Are you a hunter that likes the thrill of going after big game with your 30-06? Then you would definitely be in the majority of hunters. That does not mean you can’t use a little edge when using it. That edge would be a nice scope mounted on top of it. It’s too nice a weapon to sacrifice accuracy with because your scope is underperforming. In this article, I will take a look at 5 great 30-06 scopes and also tell you what features define a 30-06 scope as being a good one.
Summary: Top 5 Scopes for 30-06
Editor’s Rating (out of 5.0)
30-06 Rifle Scope Buying Guide
Here are the most important features to look for on any scope that you want to buy to use with your 30-06 rifle:
Of course, if you are hunting with a 30-06 you certainly are not afraid to hunt at long distances. That means you will need a rifle sight on your weapon with a zoom capability. There will be a number on your scope which reads something like this: 3-9X56. The numbers before the ‘x’ represent the different magnification levels on that sight. In our example that would be 3x thru 9x magnification.
You really want a 30-06 scope that has magnification in some range between 3x and 12x.
- Objective lens size
The number above in the example also plays a factor in how clear an image you will see through your 30-06 scope. The number after the ‘x’ is that scopes objective lens size. The bigger the objective lens the clearer the images you see in your scope will be. Beware though there is a downside and that is bigger objective lenses add to that scope’s weight.
When you are going through the woods or fields after game with your rifle then you are bound to accidentally bump your scope from time to time. That is why you need a durable rifle scope that will hold up well in all sorts of hunting conditions. Look for a 30-06 scope that is made using corrosion resistant aluminum alloys that hold up well in all types of hunting environments.
In addition to being built tough, you also want your new rifle scope to be waterproof. Chance are you will be hunting from time to time in rain, snow, and fog which can ruin a scope that is not built watertight.
- Lens coatings/Fogproof
Multi-coated scope lenses serve several purposes. They help present a clearer picture of a target to you thanks to these coatings. These coatings do such things as cut down on glare and help to keep the lenses from fogging up as you use your 30-06.
Another way fogproofing a scope is done is by purging the air out of the inner scope chamber and replacing it with a gas such as argon or nitrogen. These will then keep the lenses from fogging up when the temperature changes outside when you are hunting.
There is nothing more difficult than shooting a rifle over long distances. That is why any sight you buy for your 30-06 better have the ability to be adjusted in small increments for windage and elevation. I would recommend that your sight has an MOA of 1/8 or of ¼.
30-06 Scopes Review
There are few companies that know optical enhancing devices as well as Bushnell. So it should come as no surprise that they make very good rifle scopes like this one. It can be a game changer when its mounted to your 30-06 rifle.
With 3x-9x magnification, this scope lets you really zoom in on your prey. You will also see that pray very clearly thanks to its nice large size 40mm objective lens. This is a fully adjustable sight and each ‘click’ represents one MOA.
This 30-06 rifle sight is built to last too. It is waterproof, shockproof and fogproof. This sight also features a corrosion resistant aluminum alloy tube. There are also some easy to use flip-up lens covers and it fits most standard mounting rail configurations.
- Easy ¼ MOA adjustments
- 100% waterproof
- 3x-9x magnification power
- Good clear 40mm objective lens
- Flip-up lens covers
- Picatinny and Weaver rail compatible
- Rear focus works a little different than usual
- No marks on the windage and elevation adjustment knobs
This is quite the impressive scope that top-notch optics maker Nikon has put together here. It will definitely make your 30-06 rifle a much more dangerous weapon in your hands. It really just checks all the boxes as far as a superior rifle scope is concerned.
It has very good 4x-12x magnification for starters and it’s made to focus very rapidly too. You will also get a really clear target image with this scope thanks to its good size 40mm objective lens. This scope also has excellent adjustability thanks to its ¼ MOA windage and elevation knobs.
This is a durable scope too thanks to such things as an all-aluminum tube and the fact it is 100% waterproof. That should give you a lot of confidence when you take it in the field in any type of hunting weather. Its nitrogen purged inner tube chamber will not fog up on you either under any weather conditions.
- BDC reticle
- Quick focus zoom
- 4x-12x magnification
- 40mm objective lens clarity
- Nitrogen purged optics chamber
- Spring loaded adjustment knobs
- Does not include mounting brackets
- Focus is slightly more difficult at higher zoom levels
Good news here. If you have a 30-06 rifle that has a Picatinny rail mount you can purchase and use this nice scope from OTW on it. You won’t be disappointed with any long-range targeting that is done through this scope.
It has more than adequate 3x-9x magnification settings. The best thing about the optics on this nice 30-06 scope is its very big size objective lens. Sometimes it’s worth trading a little extra weight for a super clear sight image. With it, you can choose your reticle color and the brightness level of it too.
This tough scope is waterproof, shockproof and fog proof. It’s also made of sturdy and corrosion resistant black anodized aluminum so you don’t have to worry about this sight getting ruined no matter what environment you hunt in.
- Super clear 56mm objective lens
- 3x-9x magnification
- Picatinny rail mount compatible
- Black Anodized Aluminum Material
- Fogproof, shockproof, waterproof
- Illuminated red or green dot reticle
- Slightly heavy at 1.7 pounds
- Short 6-month warranty
This is nice budget friendly rifle scope from UTG that will work nicely with most 30-06 models. It’s a lightweight scope that is highly adjustable and features an illuminated reticle too.
It has very decent 3x-9x magnification capability and a smaller size 32mm objective lens. One of the best things about this rifle scope is how well it focuses on close in targets. That is rare in the world of high powered scopes.
This scope for a 30-06 also uses UTG’s proprietary Smart Spherical Structure (SSS) aluminum tube construction. That makes this scope shockproof, rainproof and fogproof. Mounting brackets and protective lens cover come right in the package too.
- 3x-9x magnification
- Lightweight at less than 1 pound
- ¼ MOA adjustment per click
- Red/Green dual illumination mil-dot reticle
- Protective lens covers and mounting brackets included
- Rare close range clarity
- Limited eye relief
- Smaller 32mm objective lens
This is a really nice rifle scope for hunting at long distances. It is made by a reputable sight manufacturer named Barska. The scope they have designed here will nicely compliment any 30-06 rifle that it rests upon.
It is a scope that will let you see your targets up close and personal thanks to its good 3x-9x magnification settings. Your targets will be seen clearly too thanks to its generous 40mm size objective lens. The range finding reticle is one of this sight’s outstanding features too.
It has ¼ MOA adjustability. It has sturdy aluminum tube construction and enhancements make this nice scope waterproof, fogproof and shockproof. It should mount easily on most Weaver and Picatinny rail mounts too.
- 3x-9X magnification
- P4 range helper reticle
- ¼ MOA windage and elevation adjustments
- Fits Weaver/Picatinny rail mounting systems
- 100% waterproof, shockproof and has an anti-fog nitrogen purged optics chamber
- No markings on the adjustment knobs
- Mounting rings can be too big for some rifle rails
Which one of the scopes I reviewed would I like to have on my 30-06 rifle? Wow, tough question, you can tell by the user’s ratings in the chart how well each of these rifle scopes will work on a 30-06. If I really had to choose one it would have to be the Nikon Buck Master II Scope with BDC Reticle.
As I said these scopes are all very close in performance but there are a few features that set the Nikon Buck Master II Scope apart. One for sure is the BDC Reticle that it uses. Another one is the fact that it is the only scope on our top review list that zooms out to 12x magnification. When you factor in its limited lifetime warranty it just really puts this 30-06 scope over the top for me.
It’s really worth strongly considering this scope if you are actively shopping for a new one for your 30-06 rifle.