You can find .30-60’s everywhere. They are great rifles. Not only can you find vintage .30-60’s, manufacturers are pounding them out all the time, to keep up with demand. Scopes have changed over time and we now have a lot of advanced scopes to choose from. Picking the best 30-06 Rifle Scope can be a daunting journey.
Knowing how you will use it and the budget you have will be a good start. From there you can decide which features are needed and which ones you can live without.
The first question I always hear is, what is the best .30-60 rifle scope? Well, I’ve done some research for you and have my top picks listed in this article.
While we will review several great 30-06 rifle scopes below, my top pick is the Leupold VX 3-9x40mm Riflescope.
This scope is designed for the highest resolution image, even in the worst hunting conditions. It features a multi coated optics system, generous eye relief, and a Duplex CDS reticle to make any hunting experience better.
Choosing your rifle scope can be a daunting task. To get a sense of the right scope for your 30 ‘aught, let’s take a quick trip through the history books.
It was in 1844 that the first practical rifle scope was used. A competitive shooter, named Morgan James, designed a scope and wrote a book about it. By the 1860’s scopes had advanced enough that the union army sharpshooters regularly used them.
Early scopes lacked any advanced features we have today, they lacked quality lenses, and they were not as durable as we have now. As a matter of fact, they were looked at as unreliable. Until 1958 when Roy Weatherby introduced his Mark V rifle without iron sights.
The rest is history, as they say. Scopes get better and better, all the time. What would be considered an economy scope today, is better than mid range scopes from just a couple of decades ago. What would be considered top of the line today wasn’t even on the radar then (radar had just been invented!)
In the beginning, scopes were made from steel. Heavy steel. Today’s scopes are made from aircraft grade aluminum. Aircraft grade aluminum is durable and lightweight. (Fun fact: the same 6061-T6 aluminum used for scopes and F16 jets is also used to build the receivers for AR-rifles).
Scopes are usually shiny or matte black. A shiny black scope is just another way to alert your pray that you are around. Matte black is the most popular choice for scopes, for this very reason.
The tube of the scope is what’s between the lenses. Tubes are usually 1 inch in diameter, although European scopes, which are 30mm diameter, are gaining in popularity here in America. It’s important to know the diameter of the scope’s tube so you can make sure you get the right rings.
The ends of the scope are bell shaped and called the lens housing or bell. The objective lens housing or bell, is at the front of the scope. The ocular lens housing or bell, is the one you look through. As the power of the scope increases, the diameter of the objective bell increases. The bigger the lens, the more it will cost and the more it will weigh.
Eye relief is the distance between the ocular bell and your eye. You want 3 inches, minimum. 3 ½ is even better. If you have a rifle with quite a bit of recoil, you could even stand to have a 4 inch eye relief.
Scopes have adjustments for windage, which is lateral, elevation, which is up and down, and focus. Some scopes that are for long range shooting, have an adjustment for parallax.
The best scopes have their adjustments move with a click so you can tell you have adjusted if your hands are numb from the cold or you have gloves on.
Ficus is the easiest adjustment there is. Every eye is different. You just point the scope at something, adjust until it is in focus and set the lock.
If your parallax adjustment is set for the wrong distance your target will look like it is in a different spot than it really is. This is called the parallax error and it will cause you to shoot in the wrong spot.
It was during the 1960’s that Leupold developed the Duplex Crosshair. It became the standard and has been the standard ever since. The Duplex is four thick crosshairs that get pinpoint thin at the center. This will draw your eye to the center and help you have quick, precise aim.
LED lights are a nice addition to reticles. Just be sure your scope is still usable if the light stops working. Taking an extra battery helps too.
Variable power scopes are the most popular, because you can choose between a range of magnification. This is extremely helpful.
You don’t necessarily need a whole lot of magnification. A lot of times, less is more. There is a general guideline for magnification.
The quality of the lens and the coating that are on the lens is what you are paying for. Even someone who knows nothing about scopes could pick up a $250 scope and a $1200 scope and know which one is which. The difference in the quality of the image will be apparent and it is what makes the biggest difference in price.
Most scopes are multi coated to keep the glass from collecting beads of water or fog. This is a feature you don’t want to pass up. Fortunately, these days most scopes are coated even what would be considered economy scopes.
Let’s get on with the top picks.
This scope includes a revolutionary quantum optical system that works great for hunting. Leupold is a great company that always produces a quality product. You won’t be disappointed if you choose this scope.
This is a premium riflescope for the price. Features include fully multi coated optics, heavy duty precision force spring systems, and the smooth glide erector system. With the 6.5-20x high magnification and is built on a 30mm in diameter main tube, this scope is ideal for long range shooting.
This is a great scope. It is the lowest priced 30-06 rifle scope in my top picks. Don’t let the low price discourage you. This scope is really good for the price. It offers more feature than any other in it’s class. Standard features include, multi coated optics, ¼ MOA SureGrip audible click windage and elevation adjustments, waterproof, fogproof, and generous eye relief.
This is without a doubt one of the most premium 30-06 rifle scope options on our list. It has modern sleek design. Crafted with a black matte finish and a 50mm objective lens that allows for excellent light transmission. Features a first focal plane reticle, which means that the reticle will remain proportional to the target as you zoom in and out.
I hope you found a lot of great information in this article. I gave you a good range of scopes to choose from. Even the lowest price one has all the features we mentioned that are needed.
Hands down, my favorite scope is the Leupold VX 3-9x40mm Riflescope. For the price of a mid scope you get some really nice glass and quality features. I think you will have years of good use out of the Leupold.
To see more rifle scopes reviews, visit our gun scopes reference page. Thanks to Brandox Cox for helping with corrections on this page on June 20, 2019.
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Have had a pro staff 3-9 x40 on my grandpas pre 64 since 2011. It absolutely shoots lights out with the Nikon. Getting ready to go buy another for my 7mm08. It’s not a for the price good it’s just a great scope. Never have reset the zero and year after year I can put bullets almost touching.