When you go shopping for anything at all cost will come into play, unless you are incredibly wealthy of course, but what parts of a tactical riflescope are worth paying extra for?

While I am not suggesting you should miss making a mortgage payment or don’t go grocery shopping for a month just so you buy the top of the line Leupold scope, you do need to consider how much you are spending carefully.

Scope Mounts

These are an important part of the whole equation and yet they are also the part that generally gets ignored. The rings and mount that you will be putting your new scope on are not the best place to try and save all your money. If you buy decent mounts then you will be giving your scope a solid base for it to work on. There is nothing worse than a cheap mount that cracks or falls apart on your first hunt, especially when it has an expensive scope attached to it.

Lens Coating

Many companies will put a coating over the glass where it meets the air. This coating is designed to cut down the glare and give you a much clearer view. This clear view will almost certainly improve your chances of hitting the item you aim at, but it can be costly. A simple coated lens is the cheapest option, with fully coated and multicoated being next, fully multicoated is the best one and it is also the most expensive.

Be careful to read the fine print on a few scopes so you can be assured that the lens coating you think you are getting really is the one you want. Lens coating will almost certainly be the single most expensive item on your scope, the better coating you get the more the scope will cost.


Where you buy will affect the amount you pay, shop around a bit. The one caveat with the advice to shop around is to make sure that you are actually comparing like for like, you need to compare the price for the same scope at each shop.

Some shops may not stock the model you are interested in but don’t be tempted to buy anything other than the scope you want. The best option, in my opinion, is to buy on Amazon.com because on Amazon you can always find great discounts and many customers reviews that you can’t find on other shopping sites.

Buying a tactical rifle scope can put a real dent in your credit card bill so you need to be sure that you get the best one you can afford and look after it.

The Survival Prepper recommends:

Leupold 113769 VX-R Illuminated Rifle Scope with Motion Sensor Technology

This Leupold scope is made of polymer and aluminum. It is best for short range shooting and easy visible FireDot makes low light shooting easier. This scope has DiamondCoat exterior lenses that give you the ultimate in abrasion resistance and light transmission.

Check Price on Amazon


Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.2 x 1.2 inches ; 11.5 ounces

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required

Average Customer Review: 4.8 stars


There are more than 80 5-star customer reviews for this Leupold scope on Amazon and that is a pretty impressive number and when we take a look at PROS & CONS of this scope we can’t be surprised. This is a perfect tactical rifle scope for everyone, even if you’re a beginner.


  • Abrasion-resistant lens coating
  • Fiber optic illumination
  • Motion sensor technology
  • Waterproof, shockproof, and fog proof


  • Takes time to learn using it