Development of the 300 Blackout started some years ago as the Russian special operations command was developing a short high-intensity round compatible with suppressed weapons operations and clearly single-round lethal in combat. While the Russians went with the 9mm Luger bullet, American warfighters turned up the 5.56 NATO case and then necking it up, stuck a 30 caliber bullet in it. This made for a short high-intensity short range entry weapon or close combat tool that paired well with a suppressed weapons system and retained almost no recoil whatsoever. As a game gun, it has a very small window of application, but as a manhunter, it is front and center when used in close quarter urban house to house fighting for example.
With this information, it is easy to understand that the 300 Blackout was developed for war, not sporting interests. That stated however the cartridge as matched to AR-15. M-16 style platforms have caught on in a big way among shooters, and as such scopes designed for just this type of weapon have been generated by the optical industry today.
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Best 300 Blackout Scope recommendations
1. Nikon P-Tactical 300 BLK 2-7X32
The first scope illustrated here is the Nikon P-Tactical, but it is better used as a hunting scope or general purpose glass sight. This scope makes use of the BDC reticle, but also uses the “ Super Sub aiming circle for fester shooting. This is in effect a cross between a combat sight and a sporting sight. The has marks on the reticle ( sub-tensions)are based on the 300 Blackout 115-grain bullet launched at 2280 f.p.s.
The scope uses the one inch tube body, elevated windage and elevation knobs, and maintains a seriously large eye relief. The glass in this scope will pull light even in low light conditions. It retains a versatile zoom range and uses a reset for zero after turning up for elevation or across for windage.
Waterproof and fog proof this is a hard working field scope.
Four day prior to this review, I was hunting whitetail deer in central South Dakota and used a Nikon ProStaff to drop a trophy class whitetail. Yes, I use the product on a regular basis, and as a professional, I can’t afford to lose an opportunity for success, equipment counts for a lot in my book and Nikon scopes work out well in my business.
Scope length 11.25 inches, and a magnification package of 2-7X32, This glass will take on anything required of it as applied to the 300 Blackout.
2. Sig Sauer SOT41114 Tango4 1-4X24mm 30mm Main Tube
This is military offshoot production and a real positive choice when scoping the AAC 300 Blackout. Currently, the US Army has contracted Sig to build a scope for individual troops in units that will replace ACOG systems. The idea is to move up effective range in combat situations and in the Tango4 you have the basic scope sold to the government under mil spec contacting.
Tango 4 has been designed with a full 30mm main tube. This means extra tough parts that can be larger and stronger than those of some other systems. Offered in the first focal plane (FFP) with multiple illumination options the scope is both day and night compatible, and crosshairs and mil dots ( sub-tensions) will float in a matched size with the power settings.
The illumination system is activated by motion, thereby saving the power source from continuous energy bleed.
The scope is waterproof and can be submerged to a depth of one meter without damage. This is a combat scope in the AAC 300 Blackout shooters hands.
3. Bushnell Ar Optics 1-4X24
Here we have a basic AR-style scope that is lightweight, short in length, and will balance out well on the 300 Blackout. Power setting to a high of 4X, this is not a long range system by any means, but the cartridge is not designed to shoot into the next zip code either.
Fully multi-coated glass lens with layers of anti-reflective coating on all air to glass surfaces.
The scope is shockproof (built well) and is designed for the tough requirement as in field applications.
Set up with open turret adjustments both windage and elevation as well as a large power setting arm this 1-4X24 is a good fit even in the budget priced department. Parallax adjustments are made from a left-side turret knob, and the scope carries the IPX7 waterproof rating.
The reticle in this scope makes use f the basic .223 hash mark graduations for elevation in the Drop Zone crosshair pattern. The scope is set up in the second focal plane (SFF.)
Bushnell is a brand that I have used both in close range turkey and varmint applications and well as one mile steel target shooting regarding the heavy 338 Lapua. The product works and works well.
4. Monstrum G2 1-4X24
Here we have a scope again set up for receiver and cartridge sizes like the 300 Blackout. This is a tactical scope in that it is set up with open turret settings, runs in a low power range with easy to read elevation and windage adjustment settings, and is built into the second focal plane system in terms of viewing the target through the crosshairs,
The scope retains duel illumination in red and green for low light operation and is built from aircraft-grade aluminum, with a 30m sealed main tube that fights weather, water and fog conditions.
The scope comes with a set of bases and ring that fit the weaver style rail or Picatinny system, and a spring loaded sunshade and lens covers.
- Battery included (CR2032 3V)
5. Nikon P-300 BDC Super Sub
This glass sight by Nikon is set up in 3-7 X 32 as a bit more powerful sight in terms of magnification abilities. The BDC reticle is designed to match up with drop factors associated with subsonic ammunition as well as full house power loads. This is a scope designed up for the 300 Blackout.
As set up with spring loaded tactical turrets that are easy to read and use for fast elevation and windage adjustments, This scope is nothing less than flexible as a field applied 300 Blackout designed unit.
This scope is designed to match up with Nikon’s “Ballistics Match” technology., and also a fast regarding zero stop turret as well.
Nikon scopes are fully water and fog-proof. Again like other systems here at Ballistics Research & Development, we use Nikon on several reference rifles when bench and field testing new ammunition and have found them to be dependable and also a solidly performing glass sight system.
6. Vortex Optics Strike Eagle 1-8X24 (SFP)
This Vortex scope is set up on the second focal plane meaning crosshair stay constant regardless of the power setting being used. In terms of power settings, the Strike Eagle in this model pulls a bit more range with the the1-8X24 design. While the 300 Blackout is pushing hard beyond 400 yards and that is a stretch in some situations for the small cartridge the scope can handle any task with its range of magnification.
This scope makes use of an etched reticle that is foolproof in terms of anything causing the crosshairs (sub tensions) to drop off the screen. The main tube is well built and compact in designed. The closed cap turrets are used in this model set up for static elevation settings, and by using the BDC and MOA reticle graduations elevation and windage can be obtained quickly directly through the lens of the sight.
Using Vortex again here at Ballistics Research & Development can see that the product will deliver the mail with a clean sharp image every time. In the range of the 300 Blackout, there is no issue with edge fade on the scope, poor light gathering abilities, and other related issues in the clear sighting department. This scope is a new state of the art 21-century technology. When used the scope show an ability to get the job f=done well.
A final feature associated with this scope is that it comes with a complete cantilever mount and I can tell you that this alone can cost upwards of $200.00 in the retail store as an add-on option to the sight systems. Vortex makes this a package and at that the whole sight is a drop-in design that takes minutes to install versus the problems of locating added parts and even services of a gunsmith.
Built as a full 300 main tube, heavy controls and solid construction make this scope a great option for use on the 300 Blackout rifle.
7. Vortex Viper PST Gen 1 1-4X24 (SFP.)
Reviewing the Vortex Viper PST we find a scope that is a solid match for the 300 Blackout round. Tack this 30mm tube onto the receiver of the Ar-15 style weapon and you have fit, balance, and performance design.
This scope makes use of adjustable high turret settings in clicks, and also matches the reticle view sub tensions to the exact click settings found on the scope turret. The illuminated reticle allows the scope to be used in very low light conditions, or pick up a moving target fast when time is life in a combat application.
Zero stop settings in the brands CRS system gets the shooter back on true zero after previous turret adjustments have been made. The turret retains a fiber optic indicator displaying exact elevation settings. This is again a combat related element in the scope’s design and cuts target ranging time and regarding zero time by a wide margin when compared to conventional ¼ MOA click and stop settings.
Glass quality and light control are also primary elements to consider when considering this scope for your 300 Blackout Ar class weapon.
8. Pinty Rifle Scope 3-9X32
At a time when innovation is king and some outfits are building some very “different” glass sights a turn to the Pinty system is an indicator of something different and also growing in terms of scope offerings. This design change makes use of about everything in rifle sights it would seem. The scope uses range finding illuminated optics, red and green choices in low light sub tension viewing, a reflex sight attached, and laser pointer sight for close-in very fast target acquisition.
The unit comes with its sown Weaver rail attached for very fast mounting or changing from weapon to weapon, elevated turret settings that are so important when fast bullet impact changes are required, and a rail separate from the primary rail system for added sighting systems as if any others are remotely required.
For those that think this is some kind of fun sight setup be advised that I have spent a good deal of time as far back as the 1980’s building up system like this from scrap parts on night gunning shotguns and rifles for commercial use by yours truly. The scopes are different, but a good fit for rifles like the Ar platform, and chambered in cartridges like the 300 Blackout.
9. Truglo Tru-Brite Xtreme
Truglo is a brand that I use a great deal here at Ballistics Research & Development. When the light is low, the nights are black, I need an illuminated rifle scope that is built tough, simple to use in low light conditions, and gives me both red and green crosshairs to take out bank rats, raccoon, fox, or coyotes with my 879 Remington in a short model scattergun with a stiff load of buckshot, this is the clear ticket.
Built with the reticle designed for both day and night use. (Turn on or off.) This waterproof, fog proof, and gas-filled tube is a solid field tool. The sub tensions on this glass make use of the BDC reticle system and that means fast target acquisition when necessary as well as the ability to pre-range for elevation when bullet drop is the issue.
In terms of sighting the scope can be applied to ranges as great as 600 yards. This is a bit over the limit associated with the 300 Blackout, but it also makes the basic use of this glass sight very flexible as well. The scope retains a rubber coating for increased resistance to the elements on the adjustable eyepieces, and metal surfaces are flat coated for stealth qualities.
Adjustable brightness controls, low mount turrets for compact design, and a main tube built of aircraft-grade aluminum, this very modestly prices unit is a good buy for the casual use riflemen.
Be advised that this scope as a total system is also available in the Extreme 4X32 model, and as well as the model 30 Series is not illustrated here. This makes several scope designs using the tube see through glass sight system that is basically the same and all are well suited for the AR-15 platform, 300 Blackout chambering.
Types of Scope Reticles
If you’re curious as to which reticles is best for your scope, make sure to check out our full article on the different types of scope reticles. We cover all the popular reticles on the market today to help you pick the perfect reticle. (1), (2)
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Scopes for 30-06
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Scopes for 308
If you’re more appt to use a 308, then our article on the best scopes for .308 Winchester is worth a read.
For those who use scout rifles, make sure to check out our article on the best scout scopes on the market.
For those who like to hunt varmints, take a look at our guide to the best varmint scopes.
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- Will Brantley, Why the .300 Blackout Is a Great Deer Round. Retrieved from https://www.realtree.com/brow-tines-and-backstrap/why-the-300-blackout-is-a-great-deer-round
- Jonathan Strickland, Parts of a Rifle Scope. Retrieved from https://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/hunting/traditional-methods/rifle-scope1.htm
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