Best Rifle Scope Under 200 – Top 10 in 2020 [Guide & Top Picks]

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Riflescopes are a necessity for hunters and target shooters. If you have a rifle but don’t have a scope. You can’t use the rifle to its full potential. 

 

A lot of us don’t want to invest a ton of money behind the riflescope either. If you can invest the money, it’s worth it. But I am not your insurance guy. I won’t try to sell you insurance at a higher price. 

 

Riflescopes weren’t this cheap at any point. A lot of new manufacturers joined the game and the scene became more competitive. That’s good for us consumers.

 

We get so many options to choose from. That can also be confusing. Choosing the best rifle scope for you is not as easy as you might think. We are here to help you with that matter.

 

By the end of this review, I can guarantee that you will find the best rifle scope under 200 dollars which will suits you most. What are we waiting for? Let’s jump straight into it. 

Best Rifle Scope Under 200

1. Vortex Crossfire II 4-12x44 Rifle Scope

Magnification 4 - 12x
Objective Lens 44 mm
Eye Relief 3.9"
Tube Diameter 1"
Linear FOV @100 yds 24.7 - 8.4'
Length 13.1"
Weight 17.2 Oz

Vortex Optics Crossfire II is one of the most sold Vortex riflescopes. Today we have the Crossfire II 4-12×44 BDC (MOA) Riflescope.


This was designed for both hunters and shooters. As Vortex said, they wanted to end the discrimination between the hunting and shooting riflescopes. Did they manage to do that? What do you think? If they didn’t 2000+ people wouldn’t buy it, would they?


The scope is available in 3 reticles. Dead-hold BDC, V-Plex, and V-Brite Illuminated. The reticle is a personal preference. There is no “best” in them. Even if a professional claims a reticle to be the best. You might end up not liking it. That’s why look at all the reticles available and see which one is the best for you. 


The optics are fully multi-coated with several layers of anti-glare coatings. Even if you hunt in the sun’s direction. It won’t affect your shooting at all. 


The best part about this scope is the price. I don’t know How Vortex managed to make it so cheap. But thankfully they did. It’s worth every penny in my book. 

2. Leupold VX-Freedom 3-9x40 Rifle Scope

Magnification 3 - 9x
Objective Lens 40 mm
Eye Relief 4.17 - 3.66"
Tube Diameter 1"
Linear FOV @100 yds 33.7 - 13.6'
Length 12.39"
Weight 12.2 Oz

Leupold is known for their top of the line riflescopes. Recently they started to make budget scopes too. VX-Freedom is a straight competition to Vortex Strike Eagle and Vortex Crossfire II.

 

The pricing and magnification are quite similar. Leupold didn’t cheap out on the lense quality at all. The objective lens on this one is a bit smaller than the Vortex Crossfire II. 

 

Don’t get me wrong, a 40mm objective lens is more than enough for hunting or target shooting. The scope gathers plenty of light to support your all-day hunting.

 

All of the lenses are fully multi-coated. The inside of the scope is also nitrogen purged to make it fogproof. There aren’t any O-ring seals involved. But the entire scope is tested to be waterproof. Don’t try to submerge it for too long though. The Duplex Reticle is one of the easiest reticles to read in my opinion. It’s not complex at all. 

 

Thankfully Leupold didn’t forget to add one of their best technologies in the scope. The Twilight Light Management system. This one is a straight-up ED glass competitor. Thanks to the twilight light management system, the scope is good at collecting light and performing excellently under low-light. 

 

Some of the version of this scope is over $200. Keep that in mind while buying. The link we included underneath is the cheapest version of the scope. 

3. Nikon Buckmasters II 3-9x50 Rifle Scope

Magnification 3 - 9x
Objective Lens 50 mm
Exit Pupil 4.4 - 13.3 mm
Adjust Grad @100 yds 1/4 inch
Linear FOV @100 yds 11.3 - 33.8 ft
Max Internal Adjust 80 MOA
Travel per Rotation @100 yds 12”

If you haven’t heard of Nikon by now, either you are stuck in the 1800s or you live under a rock. Sorry, there was no better way of putting that. Nikon is one of the leading manufacturers in the lens making industry. They have been making quality lenses for over a century now. 

 

Nikon is fairly new to the riflescope industry. If you didn’t know their riflescopes, that’s understandable. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know them. Bucketmasters II is one of the budget offerings from Nikon. The Prostaff series is a bit expensive than Bucketmasters II. 

 

This 3-9x scope is capable of taking some hits. If you want to place it on your high caliber rifles, you can do that without any issue. The turrets on this scope are also amazing. You can control them with hands. The clickiness and sound make it even more awesome. 

 

Lenses are fully multi-coated. The inside of the scope is nitrogen purged. This makes the scope fogproof. To prevent any kind of water and moisture going in, Nikon uses O-ring seals. O-ring seals are proven to be some of the best methods of waterproofing. Nikon took the BDC reticle and added their twist to it. There are some circles underneath the center vertical line. Indicating the bullet drops. 

 

For less than $200, you are getting all of these. If I were you, I wouldn’t complain about a single thing. If I had to complain it had to be about the magnification. I would have liked it with a higher magnification configuration. 

4. Vortex Diamondback 4-12x40 Rifle Scope

Magnification 4 - 12x
Objective Lens 40 mm
Eye Relief 3.1"
Tube Diameter 1"
Linear FOV @100 yds 32.4 - 11.3'
Length 12"
Weight 14.6 Oz

Vortex Diamondback is a cross-platform series. Under this banner, Vortex released riflescopes, spotting scopes, binoculars, and more. We have reviewed several of those products. On today’s list, we got the inexpensive offering of that series. Vortex Diamondback 4-12×40 costs just around $200. 

 

For that price, you are getting some of the best optics available. If you were to tell Vortex to make a $90 scope, Vortex would cheap out on many things but they wouldn’t cheap out on lenses. They are committed to providing some of the best experiences possible.

 

This budget is suitable for most beginners if they enjoy using the less expensive ones. In the future, they won’t hesitate to jump on the higher end from the same manufacturer. 

 

Lenses are fully multi-coated. There aren’t any ED glasses. But the coatings help with the low-light performance. I wouldn’t recommend using them past the legal hunting time. 

 

The turrets of this scope are capped. It’s quite easy to adjust the windage and elevation using those knobs. Dead-Hold BDC is the reticle of choice here. Diamondback is also available in V-Plex. But most of the time that version tends to stay out of stock. 

5. Monstrum G2 6-24x50 Rifle Scope

Magnification 6 - 24x
Objective Lens 50 mm
Eye Relief 4 - 4.5"
Tube Diameter 30 mm
Reticle Illuminated Rangefinder
Length 15.5"
Weight 13 Oz

This is the first FFP scope on today’s list. All of the scops so far had a second focal plane reticle. Monstrum G2 is also the first one to have a 50mm objective lens. Those of you who were looking for a budget long-range riflescope. Your search ends here. 

 

G2 offers a massive 24x magnification. The illuminated reticle is also an excellent thing about this riflescope. The reticle is placed on the first focal plane. Meaning when you magnify on the target, the reticle zooms alongside the scope. 

 

Thanks to this, hitting the bullseye becomes easier. You might be wondering, why doesn’t all scope use this then? The first focal plane is quite expensive to make. That’s why budget manufacturers avoid using this. 

 

You also get a lot of stuff free with the scope. Such as a set of high profile Picatinny scope rings, a detachable honeycomb filter sunshade, a set of spring-loaded flip-up lens covers, a lint-free cleaning cloth, and one CR2032 3V battery.

 

The inside of the scope is nitrogen purged to keep the moisture away. The outside of the scope has a black finish. The finish is quite nice. It has a sturdy feeling to it. 

 

The lenses are fully multi-coated for optimal performance. If you are shooting towards sunlight, then I recommend using the free sunshade that you get inside the box. It will help gather light better.

 

The scope has anti-glare coatings, but if you keep away the unnecessary lights, a lot of glaring issues will end. Overall, it’s an excellent scope. If you want an FFP scope, keep this on the top of your priority list. 

6. Bushnell Drop Zone 3-9x40 Rifle Scope

Magnification 3 - 9x
Objective Lens 40 mm
Eye Relief 3.7"
Exit Pupil 13.1 - 3.5 mm
Linear FOV @100 yds 31 - 11'
Length 12.2"
Weight 21 Oz

Bushnell is not new to the game by any means. They are one of the OG scope manufacturers. Bushnell Drop Zone is a 3-9×40 riflescope. The magnification is not the highest by any means. Drop Zone is more suitable for mid-range hunting and target practicing. 

 

What Drop Zone does have is a bullet drop compensation reticle. I tried my best to make a pun there but failed. If you know a good one, let me know in the comments. 

 

223 BDC Ballistic Reticle is an excellent choice for this scope. Drop Zone is calibrated for 55-62 grain and 223 REM/.556 loads with aiming points up to 500 yards.

 

Drop Zone also features side parallax adjustments. A lot of scopes tend to overlook this feature. If you know how to use it as your advantage. You know how good of a feature this is. 

 

Like all the other, Drop Zone also features fully multi-coated optics. Thanks to that, it gets incredibly bright when needed. The turrets are easy to adjust and have a good clicky sound to them. As the inside of the scope is nitrogen purged, there is no chance of moisture getting inside. It makes the scope both fog and waterproof. 

 

As for the exterior, it’s one of the best in this price range. Doesn’t matter if you pair it with a high-end AR or a sniper rifle. This is virtually scratchproof and good at absorbing shocks. Bushnell also is good with its after-sales service. You can easily consider buying this scope. 

7. Vortex Copperhead 4-12x44 Rifle Scope

Magnification 4 - 12x
Objective Lens 44 mm
Eye Relief 4"
Tube Diameter 1"
Linear FOV @100 yds 24.7 - 8.4 ft
Elevation / Windage 60 MOA
Adjustment Graduation 1/4 MOA

Vortex Copperhead is fairly new compared to all the other Vortex on the list. Copperhead features a bigger objective lens than Crossfire II. The bigger objective lens does play a vital role in a scope’s performance. It increases the field of view. Making the overall experience more pleasant and lively. 

 

The construction material of this scope is aircraft-grade aluminum. Most riflescope even at this range does have an aluminum build. But Vortex went a step ahead and used aircraft-grade aluminum for the best possible construction value. 

 

Like all the other scopes on the list, Copperhead also uses fully multi-coated lenses. It increases the brightness of the scope and provides more clear pictures. 

 

The Dead hold-BDC MOA Reticle is on the second focal plane. Now, I know what you are thinking, no. It isn’t a wise choice to provide both aircraft-grade aluminum, good lenses, and FFP reticle on a sub $200 scope. 

 

It will harm their business greatly. As much as I want a 30X scope for $200. This expectation has no real value. Maybe we will see some of them soon who knows. Till that future becomes reality, you can continue using the Copperhead to shoot some headshots. 

8. UUQ 4-16x50 AO Rifle Scope

Magnification 4 - 16x
Objective Lens 50 mm
Exit Pupil 12.5 - 4.2 mm
Transmission 90 %
Linear FOV @100 yds 29.1 - 9.9'
Length 323 mm
Weight 750g

The most unusual riflescope on today’s list. I was quite skeptical about this scope at first. For $180, this scope was providing colored reticle and rangefinder! How did they manage to pull that off? 

-That’s not it, you even get a holographic sight on top of the riflescope! How crazy is that!

This scope is like a complete package that will take the experience of a new hunter to the next level. This scope is best for hunting because using rangefinders in a competition is forbidden. Using them in hunting is not. 

Also, thanks to the holographic sight, you can quickly take your eye off the eyepiece and focus on the close target. I found the rangefinder to be quite accurate. The entire scope wasn’t that flimsy. With this much stuff added on the scope, the weight does increase a bit. 

If you thought hunting was over after dusk. Think again. There is an LED flashlight included for you to continue hunting in the dark. 

I cannot fathom, how perfectly balanced this scope is. Even the construction is quite good. Not aircraft-grade, but the body is made out of aluminum. The lenses have multiple layers of anty glare coatings. It even has a built-in lens cap. 

Man UUQ has thought through everything. This is without a doubt one of the best riflescopes under $200. 

9. Simmons Whitetail Classic 6-24x50 Scope

Magnification 6 - 24x
Objective Lens 50 mm
Color Granite
Tube Diameter 1"
Reticle Truplex
Adjustment Click Value 1/4 MOA
Finish Matte

Simmons says 6-24×50 Whitetail is a good scope. But what do I say? The short answer, Yes it’s a good scope. Long answer, keep reading.

 

Simmons 6-24×50 is another riflescope with a 50mm objective lens. If you have read a few of my reviews, you know I am a big fan of a wide field of view. They fascinate and captivate me. 

 

Simmons Whitetail Classic is available in graphite color with some red accent. Makes it look so good. Just see some pictures, you will know what I am talking about. 

 

The inside of the scope is nitrogen purged. Whitetail Classic is also water and shockproof. The lenses of this scope are fully multi-coated. The sunshade is not that extended. The anti-glare coatings are a lifesaver. 

 

The scope gets quite bright. But still not bright enough for low-light hunting. For day time and regular target shooting, this will do more than fine. You can pair it with an AR and call it a day. Wait, don’t call it a day go out and hunt something.

10. Athlon Neos 4-12x40 Rifle Scope

Magnification 4 - 12x
Objective Lens 40 mm
Eye Relief 3.11 - 3.15"
Tube Diameter 1"
Linear FOV @100 yds 27.3 - 8.9'
Length 12.4"
Weight 18.1 Oz

The final scope on today’s list is from none other than Athlon. We all know how good of a manufacturer Athlon is. Athlon Neos is a 4-12x riflescope with a 40mm objective lens. The whole scope is constructed from aluminum. 

 

The lenses are fully multi-coated. Among those coating, there are several layers of anti-glare involved. To make the scope fog and moisture-proof. The inside of the scope is nitrogen purged. 

 

There aren’t any O-ring sealing, but the scope does have a waterproof rating. Not recommended to submerge though. You can choose from 3 available reticles. Center X, BDC 500 IR, BDC 22 Rim Fire. 

 

You can guess already, the last one is suitable for .22 LR with a muzzle velocity of approximately 1,250 feet per second. This reticle was designed to be zeroed at 50 yards. 

 

If you have a modern rifle with higher caliber cartridges, then I recommend you to go for the BDC 500 IR. It’s one of the most used and easy to understand reticle out there. 

 

The capped turret provides good protection to the knobs. You can’t accidentally alter the adjustments. Just because this scope was featured, at last, that doesn’t mean you should consider this as a last option. This can be your first option as well.

Best Rifle Scope Under 200: Conclusion

Wow, time sure flies fast. That didn’t take long. But it’s a wrap. Thanks for bearing with me and reading this far. I hope you found useful. 

 

If you want to communicate with us or have any suggestions, don’t forget to leave them in the comments down below. We part ways here, but I sure hope to see you again. 

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