the value offered, this is definitely one of the best cheap rifle scopes ever. It’s built beautifully with a slender design. It’s mostly suited for .22 calibers.
The rifle scope has magnification from 6 to 24, one of the highest we’ve seen so far for a budget price. The optics are multicoated and rendered superbly clear optics. The clarity provided by the optics can be compared to higher prices rifle scopes. It comes with 1/4 MOA windage and elevation to improve accuracy. The construction is rugged and durable.
The scope has a Mil-Dot reticle that measures at 19.6 inches. It’s really great for hunting sneaky and fast targets like coyotes. This scope is really great for beating the wind too. We got good zooming power up to 1,000 yards with no issue. Overall, the scope was decently reliable.
Adjustments are easy to play with. However, we did have some trouble with the turret adjustments. The scope we got had the left and right side adjustments backwards.
- Optical clarity is really excellent
- Durable build
- Up to 24 magnification power
- Turret adjustments are backwards
It’s inexpensive, but is of really good quality as expected from higher priced Bushnell products. This rifle scope comes with fully multicoated optics, target turrets, a fast focus eyepiece, and a side parallax adjustment for long range accuracy.
The scope is made from durable alloy and has an anodize finish to protect the lens from water and other elements. The optics provides really good brightness and clarity well above the price range. The BDC dots along well too. View overall is really clear and the low light performance impressed us.
It provides great clarity over 100 yards. With magnification between 3 and 9, it’s really easy to view targets scattered across a 100 yard range.
We really liked how easy it was to achieve crisp clarity by just adjusting the side focus parallax knob. Though it’s called parallax, it’s really like adjusting a rear quick focus. The zoom was smooth and firm.
However, do not torque rings too close to the adjustment knobs as the scope won’t work that way. Also, the brand doesn’t provide range estimation options for the scope dots. It can be a bit heavy too.
- Superb clarity
- Easy parallax adjustment knob
- Smooth and firm zoom
- Good low light performance
- Bit heavy
- Torque rings can’t be too close to adjustment knobs
- No range estimations provided for the dots
Tips for Buying a Cheap Rifle Scope
Here are several things you should know about shopping for the best rifle scopes under $100:
Keep in mind that the optical power provided depends on the type of weapon you use and the purpose. If you are a bench rest shooter, for 1,000 yards a scope with 4x magnification would be woefully insufficient.
Likewise, deer hunters in forests would be at a disadvantage with a 32x rifle scope. So decide which power you want before purchasing.
Mind the size of the scope as well. Some may be compact, or larger than usual to fit into a standard 22 caliber rifle.
Do check the eye relief provided. Without proper eye relief, you won’t be able to get a clear picture of the target.
Make sure you have the right mounting system before you buy the scope.
Parallax adjustment is advantageous only if you plan on long range precision shooting. If the target is 25m or closer, parallax is kind of essential. But it’s not necessary for everything, such as deer hunting.