In this article, we will be discussing scopes with long-range capabilities specifically for 1000 yards. We will show you what you need to be looking for when purchasing a high-powered scope as well as giving our review of four different long-range hunting-type scopes.
What is Important for Long-Range Shooting?
There are several factors to consider when purchasing a riflescope. Smokin’ Gun Worx gunsmith, Keegin, sums it up well: “If you want to get into tactical long-range target shooting, I would say side parallax, first focal plane and understand your reticle and your turrets. That’s very crucial for that Sport.”
Why do we recommend finding a scope with these particular features? Join us for a little firearm lesson.
Side Parallax & Its Uses
Parallax is when the target and reticle are on different planes within the scope. It is caused by a change in magnification moving the focal point of the lens in front or behind the parallax movement.
When looking at a modern riflescope, you will likely find a parallax correction system. A side parallax is a knob located (you guessed it) on the side of the scope. Also known as “side focus”, parallax adjustments made with this knob allow the shooter to adjust the target image to match the focal plane of the reticle. This makes the reticle appear clearer and reduces movement when you are shooting at various distances.
Side parallax is recommended for tactical shooting, as you can easily change focus from one distance to another.
What is the Focal Plane? Is First-Focal Plane Better Than Second-Focal Plane?
The focal plane shows you where the reticle is located inside the scope and helps you know what the size of your target is at different magnification levels.
In a first-focal plane scope,the reticle will grow or shrink as you adjust the magnification range. This is useful for dynamic shooting situations where the distance is changing or unknown.
In a second-focal plane, the reticle will stay the same size. These are useful for low-light settings. However, second-focal plane scopes are better for close range shooting because the sub-tensions of the graduation marks that indicate windage and elevation holds will vary with magnification.
Both focal planes have their place. But if you are interested in scope magnification for 1000 yards, we recommend a first-focal plane scope.
Reticles and Turrets
The reticle is the grid part of the scope that you use to line up your target. Reticles are available with MOA or MIL adjustments. It is important to purchase one that matches your riflescope.
You can also opt for an illuminated reticle which will tint your view through the scope (typically green or red), making it easier to see the reticle in low-light conditions. This is especially helpful with first-focal plane scopes.
Turrets are the external raised knobs on your scope. The two most important are the windage and elevation adjustment knobs. Both knobs are used to harmony a rifle to zero, then to reposition to set up each shot.
To input precise ballistic solutions on an MOA scope, each “click” will move the turrets in .25 MOA increments. For MIL scopes, the adjustments are typically in .1 MIL increments.
Our Top Four 1000 Yard Scopes – Specs & Reviews
These are four of our favorite 1000 yard scopes. In addition to our honest review, we will also share some of the specs for each model so you can determine which is right for you.
If you would prefer to watch rather than read our scope reviews, we have also recorded a video for your convenience.
The Vortex Crossfire II 6-24X50 AO
With a 6-24×50 mm objective and adjustable parallax, the Vortex Crossfire II is perfect for coyote or big game hunting out West.
A quick-to-focus eyepiece and capped MOA turrets ensure you a reliable shooting experience. Forged with a single 30mm aircraft-grade aluminum tube that has been nitrogen purged and o-ring sealed, this scope is both waterproof and fogproof.
The Vortex Crossfire II with a second-focal plane stands out as a powerful scope in its class!
Viper HST 6-24X50
The HST is a more affordable version of the Viper, while still being an excellent option. It blends some of the best features of the PST and HS models at a more affordable price.
This scope features a second-focal plane scope and side parallax settings of 50 yards to infinity. The eye box is designed for increased eye relief. A 30mm aluminum tube means the Viper is ultra strong for years of use. Tactical turrets and hashmark-based VMR-1 reticle complete this riflescope’s performance features.
Strike Eagle 5-25X56 FFP
The Strike Eagle is a long-distance powerhorse. It is robust with locking tactical turrets and a throw lever for rapid magnification changes. It performs well at all times of day, but is especially effective in low light settings.
This model allows for a little more light transmission than the previous models we’ve reviewed, and boasts a first-focal plane and illuminated reticle for quick reads at any magnification or lighting level. The larger 34mm tube allows for better internal adjustment.
Viper PST Gen II 5-25X50 FFP
The PST Gen II is a higher-end model of Viper with a first-focal plane much like the Strike Eagle. It features a EBR-7C MOA reticle and gives you many options as a shooter, from close quarters to long-range shots.
This scope also contains locking turrets, which are great if you plan to do any amount of shooting at known distances. The illumination dial on the side parallax is designed for easy access and great performance. The reticle is detailed yet uncluttered and offers shooters 10 intensity levels with off positions between each setting.
Is a 1000 Yard Scope In Your Field of View?
Are you looking to purchase a 1,000 yard scope?
At Smokin’ Gun Worx, we understand purchasing firearms and accessories can be a daunting task! We are here for you and will do our best to help you find the right scope for your long-range shooting needs.
From mounting to rings, we will make sure you are equipped and informed so you can have the best shooting experience. Stop by Smokin’ Gun Worx and view our wide selection of riflescope models today!