Choosing The Best Scope For Ruger Precision Rifle [Top 12 Scopes]

Ruger Precision Rifle

The Ruger Precision Rifle is one of the most popular entry-level rifles for long-range precision, and with good reason.

Ruger ignited a nationwide interest in shooting with this affordable, well-designed chassis rifle, and was the first “mainstream” manufacturer to release this style of gun at a budget-friendly price.

But no matter how competent this rifle may be, it’ll only ever be as good as the scope you have on top of it. That’s why it’s important to have the best scope for Ruger Precision Rifle you can get.

But which scope to pick?

I get questions about which scope to pick a lot, especially as PRS and other long-range shooting sports grow more popular. So I wanted to do a deep dive into what the greatest scope options out there are, as well as provide a little info on how to choose a great scope to meet your needs.

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Athlon Midas Tac HD

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Athlon Midas Tac HD

  • Magnification:6 - 24 x
  • Diameter:50 mm
  • Weight:26.3 - 1.64375 oz

Vortex Viper PST Gen II FFP

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Vortex Viper PST Gen II FFP

  • Magnification: 5-25x
  • Diameter: 50mm
  • Matrial:Aircraft-Grade Aluminum

Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II

Bushnell-Elite

Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II

  • Magnification: 4.5-30x
  • Diameter: 50mm
  • Weight:37 oz

Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II

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Kahles k525i

  • Magnification: 5-25x
  • Diameter: 56mm
  • Weight:970 g 34.2 oz

Nightforce ATACR

Nightforce-Optics

Nightforce ATACR

  • Magnification: 5-25x
  • Diameter: 56mm
  • Color:Black

Vortex Razor HD Gen II

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Vortex Razor HD Gen II

  • Magnification: 4.5-27x
  • Diameter: 56mm
  • Weight:48.5 oz

Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50 FFP Riflescope

Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50 FFP Riflescope

  • Magnification: 4.5-27x
  • Diameter: 56mm
  • Weight:48.5 oz

Trijicon AccuPoint 5-20x50

Trijicon AccuPoint 5-20x50

  • Magnification: 4.5-27x
  • Diameter: 56mm
  • Weight:48.5 oz

NightForce SHV 5-20x56

NightForce SHV 5-20x56

  • Magnification: 4.5-27x
  • Diameter: 56mm
  • Weight:48.5 oz

Burris Optics XTR II 8-40x50

Burris Optics XTR II

Burris Optics XTR II 8-40x50

  • Magnification: 4.5-27x
  • Diameter: 56mm
  • Weight:48.5 oz

Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm

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Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm

  • Magnification: 4.5-27x
  • Diameter: 56mm
  • Weight:48.5 oz

Steiner T5Xi 5-25x

Steiner T5Xi 5-25x

  • Magnification: 4.5-27x
  • Diameter: 56mm
  • Weight:48.5 oz

A Little Background On The Ruger Precision Rifle

As I mentioned above, the RPR is the first mainstream chassis-style bolt action rifle produced by a major manufacturer. Several years ago when it was released it started an absolute firestorm of interest in long-range shooting sports like PRS.

Nowadays, many manufacturers including Tikka, Savage, Remington, SIG Sauer and others are making precision rifles on a chassis platform. 

This change in the industry has lead to hundred of thousands of chassis rifles being sold for long-range shooting, but through it all the RPR has remained fairly dominant thanks to the fact that they got it out first (and the fact that it just works so damn well). It is now one of the most popular long range rifles around.

Why is it a bolt-action rifle, you may ask? With the tactical features you might think the Ruger precision rifle would be for a semi-automatic rifle, but a bolt-action rifle makes more sense here. A semi-auto is naturally heavier and more prone to malfunction, while a bolt-action rifle can still have rock solid tactical features and work well with a high quality scope for shooting at long distances.

The RPR is a bolt-action rifle and will likely stay that way.

Now you can get new barrels and handguards (as well as other accessories) designed just for the Ruger Precision Rifle, which makes it a good option if you want to tweak your setup. And of course you have that big rail on top to easily mount whatever scope you want.

Speaking of scopes, let’s talk about how to pick the best scope for Ruger Precision Rifle.

How Much Should I Spend on a Scope for a Ruger Precision Rifle?

First and foremost, only you know what your finances are like and how much room you have in your finances for a rifle scope. I was once a broke college student trying to get a precision riflescope on the cheap, so I totally get it.

For all you out there that balk at the idea of spending $1000+ on a scope, I've got several budget-friendly options for a scope for Ruger Precision rifles on here that won't break the bank.

That said, you get what you pay for when it comes to a scope and I am a strong proponent of spending as much as you can on a scope for the Ruger Precision rifle. Yes, some of the scope options on this list cost as much as the rifle itself and that's fine. Some of these scope options cost almost twice as much.

Nightforce Beast rifleshooting

Lookin at you, Nightforce.

The reason for this is simple: cheap scopes don’t do so well at 600 yards+, and the Ruger Precision Rifle can reach out to a mile in the right hands, with the right ammo, and with the right scope.

At the end of the day, the two limiting factors on your performance when starting out are going to be your own skill set and your scope, because a low-quality scope can actively hold you back.

A cheap scope makes it harder to see down range, cheap knobs make it harder to actively dial your elevation, and poorly-designed reticles will slow you down on your transitions.

Bottom line, you get the scope you pay for, and spending $1200 on a rifle and then putting a $150 scope on it is absolute madness in my opinion. Most people buying the Ruger Precision Rifle are just getting started, and I'd wager most of them haven't used a scope to reach out beyond 600 yards before.

If that sounds like you, you probably don't have a huge basis of comparison when it comes to high-end scopes but trust me, a crappy scope is going to make learning the ropes of long range shooting much, much harder, and you don't need your scope holding you back, especially when starting out.

For that reason, you won't find any super cheap scopes on this list because a cheap scope will actively hinder your performance.

Not that slapping a high-end scope on something is exactly guaranteed to improve your performance, but it does give you fewer hurdles to jump over when you're learning. Most of the time.

If you're that worried about your finances, get a Ruger American Rifle in 6.5 CM, throw a Vortex Diamondback Tactical scope on it, and you'll be ready to start learning how to shoot at longer ranges for less than $1,000.

If you're trying to jump in with both feet and you've decided on the Ruger Precision Rifle (or a similar mainstream chassis rifle) then spend the extra dosh on a good scope. You'll be glad you did.

With that said, I’ve got some $400ish scope options on here, and I’ve specifically picked scope choices that will work well on other rifles later so if you upgrade to a better gun in the future, you aren’t stuck with an extra precision rifle scope (of course you could just sell it, but that’s up to you).

On the other end of things, if you have the cash to spend on a great riflescope and think you might really like this longer distance shooting thing, go big and get something really nice in case you end up upgrading your rifle later.

However, with that said, spending $2500 on a riflescope isn’t going to make you Gunny Hatchcock or Bob Lee Swagger. For most people, an $800-$1500 riflescope option is going to be the way to go, as it’ll be awhile before you can outshoot the Ruger precision rifle with a scope at that price point on it.

When you’re starting out, if you’ve got the extra money, you’re better off spending it on ammo instead of a premium riflescope, and if possible taking a class from a reputable instructor.

Other Things To Look For In a Scope For a Ruger Precision Rifle

In addition to not cheaping out and buying some piece of crap scope, there are some other things to keep in mind, which we'll cover in this buying guide.

Quality Construction

As always, we want a riflescope that is made with care and competence from quality materials.

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That means waterproof and fog proof, o-ring sealed, a gas-purged tube made of aircraft-grade aluminum, and a shockproof design that can stand up to the recoil of some of the larger calibers you can get the Ruger Precision Rifle and RP Magnum chambered in. Part of being a high quality scope is having a fog-proof design, and being o-ring sealed helps waterproof the scope as well. 

A scope can have the highest clarity and all the features in the world, but if the riflescope isn't constructed well, then no rock solid tactical features will stay rock solid. Also, the RPR is a bolt action rifle, which means you'll want a high quality scope that doesn't get in the way of the bolt.

For shooters who want to touch far out with their riflescope, the quality of the build matters just as much as range or sight picture.

Glass Quality

The quality or clarity of a scope can be very subjective, which is why I will always recommend trying to find a way to look through the scope you're thinking about before you buy that riflescope. Even if you're going to buy a riflescope online from somebody like Amazon or OpticsPlanet, try to hunt down a way to check the scope out for yourself.

In general though, most scopes from reputable manufacturers making products for this kind of shooting are going to be free of things like chromatic aberration and are going to have solid multicoated lenses that will make it easy to see mirage (key for judging wind).

Reticle Style

The Ruger Precision Rifle is, well, for precision, so you want an appropriate reticle. Your standard crosshair in your duplex reticle ain’t gonna cut it for this type of riflescope.

At a bare minimum, you’re going to want a MOA or Mil dot crosshair, and in my opinion you should go with a more tactical-style “Christmas tree” reticle that has both wind and height lines to make it easy to quickly shift from target to target and to quickly make adjustments on the riflescope based on changing winds.

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You also don’t want a bullet drop compensator (bdc) riflescope. They’re too limited for this type of shooting and more geared towards a short-range or hunting scope. We’re going to be dialing our holdover with the elevation knobs on the riflescope for this kind of long distance shooting. A true long range scope will have a Mil or MOA reticle.

And because we’re going to be using our scope reticle to measure elevation and wind, we need it to be the same relative size at all magnification ranges, which of course means we need a first focal plane reticle instead of a second focal plane option. A second plane riflescope isn't the end of the world, and in case you prefer it, we've included a few riflescope options with that as one of the features.

You can also check if it's a first or second plane riflescope, as that will make a big difference in the way the scope is used.

Zero-Stop Target Turrets

One of the biggest things you need to look at for this kind of shooting is tactical or target style knobs. This means finger-adjustable knobs on the riflescope that you can use to dial your windage and elevation adjustments as opposed to knobs that you adjust with a coin and then leave alone after you’re done zeroing.

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One thing to consider is whether or not you have a capped windage turret on the riflescope. You still want one that’s finger adjustable, but in general most people (myself included) just compensate for windage with the sight as opposed to dialing it.

You only really need to dial wind in really heavy winds, or when shooting well beyond typical PRS ranges, so having a riflescope with that cap over the windage turret can be good for keeping the knob from getting bumped accidentally.

Finally, zero-stops are adjustable set screws or other mechanical devices that allow you to quickly return to your original zero without dialing past it on the riflescope. After all, you don’t really adjust for a shot nearer than your zeroing distance with your turret, so this lets you dial back to that original setting almost immediately, and without looking.

You want your elevation turrets to be low-profile, but still comfortable to use, which makes them a great option compared to just using your sight picture. Precision rifle shooters typically prefer to adjust for elevation.

Magnification Range

This is the really controversial aspect of a riflescope for long-range shooting.

Some people will swear you only need a riflescope with 9x magnification to shoot at 1200 yards. Some will say you can make shots at a mile with iron sights. I mean, our great grandfathers did it in WWI with volley-fire weapons, why can’t we?

The truth is, for actual precision shooting instead of just making educated guesses, you need a decent amount of magnification on your riflescope. The bare minimum I’d consider acceptable would be a max magnification of 14x or more preferably 18x on the riflescope, but I’ve seen people run up to 35x scopes very comfortably.

That kind of magnification on a riflescope can be expensive though, so you’ll see most scopes for this type of shooting in the range of 5-25x or so. The one thing I will note is that you can always dial a 35x scope down to the 25x range, but you obviously can’t do the reverse. For some shots, you might find that you want that extra zoom. This is up to your preferences and budget however.

I started out my shooting journey with the RPR, and since then I’ve been lucky enough to try a number of different scopes on this platform. I also took a number of these options out for a test drive when writing this buying guide just to collect my thoughts and eliminate some options because I wanted to keep this to a reasonable length.

Hopefully this buying guide is helpful. If not, let me know what we can add to the buying guide to make it more valuable for your shooting style.

So, here, in no particular order, are the best RPR rifle scopes.

12 Best Scopes for Ruger Precision Rifle

1. Athlon Midas Tac HD

Athlon is a relatively new game in the riflescope world, but they’ve already made a huge splash in the realm of affordable, high-quality scopes.

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The Midas Tac is one of my new favorite riflescope options from Athlon, and it’s actually what I have on my RPR right now (I still use it as a test bed). You can read my full review of the scope here, but the short version is this is a very good scope.

It competes with the Viper riflescope which we’ll discuss in a minute, as they’re similarly priced and perform pretty comparably, though the Midas Tac riflescope is a little bit cheaper. The APRS 3 Milliradian is perfect for PRS, and that’s what I’d recommend going with for any kind of competition, or even long range varmint hunting from a static position.

The optics are clear and bright on this riflescope as well, and frankly much better than a lot of the more expensive riflescope options out there. I like the 5-25x5 version for the longer magnification range and the larger objective lens, but the 6-24x is solid too. Both have a 34mm main tube.

Overall, this is a great riflescope ption in the sub-$1000 price point, and might just be one of the best in that price bracket.

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Athlon Midas Tac HD

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2. Vortex Viper PST Gen II FFP

The Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II 5-25 50 is a more established option compared to the Midas Tac, but they fill basically the same role.

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They’re both competent, mid-range (pricewise) options that fit the general budget of someone buying an RPR. These scopes both just make sense on top of an RPR.

The Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II 5-25 50 has an overall length of 15.79" and its shockproof construction and almost 4" of eye relief combines to make it a good option if you think you might one day upgrade to .300 WM or .300 PRC.

The multicoated lenses here offer slightly better light transmission than the Midas Tac, giving you a brighter sight picture in low light conditions, making this a better option if you're using your RPR to try to snipe the occasional prairie dog. It has a 30mm tube and a fast focus eyepiece. 

The illuminated reticle is a nice bonus as well, and is great if you prefer that brighter center dot (another features hunters love).  The Gen II takes incredible quality image at range and in all lighting conditions thanks to the XR coatings on all the lenses. XR coatings are quality and really help with image focus and brightness, even at max magnification.

It is a few hundred bucks more expensive than the Midas Tac, but it's also a little more tried and tested over the years. This is one of the most popular RP Rifle scopes for a reason, and you'll likely see many of them at your local PRS matches. The ArmorTek coating protects the matte finish and keeps the tube safe. 

The EBR 2C is an option that comes on this scope. Well, the EBR 2c used to come on this scope, although they aren't making them with the EBR 2c anymore. It has been superseded by the EBR-7c, which is a similar design that is a bit easier to see when zoomed out, and is a bit higher quality at range.

Finally, you get a solid lifetime warranty so even if something does go wrong, you’re covered. Just make sure you get the FFP version and not the older Vortex Optics Viper HS-T ones. They’re great scopes, I just wouldn’t recommend them over the Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II 5-25.

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Vortex Viper PST Gen II FFP

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3. Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II 

Bushnell's Elite Tactical series has done well in the precision shooting sports world, and the XRS II can be found on rifles that have won the King of Two Mile competition, as well as many other shooting championships and PRS events.

The crystal-clear E.D. Prime glass is treated with Bushnell's EXO Barrier coating that helps cut down on static and repels water, while still giving you a beautiful true-color sight picture, even in low light.

The locking wind knob is a good nod to the fact that almost nobody dials wind, but we still want the ability to adjust it on the fly. Still, the fact that it locks and unlocks easily keeps it from getting bumped accidentally when you're moving around a stage.

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Bushnell Elite Tactical XRS II

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4. Kahles k525i

The Kahles K525i is another popular sight at PRS matches, and when you look at the features it's easy to see why.

This is a scope designed for competition and tactical shooting, there's no question about it.

It has some of the best glass on the planet, and the turrets are as crisp and repeatable as anything I've used. The adjustments are very tactile, making it easy to dial your shot in quickly. The etching on this scope has a lot of useful information for long shooting. The sight picture isn't the best for beginners shooting, so be aware that what may be one of the features to some are problems for others.

The ambidextrous wind is great as well because you don't have to break a firing grip to make your wind adjustments, even if you're a lefty. The patented parallax adjustment is actually built into the elevation on top of the scope, making it ambidextrous as well.

It takes a little bit of adjusting to if you're used to a side-focus parallax knob like you find on basically every other scope, but that's why we train with our gear, right?

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Kahles k525i

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5. Nightforce ATACR

The ATACR 5-25x50 is the most popular optic among professional PRS shooters. Originally designed for military and police shooters, this legendary optic has found a loving home with all types of long range shooting enthusiasts, from hunters to pro competitors.

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This bulletproof scope is designed to work in even the most extreme conditions, and can easily handle recoil all the way up to semi-automatic .50 cal in a combat situation, so your 6.5 Creedmoor is going to be basically nothing for it. 

It has a little bit higher maximum magnification than the also-popular Nightforce SHV, but both options work well for this kind of shooting. Yes, this scope is expensive, but it’s hard to argue with the durability and performance. You get a choice between MOA and milliradian, and the MOA is Nightforce's MOAR, which is like a standard MOA on whatever the MOA equivalent of steroids is.

Your sight picture through the ATACR is going to be high quality, no matter which option you choose, and thanks to the FFP , it's a high quality scope for the Ruger precision rifle. There are several magnification options for the ATACR, but all are fog-proof with multi-coated lenses and side focus adjustment knobs.

The .25 MOA turrets are crisp and have some of the best tracking I’ve ever tested. There was absolutely no deviation even after a full day of shooting about $1000 of .338 Lapua, which isn’t as many rounds as you might think, but still. The scope is O-ring sealed, as you might expect, and the custom dial system has an o-ring sealing as well to give you the ability to shoot in any conditions.

If you’re looking for the most rugged and dependable option out there, accept no substitute.

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Nightforce ATACR

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Want to know more about best Nightforce scopes? Check out our complete guide.

6. Vortex Razor HD Gen II

The Razor HD Gen II is another extremely popular Precision Series scope, and one of the best overall RP Rifle scope options. 

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This is part of Vortex’s wildly-popular Razor HD line, and until they release a 6-24x as part of their Razor HD GEN III lineup, this will probably be the most popular Vortex optic among professional precision shooters. Your sight picture will be just as high quality as the other offerings from this company, but depending on what shooting you're doing and how serious or casual you are about it, this may be more money than you're willing to pay for a riflescope.

It comes in both MOA and Milliradian flavors, but I strongly recommend going with the Tremor 3 or Horus H59 options unless you’re totally unwilling to learn the Milliradian system. Honestly, these are some of my favorite for this kind of shooting, so learning to use them early in your shooting career would be a good investment of your time and training ammo.

Magnification on the Razor HD is 5x to 25x, which is solid magnification but not the highest magnification available. The Razor will be great in all lighting conditions, and the waterproof and fogproof construction gives it high durability and makes it great for tactical shooting all the way out to 1500 yards. If you're in a dusk lighting condition, this will be great for hunters.

You get great features with precision rifle scopes like this one.

For your money you get excellent glass, Vortex’s great L-Tec knob system that is as good as anything out there under $3,000, and of course Vortex’s lifetime warranty that is one of the very best in the industry. If you want to jump straight to a high-end option, but don’t quite have Kahles money, this is the option that I would recommend.

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Vortex Razor HD Gen II

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7 . Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50 FFP 

Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50 FFP Riflescope

Like you might guess from the name, this scope for the Ruger precision rifle has a first focal plane instead of a second focal plane. This is handy for shooting at long distances, which is why all the best scopes for Ruger precision rifles have reticles on the first focal plane.

For a precision shooter, this option from Vortex Optics is a a great scope for Ruger precision rifles. Vortex Optics makes a riflescope at every price point and magnification range a shooter might want for each shooting distance and shooting scenario. The magnification range is wide, and the scope features extra low dispersion glass, a clear reticle, and an overall high quality scope.

You may be wondering why we have three different scopes from one riflescope manufacturer, and it's because of their reputation. Each of these is a high quality scope, waterproof and fog-proof, gives great image clarity, and could be considered one of the best scope options. With each of these three scopes, you'll get a selection of features and their fast focus eyepiece.

It's worth discussing the Vortex Optics Viper HS-T scope a bit more here. With the Vortex Optics Viper HS-T, you get a similar sight picture and a high quality scope with a great magnification range. You get the extra low dispersion glass and a lot of the features that you would from a scope designed for shooting at long ranges.

6-24x50 is a great range for a precision scope. Most shooters don't want higher magnification, because if you get too high magnification it's impossible to acquire your targets and lead them, unless you're at 1500 yards. In good lighting conditions, you can get out as far with this precision riflescope as your round will while maintaining accuracy. If you want higher magnification than 6-24x50, you can certainly get it.

This 6-24x50 precision riflescope is not good for mid-range because the zoom doesn't open enough for that short of shooting ranges. Hunters may not favor this scope because for their more tactical shooting, its minimum magnification is still too much.

But the Vortex optics Viper HS-T doesn't bring anything to the table that the other options on this list don't also bring. Extra low dispersion lenses and the right magnification range are great, but there are several SFP scopes on this list that are better than the HS-T, as well as FFP scopes. If you're interested in the Vortex Optics Viper HS-T, you can find the Vortex Optics Viper HS-T on Amazon or Optics Planet.

Vortex Optics Diamondback Tactical 6-24x50 FFP

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8. Trijicon AccuPoint 5-20x50

Trijicon AccuPoint 5-20x50

You can't talk about high quality scopes without talking about Trijicon. This is one of the few scopes on this list that is a second focal plane scope. It certainly has the magnification range for a shooter going for long distance, but most people looking for a scope for Ruger precision rifles will want a first focal plane scope.

As explained above, a first focal plane reticle shrinks and grows inside the scope as you zoom in and out, which makes the milliradian lines and dots more useful on a precision rifle scope. That said, things like image clarity, waterproof and fog-proof construction, and good sight picture are even more important.

Your zoom adjustment on this scope has a fiber optic rotation indicator, which helps you quickly identify the range you are at. The illumination on the Trijicon AccuPoint is always on and helps with accuracy in low lighting conditions. This makes this scope great for tactical shooting or for night hunters. The matte finish adjustment knobs looks great and works well.

Trijicon is known for their durability, battery-free illumination, and bright images. Whatever lighting condition you're in, the tritium and fiber optic illumination will keep the reticle on your scope highly visible. MOA finger click adjustments with their custom dial system make sub tensions at different shooting ranges easy.

O-ring sealing is just the beginning when it comes to an AccuPoint scope. Trijicon holds them up to very high standards of ruggedness, and their precision rifle scopes are no exception.

In fact, some prefer a scope that does not have its reticle on the first focal plane. As the Trijicon proves, a scope can still be a quality scope even if it has an SFP reticle instead of a first focal plane. The maximum magnification is 20x, which should be enough for long distance shots depending on your shooting ability. 

Trijicon AccuPoint 5-20x50

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9. NightForce SHV 5-20x56

NightForce SHV 5-20x56

Here's another option that does not have the reticle on the first focal plane. The NightForce SHV is an optical system that is designed for long shooting range but with hunting more in mind than target shooting. It's a quality scope for Ruger Precision rifles and this scope can easily handle the recoil of the 6.5 Creedmoor or any other round you need a riflescope to withstand. Construction is a 30mm tube.

Only going up to 20x magnification, the NightForce SHV won't get shooters out as far as another scope might, but when it comes to a great scope for the Ruger precision rifle, the multi-coated lenses and side focus make this FF plane riflescope a strong contender. 20x magnification is enough for most shooters to get out to 1000 yards in good lighting conditions, and even without maximum light transmission.

The reticle is a high quality MOA and features sharp lines that don't interfere with the clarity of the image. As you'd expect, the SHV scope is waterproof and fog-proof and mad out of aircraft grade aluminum. The objective lens is 56mm, which makes it among the biggest on the list. You can get an illuminated reticle if you pay a little extra.

Every scope from this company is tested for extreme durability. The argon-purging and o-ring sealing keeps the scope tube tight and free from reliability issues.

Your lenses are extra low dispersion glass and fully multi-coated lenses, as you'd expect from a great scope like the SHV. If your average shooting distance is around 600 to 800 yards, this is a great scope to choose.

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NightForce SHV 5-20x56

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10. Burris Optics XTR II 8-40x50

Burris Optics XTR II

The Burris Optics XTR II used to come in both SFP and FFP scopes, but they have since discontinued the SFP version. The magnification range on this scope is incredibly high, which makes it a great scope for Ruger Precision rifles, as long as you will be at a long shooting range. There's an argument that 40x is too much magnification, since it narrows your field of view so much that it's no longer one of the features: it's a bug.

A lot of this depends on what you need the Burris Optics XTR II scope for the Ruger precision rifle for. If you are at a shooting range of 1500 yards, then there's a good argument for sacrificing field of view for image clarity. The other good thing is that you know you will never be limited by the magnification on your scope; your round will cease to be accurate long before you get to the range where you can't see in good lighting conditions.

As you get higher magnification, your light transmission and color fidelity can start to go down, but the advanced optical system of the Burris XTR II keeps the clarity high even with high magnification. The reticle design allows you to adjust for bullet drop and wind, and the quality of this scope is great in all lighting conditions.

You get a side focus knob and an MOA reticle (instead of a milliradian-dot crosshair). Durability is what you'd expect from a scope in this price range, with o-ring sealing and a nitrogen purged tube. Whatever lighting condition you're in, this Burris scope should do a great job.

Every scope on this list is high quality, and the extra low dispersion lenses along with the incredible magnification that this scope offers along with all the basic features like being fog-proof, this Burris FFP scope certainly belongs.

Burris Optics XTR II

Burris Optics XTR II 8-40x50

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11. Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm

Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm

The Leupold has quality features and some of the highest reliability you'll find in a scope in any price range. Your elevation turret and wind knob are low profile, you have a 34mm tube, which is great for reliability and durability, but it also will make finding mounting rings a bit tougher. The Leupold scope gives you the magnifications you need for the ability to hit targets at long ranges.

Your magnification range is between 4x and 24x, which is fairly standard and gives you flexibility to use this scope for more than one type of shooting. No Mil-dot crosshair on this quality scope, but you have a lot of reticle options to choose from based on your target style. You can also get illumination to handle poor lighting conditions.

Tactical shooters will appreciate the duplex illumination options that the Leupold offers, and the brightness of the images thanks to Leupold's Twilight system to maximize the capability of the optics system to be bright in any lighting condition. Leupold lenses have multiple coatings and tough tube diameter.

Parallax is adjustable via the side focus knob, and you can adjust the focus of the reticle as well. The magnification changes based on your preference and what will bring you the most accuracy. Leupold is well-known for their high quality riflescope lines for any type of shooting.

Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm

Leupold VX-6HD 4-24x52mm

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12. Steiner T5Xi 5-25x

You could probably have a good hunting experience with the Steiner T5Xi, but it is very much intended as a competition scope. If you are wanting a scope that can help you finesse your shooting style and targeting skills, then the Steiner T5Xi optics system will be a great choice.

Steiner T5Xi 5-25x

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Parting Shots

The RPR is a great gun if you have the right scope for it. With these scope options, you’ll be able to get the most out of this, especially if you’re just starting out with PRS. Getting a scope for Ruger precision rifles doesn't have to be complicated, and hopefully you've found at least one scope for Ruger precision rifles on this list that works for you.

I’ve used (and abused) all the scopes on this list, and they’re great precision rifle scopes, and many of them are perfect options for more advanced rifles if you choose to stick with the sport. Your shooting style might dictate what optics system works best, what coatings and reticle illumination work best with your sight, and even how much you use the knobs to adjust for wind drift.

Whether you have good eye sight or bad eye sight, you can do incredible things with the right scope.

Which of these scopes do you like the best? Is there one you like better than the others? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out our list of the best scopes for .300 Win Mag and best ruger mini 14 scopes for other similar options. 

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