With a fine long distance sniping rifle like the Remington 700, it would be a shame not to have an excellent scope to complement the true potential of the gun. Popular with both hunters and target shooters, the Remington 700 is a powerful and accurate rifle whose performance is further enhanced with a suitable scope.
Let’s check out the best scopes on the market for this gun and the top factors to keep in mind when shopping for a new scope.
Remington 700 Scopes Comparison Chart
Nikon Buck Master II
Vortex Viper PST
The Range Of Your Remington 700 And The Magnification
The Remington 700 is universally admired for its accuracy and has an effective range of 500-600 yards using factory ammo. The longest known shot made with a Remington 700 is 1250 yards, but shots of this specialty require customized parts and special ammo.
The true effective range will be dependent on the shooter’s capabilities and experience. However, hunting at a range of more than 300 yards is more challenging as your chances of wounding the target, and not making a clean kill, is dramatically increased. Given the conditions and the style in which you’re shooting, your effective range can certainly vary.
The magnification of your scope will depend on your hunting and shooting requirements. Bigger is not always better. If you intend to take shots at targets around 500 yards away, then go for a more powerful scope that features 20x zoom. But for hunting in the woods or in a limited distance of around 150 yards, 1.5-5x magnification will do the job just fine.
What to Look for When Choosing a Scope
First Focal Plane (FFP)
There are two kinds of focal planes in rifle scopes. The first focal plane (FFP) reticles are increasing in popularity and many manufacturers are providing this option due to popular demand. FFP scopes have the reticle installed near the front of the erector tube, so the reticle increases in size when you zoom in on your target.
FFP reticle scopes are an excellent choice for tactical and long range shooters as they provide constant Mil/MOA values throughout the entire power range of the scope. This allows for more flexibility in different shooting situations and can serve as a great benefit.
Second Focal Plane (SFP)
The second option is the Second Focal Plane (SFP) scope. Unlike FFP reticles, the reticle size does not change with magnification. These are commonly known among shooters and recognized for being reliable and of high quality given the right brand.
The objective lens gathers light and enhances vision under low-light conditions. The last number in the scope’s description indicates the objective size. For example, a scope with the designation of 5.5-22x56mm has a 56mm objective.
When it comes down to selecting an objective lens, you should choose the biggest objective you can afford. If possible, one that is at least 50mm is preferred. Do keep in mind that the size will affect your sight picture.
Reticles are available in many options; however, we recommend keeping things simple. A standard duplex will work well at ranges under 300 yards, while a bullet drop compensator may be better suited when shooting at smaller ranges, given it’s used with proper ammo.
A mil-dot or MOA-dot reticle is also great under these conditions. Be sure to remember that illuminated reticles used in the dark can washout your target, diminishing your natural night vision.
The best scopes are built to last, hold up to rugged use, and will not damage easily compared to low-end models. A good scope should be able to handle heavy recoil without becoming damaged and be unaffected traveling on an airplane.
Some scopes can be damaged when put to the test against air pressure changes, ultimately altering the scope’s optics. If you’re looking for durability, go with a lighter, less complicated scope. As a good rule of thumb, the smaller and lighter the scope, the less force it’s subjected to.
Modern scopes come with lens coatings and are designed to withstand tough weather conditions like rain, snow or fog. If you know you’ll be hunting or shooting in extreme weather conditions, this may be a top aspect to keep in mind while reviewing the scopes on our list.
Reviews of the Best Scopes for the Remington 700
Here’s our round up of the best scopes for the Remington 700, based on durability, optics, functionalities and main features. Additionally, we’ve outlined some top pros and cons per each model.
The Nikon brand is well-known for their high quality optics. The Prostaff scope series comes with a sunshade, adaptable eyepiece, zero-reset turrets, and is nitrogen filled and O-ring seal. The lenses are waterproof and fog-proof, and feature multi coated optics.
The scope offers users several control options, including hand-turn reticle adjustments and a quick focus eyepiece.
- Multi-coated optics work in low light conditions
- Waterproof and fogproof
- Good eye relief
- Windage and elevation corrections require a screwdriver
- Parallax knob is plastic, feels cheap
Leupold makes some of the finest scopes on the market and their Rifleman series is reliable and rugged. Made from 6061-T6 Aircraft Quality Aluminum, the nitrogen filled scope has both Classic and Standard lockable eyepieces and a Ballistic aiming system. The scope has a micro friction ½ MOA reticle and a standard power selector. The lens is fully coated and the scope is constructed with a 3:1 zoom ratio.
- Rugged build
- Ballistic reticle
- Clear optics
- Lifetime warranty
- No rings included (see ring buyer guide here)
- Lenses aren’t multi-coated, but fully coated
The Nikon Buckmaster is a trusted and renowned rifle scope amongst hunters. The Buckmaster II comes with an extremely bright sight system and a fully coated optical system.
The generous eye relief and 100-yard parallax setting makes this scope an excellent option for deer hunting. It uses hand-turn click adjustments for focusing on your target and dialing in your sights. This scope is waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof.
- Great price
- Good eye relief
- Sharp optics and performs in low light
- Robust, waterproof, fogproof
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Lacks an adjustable parallax
- Reticle is not illuminated
The Banner scopes have Dusk & Dawn Brightness (DDB) and multi-coated lenses, which gives great clarity in low light conditions. This feature offers great value during dawn and dusk when vision is limited. All Banner scopes are 100% waterproof, fogproof, and shock resistant.
- Good for low light conditions
- Waterproof and shockproof
- Scope remains focused as you zoom in and out
- Great price
- Long eye relief
- Some models lack an illuminated reticle
- May face quality control issues
The Viper PST Gen II scope is made from anodized aluminum, and has a glass-etched reticle with detailed holdover points. The max magnification is 25, while the minimum magnification is 5, and the objective size is 50mm.
Laser etched elevation and windage adjustment graduations are easy to read, and the illumination adjustment dial is integrated into the side focus knob for easy access and smooth performance.
The matte-black SFP scope has 10 illumination levels, an EBR-4 MOA reticle, and weighs in at 31.20 oz. Users can easily calibrate the scope with 70 MOA elevation, 35 MOA windage adjustments, and a patented RZR zero stop to return the calibration to zero.
- Large objective lens means it performs well in low light conditions
- Easy to calibrate
- Robust and tough
- Comes with a 3” sunshade
- Great warranty
- Doesn’t have a lens cover
- The length is a bit longer than you may be used to
Whether you’re sniping, hunting, or target shooting, there is a scope out there to perfectly match your Remington 700. To get the most out of your scope, consider the magnification, reticles, durability, and coatings of the scope.
Also, keep in mind that the more features the scope offers, the more delicate it is in terms of recoil impact. So in the case of robust scopes, less is more!
Looking for more? Read our Remington 700 Scope Mount buyers guide here!