Best Crossbow Scopes on the Market – 2018 Review Update

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Best Crossbow Scopes on the Market – 2018 Review Update

There is no denying the effect of a scope on the accuracy of a crossbow. A scope allows you to dial in your aim, adjust arc and gives a larger sight area. Some hunters argue that a crossbow is only as good as its scope, so it should be a high priority on your list of upgrades to your kit. Most crossbows come supplied with a scope that is ok to start with but it is recommended that you upgrade the scope when you can afford to. The supplied scopes are fine for target practice but if you plan on hunting with your crossbow a scope with better clarity and multiple reticles is a good idea

Top 5 Crossbow Scopes Table


The Best Scopes for Crossbows  - Comparison Table Updated for 2018!

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Product

Specs

Reticle

Magnification/
Objective Diameter

Our Rating

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Best Crossbow Scope on the Market

1. Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow Scope

Length

8.1"


Weight

11.2oz


Tube Diameter 

25.4mm

Nikon Bolt Reticle

Magnification

3X


Objective Diameter

32mm


Eye Relief 

3.4"

5/5

Best Crossbow Scope for the Money

2. Excalibur Tact-Zone Illuminated Scope

Length

13"


Weight

12oz


Tube Diameter 

30mm

Tact Zone Reticle

Magnification

2.5-5X


Objective Diameter

32mm


Eye Relief 

3.2"

5/5

Best Illuminated Crossbow Scope

3. Hawke IR SR Illuminated  Scope

Length

8.3"


Weight

13oz


Tube Diameter 

25.4mm

Hawke Crossbow IR SR Reticle

Magnification

1.5-5X


Objective Diameter

32mm


Eye Relief 

3.2-3"

4.5/5

Best Budget Crossbow Scope

4. UTG Crossbow Scope, Pro 5-Step RGB Reticle

Length

8.1"


Weight

12.3oz


Tube Diameter 

25.4mm

UTG Crossbow Scope Reticle

Magnification

4X


Objective Diameter

32mm


Eye Relief 

3.8"

4/5

Best Red Dot Crossbow Scope

5. TRUGLO Red-Dot Sight

Length

3.82"


Weight

7oz


Tube Diameter 

30mm

Truglo Crossbow Scope Reticle

Magnification

1X


Objective Diameter

30mm


Eye Relief 

Unlimited

4/5

The Crossbow Scope Reviews in Detail

The guide below is for the top crossbow scope reviews of 2018.

On to the Crossbow Scope Reviews….

Overall Top Rated Crossbow Scope


Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow Scope

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Great


Bottom Line: This crossbow scope is amazing! The lens gives a crystal clear view allowing you to see your target more clearly, it's waterproof, fog proof and shockproof so it can handle anything your hunt may bring 


The Lowdown

Durability

Being waterproof, fogproof and shockproof this scope is very durable and will last a lifetime

Optic Quality 

The Nikon Bolt XR has a large ocular eye piece that gives a bright clear view and quick focusing

Value for money

The price is really good for a scope of this quality so you can be sure you're getting good value for money

Targeting

I've never had a problem sighting in this scope and find it always hits the intended target 

Pros  

  • Quick focus eye piece
  • Shockproof, waterproof and fog proof
  • Amazing clarity
  • The BDC is very accurate

  Cons

  • Not the best in low light
  • Higher priced than some other scopes

Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow Scope Review

With excellent quality and middle-range price, this offering from Nikon is the best rated crossbow scope on the market. With a lightweight design that easily mounts in weaver rings, this scope offers quick adjustment and precise accuracy.

The eyepiece is waterproof, fogproof and shockproof and has a quick focus. Nikon claims that the scope transmits 92% of available light so there is superior brightness and contrast. The scope has 3 to 32x magnification and a 32mm lens.

An excellent feature of this scope is how easy it is to adjust. The “zero-reset turrets” allow you to sight in at 20 yards and then adjust from there with knob rotation. From here, you can set ranges and move between them quickly. For a non-illuminated reticle, this is a sighting system that works very well.

This scope allows for outstanding accuracy even at medium to long distance. Nikon is so confident that they have a “60-yard challenge” of accuracy. One user reported hitting an acorn-sized target with his crossbow at this 60-yard mark.

Because of its features, ease of use, quick and clear sight picture and deadly accuracy, the Bolt XR is the top rated crossbow scope.

Personally, I like the simplicity of non-illuminated scopes, and the Nikon is the best in this category. Nikon put all of their attention to detail and craft into this crossbow scope and it shows, making it the best crossbow scope on the market.

Best Value Crossbow Scope


Excalibur Tact-Zone Illuminated Scope

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Great


Bottom Line: A brilliant scope from Excalibur, it works great in low light conditions and has a great price. The accuracy is great and easy to sight in, you won't be disappointed buying this scope


The Lowdown

Durability

This scope is really well made and being waterproof and fogproof it offer good protection from the elements

Optic Quality 

It has great clear optics as you'd expect from a high end crossbow scope

Value for money

Around the same price as the Nikon it offer good value for money as it's an excellent scope


Targeting

Once sighted in the scope will give you tight grouping of your bolts  

Pros  

  • Great in low light
  • great clarity and light transmission
  • Easy to sight in

  Cons

  • No speed indicators below 300 FPS

Best Illuminated Crossbow Scope


Hawke IR SR Illuminated  Scope

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Great


Bottom Line: I really like the illumination of this scope and how accurate it is over long distances, most people comment on how good it is for grouping shots


The Lowdown

Durability

It's a well made scope that can take some knocks.

Optic Quality 

The optics are good, it performs well in low light too which is a good element

Value for money

It's a bit pricey but a good scope so it balances out

Targeting

No issues with the sighting of this scope, it's relatively easy to sight in and keeps your shots on target  

Pros  

  • Great magnification
  • Nice illuminated reticle
  • Accurate at 100 yards

  Cons

  • Can be hard to adjust
  • Speed and magnification selector are the same

Hawke IR SR Illuminated  Scope Review

If you’re in the market for a scope with an illuminated reticle, this crossbow scope from Hawke is second to none.

For less than $200, this scope is more expensive than the Nikon, but for the price you are getting battery-powered illumination so that this scope can be used any time from dawn until dusk.

The reticle is lighted in red and green, with aim points every 10 yards from 20 to 100 yards. This means that the scope can be sighted in at 20 yards and then fired to 100 yards without the need to adjust the sight. The aim points are accurate too, the arrow will connect with the points at the desired yardage.

This scope has a speed selector so that it can be matched to any bow from 275fps to 425fps, meaning that it can be changed from one bow to another.

While this scope has very nice features and performance, I find it difficult to recommend it over the Nikon. The Nikon’s bright, clear picture and meticulous engineering and cheaper price mean that it is what I would go for over the Hawke scope.

Best Cheap Crossbow Scope


UTG Crossbow Scope, Pro 5-Step RGB Reticle

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Great


Bottom Line: Overall a great product with some top features, users who are looking for a sturdy product to last a long time will benefit from this model


The Lowdown

Durability

It feels hefty and well built nothing feels cheap on this scope and it is well built 

Optic Quality 

Good quality optics for the price, the view is clear and bright

Value for money

A great price for a good scope, it's the cheapest on this list by far but it still offers great quality

Targeting

I never had a problem with aim on this scope, it was a little more off than the other listed here but not by much  

Pros  

  • Great optics for the price
  • The price is unbelievable

  Cons

  • A little off target at 70 yards plus

UTG Crossbow Scope, Pro 5-Step RGB Reticle

This scope offers balance between performance and price, making it the best value crossbow scope.

This is a 32x magnification scope, so it is the same level of magnification as the Nikon. It has a wide parallax and lighted illumination which makes the sight picture crisp and bright.

This scope has multiple reticles. Each reticle is lighted and set for 10 yard increments up to 50 yards. The reticles hold to the distances very well too and make it easy to adjust your aim. I found that when sighted in the accuracy is very precise for the different reticle distances.

For the price, this scope offers excellent value and features. It has a very durable feel and solid construction and the reticle rivals that of more expensive scopes.

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Best Red Dot Crossbow Scope


TRUGLO Red-Dot Sight

Outdoor Veteran Rating: Great


Bottom Line: A brilliant red dot crossbow scope perfect for hunting up close and personal. There aren't too many red dot crossbow scopes on the market but if there were this would still be top


The Lowdown

Durability

Waterproof, fogproof and shockproof this red dot scope is very durable and has great build quality

Optic Quality 

The sight through this scope is really clear and easy to see your targets


Value for money

A fantastic low price for a scope that does exactly what you need it to do

 

Targeting

It has a wide field of view and unlimited eye relief making it easy to see you target and ultimately hit it 

Pros  

  • Great wide field of view
  • Shock resistant to 1000 grams
  • Integrated weaver-style mounting system
  • Stays zeroed in well

  Cons

  • Battery runs out quick (take spares)

TRUGLO Red-Dot Crossbow Sight Review

If I know that I will be hunting at shorter distances I prefer to use a red dot on my crossbow. Optics magnify and make a far target easier to hit, but a red dot allows quick targeting at short distances from an open perspective.

If you’re looking for a red dot, it doesn’t get much better than the Truglo Red-Dot.

The Truglo red dot offers simplicity and durability. It is shockproof and fog-proof and has a wide field of view. The Truglo also has a special reticle that allows for quick targeting.

Like the Nikon, this sight transmits light extremely well, so the sight picture is bright and clear. There is also the ability to change windage elevation with quick adjustments.

The Truglo is the best scope for the red dot category, but can also be used on handguns, muzzleloaders and rifles, meaning it’s an excellent addition to your rifle cabinet too.

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Model

Type

Magnification

Price range

Rating

Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow Scope
Optic
3-32X
Med $$
9.6
out of 10
Hawke Crossbow 15-5X32 IR SR Scope review
Optic
1.5-5X32
High $$$$
9.6
out of 10
UTG 4X32 1 Crossbow Scope review
Optic
4X32
Med $$
9.5
out of 10
Truglo Best Red-Dot Crossbow Sight
Red Dot
1X30
Low $
8.8
out of 10
Carbon Express 20838 Crossbow Scope
Optic
4X32
Med $$$
9
out of 10
Truglo Crossbow Scope 4X32
Optic
4X32
Med $$
8.2
out of 10
BSA 30mm Red Dot Scope
Red Dot
1X30
Low $
8.2
out of 10
Excalibur Shadow Zone Best Crossbow Scope
Optic
2-4X32
Med $$$
9.2
out of 10
Hammers 4X32 Illuminated top Crossbow Scope
Optic
4X32
Low $
8.4
out of 10
Raging River Crossbow 4X32 Muti-reticle Scope
Optic
4X32
Low $
8.6
out of 10

Types of Crossbow Scopes


It is important to differentiate between the common types of scopes on the market, these being the optic scope and the red dot.

A red dot scope is generally smaller than an optical scope, requires a battery, and transmits a simple light reticle into the scope. A red dot typically does not have magnification, but the lighted reticle is easier to see and gives an upgrade to regular sights.


Optic sights are what you will often see on hunting rifles and offer magnification and clarity over distance. A difference between rifle and crossbow scopes is that a crossbow scope will have multiple reticles so you can track the arc of an arrow based on yards or meters. This is a helpful feature that makes crossbow-specific scopes a necessary purchase instead of a rifle scope.


These are the best scopes for crossbows in 2018. After sighting these scopes in, they all offer excellent accuracy and clarity. However, the range of options and prices means that these four are examples of the best crossbow scopes to tailor to your personal hunting and shooting needs.

2018-09-09T13:14:48+00:00By |Crossbow|

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Justin Archer a family man with 2 boys and a wife. I'm an outdoorsman who loves hunting, fishing, hiking and lots of other outdoor activities. I love testing new outdoor gear, learning new things and passing on the knowledge I have gained.

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