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Best Nightforce Scopes (And Where to Buy Them)

Pretty intent on getting a sweet Nightforce scope…but not sure WHICH or WHERE to pick one up online?

Aero M5E1 with DPMS LR-308
Aero M5E1 (Bottom, S&B 5-25x) with DPMS LR-308 (Top, Nightforce 2.5-10x)

I’ll go through my favorite place where my buddies and I buy our high-end scopes.  Plus which scopes we’ve ended up keeping and using on a monthly basis.

Euro Optic

Short answer when someone asks about Nightforce or other high-end scopes, I send them over to Euro Optic.



They have a great combo of having stuff in stock, at reasonable prices, and some perks like free shipping.  But what separates them from the pack is the knowledge of the guys behind the scene.

Find out more and some other places I buy scopes at Best Places to Buy Scopes Online.

Best Nightforce Scopes

These are the two that my buddies and I swear by…

1. NXS 2.5-10x

Nightforce NXS 2.5-10
Nightforce NXS 2.5-10

The go-to for my semi-auto .308 AR-10 style guns is the compact NXS 2.5-10x.  The latest gun my NXS lives on is my Aero M5E1 (full review).

The range of 2.5-10x is perfect for semi-close shooting and accurate fire to 600-800 yards on a man-sized target.

New features on this scope compared to my “old” one include ZeroStop and a quick throw lever.

Nightforce NXS 2.5-10x, Camo Painted
Nightforce NXS 2.5-10x, Camo Painted

I’m partial to less busy reticles for these lower levels of magnification.  I also don’t like ones with bullet drops since I tend to swap my scopes around between calibers.  My call if I had to buy one again today would be this one with the MOAR reticle ($1892).

MOAR Reticle
MOAR Reticle

2. NXS 5.5-22x

Nightforce NXS 5.5-22
Nightforce NXS 5.5-22

My buddy’s go-to for his .223 bolt gun is the NXS 5.5-22x.  The increased magnification allows for more precise shots and longer ranges.  If you’re going .308 or higher you’ll be well served as well.  We’ve opted for the larger 56mm objective lens to give more light.

Since he bought around the same time…our scopes are now considered a little old.  But if I had to choose a specific model, it would be with the MOAR reticle ($2028) or MIL-R reticle ($2028) if you’re going mil-dot.

MIL-R Reticle
MIL-R Reticle

Scope Mount Suggestions

Since the two suggestions are both 30mm tube sizes, it makes it a little easier.  For me, I like going with quick-detach scope mounts since I tend to move them around my rifles.  Remember to buy quality since you’ll already be spending a bunch on a scope…you can’t cheap out on its mount.

My go-to is Larue’s LT104 ($210) for super easy on-off and within 1 MOA when you reattach.

Larue LT-104
Larue LT-104

A cheaper alternative that I’ve heard rave reviews about is American Defense’s Mount ($150).

American Defense Mount
American Defense Mount

Or my go-to for non-quick detach would be Aero’s Lightweight Mount ($60).  It’s held up steady on a bunch of my competition AR’s.  This one is the SPR model which moves the scope a little further out.

Aero SPR Mount
Aero SPR Mount

And of course…I asked Euro Optic for their top picks for their own NF scopes:


So there you have it…Euro Optic is the best place to get Nightforce scopes online.  Hopefully my suggestions for individual scopes and their mounts have helped too.  Let us know which one you ended up going with and how it shoots!

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2 Leave a Reply

  • A Wagner

    I know it's a great thing to buy everything online. Funny, though. I just had a local school ask me to sponsor their football team for the third year. I realized that not one of those people have come in and said "thanks for sponsoring us...I'm buying my scope here today because you helped us." So, by sending everyone online versus to the local gun store (who would probably match prices to make a sale...we do!), it's making it so local businesses can't support local stuff. Maybe I should have told the coach to call EuroOptics for a $100 ad spot since that's where he bought his last Nightforce scope.

    Just remember, buyers. When you buy online, don't go to your local gun store to ask for fundraisers. Call EuroOptics, Buds, Sportsmans Guide, MIdway, etc for donations. Ask the online store to buy your girl scout cookies, take an ad out in the football program, sponsor the teen pageant, send your kid to the state baseball tournament, give to the fallen officer fund every year, or even give to the church. The money isn't there. You spent your money with a company in Toledo OH rather than locally so that local business owner doesn't have the extra to give back to your kid or your cause. He needs to support those who support him (or her).

    February 19, 2018 6:07 pm
    • Andrew

      Good call. I asked a local gun store to set me up with some items for a function and I have tried to push everyone I know to the store. There is no substitute for chatting with small business owners over a cup of coffee. I buy all my cans, rifles, and transfers from that store. Support these guys!

      May 25, 2018 5:57 am
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