Best Scopes for 6.5 Creedmoor in 2022 | Field & Stream

2022-06-30 07:35:02 By : Ms. Tele Mall

Rifles chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor deserve scopes that are as versatile as the cartridge

The Vortex Diamondback 3-9×40 offers many important features, has a lifetime warranty, and is reasonably priced.

The Bushnell Trophy 3-9×40 rifle scope combines quality and features from a name you know at an affordable price.

The Vortex Crossfire II 3-9×50 with the V-Brite reticle delivers unrivaled performance and value for a lower-than-expected price.

When the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge was introduced, it gained almost instant popularity. With that popularity, though, came the detractors. “It’s a fad round,” they said. “It’ll never last,” they crowed.

Well, enough years have gone by that I think we can say that the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge is no longer a fad. Ammunition is available from a number of well-known companies in a variety of different load configurations suited to the caliber’s versatility. Gun companies are making single-shots, semi-autos, and bolt-actions chambered for it. All of this points to enduring popularity.

If you were previously a fence-sitter who has recently fallen on the 6.5 Creedmoor side of the rail, welcome! Once you decide on the rifle you want (and there are plenty to choose from), it’s time to pick out one of the best scopes for 6.5 Creedmoor. But where to begin?

Thanks to the versatility of the 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge, you’ll find myriad different firearm configurations on the racks at your local gun stores. You’ll also find a wide variety of scopes to choose from, and when you put those two things together, the number of different combinations can be overwhelming. Here are some of the things you should think about before parting with your hard-earned money:

Are you going to use this rifle and scope combo for hunting or competition? If you’ll be hunting, where and for what? What is your longest realistic shot? If you’re shooting for competition, how far will your longest shot be? Do you need variable magnification, or is a fixed power scope the right way to go?

Guns chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor come in a variety of different sizes, both in terms of barrel length and stock configuration. Be sure to take the gun’s overall size into consideration before picking a scope. For example, a compact rifle with a 16-inch barrel wouldn’t balance well with a 6-24×50 scope that’s also pushing 16 inches in length. Such a large scope also may be difficult to mount on small rifle.

Sure, it’d be nice to not look at price tags, but that’s not the world the majority of us live in. Figure out your budget and then compare scopes in that category, with an eye toward features and magnification. You might be surprised by the high-quality options that are available for relatively little money.

Why It Made the Cut

The Vortex Diamondback 3-9×40 offers many important features, has a lifetime warranty, and is reasonably priced.

If you’re in the market for a high-quality riflescope for your rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor, look no further than the Diamondback 3-9×40. The 3-9x magnification is perfect for most of the ways people use their 6.5 Creedmoor rifles, and its waterproof, fog proof, and shockproof design will withstand rough hunting conditions. Once you’re sighted in, you can quickly re-index your turrets with no tools needed. It’s a quality riflescope that offers different configurations at a price that will leave you with plenty of money left over for ammo. It’s backed by the Vortex VIP lifetime warranty.

Why It Made the Cut

The Bushnell Trophy 3-9×40 rifle scope combines quality and features from a name you know at an affordable price.

The Bushnell Trophy 3-9×40 rifle scope offers classic scope styling with a modern performance at an affordable price. Equipped with the Multi-X reticle, this dry nitrogen filled scope has multi-coated optics with 91% light transmission and is 100% waterproof, fog-proof, shockproof. Built on a one-piece tube with an integrated saddle, it also features ¼ MOA fingertip windage and elevation adjustments and a fast-focus eyepiece.

Why It Made the Cut

Value is different from budget, and the Vortex Crossfire II 3-9×50 with the V-Brite reticle delivers unrivaled performance and value for a lower-than-expected price.

The Vortex Crossfire II 3-9×50 scope with V-Brite reticle exists at the intersection of high performance and economy. This scope is clear, tough, and bright, and the V-Brite reticle features an illuminated center dot for optimal performance in low-light conditions. Adding to the value is the Vortex VIP lifetime warranty.

Why It Made the Cut

If you don’t need a lot of magnification, the Leupold FX-II Ultralight 2.5×20 fixed power scope is an ideal choice because it offers optimum performance and a great warrantee from a trusted manufacturer.

When every ounce counts, the Leupold FX-II Ultralight 2.5×20 scope lends itself to more applications, on more rifles, than any other scope in the line. The 2.6x magnification is more suited to most applications than people would have you believe. It is built around Leupold’s Advanced Optical System, which offers  excellent light transmission, best-in-class glare reduction in harsh light, and the resolution and clarity that shooters demand. Like all Leupold riflescopes, it’s designed, machined, and assembled in the USA, and is guaranteed to perform for life.

Why It Made the Cut

With extra magnification, a larger lens, and an illuminated reticle, the Barska 3-12×50 IR Huntmaster Pro is ideal for deer hunting.

The Barska 3-12×50 IR Huntmaster Pro has numerous features that are a benefit to hunters. The large objective lenses provide maximum light transmission, and they’re multi-coated to increase viewing quality in low light conditions. The 3-12x magnification can give you a bit more viewing distance than a more traditional 3-9x scope, and the 6.5 Creedmoor won’t even blink at the extra distance you’re trying to close with that additional 3x magnification.

I’ve shot a wide variety of rifles in 6.5 Creedmoor that were all built for different purposes. As a result, all were all paired with different scopes. That has informed me what scope works best for certain purposes. I put this list together as though I were in the market for my first 6.5 Creedmoor scope. I evaluated all scopes that would be appropriate for use on a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle using the following criteria:

Determining if a 50mm scope is better than a 40mm scope isn’t clearcut, because bigger is not always better. In theory, a 50mm scope will gather more light and provide a crisper image even in low-light conditions. But to the human eye, there’s not much difference between the two sizes when it comes to that kind of performance so long as you’ve got a premium lens and coating in your 40mm scope.

The different numbers you see on scopes have specific meanings, and they vary from scope to scope. The first numbers you see may be “3-9” or “4-12” or something similar. Those numbers represent the magnification capabilities of the scope. For the above examples, the scop,es have magnification capabilities of 3x (three times larger than seen with the naked eye) to 9x and 4x to 12x. The last number you’ll see may be 40 or 50 or something similar. That’s the size of the scope’s bell—the end opposite the eyepiece—and the bigger the number, the bigger the bell. The bigger the bell, the more light the scope can gather in low-light conditions.

The best size scope for a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle depends on how you’ll be using the rifle. Scopes in the 3-9×40 or 4-12×50 range have more than enough power for most hunting and competitive shooting situations. Of course, the 6.5 Creedmoor is capable of long-distance accuracy, and so a higher power scope can be beneficial if you’re shooting at a longer range.

The 6.5 Creedmoor cartridge is incredibly versatile. Is it the absolute best for any and every job? Certainly not, but it is a definite frontrunner for a variety of those tasks. Whether you’re shooting competitively out to 1,000 yards or you’re hunting whitetail deer at 150 yards, a gun chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor will feel right at home.

If you chose a rifle chambered for 6.5 Creedmoor because of its multi-use capabilities, make sure you choose the right scope to go with it. There’s only so much this “miracle round” can do if you’ve hobbled it with the wrong scope for the job. Thankfully, there are plenty of great rifles and scopes available. 

But before you buy, take the time to really consider what you’ll be doing with the rifle, what kind of scope you’ll need for it, come back and reread this article, and then consider parting ways with your money. You’ll be glad that you took the extra time before buying, and you’ll be ecstatic once you look through your new scope and pull the trigger on your new gun for the first time!

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