Crossbow hunting is increasingly popular these days, and 2018 is no exception. A lot of hobbyists have joined the circle and taking their skills pro. Of course, it takes a good bow and bowrunner to succeed in this type of hunting quest. But as you already know, you need a good scope too, like our top pick, the Nikon Bolt XR.
Because of the fact that they can run high in terms of costs, finding the best crossbow scope on the market is even more crucial. Which is why we made our top list of scopes to add to your crossbow with a range of budgets in mind.
|Nikon Bolt XR||4.6||3x32mm||3.4"||8.1"|
|TRUGLO Camo w/ Rings APG||4.2||4X32mm||4"||9"|
|Excalibur Shadow Zone||4.7||2-4x32mm||N/A||13"|
|Simmons RedDot 3-Dot, Red Illuminated||4.4||1x30mm||3.75"||5.5"|
|Raging River Multi-reticle||4.7||4X32mm||N/A||8"|
|Hammers Illuminated w/ Weaver Rings||4.2||4X32mm||3.5"||8"|
|Vortex Viper XBR Illuminated||4.9||2.5-10x44mm||4"||12"|
|Excalibur Tact-Zone Illuminated||4.9||2.5-6x32mm||N/A||13"|
|BSA Red Dot 5-MOA||4.2||1x30mm||N/A||5.2"|
A high performance crossbow has to be powered by a top-of-the-line scope. If your unit has a crappy scope, you better think about swapping it with a more reliable one so you get the most out of your hunting experience.
Scopes come in various designs and make. They are available in camouflage colors, intensities, and styles. You have to understand, however, that what makes a good scope is pretty simple: bright optics.
Also if you don’t have a decent scope, your bolts will never hit your desired target where you want to and might just hurt your target instead of killing it.
Here, we lay down our pick of the top 6 choices available. It’s always smart to invest a couple hundred of dollars for a serious hunting gear. If you need ideas then just go with what the experts use.
If I had to choose my favorite crossbow scope for the money then the Truglo would be it, you can refer to their FAQ and spec charts for fit and compatibility. But as we repetitively mentioned here, each hunter’s need is different than the other regardless of our preference in the below scope reviews. So keep that in mind when you are choosing yours.
Do you want to climb escalating heights in your hunting? The Nikon Scope can accompany you up to the 60-yard challenge. It has something that most scopes in the market do not have – 3x Nikon optics that could transmit about 92 percent of the available light. That means superior brightness and contrast that will lead you to a glory game. What’s more, thus Nikon scope has an advanced BDC 60 reticle, which provides surefire aiming points. You can never go wrong with this one.
The Truglo scope is another one for the books. Priced at only $68.02, this comes up as a great deal for gamers out there who want precision, durability, and maximum brightness without compromising their budgets. It has fully coated lenses that offer optimum contrast, clarity, and brightness. It is also made of durable materials in a scratch-resistant, handsome matte finish.
If you are hunting in low light conditions, this Excalibur bow scope is your best buddy. It provides basic design features that offer optimum brightness within 10-yard increments. This may be a far cry from the very popular Vari-Zone but it fares well enough with a two-color reticle at 4x32mm.
If you can’t do without Red Dot technology the then Simmons is for you. It will improve your bow hunting skills with this amazing piece that lets you shoot under low light within impressive levels. It’s a nice upgrade that provides lighting-fast shooting speed. The downside is, you have to ensure that your bow is calibrated properly to give you a far better sight.
The Vortex Viper illuminated, shockproof, fogproof, high fidelity color contrasts, is without a doubt our top choice scope. Unfortunately, the premium price tag that comes with it makes it a bit difficult to recommend as our #1 pick. But if you have change to spare and want the best scope for your bow then by all means this is the one to get.
The Raging River weapon scope is a charming hunting companion in sleek matte finish. But there’s more to it than simply aesthetics. Precision is another thing that’s impressive about this unit. It allows four times magnification for optimum clarity. It is also powered by a Pro 5-Step illumination reticle that will allow you to shoot under low light without any fuss.
We just received the Barnett to test recently and have not had the opportunity to do so. I will update my review on it after the weekend as that is usually when I have time to go deer hunting and get a good measure of this unit.
This compact telescope, has the ability to keep the target sight stable while in high magnification, add the bonus of being just as portable as binoculars, and you know why so many ourdoors men have one with them at all times. Many people make a mistake of not carrying a spotting scope with them and rely solely on the scope attached to their bow.
We highly recommend adding the best spotting scope for the money to your list of gear you pack with you on your trips. They are invaluable in finding wild game, deer, elk, bears, and other prey or even predators to watch out for without putting yourself at risk.
Getting a spotting scope for hunting to complement your bow can be as slick as hunting itself.
Regardless of which spotting or crossbow scope review you read, at the end it is always best that you make a choice according to your needs, requirements of your weapon, and your budget.
Watch this video for a first person view of our favorite Truglo: