The scope market is filled with a wide variety of offerings and it’s easy to wonder which one is right for you. You may wonder which features are important to consider in a scope and which features are merely added bells and whistles?
It’s no wonder that the 1×8 scope has gained popularity in recent times.They don’t go overboard with magnification power and therefore keep a clear, steady view with good light transmittance so that you can always aim right.
In this article, I’ve broken down the features of the top five brands of 1×8 scopes so that you can decide for yourself what best fits your needs.
Top 5 Best 1-8x Scopes For The Money Reviews
1 Primary Arms 1-8 X 24mm Scope ACSS BDC Illuminated Reticle
This is a scope for someone on a budget who’s looking for a well made instrument. The quality, especially of the ACSS 5.56/0.308 reticle on this scope, has impressed many users. It has glass and optics that you would usually find in a much higher price bracket.
You will find 12 brightness settings on this scope, with the first two optimal in low light environments. It is fast and instinctive at 0-300 yards and you will have good precision from 300-800 yards. Users do note that at a magnification level of 8, the field of view is a bit too narrow.
It is on the heavier side, but that also gives it a feel of durability. That, along with its lifetime warranty makes it feel like a solid product.
Overall, users agreed that the quality of this scope was the highest in its price class.
Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)
2 Trijicon RS27-C-1900028 AccuPower Riflescope
In the next price class up, you have the Trijicon. Users of this scope repeatedly report on its clear glass, often remarking that it is difficult to find this level of optic quality among competitors at the same price level. It also comes with anti-reflective glass to keep your vision clear if you’re shooting on a bright, sunny day.
You can find 11 brightness settings on this scope and a reticle in the first focal plane. This is optimal if you are tracking moving targets.
Another plus for this scope is the robustness of its make. It weighs in slightly heavy at 25oz, but this gives it a sturdy feel along with its oversized, easy to use apparatus.
One downside that many users report is that the illumination bleeds slightly through onto the reticle numbers, especially at higher magnifications. For many people who appreciate all of the scope’s other fine points, this was not enough of an issue to bother them. However, if you are very picky about your optics, this may be an issue.
Our Rating: (4.6 / 5)
3 Primary Arms Platinum Series 1-8 X 24mm FFP Scope ACSS Reticle
This version of the Primary Arms 1×8 24mm scope has a reticle on the second focal point, which is good if you are a tactical shooter or a hunter who has moving targets.
The reticle on this scope creates a lot of excitement among users. The dot in the center is small enough so that it doesn’t obstruct the view of your target. Another great feature is the very clear glass. There is no blur around the edges in this scope.
The one downside to this scope is its weight. If you’re a small person, this might bother you, but larger people may appreciate it for its robust, durable feel.
Again, this is a scope that performs above its price class. So if you’re looking for a budget scope that is going to perform well, then this may be a good one to consider.
Our Rating: (4.4 / 5)
4 Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-8 X 24mm Riflescope
This is another option for those of you looking for a quality built instrument, for a budget price. This has an etched second focal point reticle positioned between two pieces of glass, making it very durable. It also has a nitrogen gas purging that prevents fogging during all types of weather. Users praise its clear glass and quick target acquisition.
Aside from the positive reviews of this scope, many users also remark about the quick, reliable help they’ve gotten from Vortex when something has gone wrong or they’ve needed a replacement for this scope. That in itself, being a big plus point for this product.
Some users complain about a slight blur in the lens, especially at higher magnifications, but this was only a minor complaint.
Our Rating: (4.6 / 5)
5 UTG 1-8X28 30mm CQB/MRC Scope, 36-color Mil-dot, QD Rings
For those of you looking for a budget scope that provides good value, this might be a good one for you.
This scope comes with an etched glass reticle that is sharp and thin, so that you can easily make out small targets. The illumination on this scope is praised for being very bright, allowing for fast acquisition and making it good for use at night or in low light.
It also provides generous eye relief and a large exit pupil on all magnification settings except for 8x. At this level, users say that the gun must be mounted.
Overall, this scope had good ratings and users felt that it was of good value for its price point.
Our Rating: (4 / 5)
1-8x Scopes Buying Guide
There are so many choices when it comes to choosing the right scope.
It’s important to know what to look for so that you can choose a scope that fits your specific needs, whether you’re hunting in the evening, or competing in daytime competitions.
That’s why I’ve created this cheat sheet to help get you started.
The reticle is often referred to as a crosshair. This is the image on the lens that helps visually center your target as you aim. They come in a wide variety of shapes including duplex, dot, BDC, German, chevron and many others.
Most beginners like to use the duplex, dot or BDC to start.
The width of the reticle can also be an important consideration. If you are shooting at a small, distant object you want a thin reticle that won’t hide your target.
However, if you are aiming at large objects, a thicker reticle will help draw your eye to the right place.
You’ll also notice the acronyms SFP and FFP. SFP stands for second focal point, and refers to the placement of the reticle.
This reticle stays the same size as you change magnification. This is good for long range shooters. FFP, or first focal point, is a newer option. This reticle enlarges and shrinks as you move up and down in magnification. This works well for hunters or tactical shooters who are aiming at a moving target.
Many scopes come with labels such as 1-6x or 1-8x. This means that the scope has adjustable magnification. On its lowest setting, you will magnify an object 1x, and on the highest setting you will magnify it 8x.
Although there are products on the market right now that offer up to 16x magnification, there are downsides that come with this.
The higher the magnification, the smaller your field of view. This means that you will have less light and it will be more difficult to hold your target.
That’s why a 1-8x scope gives you a nice combination of magnification and ease of use.
Lens protection is important, and most scopes come with some sort of coating.
Whether they come with single-coating or multi-coating, they are all mostly fog proof and weatherproof.
The most important aspect of the lens however, is the quality of the glass. A poor quality glass with multi-coating will still be inferior to a higher quality glass with a single coating.
With these five scopes, you have some very good choices. Independent of their price point, users praised all five of them as having good value and quality glass.
However, there a was only scope that had countless reviews praising the clarity of its glass, the ACSS reticle technology and its quick and easy acquisitions.
And that was the Primary Arms 1-8 X 24mm Scope ACSS BDC Illuminated Reticle PA1-8X24SFP-ACSS-5.56. At mid-price range, this scope wins out ahead of the others.