2018 Best Crossbow Scope Reviews: We Went Market Hunting

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.

Top Rated Scopes

ModelRatingMagnification Eye ReliefLength
Nikon Bolt XRbadge-best-seller-mini4.63x32mm3.4"8.1"
TRUGLO Camo w/ Rings APG4.24X32mm4"9"
Excalibur Shadow Zone4.72-4x32mmN/A13"
Simmons RedDot 3-Dot, Red Illuminated4.41x30mm3.75"5.5"
Raging River Multi-reticlebadge-best-seller-mini4.74X32mmN/A8"
Barnett Multi-Reticle4.24x32mmN/A8"
Hammers Illuminated w/ Weaver Rings4.24X32mm3.5"8"
Vortex Viper XBR Illuminated4.92.5-10x44mm4"12"
Hawke Illuminatedbadge-best-seller-mini4.81.5-5X32mm4"8.3"
Excalibur Tact-Zone Illuminated4.92.5-6x32mmN/A13"
BSA Red Dot 5-MOA4.21x30mmN/A5.2"
Hawke MAP4.43X32mm4"8.5"

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.

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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.

Crossbow Scope Reviews for 2018

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.

Nikon Bolt XR

#1 Pick: Nikon Bolt XR Scope In Black Matte

Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow Scope

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.

TRUGLO 4X32 Camo

TRUGLO 4X32 CamoThe 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.

Excalibur Shadow Zone 2-4X32mm

#2 Pick: Excalibur Shadow Zone 2-4X32mm Scope

Excalibur Shadow Zone 2-4X32mm

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.

Simmons RedDot 1x 30mm 3-Dot, Red Illuminated

Simmons RedDot 1x 30mm 3-Dot, Red IlluminatedIf 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.

Vortex Viper XBR 2.5-10x44mm

#3 Pick: Vortex Viper XBR 2.5-10x44mm Illuminated Scope

vortex viper XBR crossbow scopeThe 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.

Raging River 4X32 Multi-reticle

Raging River Crossbow 4X32 Multi-reticleThe 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.

Barnett 4x32mm Multi-Reticle

Barnett 4x32mm Multi-Reticle Black ScopeWe 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.

Spotting Scopes

#1 Spotting Scope Pick: Bushnell Trophy XLT 20-60x 65mm Waterproof

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: