The AR-10 was originally built as a modern battle rifle for the military. It is very similar to the popular AR-15 rifle but it is chambered for the larger .308 Winchester round. This means it has a different set of criteria when looking for a riflescope that would be suitable for getting the most out of it.
In the last few years the AR-10 has started to grow in popularity after it has really been largely ignored by shooters who have favored the AR-15 far more. The .308 rounds that it uses give it the capability for being used when hunting larger animals such as elk.
The greater power of the AR-10 also means that it is a rifle that is designed for long distance shooting and this means that a good quality scope is going to improve your shooting performance tremendously.
The simple fact that the range is so much further means that it makes sense to install a scope on your AR-10. It is important, though, to be a little selective when deciding on which scope to choose because they are not all the same, they offer their own particular strengths and weaknesses and they are suitable for different shooting scenarios.
For this reason we have combed through a broad range of AR-10 scope suggestions that are considered suitable for mounting on an AR-10 rifle. They are presented below in a comparison list where they can be lined up against each other. Further down the page is a more descriptive review of each of the scopes including a list of specifications and the various strengths and weaknesses that customers have mentioned. We have also provide the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for each scope which should be used merely as a rough price guide.
Comparison List of the Best AR 10 Scopes
Make / Model
Field of View
8.5 - 25x
4.4 - 11.2
3 - 18x
6.25 - 37.8
1 - 6x
15.9 - 95
4 - 12x
7.3 - 23.6
4 - 12x
7.9 - 23.6
4 - 16x
6.3 - 25.2
4 - 14x
7.85 - 27.2
6.5 - 20
6.2 - 17.4
4 - 14x
7.4 - 25.1
4.5 - 18x
6 - 23.5
3 - 12x
4.5 - 14x
7.5 - 22
Description of AR-10 Rifle Scopes
Now that we have had a chance to take a brief side-by-side look at a range of rifle scopes for the AR-10 we will take a more detailed look at each model. Below is a short review of each scope along with product specifications and listed features plus any noted strengths and weaknesses. Read through the details of each to get a better understanding of what it is that differentiates each product as well as which one might best meet your needs.
Factors To Consider When Choosing A Scope for the AR-10
We need to put some level of thought into the type of scope that we are buying for our AR-10. Remember, we are essentially looking for a .308 scope for long range shooting, something that is capable of handling the punishing recoil without losing zero.
We have listed 5 of the more important factors that should be considered acknowledging that there are other aspects that some people might also consider to be very important in their thought process.
- Lens Clarity
- The Reticle
- Scope Dimensions
- The Price
This almost goes without saying but, of course, I’m going to say it anyway because it is important. The clarity of the lens is very important, particularly for a scope on the AR-10. Because it is a rifle that is designed for providing superior accuracy over longer distances, a clear and bright image that is completely unobstructed in a must.
Although you can get by with a lower priced scope, it makes a lot of sense to spend the extra money on a higher quality scope. The reason for this is because it is usually the quality of the glass that accounts for the higher cost.
You will find that the top of the range scope manufacturers will put all kinds of features into getting crystal clear lenses with super sharp resolution.
There is a growing number of different reticle options available, each purporting to provide you with an edge in accuracy and methods of calculating range.
It needs to be accurate, it needs to be sharp and it needs to be clear. When taking long distance shots it is essential that the reticle does not block out the target and that it makes it possible to hold steady for greater accuracy.
The reticle that you use should ideally be one that you are familiar with or, at least, be easy to use and to become accustomed with after a short period on the range.
Both the length of the scope and its weight are important considerations that must be taken into account. The AR-10 rifle is designed for faster shooting and it will create significant recoil. The scope that is matched with it must be able to withstand this.
A larger, heavier scope is going to be able to withstand the recoil shock better than a smaller, lighter scope.
There is no real way of getting around it, it will be essential that the scope is made from the best possible materials to ensure that it is durable. Look for scopes that are built from high-grade aluminum and, preferably, one-piece construction.
It is all about the long-distance capabilities of the AR-10 and the precision that is made possible by the superior shooting platform. The durability and the strength of the materials of the scope will be a crucial aid to the shooting performance that is possible.
This is clearly an issue with a good proportion of people. For many of us, price is an issue when trying to assemble a complete package of hunting products. Although it makes sense that the finest pieces of equipment such as the top line long distance scopes are going to be very expensive, not everyone can afford it.
Fortunately, there are options available that offer a good alternative at a fraction of the price. This will give everyone the chance to buy what will be for them, the best AR 10 scope for the money, no matter what their price point might be. By all means for some people, this is a more than workable option and they should take advantage of it.
The key is to set yourself a realistic budget and then stick with it to come up with a hunting package that works for you and your hunting needs.
Finding a suitable scope for the AR-10 isn’t a particularly difficult task. In fact, there are quite few options available that will serve you very well. Deciding on which one will best suit your needs is the tricky bit. What we have also been able to achieve is a great start for finding the best rifle scope for .308 long range shooting.
If you have found a scope such as the ones that have been discussed above, you should be considering a large objective lens to get as much light for greater clarity as possible. You should be considering the reticle size and the magnification as well.
Ensure the mounting system is compatible to your platform and, once it is properly mounted you should be confident that it will lock tight and maintain the zero that has been tuned into it.
From this point on you should be planning a few trips to the range to familiarize yourself with your new AR-10 compatible rifle scope.