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Best Hunting Optics Under $500

You don’t have to break the bank to get good glass.

2019 Optic of the Year: SIG Sauer BDX Optics System

The acronym embedded in the nomenclature of the SIG Sauer BDX system says it all—Ballistic Data Xchange is exactly what occurs when using the optics system. It is three units—a riflescope, laser rangefinder and smartphone app—which work in sync to ensure hunters fire at distant targets with certainty.

2018 Optic of the Year: Nikon Monarch 7i VR

Every hunter who has struggled to obtain accurate readings with a laser rangefinder should appreciate Nikon’s Monarch 7i VR. Featuring the same Vibration Reduction technology Nikon uses in its VR camera lenses, the 7i VR is about half the size of a box of ammo and weighs less than 8 ounces.

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