In this scope guid, we will check out the best scopes for Ruger precision rifle chambered in 308, 6.5CM & other calibers, we will take a brief look at their optic features and reticles. There are tons of options and we are here to narrow down your search.
The Ruger Precision Series Rifle is one of the most popular and affordable long-range rifles for anyone entering the precision shooting hobby. Available in multiple caliber configurations to fulfill your long range shooting applications.
To save you time shopping around. The Vortex Viper PST Gen II FFP 3-15X is a great option with its quality as close to their RAZOR HD Gen II 5-20X scope. These are also highly recommended by experienced Army Ranger sniper Ryan M. Cleckner.
If you're new, get a good enough rifle like the Ruger, get some training, and get a great scope to start.
5 Best Rifle Scopes For Ruger Precision Rifle [All Calibers]
REMEMBER: A great scope doesn't replace the fundamental skills of shooting!
If you had to choose between a nicer scope or a nicer rifle, always go for a nicer scope that you're going to grow into in the future.
The Ruger precision rifle offers 5 different calibers platforms with different ballistic performances, so pick a great scope based on these perimeters and most importantly a practical reticle.
Precision rifle scopes are very complex instruments for long-range tactical shooting applications, and here are the best optics for precision shooters who are also looking for the best value.
NOTE: It's easy to trade in USED rifles, but not USED rifle scopes!
Vortex RAZOR HD Gen 2 5-20X50 - Best Overall
Why the RAZOR - The Vortex RAZOR HD Gen 2 is the most unique high-end 35mm pecision rifle optic on the market today. It really differentiated itself among others for its scope finish, durability, performance and wider click adjustment range 125 MOA (36 MRAD) for long range shooting.
Any time when you see a 35mm tube size scope, you know it's definitely made for long range shooting.
This optic is quite popular in the long-range shooting communities as many people use it for hunting and competition.
EBR-2B Reticle - The scope features the open center aiming point EBR-2B reticle with holdover, windage and ranging capability. It's a reticle similar to the EBR-2C reticle as far as base functionality even though the 2C is a newer reticle with some slight changes in the subtension.
Superior Built Quality - What makes the RAZOR HD great on the Ruger is the unique color finish and sturdy turret design that will survive long term use for hunting and competition.
Mechanical RZR zero stop turret - Thanks to the integrated, mechanical RZR zero stop, you can dial all day knowing you’ll always have an accurate, repeatable and solid return to zero between stages or at the end of any range session.
Highly recommended this one if the Vortex PST 3-15X44 doesn't give you enough magnification.
- The Razor HD 5-20x50 riflescope is built to handle the needs of precision and tactical shooters facing the most extreme, long-range shooting situations
- High density, extra-low dispersion glass and premium XR coatings generate unparalled image quality and brightness. Index-matched apochromatic lenses correct color across the entire visual spectrum.
- The glass-etched, first focal plane reticle is incredibly versatile and ensures subtensions remain accurate throughout the entire zoom range. Shooters can choose between 11 levels of brightness
- A side focus provides optimal image focusing and parallax removal. The fast focus eyepiece allows quick and easy reticle focusing. Rapid Zero Return feature stops the turret from dialing below sight...
Vortex Viper PST Gen 2 3-15X44 FFP - Best For The Money
Why we picked this one - The Vortex PST Gen 2 precision optic is the best for someone starting new in precision shooting. After comparing other options, the Vortex PST comes on top with its simple to use features, premium coating quality, long-range performance, and cost.
Available in both 1st and 2nd focal plane, the scope is hard tested proven for shock, recoil, fog, and water seal.
EBR-7C Reticle - For long range shooting, we recommend using 1st focal plane when using the new EBR-7C reticle with newly improved wind holds and finer subtensions.
The VIPER PST series scopes are made at the same place as other high-end optics such as Nightforce in Japan (The World's best optical glassmaker). If you disassemble these rifle scopes you will notice most of them have similar parts and dimensions.
All they do is etch the brand logo on the scope to differentiate among themselves, and price can vary dramatically based on the brand.
- The Viper PST Gen II takes incredible performance and rock solid tactical features to new heights. The 3-15x44 first focal plane riflescope is incredibly versatile and ideal for close to long range...
- Shooters who dial their turrets for bullet drop and wind compensation will appreciate the laser etched turrets, adjustable parallax and the RZR zero stop. A fiber optic rotation indicator ensures you...
- The reticle offers shooters highly functional, intuitive, and detailed hold points, yet remains uncluttered for optimal viewing and features 10 intensity levels with off positions between each...
- Extra-low dispersion glass increases resolution and color fidelity. XR fully multi-coated lenses increase light transmission. Armortek coatings protect the lenses from scratches, oil, and dirt.
Primary Arms PLx 6-30X56 FFP - Best For 6.5 Caliber
Why this scope - The Primary Arms Platinum 6-30X First Focal Plane 34mm scope is the best value for the money for the Ruger Precision Rifle, and it features the Athena BPR MIL reticle with holdover, windage and auto ranging features that long range shooters must have inside a scope.
Or pick the ACSS Apollo reticle designed for the 6.5 CM ballistic profile if you have the rifle chambered in 6.5
For the price of $1500, you are getting basically the same quality scope like the Vortex, but way more affordable.
Glass quality - The glass is made in Japan, aka the same place NightForce and Vortex optics are made. The only difference is that Primary Arms doesn't carry out extra rounds of in house quality control after it leaves the factory, which dramatically reduces the cost of their scopes.
The scope has tight tolerance, zero-resettable elevation, and windage turrets, which is one of the most important qualities on a precision rifle scope for keeping the MOA / MRAD accurate adjustment clicks for effective hits downrange.
6-30X is a perfect "all-in-one" package for anyone who wants to hit 600 yards and beyond. Not to mention the first focal plane gives you true reticle size at any magnification level, which is important for precision shooting.
Something like the Primary Arm PLx 6-30X FFP scope is hard to find in the world of precision rifle scopes. Get it at the best value price before they jack up the price as the company gets more reputable.
NightForce ATACR 5-25X56 F1 - The Ferrari Of Precision Scopes
Why pick NightForce - The NightForce ATACR 5-25X56 F1 is a "buy once cry once" type of optic. Once you have it you don't need to buy another precision scope ever again.
The best quality of the NighForce ATACR scope has been the Japanese made lens and it's super durable and accurate turret internals, but it's also the most expensive.
Which Reticle To Use - This 34mm scope offers up to 6 different reticles including MOAR, Mil, H59 and Tremor 3. If you understands long range to a certain extend and are not afraid of using complex reticle for easier wind calls, Then the Tremor 3 reticle is the one to use since the Speed Shooting Formula is built right into the elevation hold of the reticle making even faster shooting possible.
The company does extra rounds of in-house tolerance checks and strict quality control on each scope before shipping them to the shelves, which means more manpower is required to ensure their product is the best.
Each NightForce precision rifle scope goes through intensive inspection and tolerance checks to make sure it is the World's most accurate scope with top-notch quality, accuracy, and failproof turret design.
- Internal Adjustments: Elev- 89MOA/26 MIL, Wind-60MOA/ 18MIL
- Tube Diameter: 34mm
- Eye Relief: 3.54 inch
- Mounting Length (inches/mm): 6.3/160
Leupold VX-5HD 3-15X44 SFP - Best For Beginners & Hunters
Why pick the The Leupold VX-5HD - For any beginner getting into long-range shooting, the 3-15X magnification is a great starting point.
For the price, it's a great scope to leave plenty of money in your pocket to buy lots of ammo to practice.
This hybrid 30mm tube scope between hunting and tactical applications with a lot of adjustments (75 MOAs) for windage as well as elevation.
Getting on target is much simpler with the included custom turret dial system built for specific rifle and load. The turret internals has a twin spring erector system, which helps hunters and long-range shooters to track the scope well and go back to zero when you want it to.
The scope chassis is made with 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum body, making it extremely durable and lightweight, which is perfect for anyone who plans on taking his/her Ruger precision rifle on hunting trips.
- Model #171716 - VX-5HD 3-15x44mm Side Focus Riflescope with Impact-29 MOA CDS reticle and Matte finish
- Side Focus - the side focus adjusts the scope's parallax, making the reticle clearer and have less perceived movement when you're shooting at different distances
- Guard-Ion Lens Coating - is a hydrophobic lens coating that sheds dirt and water for a maintenance-free, clear, crisp image
- Professional-Grade Optical System - offers unmatched light transmission that’s designed to outperform in the most challenging lighting conditions, industry-leading glare reduction for a clear image...
What Calibers Is The Ruger Precision Rifle Chambered In?
The Ruger Precision Rifle is chambered in:
- 6mm CM
- 6.5 CM
- 300 WIN MAG
- 338 LAPUA MAG
In order to shoot long range targets accurately with a 24" or 26" barrel length rifle to get about 0.5 MOA shot group, you need a good scope that has a good turret dial, reticle and magnification to aim the target with sharp clarity.
Another important aspect of caliber selection is your skills and the ammo selection.
Buyer's Guide - What To Look For
Always buy a nicer scope than the rifle, which means a high-quality glass, strong body, fine adjustments, and a precision shooting reticle.
When it's time to move on to a higher-end precision rifle, you just keep the same optic without shopping for another optic.
**Learn Something New: In the world of optical manufacturing and businesses, most modern-day sporting optics are made in Japan, the US, and Europe.
Most scopes you see on the store shelves are made at the same factory but branded and quality checked differently, the price of the scope varies based on those factors.
A great scope gives you confidence every time you go to the range knowing that zero is still staying true, which means you need repeatability.
One scope might have a better piece of glass, but lack the precision in its adjustment turret.
0.25 MOA/click on a Vortex scope, for example, isn't always the exact same on another scope that's also rated 0.25 MOA / Click. It may be 0.23 MOA / Click or a couple of percentages off.
Some scopes lose adjustment precision over time if you adjust it back and forth multiple times
MRAD (Mil) vs MOA
MRAD VS. MOA is a hot topic among precision shooters.
To simplify this... MRAD vs MOA is like comparing metric and imperial systems. Some people are comfortable with one, but can't wrap their head around the other.
So pick one that makes the most sense to you as the shooter where you can work through the math quickly in your head.
In fact, picking the right aiming reticle is the fundamental discussion here to truly understand what works for you. Ultimately it's the difference in units and what type of math you are most comfortable using in your head while out in the field shooting without getting confused.
For long range precision shooting, please avoid throwing an random BDC reticle scope on your rifle, as the BDC lines are not always calibrated correctly to your particular barrel length nor ammo type.
In fact, when in doubt, always get a grid style reticle like the H59 Christmas Tree pattern reticle for precision shooting.
- Mil-Dot - Most Simplistic, Fast Eye Pickup & Ranging
- Mil Scale
- BDC ( Ballistic Drop Compensator )
- MOA Scale
- Horus Reticle - Best For Rapid/Constant Engagement, Minimize Calculation
- Crosshair & Duplex
There are so many reticle options available for precision rifle scopes, but just because something looks complicated doesn't mean it's best for the shooter if he or she doesn't understand how to use it.
Get a reticle like the mil-dot that is clean and simple. If you have too much going on on the reticle like the "Horus", then it could obstruct your target if you don't completely understand how to use it.
Check out our how to guide on ACSS HUD DMR reticle to learn why this reticle is so great for fast ranging and aiming
Most scopes today have crystal clear glass clarity, and a clear piece of glass help you see better without distortion, and they performs better under low light.
You don't need to spend an extra $1000 or $2000 to assume you will get that 5% - 10% more clarity. It doesn't make your shooting any better.
More magnification ISN'T ALWAYS your friend! High magnification allows you to see the target at long-range, but you might be surprised how much better it works when you power down to 18X for 1000 - 2000 yard shots.
If you have too much magnification on a rifle scope, scope image can get shaky, trigger jerk sensitivity goes way up, and unable to spot misses.
Serious long-range precision shooting demands both precision and accuracy. When pushing past 400 or 1200 yards, you need the gun and the scope both up to the task.
So power down your optic to lower magnification and you will be happy that your shot groups will get better
For starters, 500 yards is a good long-range distance to master first, which means a 3-9X or 4-12X type magnification scopes are great for starters.
Once enough experience is gained, you can use the same scope to push your shots up to 1000 yards using 9X or 12X.
For Experienced Long Range Shooters
For experienced shooters who want to push past 1000 yards, which means 5-25X, 6-24X, 7-42X type scopes are great options.
Ruger’s Precision Rifle is purposely built for long-range shooting, and it has the features to compete in the rarified world of half-mile-plus target guns. So please pick enough magnification so you can see clearly and place the reticle on the target at 500 yards and up.
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Magnification level is also important for target identification if you don’t want to carry other binoculars to save weight and increase your mobility in the woods, which means you can use your scope as a spotting scope as well. In that case, you can pick something with more magnification levels.
Taking a shot from 1000 yards might be a life goal a hunter want to achieve, but getting that deer is much easier within 200 – 400 yards.
Pick 1st Focal Plane Scopes
First focal plane scopes are highly recommended for long range precision shooting because the reticle is true at any magnification level.
On the other hand, a second focal plane scope's reticle markings are only true at the maximum magnification level.
Saving weight is important if you're on the move a lot. If you're in some kind of precision shooting competition, it's better to pick a scope with the capability you want first, then narrow down to the lightest option.
For stationary shooters, the weight doesn't really matter since you're not moving much besides taking your rifle in and out of the case.
Objective Lens - Size Doesn't Better
The bigger the lens diameter the better the light capturing ability. 32mm, 44mm or larger objective lens is considered large.
However, it's not always the case. Some entry-level scopes have large objective lens, but they don't guarantee the good light transmission or image brightness quality.
Tube size is another important part of the equation as far as light capturing and image brightness. In addition, the brightness is a product of exit pupil diameter and anti-reflection coatings.
Almost every high-quality scope on the market comes with an adjustable eyepiece to ensure the reticle and the target remain clear and sharp for the shooter.
This is extremely important for any type of shooting applications. Anytime the focus shifts back and forth between the target and the reticle, you're set up for failure.
Getting this right requires the shooter to properly set up the scope on the rifle.
Parallax is one of the most misunderstood concepts among shooters. Long story short, Parallax occurs when the target and reticle are on different planes within the scope.
It is noticeable when the shooter moves his/her head or eye around the scope while the reticle appears to shift around the target at which you are aiming.
In the precision shooting game, the further the target is, the margin for parallax tightens, which means slight offset causes you to miss the shot.
The mount height is a frequently asked question for Ruger Precision Rifle shooters. When picking a mount height you need to make sure it leaves enough room clearance between the scope and the rail first.
Everyone is different so there is no perfect one size fits all.
Larger objective lens scope such as 50mm requires something like 1.6" or taller scope rings or mount.
The easiest way is to spot estimate the height between the scope and the rifle roughly, then go shop for the appropriate mount either at your local store or online.
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The Ruger Precision rifle is very modular and versatile for beginners and experienced shooters, which is an excellent tool for precision shooting, plinking, hunting and tactical shooting.
Scopes that are recommended above are broken down into several categories including the best price, the best value, top-notch performance, and the best all-around scope.
For the Ruger Precision Rifle, no matter what caliber you're shooting, 500 to 1000 yards are doable with this rifle. The Vortex PST Gen 2 5-25X and the Primary Arms PLx 6-30X are the best value for the money, they're made at the same place NightForce optics are made.
Finally, the Vortex Razor HD and NightForce ATACR are the best top of the line precision scopes for anyone who has the budget and the desire to push their skills to the next level.
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