Did you know the original concept of designing the 6.8 SPC, was to fill the gap between two different power calibers? Yes, it was made to be a medium power round since the existing 5.56mm cartridge was quite low power to shoot in long ranges.
Whereas the 7.62mm was too high power to make close range shots. Hence, the 6.8 SPC was made to resolve the issue and enable the shooters to use the round for any shooting ranges.
Now to enhance the shooting performance, the use of scopes with this caliber rifles are getting increasingly popular. However, among the vast scope options, it often gets difficult to find a scope that will be compatible to use with this round. So, in this article, we will look at the reviews of some of the best scopes for 6.8 SPC available in the market.
We have also discussed a number of important factors at the end of the reviews that you should check before buying a scope. So, let’s begin!
Best 6.8 SPC Scopes – [Editor’s Choice]
1. Leupold VX-Freedom 4-12x50mm Riflescope
With the 4-12x magnification range, this scope offers you a perfect compatibility to mount on a 6.8 Creedmoor rifle. You can easily use the scope to aim from close to long range distances. The use of Duplex reticle in the scope makes it more easy to aim on the target.
Additionally, Leupold’s Custom Dial System (CDS) enables you to customize your turret (adjustment dial) as per your exact ballistics and environmental conditions. After installing a new custom dial, range the target and then turn the dial to that number to make your perfect shot.
The good part of the scope is that it won’t add any extra weight to your rifle. Due to its Aluminum construction it weighs quite less. The lens also works well to transmit sufficient light through glasses. Moreover, the eyepiece lock ring feature helps you to lock in a focus setting that is best for your eye.
All in all, it is a good deal for any hunters or shooters who like to shoot from different distances.
What size mounting rings do you need for this scope?
It has 1” tube diameter, therefore, you will need rings with the same size. However, make sure the ring height is high, otherwise it won’t mount perfectly.
Will it hold up to a 45-70?
The scope is compatible to withstand the recoils of a 45-70. You just need to ensure it is mounted properly.
What is the focal panel of the scope?
It is the second focal panel scope. Though you will not have the extra advantage of the FFP here, it still works great to make perfect aim on the target.
2. Vortex Viper HS 4-16x50mm SFP Riflescope
Looking for close to high range scopes for your 6.8 Creedmoor? Look no further than Viper HS. The 50mm objective lens with the 4-16x magnification range enables you to make perfect aim from a close range to a long range distance. Plus, the 4x zoom-in feature helps you to have a closer view of the target.
Besides, the Dead-Hold BDC reticle which is placed on the SFP makes your hold-over estimation really easy. The scope also comes with durable lens and tube construction. The XD glass with XR multi-coatings make sure you get sharp and clear target images, even in the low light conditions. In addition, the Armortek coatings on the lens protects it from getting damaged by scratches and other outer elements.
The scope tube has hard-anodized matte finish, enabling it to be durable enough to withstand any rough situation. Moreover, the Argon purging of the tube ensures it provides fogproof and waterproof performance.
Therefore, you can consider the scope as a great option for close-long range target shooting or hunting.
Does it come with a sunshade?
Along with the product, the company also offers sunshade. But if you want to replace it later on, you can use “Vortex Optics Riflescope Sunshades” with this scope.
The ring height should you choose to mount the scope?
Normally a medium ring height goes well with this scope. So, if you want to keep your scope as low as possible, medium height rings will be fine.
Do you need a battery for the reticle?
The batteries are used for illuminated reticles. Since it is not an illuminated reticle, you don’t need any battery to power it up.
3. Trijicon Acog 4 X 32 Scope Dual Illuminated Scope
The fixed magnification range (4x) of the scope allows it to aim for close range distances. What is interesting about the scope is, it has an illumination reticle system but it doesn’t require any battery to power up the reticle.
It is because the illuminated reticle features a tritium/fiber optic to automatically adjust the brightness based on the lighting condition you’re in.
This red Chevron ranging reticle enables you to have bullet drop compensation out to 800 meters for 5.56 (.223 cal). Additionally, it can be used as a CQB sight when you want to shoot by keeping both eyes open.
Plus, the optic housing has been forged with 7075-T6 Aircraft-Aluminum-alloy to ensure that it can withstand any environmental conditions. Hence, if you want a simple aiming solution,Trijicon Acog is what you need.
Do these Acogs have adjustments for reticle clarity as well?
No, the scope doesn’t have adjustments for the reticle clarity. But you can use the adjustment system for windage and elevation settings.
Will it mount directly on the handle?
You need to take off the base before you mount it on the handle. However, you will also require screws to mount the optic on it.
Will it work on an 18” barrel AR?
The scope is engineered to work as a battlefield optic. So, it will definitely be compatible to use with the tactical rifles.
4. Burris Optics Fullfield E1 4.5-14x42mm Riflescope
When we are talking about a simple aiming solution, we don’t want to miss mentioning this Fullfield E1 scope. To make it easy to use the scope has been designed with a Long Range MOA reticle system. It helps you to have a detailed and precise aiming point on the target.
It also has Trajectory-compensating technology and cascading dots, enabling you to compensate for wind drift.
Unlike Trijicon Acog, this scope offers you a high magnification range (4.5-14x) so that you can aim on the target from close to long range distances.
The ergonomic side focus makes sure you have an easy parallax adjustment from 50 yards to infinity. Moreover, the scope tube has waterproof, sturdy construction. It also has Nitrogen-filling to prevent damages from internal fogging or moisture. So, buy the scope if you are looking for easy aiming features for long range distances.
Is the scope threaded for a sunshade?
Yes, the cope is compatible to have a sunshade. But since the company doesn’t provide one with a product, you have to buy it separately.
What size scope rings should you buy for the scope?
The scope has a 1” diameter tube, so you need to buy mounting rings with the same size. The medium height scope rings generally work with the scope.
What is the eye relief of the scope?
The scope offers around 3” eye relief. This amount of eye relief is enough for the close to long range rifle-scopes.
5. Nightforce SHV 4-14×50 F1 Illuminated MOAR Scope
Are you a professional hunter? If so, this can be your next favorite scope. Since the MOAR reticle is placed on the first focal panel, you get an advantage of changing the reticle size along with the magnification range. It gives you a better opportunity to aim as accurately as possible.
Besides, the 4-14x magnification range allows you to aim on the targets from the close to mid range distances. You will also love its analog illumination system for serious hunting situations. This illumination system can be controlled manually with the external illumination dial feature.
There is a 12 brightness setting in the dial system which enables you to change the brightness level as per your need. Thus, the illumination system comes really handy when you hunt in low light conditions.
Moreover, the use of the ZeroStop technology in the scope makes sure you can have quick and rapid returns to zero, no matter how many elevation adjustments you’ve made. The scope can offer you around 3.1” of eye relief.
Is the reticle similar to the Mil dots?
The MOAR reticle is quite similar to the Mil dots. In fact , this reticle has more pronounced hash marks than the Mil dots. So, if you’re familiar with the Mil dots, using this reticle will be much easier for you.
What accessories are offered with the scope?
Along with the scope, you will also get rubber lens covers, cleaning fob or cleaning cloth, owner’s manual, different tools like loose Allen keys and so on.
What sunshade size should you use for the scope?
The 3” sunshades will be compatible to use this scope.
6. Burris Xtreme Tactical XTR II 5-25x50mm Precision Scope
This is another scope which has been specially designed to use by serious tactical or hunting rifles users. But the difference between this one and the previous product is, Burris Xtreme has a much wider magnification range (5-25x) than the Nightforce SHV. It means you can use the scope from any shooting distances.
It comes with an illuminated SCR MOA reticle, allowing you to have target acquisition in the low light conditions. The 5x zoom-in feature, on the other hand, works to give a larger field of view in both close and long ranges. Besides, the advanced windage and elevation adjustments ensure you can have accurate and repeatable reticle adjustments.
You will also like its Zero Click Stop adjustment knobs as it can quickly and easily help you return to the original yardage setting without counting the clicks. The scope additionally has a triple internal spring-tension system which makes sure the scope can hold the zero in heavy impacts or recoils.
Similar to the other high quality scopes, it is also crafted with high-grade optical glass for brighter image quality. The scope tube has rugged construction, making it fit for all environmental conditions.
Does the scope have a parallax adjustment system?
The scope features an ergonomic side focus system. This works to adjust the parallax from 50 yards to infinity.
Do you need to buy the flip-up covers separately?
No, you don’t need to buy the flip-up covers separately since the company already provides it along with the scope. They come in plastic flip-up cover style.
Does it come with scope rings?
You won’t get the scope rings with the product, so you need to purchase them separately. As the tube diameter of the scope is 34mm, you’ll need a 34mm rings.
7. UTG AO 36-Color Mil-Dot 4-16×44 Scope w/Rings
We like this scope because of its meticulous construction. It includes all the features that we expect from a close-long range scope. But at the same time, the company has tried to elevate these features in every possible way. For example, the scope lens unlike other lenses has Emerald-coatings to maximize the light transmission through the glasses.
The scope tube has been built on True Strength Platform and designed to have complete seals and Nitrogen-filling. It ensures the tube will remain shockproof and fogproof in all environments. Moreover, the magnification system is powered with Quick Power Selector Ring, making it perfect for fast target acquisition and zooming in.
You will love its EZ-TAP Illumination Enhancing (IE) System as well. This IE system features dual-color mode (red/green) and multi-color mode (36 colors) so that you can use the scope in all weather and light conditions.
In addition, the scope has other important features such as the Zero Lockable and Zero Resettable Target Turrets and the Side Wheel Adjustable Turret (SWAT). When the former turrets help to hold and reset the zero, the latter works to adjust the parallax error from 10 yards to infinity. So, if you don’t want to miss out on these cool features, make it yours!
Does it come with any accessories?
Yes, it does. The company provides Picatinny/Weaver scope rings and flip-open lens caps along with the scope.
Where is the reticle placed?
The reticle is on the second focal panel. This allows you to change the magnification range without adjusting the reticle size.
Does it have a built-in rangefinder?
No, the scope doesn’t have a built-in rangefinder. However, in the traditional sense, the Mil dot reticle works as a rangefinder for the scope.
Buying Guide For 6.8 SPC Scope
The possibility of purchasing the right scope increases when you know what to look at before buying the scope. So, below is the list of key factors, you should check while buying a 6.8 SPC scope:
For 6.8 SPC scopes, you can choose either a fixed magnification range or a wide magnification range. If you normally like to shoot in different ranges, buy a scope that offers various magnification ranges.
It is imperative that the scope has a durable construction. Otherwise, it won’t be able to withstand heavy impacts or rough terrains. So, before making the purchase, check whether it is made of strong materials or not.
The scope lens should come with multi-coatings to ensure it can transfer sufficient light through glasses. It would be better if you can find a scope that has additional protective coatings on the lens.
There are numerous options in scope reticles nowadays. So, choose a reticle type which serves you most. You can also choose the illuminated reticles since they help to make accurate aims in low light conditions as well.
FFP vs SSP
The 6.8 SPC firearms can work with both types of focal panels. However, if you want more flexibility to make aiming points, you can select FFP scopes. However, in this case, it will cost you a bit more than the SFP scopes.
The diameter of objective lens for 6.8 SPC rifles should be between 30 to 44 mm or 50mm and can go even higher. The size of the objective lens will mainly depend on your shooting range.
If you are buying scope for close-high shooting range, look for 30-44mm scopes. But if you want a very high range scope, choose objective lens diameter from 50mm to higher.
While selecting a scope, see whether it can provide enough eye relief or not. Try to find a scope that will allow you to have 3-4” eye relief.
When you go to buy a 6.8 SPC optic, the first thing you should do is to be clear about your shooting needs and style. Believe it or not, half of the confusion flies away when you determine the reasons behind the purchase. Then, go through our scope recommendations (if you want to save yourself from the hassle of tedious research, of course). It will lead you to the best possible scope for your rifle.
Besides, don’t forget to see the checklist we have added at the end of the reviews. It will help you to understand the necessary factors you should check before purchasing a scope.