5 Best Budget Big Game Riflescopes Lead

5 Best Budget Big-Game Riflescopes

These five riflescopes offer big-game hunters great value at a budget-friendly price.

Hardware: Leupold VX-3HD 4.5-14x40 Side Focus CDS-ZL Wind-Plex

The VX-3HD CDS-ZL gives you more than your money’s worth. If you’re an old-school (or at least older) hunter who’s settled in with your old scope, you might want to entertain a roving eye in the scope realm.

Review: Leupold VX-3HD 4.5-14x40mm

Leupold’s VX-3HD riflescopes are lightweight, rugged and well balanced, and included in the line may be the best value for a hunter looking to cover all the bases: the 4.5-14x40mm. With its 30mm main tube, this scope offers a wider range of elevation adjustment than its 1-inch counterparts, as well as better light transmission.

4 Ways to Fine-Tune Your Rifle During the Offseason

If you strive to have the best rig possible come opening day, now is the time to give your rifle a good tune-up.

Review: Nosler Model 48 Long-Range Carbon Rifle

Nosler’s newest rifle, the Model 48 Long-Range Carbon, is marketed to hunters who want a lightweight arm that’ll go the distance. Does it live up to the hype? Read on.

2017 Optic of the Year: Leupold VX-3i

Ron Spomer called the VX-3i an "ideal, do-anything scope." That's just part of the reason it's our 2017 "Optic of the Year."

Build Your Skills: The Fast Follow-Up Shot

Making that second shot count requires more than speed—it requires proper gun handling and plenty of practice.

Hardware: Leupold VX-3i 3.5X-10X-40mm

Riflescopes with parallax adjustments, illuminated reticles, 8X zoom ranges and turrets dialing past 1,500 yards are impressive, but do we really need that to still-hunt whitetails in Ohio farmland or chase elk at 8,000 feet in Idaho? An optic like Leupold’s new VX-3i 3.5X-10X-40mm with the Boone & Crockett ballistic reticle is likely better suited for most hunters’ needs. This 12.6-ounce scope, a reengineered upgrade from the previous VX-3, is bright, sharp, slim and extremely reliable.

5 Things You Need to Know About the T/C G2 Contender Series

Thompson/Center's Contender series is back for 2016, in the form of the G2 Rifle and G2 Pistol. Here are five things you need to know.

Hardware: Browning AB3 Composite Stalker

The hip and happening trend with bolt-action hunting rifles right now is to go cheap, but still go big on performance. It seems like every manufacturer has a low-end price-point rifle, and they all seem to shoot pretty well. Browning's hat in this ring is the new AB3 Composite Stalker.

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