Ranking The Top 10 Best Crossbow Scope Reviews in 2020

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Today we got a different kind of product. Even though it’s a scope but it’s not a rifle scope or spotting scope but scope of crossbows. So Pals! Today we got 10 best crossbow scope reviews for you guys.

So let’s start with the list of products that we are going to review today, then we will jump straight into the reviews.

Best Crossbow Scope

  • TenPoint Rangemaster Pro Illuminated Crossbow Scope.
  • Trophy Ridge SpeedComp XV530IR Crossbow Scope.
  • Hawke 1.5-5X32 IR SR Crossbow Scope. 
  • Nikw9 Prostaff P3 3×32 Crossbow Scope.
  • Excalibur Tact-Zone Illuminated Crossbow Scope.
  • Sightmark Core SX 1.5-5×32 Crossbow Scope.
  • Barnett w/Rings 4X32mm Crossbow Scope.
  • UTG 4X32 1″ Crossbow Scope.
  • TRUGLO 4X32 Compact Crossbow Scope
  • Hammers Compact Red/Blue Illuminated Crossbow Scope.
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Choosing The Best Crossbow Scope

Choosing the best one is a difficult process. That’s why we are here to help you solve that issue.

First of all, there are huge amounts of crossbows in the market. The best one in the market might not be the best for you. That’s why we are going to discuss some key features that your crossbow should have.

Like spotting scope or rifle scope, crossbow scopes have many features to them. While some may be fancy troupe to catch your attention but some are simply amazing features that you can’t ignore.

Durability

We have said it in the past and we are saying it again if a scope has a fragile body that will break from a simple neck height drop don’t buy it. Durability is the key to your scope lasting longer and making your investment behind the scope worth it.

Now depending on your budget, you might get the aircraft-grade aluminum body but you might also get the cheap metal body. Aluminum is always a priority because magnesium alloy going to cost you a fortune to make a scope. 

Lens

The two glass that you see through are objective lens ocular lens. 

If the lenses aren’t any good you better off not buying the scope. You are going to stare through those lenses for hours. If they can’t provide clear and crisp images of your target why bother? Choose your lenses wisely if a better lens costs a little bit more trust me it’s worth it.

Coating

Now the scope can have several coatings. The housing can have a matte finish or a rigid finish. The optics are coated as well. Depending on the coating the scope can perform miles better than it’s competitor. Yeah, we are not joking. For example, if a scope is nitrogen purged it will never fog under cold condition.

But if it isn’t the scope will start to fog inside from a little amount of cold weather. Fully multi-coating can ensure that the scope gathers most of the light and provide clear and better images. While multi-coated optics are good but fully multi-coated ones are better.

Reticle

Reticle plays an important role while buying a new scope. There are many kinds of reticle available for scopes. In some scopes, the reticle is glass etched which means if your scope falls and disorients the objective lens your reticle won’t move because it is etched to the glass.

Some scope has a multicolor reticle and some have multi-lined. Some reticle also has rangefinder built in them. Hunters might prefer the rangefinder one where target shooters might choose the multi-lined one.

In short, choose your reticle wisely and only choose the one that you need or will be benefited from. 

Illumination

Most of the modern-day scope comes with illuminated reticle. Some illuminated reticle has multiple adjustment levels which can be adjusted through the turrets. 

While there is scope that does not have any kind of illumination. If your hunting session is mostly near dusk or low light area you must choose a scope that performs well in low light and has an illuminated reticle.

Magnification

While people might think that scope should have magnification. While you are not wrong scopes are made for magnification in the first place. But it’s not true when comes to crossbow scopes. 

Most of the crossbow scopes come with fixed magnification. But some do come with variable magnification. Most crossbow hunters prefer to hunt from short range. While target shooters might want magnification to shoot from different ranges. 

You must decide whether you need magnification or not.

Eye Relief and Objective Lens Diameter

This might not seem as important because crossbow recoils aren’t that high so you don’t need generous eye relief. It’s simply not true. You need a generous amount of eye relief to protect your eye from the shock. You also need a fair amount of distance between the eyepiece and eye to not strain the eye. 

Depending on the objective lens diameter your field of view will vary. Most of the time 1-inch tube crossbow scope has a 32mm objective lens. Which provides plenty of field of view depending on the certain model. The objective lens diameter also plays a vital role in how much light will gather inside the scope. Resulting in image quality.

Choosing a scope is never easy. But we hope that we helped you somehow. Like we said earlier you need to sort yourself out on the specific category in which you belong. 

If you want to hunt past sunset you need a scope that has illuminated reticle and performs well in low light. If you want to shoot from a range you gonna need a scope that has a great reticle to help you target practice. 

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TenPoint Rangemaster Pro Crossbow Scope

Best Crossbow Scope For Low Light

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TenPoint crossbows are a well-renowned brand in the crossbow and accessories industry. TenPoint is well known for providing top tier crossbows and scopes. Rangemaster Pro is an ultimate best crossbow scope.

Body Quality

TenPoint doesn’t advertise the product as a shockproof but through our testing period, we found it to be pretty durable. The scope is water and fog proof. 8.22 inches long scope has a 30mm objective lens. 

All that while weighing just at 15.4 ounces. The build quality is pretty impressive. It should be for the price you are paying.

Optics Quality

The optics on Rangemaster Pro is really good. They have a fixed magnification but you get enough magnifications for your use. The reticle is scratched into the glass. There isn’t any official statement on the eye relief of the scope but in our testing, it was pretty generous.

With the 30mm objective lens, you get plenty of Field of view. Even though there is no official statement we believe you should get around 25 feet at 100 yards with max zoom. Overall the optics are well built and won’t scratch from surface damage. 

Pros

  • Good light transmission.
  • Illuminated reticle.
  • You can adjust the bolt speed with reticle.
  • Accurate distance reading.
  • Extremely bright even in low light conditions.

Cons

  • You cannot adjust zoom it's fixed.
  • The reticle gets extremely bright so even deer might be able to see it at the low light condition.
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Trophy Ridge Speed Comp Crossbow Scope

Best Crossbow Scope on The Market

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Not everyone here has heard of the brand Trophy Ridge. But that doesn’t mean the brand is bad. This review might prove just that.

Trophy Ridge Speed Comp XV530IR is a best crossbow scope for day time hunters. Because during the low light time the reticle tends to shine so much you will easily give away your position to your prey. 

Body Quality

While we failed to find any official confirmation about the scope’s build but during our testing, we didn’t see any kind of scratches or dents in the body. So we believe that the scope is made as quite durable.

Optics Quality

Here is the interesting part. There were some reports about Trophy Ridge takes lenses from Hawke. So rest assured their optics are the same high quality well-built and durable like Hawke scope has. 

The optics are even fully multi-coated. It is 100% assured that you are going to get one of the best experience through the scope.

The scope has excellent low light performance thanks to the 30mm lens gathering enough light transmission. The main selling point of the scope is it can keep up with crossbows with speeds from 250 to 430fps. There is very little amount of crossbows who can achieve that speed. 

Pros

  • Fully multi-coated optics.
  • Waterproof and fog proof.
  • Illuminated reticle.
  • Excellent daylight performance.
  • Excellent speed control can even handle the highest end crossbows with ease.

Cons

  • The red illuminated reticle is hard to look at during sunset time.
  • Small objective lens.
  • Small Field of view.
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Hawke 1.5 IR SR Crossbow Scope

Best Crossbow Scope For The Money

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Hawke is a well-known and well-respected brand in the crossbow and accessories world. The Hawke 1.5-5×32 is no exception but a best crossbow scope. It is well built and the optics are top of the line quality.

Build Quality

Just as you can expect from such a well-known brand excellent build quality. 1-inch mono-tube body gives the scope a superior feel and sturdiness. The scope does not feel cheap at all. Frankly saying it shouldn’t.

You are going to pay a good amount of money for the scope. The matte finish looks excellent. By reading our past reviews you can already tell that we love the black matte finish. There is no exterior cover like spotting scopes.

The build is so strong that you don’t even need a cover. You can probably nail a coffin with the scope. Haha just kidding don’t do that. The tough housing is also water-resistant. 

Optics Quality

Hawke is proud of its scope optics. They should be. Their scope optics are just so good that even Trophy Ridge takes lenses from them. Fully multi-coated lens for excellent light gathering. Which results in excellent clarity of images and crisp visuals.

They are placed quite strongly inside the housing we are sure it is not coming out of the housing anytime soon. Unless you decide to try to nail a coffin with it. The scope is nitrogen purged so it’s fog proof & it has a field of view of 22.5-75 feet at 100yards.

Reticle

You must be surprised why this scope has a dedicated para about reticle where the rest didn’t. To answer that frankly, we didn’t have enough info to write about reticles of the other scopes in the list. The glass etched reticle illuminates. 

The illumination color is red and green. So you can have a great low light experience. Because red illuminated reticles tends to interfere with vision at low light. The green eliminates a lot of that problem.

The illuminated reticle has 5 levels of brightness. You can also use it with any crossbow because it can keep up with up to 425fps of speed. 

Pros

  • Excellent body quality.
  • Excellent optics quality.
  • Can keep up with top end crossbow with high bolt speed.

Cons

  • The objective lens could have been bigger.

Overall a bang for the budget scope. You can buy it without hesitating much.

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Nikon Prostaff P3 Crossbow Scope

Best Crossbow Scope For Clarity

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No offense if you don’t know about Nikon in 2020 you are probably living under a rock. We are not going to dive deep inside explaining Nikon as a brand because we have done that in the past a lot.

The Prostaff p3 3×32 BDC 60 is a best crossbow scope from Nikon. Let’s start reviewing the unit.

Build Quality

Aircraft-grade aluminum rugged 1inch main tube is so well built that we are pretty sure you are not breaking it. Unless you really want to break it that’s another topic. 

Rugged exterior gives you a build that you can use in any weather. And you can use it in any weather as the scope is water resistant. Overall excellent build quality no complain on this part. 

Optics Quality

Nikon makes excellent lenses for camera, for scopes. No compromises here either. Top-end fully multi-coated optics give you the best images that you need while hunting. 

The 32mm fully multi-coated objective lens gathers more than enough light to perform well in every lighting condition.

Reticle

BDC 60 crossbow reticle is a lot like your traditional BDC reticle with some vertical dots. But the reticle is really good because of the reasons I am going to state now.

The BDC 60 reticle is designed for a variety of crossbow bolt, point weights and velocities, the reticle’s 20-yard ‘zero’ provides corresponding aiming point circles for shots out to 60–and even beyond 80 yards–depending upon the bolt length, weight, point weight, and velocity.

Pros

  • Excellent aircraft-grade aluminum body quality.
  • Excellent optics.
  • Hand-turn 1MOA adjustments.
  • Spring-loaded instant zero.
  • Highly accurate.

Cons

  • No illuminated reticle.
  • Only 3x zoom and that is fixed.
  • 3x zoom will fail to sight-in with high-speed bolts.

For the price, Nikon Prostaff P3 crossbow 3×32 is an excellent product that does almost no compromises. Except for maybe the no illuminated reticle. If you are a day time hunter it shouldn’t bother you a bit. If you fall into this category you can go for Prostaff P3 blindly.

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Excalibur Tact-Zone Crossbow Scope

Best Crossbow Scope With Rangefinder

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Excalibur Tact Zone is different from the rest of the scopes on the list. Most of the scope in today’s top 10 crossbow scope reviews list is fixed zoom. But Tact-Zone 2.5-6×32 has a variable zoom. 

Tact-Zone is a best crossbow scope for low 100$ range. But it might set you back a little bit with all the accessories and mounts you need to buy. But as an individual scope, it held its mark.

Build Quality

The body quality of the Excalibur Tact-Zone is well made and quite sturdy. While the scope is only 13 inches long and weighs just around 1pound. One might think that the build quality is not that good here. The scope body is made out of relatively light-weight aluminum.

It is durable but not having any extra weight in the material. The scope is also shock-proof so no problem using it with modern crossbows.

Optics Quality

The optics quality is pretty good on the scope. The optics are fully multi-coated. As the scope’s optics are fully multi-coated it means that you will see more clear and crisp images even in low-light. 

Because the optics went through multiple levels of coating which made sure that it lets the maximum amount of light through so that you can watch a clear view. 

Reticle

The reticle is a glass etched reticle and is called Tact Zone & the magnification of the Excalibur Tact Zone 2.5-6×32 is 2.5x and max 6x of magnification.

The objective lens of the scope is 32mm which provides plenty of field of view and lets through plenty of light. You get 20feet of field of view at max zoom. The scope can also keep up with modern crossbows because it can go up to 410fps 

Pros

  • Excellent lens quality.
  • It can keep up with almost all modern crossbows.
  • Good field of view.

Cons

  • It has almost zero accessories inside the box.
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Sightmark Core SX Crossbow Scope

Best Crossbow Scope Under 100

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You guys probably know about sight mark by now. They make pretty good rifle scopes and red dots. But today we got a crossbow scope from them for you guys. And I am not even surprised as it is one of the most spec’ed out on the list while being on the cheaper end. 

Core SX is a pretty best crossbow scope for the people who are in budget. The build quality should be the main selling point of the scope. But the scope packs a strong punch in other sections as well.

Body Quality

By reading the specification list you are probably thinking the scope is jacked. Well, you wouldn’t be wrong about that. The body quality is what you might accept from someone like Sightmark. 

One of the best body under 150$ and the best within 120$. That says a lot about the scope, doesn’t it?

Optics Quality

Not fully multi-coated but multi-coated. That doesn’t mean the scope is going to perform badly under low-light. On the contrary, the 11 adjustable brightness reticle makes it up for the lack of fully multi-coating. 

Don’t get me wrong multi-coating is not that bad. The power of variable magnification and adjustable brightness setting makes it up. At least for us, it did.

Reticle

Glass etched red illuminated VXR-M reticle. It has 11 adjustable brightness settings. The reticle is not that bad to get adjusted to. 

Pros

  • Great body quality.
  • Water, fog and shockproof.
  • Pretty compact 9.5".

Cons

  • The magnification ring feels tough to control.
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Barnett w/Rings Crossbow Scope

Best Crossbow Scope For Precision

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We have reached the below 100$ list. From now on all the scopes in the list will be below 100$. So pals! Keep your eyes on- Barnett w/rings gonna might be your best crossbow scope.

Body Quality

The body quality of Barnett 4×32 is average. Not that great not that bad either. While Barnett does not disclose of what material they are using on the scope. 

But we are pretty sure it is some kind of aluminum. There is no weatherproof guaranty but the water and shock resistance gives some assurance. 

Optics Quality

Multi-coated optics assures that you get clear images. Because the scope allows most of the light to go through the lenses without hindering the ray and thus you get higher quality and clean images. 

But sadly the scope is not fully multi-coated. Because of that under heavy water or cold weather, the scope tends to build up fog inside due to not having nitrogen purged inside. But you can’t just expect everything to be great about a sub 100$ scope.

Reticle

This is the best part of the scope. You get 5 aiming points which allows you to shoot at variable range with ease. The scope comes with a guide that will help you to sight in your scope at your preferred aiming points.

Pros

  • 5 aiming point’s reticle.
  • Low range clarity.
  • The field of view is wide without distorting image quality.

Cons

  • Not fog proof.
  • The included mounting rings are straight-up bad.
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UTG 4X32 1" Crossbow Scope

Top Rated Crossbow Scope

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Leapers Inc is an American based manufacturer that makes gun accessories. They makes pretty best crossbow scope. The UTG 4×32 is no exception either. 

Body Quality:

The scope is built on the manufacturer’s True Strength Platform with Smart Spherical Structure(SSS). This helps you to achieve Most Precise and Accurate Windage/Elevation Adjustment. Also toughest recoil resistance. In short, you get a really strong housing.

Optics Quality

Superior Quality Precision Broadband Lens Coating Offers the Brightest Image and a Generous Field of View. The lenses are really good for a 70$ scopes. Unlike the Sightmark this one is nitrogen purged which means you are not seeing any fogging issue.

To protect the lenses of the scope it also has a built-in sunshade. Parallax is pre-adjusted at 50 yards.

Pros

  • Great lens quality.
  • Integrated sunshade.
  • Resettable and lockable windage and elevation turrets.
  • It comes with mounting rings.

Cons

  • No speed compensation for bolt adjustments.
  • Reticle might seem weird to some of people.
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TRUGLO 4X32 Compact Crossbow Scope

Best Value Crossbow Scope

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Almost at the end of the list. Only two remaining including this one. This compact scope is a cheap one too.

Build Quality

The length of the scope is just 8″ & it comes with 3 kinds of finishes. The one that we recommend is the matte black finished one. Because we love matte black and the reticle of this one is dual-color illuminated.

The body quality of this truglo is nothing impressive, to be honest. But the finish! It’s nailed the coffin. Because the finish is quite sturdy. That is why we bring the Truglo 4X32 as a best crossbow scope. the scope will survive drops and random bumps.

Optics Quality

The fully coated lens provides a hefty amount of light transmission resulting in good quality pictures. While it is not fully or even multi-coated but the current TG8504B3L model has an illuminated reticle to fill up for the missing.

The field of view is pretty generous 24 feet at 100yards. While the zoom is fixed at 4x by no means it compromises with picture quality. For a 70$ 32mm objective lens scope, it is pretty darn good if you ask me.

The scope has a dual-color illuminated reticle but can be used without illumination too. The Truglo 4X32 comes with the mounting ring so you don’t have to buy them separately.

Pros

  • Good body finish.
  • Deer-sized reticle.
  • Dual-illuminated reticle.
  • Includes weaver style rings.

Cons

  • It comes without illuminated reticle too. Make sure you buy the correct one.
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Hammers Compact Red/Blue Crossbow Scope

Best Crossbow Scope Under 50

The cheapest one on the list is Hammers 4×32 multi-line reticle compact crossbow scope. This is a best crossbow scope under 50$! You heard that right a crossbow scope fixed zoom at 4x and 32mm objective lens for 50$. That’s a steal if you ask me. 

But that’s where I come in. To make sure this is a steal and not a bust. Without further ado let’s end today’s crossbow scope reviews with Hammers 4×32 illuminated crossbow scope.

Body Quality

I will cut a slack on this one. For 50$ we simply can’t hope to have aircraft-grade aluminum rugged body and whatnot. But what the scope does have is an 8″ body and rigid shockproof design. The scope is also water resistant. 

But we have heard complains about the reticle turning sideways after taking a fall. Which is somewhat true. The body is built quite decent but the placement of the scope lenses could have been more firmly placed. Or etched in glass reticle could have prevented the whole issue.

Optics Quality

While Hammers stayed silent about the optics coating but they did disclose it is nitrogen purged. Thus meaning that you can use it under cold weather too. But do we don’t recommend you testing it under snow or something.

While the scope performed excellently for a 50$ scope under daylight. It fell off in performance when it came to low light shooting. Fixed zoom at 4x is not bad at all to look at. The field of view is decent and the eye relief is also generous. 

Reticle

Two-color illuminated in red and blue the reticle has multiple lines horizontally. The reticle is weird to put simply. It should take quite a bit of time to get adjusted to. But it is what it is.

Pros

  • Super cheap.
  • Multi-lined dual-color illuminated reticle.
  • Excellent matte black rigid finish.
  • Includes Weaver rings.

Cons

  • Not that durable.
  • Almost zero official information regarding most of the stuff.
  • Not suitable for high bolt speed crossbows.

Overall pretty decent scope for 50$. If you are like super tight on budget and have a lower end crossbow, to begin with, or perhaps you are new to the scene and don’t want to spend a hefty amount on your first scope or your scope died on you and you need something to get by. It doesn’t matter which category you belong to the scope is a good money saver choice for everyone. All of the scope has our recommendation.

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