New High-End Hunting Scopes for 2018

New High-End Hunting Scopes for 2018
The upper tier of high-end scopes is not a cheap place play for performance hunting rifle setups; the 2018 class of superior glass is no exception. (Philip Massaro photo)

The upper tier of high-end scopes is not a cheap place play for performance hunting rifle setups; the 2018 class of superior glass is no exception. (Philip Massaro photo)

I'm a firm believer that — in most instances — your riflescope should exceed the cost of your rifle. My father always insists "you've got to see it to hit it," but he tends to use inexpensive optics. The higher end of the optics spectrum can be costly indeed, but I've had the privilege of using a couple of top-end optics, and there is definitely a difference.

Here are some of the new-for-2018 scopes in the upper price range.

Leupold Mark 5HD 5-25x56mm Scope (Philip Massaro photo)


With a big-honkin' 35mm main tube, the new Leupold Mark 5 represents the pinnacle of the Oregon company's tactical engineering. The best lens treatments, a ginormous field of view, all the light a shooter could ask for; it's all here. Throw in the Leupold Lifetime Warranty, and you'll feel better about investing the $1800 to $2,800 street price. The 56mm objective lens — when mated with a 35mm main tube — will allow your eye to soak up all sorts of light, and that tube will allow for all sorts of adjustment within the scope. There's a full 30 mils of adjustment, and Leupold has had the wisdom to illuminate the reticle, for use in any hunting/shooting situation.


Leica Magnus 1.8-12x50i Scope (Philip Massaro photo)

The Leica name has long been synonymous with precision, and their Magnus series of riflescopes is no different. The 1.8-12x50i uses a 30mm main tube and a large 50mm objective lens for the crisp and clear image of your dreams. With 14 mils of total adjustment and the simple, yet effective, L-Ballistic illuminated reticle, the Magnus 1.8-12x50i is a pleasure to look through — as most Leica products are — and will mate perfectly to a fine hunting rifle for a package you can absolutely be proud of. Leica claims 92 percent light transmission through the Magnus series, and after spending a bit of time looking through it I can't argue. It's seriously clear. With a street price of right around $2,700, is a hefty investment, but a true value over the lifetime of the scope.

Read the rest of "New High-End Hunting Scopes for 2018" at GunsandAmmo.com.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Camp Chef at SHOT Show: Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe

Camp Chef at SHOT Show: Elk Venison Slider Burgers Recipe

Have a freezer full of ground elk venison from your fall hunting trips? Never fear, the folks at Camp Chef have a great SHOT Show recipe that is lean and mean, easy to prepare, and a crowd-pleasing favorite!

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 11: Wheelgun Buffalo

Host Craig Boddington lays claim to hunting more than 100 Cape Buffalo over the course of his 40 plus year career, but he never took one with a handgun. That changed in South Africa when Craig faced down "black death" with a magnum wheelgun.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 13: Forest Buffalo

Craig Boddington returns to Mozambique's fame Coutada 10 for a shot a forest buffalo that's eluded him for 10 years.

Cheeseburger Poppers

Cheeseburger Poppers

David Draper shares his recipe for making delicious cheeseburger poppers with wild game in this edition of "Fare Game."

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

We evaluate the four factors in determining whether a cartridge is viable for long-range hunting: trajectory, wind drift, impact velocity, and accuracy. Ammo

Is the .308 a Viable Long Range Cartridge?

Keith Wood

We evaluate the four factors in determining whether a cartridge is viable for long-range...

Are predators really to blame for declining deer numbers? The answer might surprise you. Conservation

Do Coyotes Really Affect the Whitetail Herd?

Jeff Johnston

Are predators really to blame for declining deer numbers? The answer might surprise you.

If you're spending time in the outdoors where you might encounter bears, carry one of these guns. Survival

Which Firearm Is Best for Bear Defense?

Larry Case - July 11, 2018

If you're spending time in the outdoors where you might encounter bears, carry one of these...

Over the years, Remington has introduced a continuously expanded variety of Model 1100 shotguns. Guns

Remington Timeline: 1963 - Remington Model 1100 Autoloading Shotguns

Hunting Online Staff

Over the years, Remington has introduced a continuously expanded variety of Model 1100...

See More Trending Articles

More Optics

Steiner Predator AF Binoculars: Putting The Porro Back in Quality Binoculars Optics

Steiner Predator AF Binoculars: Quality at the Right Price

Joe Arterburn - May 28, 2019

Steiner Predator AF Binoculars: Putting The Porro Back in Quality Binoculars

The variables that define laser rangefinders can boggle the mind. Here's how to pick the unit that's best for this bear season. Optics

Bear Hunting Essentials: The Rangefinder

Petersen's Hunting Editors - March 20, 2019

The variables that define laser rangefinders can boggle the mind. Here's how to pick the unit...



From ride-sharing services to retail shopping hacks, the way the world does business is being Optics

Start-Up Scopes

David Draper - December 18, 2017

From ride-sharing services to retail shopping hacks, the way the world does business is being

 The upper tier of high-end scopes is not a cheap place play for performance hunting rifle setups; Optics

New High-End Hunting Scopes for 2018

PH Online Editors - January 30, 2018

The upper tier of high-end scopes is not a cheap place play for performance hunting rifle...

See More Optics

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Hunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now