Best Scope For 6.5 Grendel – Reviews, Guides w/FAQs

Just like Pokémon where you need to catch them all, I have decided I will make sure to cover as many calibers as possible. The one I have here today is 6.5 Grendel. A caliber designed by Bill Alexander and Janne Pohjoispää back in 2003.

It’s a rimless cartridge that is widely used by bolt-action rifles. The name of this cartridge was inspired by a mythical monster villain from Beowulf.

Don’t worry, I’m not here to discuss monsters around the world. Rather helping you hunt them down if they would exist. Ha-ha! Jokes aside, let’s get serious and find out the best scope for 6.5 Grendel.

Best 6.5 Grendel Scopes – [Editors Choice]

1. Vortex Crossfire II 2-7×32 Scout SFP 1″ Riflescope

Both Crossfire Gen 1 and Gen 2 are some of the most recommended scopes in the community. Not only for Grendel 6.5 but they are also recommended for rimfire rifles and pistols as well. To no one’s surprise, this is also recommended by me to you guys.

The scope is made out of aluminum. A durable and lightweight material that is used in most of the riflescopes out there. Much more durable and stronger than plastic scopes. Crossfire II is also water, fog, and shockproof. Allowing you to use this rifle in all kinds of weather and environment.

The lenses are coated. They are durable and resistant to dust and debris. The light transmission of this scope is really good as well. At least, it’s good enough to use in low light. The V-Plex reticle on this scope is on the second focal plane. It’s really good actually.

The reticle is easy to use and even easier to master. That’s why, it’s recommended to beginners mostly. After all, no one wants to use a Christmas tree reticle as a beginner. It will take you half a year just to understand the reticle. You don’t have any of those hassles here.

Does this scope come with mounting rings?

No, this scope doesn’t come with any mounting rings or mounting accessories. You will need to buy them separately for your gun.

Is this good for hunting?

It’s very good for hunting. And other things as well. If you like plinking, you will love this scope as well.

Are the turrets capped?

Yes, the turrets are capped with sturdy and rust-free material. You can use this scope under rain without any issues.

2. Primary Arms SLX 4-14x44mm FFP Rifle Scope

SLX is a medium-range riflescope suitable for all kinds of shooters. Most tactical shooting scopes are 4x magnification or somewhere near there. You will feel right at home. On top of that, it has some of the best-performing lenses at this price-point.

SLX is made out of high-quality and durable aluminum. It’s lightweight and rugged. The exterior has an anodized finish in matte black. It looks really good and will suit most rifles out there. Looks wise, it’s stellar. But looks aren’t everything. What makes it even better is the fact that it’s water, fog, and shockproof at the same time.

The lenses are coated multiple times as well. They are bright and extremely vibrant. The color accuracy of them is extremely good as well. You will find them used during the entire daytime more often than you would like to admit. That’s a sign of a good pair of lenses. They are addictive as they are accurate.

One of the key selling points of this is the FFP reticle. That’s right, the reticle of this scope is in the first focal plane. That means it will magnify along your scope when you zoom in on your target. That makes long-range shooting quite pleasing and easier.

Does this come with mounting rings?

No, it doesn’t come with any kind of mounting ring. You will need to buy them separately. Make sure to do that while buying the scope.

Does this scope come with any flip-up lens covers?

No, unfortunately not. It does support universal flip-up lens covers. However, depending on the brand, they can get really expensive.

Does Primary Arms provide any warranty?

Yes, they provide a 3-year limited warranty. Within this period, they will take care of any manufacturing fault.

3. Burris Fullfield II 4.5-14x42mm Hunting Scope

FullField 2 is one loveable little beauty. This scope is a highly recommended beginner scope to anyone who’s starting in the hunting world. It doesn’t cost much yet it offers a lot in returns. The price-to-performance value of this scope is quite nice.

The Fullfield 2 is made out of high-quality aluminum. It is extremely durable and rugged. The exterior finish of the product is really beautiful. It feels really good to touch and it feels even better to use. The scope has all the qualities you seek in one. It is water, fog, and shockproof. Something we expect from a scope to have.

The lenses are quite beautiful and they are coated. The coating makes the scope even better at gathering light and makes it overall a better-performing scope. The low-light performance of this scope is quite good. On top of that, the scope comes in different configurations.

You can choose from 4 different configurations available to choose from. Depending on the magnification you increase, you will either end up paying more or less. That of course, depends totally on you. If you are happy with lower magnification, stick to it.

Does this scope come with mounting rings?

No, it doesn’t come with any kind of mounting ring. You will need to buy your own for it. Whether from Burris or someone else, up to you.

Is this scope good for hunting?

It’s incredible for hunting. Honestly, it’s one of the best at this price bracket. And one of the better ones to be paired with 6.5 Grendel.

Does Burris provide a warranty?

Yes, Burris provides something called a forever warranty. That includes ownership transfer as well.

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4. Leupold VX-3i 4.5-14x50mm Riflescope

Leupold is the best thing that happened to the budget community over the years. VX series is well-known for their products in the budget segment. VX-3i is one of the cheapest offerings in this lineup. What’s so good about this, then?

To start it off, the VX-3i is made out of high-quality aluminum. The same aluminum you see in much more expensive scopes. It’s a single-piece tube design. You won’t see any kind of joints on the scope. The inside of this is purged with nitrogen. Making it fogproof and immune to moisture. The outside is equally durable if not more.

The lenses are fully multi-coated. On top of that, they feature Leupold’s twilight light management system. It’s a well-known light management system. It gathers plenty of sunlight during the day and makes the images brighter during low-light conditions.

As this scope is fog, water, and shockproof, you can use this in any given environment and weather. Even if you are using this in the North Pole, you can. It truly depends on whether you want to push this to the limit or not.

Does this come with mounting rings?

No, it doesn’t come with any kind of mounting ring. You will need to buy them separately from Leupold or any other companies that you may like.

Is this good for hunting?

Yes, this scope is really good for hunting and plinking. They are suitable for long sessions as well. As the scope lenses are clear and non-fatiguing.

Where is this made?

It’s designed and manufactured in the USA. You will also get a warranty from there. Leupold is a crowd-pleaser for those reasons.

5. Bushnell AR Optics 1-4×24 Drop Zone Rifle Scope

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to see way too many Bushnell recommendations for 6.5 Grendel. After all, they make some of the best riflescopes for .243. Whether you want a youth 243 rifle with a scope or just a 243 bolt action rifle with a scope, Bushnell is here to solve both problems at the same time.

It’s made out of high-quality aluminum. It’s durable and lightweight. Despite weighing less than many other similar budget scopes, it’s not nearly as heavy as the others. Yet, the build quality is top-notch if not better. The internal of the scope is purged with nitrogen. That makes the scope fogproof and immune to any kind of moisture.

As the outside is sealed tightly, it doesn’t leak any water from rain either. The lenses are multi-coated as well. They are clear and vibrant. Color accuracy is really good as well. Doesn’t suffer from chromatic aberration or distortion at maximum magnification either. Good for all sorts of tasks at medium-range shooting.

Paired with a 6.5 Grendel rifle, the scope is a really good performer all around. Even with bolt-action rifles, this thing doesn’t lose its touch. Really good performer through and through. Whether you are a newbie or a veteran, you will find this scope really useful.

Does this scope come with mounting rings?

No, it doesn’t come with any kind of mounting ring. You will need to purchase them separately. You can do that from Bushnell or other brands.

Is this scope good for hunting?

It’s pretty decent at hunting. Believe it or not, it does perform well at hunting with the right gun.

Does Bushnell provide a warranty?

Yes, they provide a limited lifetime warranty. Within that period, they will fix or replace your scope as long as they fall in the T&C.

6. Athlon Neos 4-12×40 Second Focal Plane Riflescope

Athlon! A brand that most of us adore for their personality and good scopes. Athlon has been making quality scopes for a long-time now. Most of their scopes are priced quite highly. But they make budget scopes as well.

The one here, Neos is a budget riflescope. Despite being a budget-oriented scope, Neos is well-built. The scope is made out of durable aluminum. While it does look heavy, it’s not that heavy. It’s quite big still, but not heavy. The internal of the scope is purged with nitrogen. It makes the scope immune to fogging and prevents any moisture from leaking inside.

To make it useable during bad weather, the scope also has a waterproof rating around its neck. 6.5 Grendel is not the most demanding cartridge, but it still can pack a good amount of recoil. Don’t worry, Neos can easily handle that nasty recoil of Grendel.

The lenses are fully multi-coated. They are clean and have no distortion whatsoever. Color accuracy is also there. Overall, Neos is a highly accurate riflescope for Grendel. Whether you are shooting short-range or long, it’s great for either.

Does this scope come with mounting rings?

No, it doesn’t come with any mounting plate or rings. You will need to buy them separately from other brands or Athlon themselves.

Is this a good scope for hunting?

It’s made for hunting. It’s not suitable nor recommended for tact shooting. You can do that. But doesn’t mean it will do that good.

Does Athlon provide a warranty?

Yes, Athlon offers a lifetime warranty on their products. They have experience and good R&D to back up that claim.

7. Barska 1-4×28 IR Hunting Rifle Scope

If you are a long-time follower of TargetChaser, you know Barska is not a new name here. I have featured a ton of their scope in various budgets for a while now. The IR 1-4×28 is a hunting riflescope from Barska.

It’s made out of aluminum. It’s pretty durable for the price. While you don’t expect top-of-the-line quality at this price, it’s not that bad. The scope is durable. The weight of the scope is not that high either. A perfectly balanced killing machine on the right hands.

The internal of the scope is purged with nitrogen. Making it a fog-proof scope and immune to moisture. Outside of the scope is waterproof and shockproof. Thanks to that, you can easily pair this with a 6.5 Grendel rifle. The combination is surprisingly nice.

The lenses of the scope are fully multi-coated. Simply put, they are great. As great as you expect from a hunting riflescope. The reticle of this scope is illuminated. That allows you to use this scope under various lighting conditions.

Does this scope come with mounting rings?

Yes, and no. It doesn’t need any mounting rings as it comes with a mounting plate. The plate is suitable for picatinny and weaver-style mounting rails.

What kind of color is the illumination?

The reticle is colored green or red. Depending on what color you like, you can easily change the color on the fly and adjust to that.

Is this really a good hunting scope?

Any doubt? I know names often are misleading. Not this time. It’s a really good hunting riflescope. Specially, when you pair it with something like a 6.5 Grendel rifle, you are in for a treat.

How To Choose The Best Scope For 6.5 Grendel?

Keeping a couple of things in mind while choosing your next scope can make the decision much easier. Here are a couple of that pointers.

Build Quality

A good scope is a must for a hunter that hunts regularly. You don’t want to change scope every week or end up with a broken scope in a month or two. Pay extra if needed, but take a better-built scope.

Lens Quality

They are perhaps the most important thing in your scope. If they are not good, the scope is not good. Trust me, pay some more if needed but don’t cheap out on lenses.


Don’t skimp out on this. If the brand is not offering even a single bit of warranty, it’s hard if not impossible to justify that purchase.


This is subjective. If you can work with a low-magnified scope, you can take a scope with short to medium-range magnification. Otherwise, take higher. Up to you.


Now that you about some of the best scopes for 6.5 Grendel and how good they are, you now have the options to choose the perfect one for you. Hopefully, you found the correct scope for you.

If you know what you want from the scope and how much you are willing to spend for that scope, the choice becomes much easier. That’s all for today, I will be back with more, and hopefully, you do as well. Till then, take care.

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