Confused about which scope would be ideal for your .300 Blackout rounds? Choosing from the hundred different brands and models can be tough and overwhelming.
Thankfully, you are in the right place now. I have worked with scopes and rifles for as long as I can remember and love using the 300 Blackout rounds for hunting and range competitions.
Over this time, I have tried out 20+ scopes with it and trimmed this down to 5 best 300 Blackout scopes, so you get the best bang for your buck whether you are a newbie or a professional.
So without wasting much time, let’s dig into it.
If you want to make an immediate purchase without going into the details, here’s a summary of my top picks.
- Trijicon TA33-C-400164 ACOG – Top Pick
- EOTECH XPS2
- Lucid Prismatic Weapon Scope – Budget Pick
- Nikon P-Tactical .223 3×32 Matte BDC Carbine
For a brief review of these scopes, below is a comparison chart where I talk about their standout features.
5 Best Scope for 300 Blackout Reviewed
|Trijicon TA33||• Drop-tested by the military and is waterproof/weatherproof|
• The tritium/fiber optic reticle adjusts brightness by itself
• The reticle gives accurate bullet drop and holdover estimates
|EOTECH XPS2||• Backed by a 10-year warranty|
• Choose between 20 brightness levels for accuracy in low light
• It can be submerged 10.ft in water
|Lucid Prismatic||• The etched reticle remains clear in low light without illumination|
• Turrets are smooth and numbered for precision
• Reticle gives bullet drop and holdover estimates for accuracy
|Nikon P-Tactical||• Costs less than $250 yet durable and waterproof|
• Optimize BDC reticle further with Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Technology
• Long eye relief and quick focus eyepiece for easy target acquisition.
But if you are a rifle or scope nerd and like to get into the minutest of details, below are the in-depth reviews of these scopes.
1. Trijicon TA33-C-400164 ACOG
If a brand is good enough for the Police and Army in the US, it is sure is good enough to win you competitions and get home a few deers of dinner.
Well, say hello to Trijicon and their TA33-C-400164 ACOG is an absolute beast. So if you have the big bucks, this bad boy is a no-brainer, and here’s why.
While other scopes can handle the occasional bumps and be submerged in water, nothing matches the durability the Trijicon ACOG delivers.
Whether you want to go rock climbing with it, swimming in an ocean, dive, duck, or even drop it, it can take the punches on the chin and yet stand tall. In fact, it is one of the few scopes to have aced the military’s drop test.
One of the reasons for it is the aircraft-grade aluminum build while playing a helping hand is the fact that Trijicon has managed to keep moving parts to a minimum.
This construction also makes it waterproof and weatherproof. So whether it is raining or snowing or if you happen to drop it in a puddle of water, the scope performs just as new.
Even the lens does not fog up as it has a special nitrogen purge.
But that’s not all.
When you are out hunting in the wild, you want HD quality clarity and accuracy, right? Well, Trijicon doesn’t disappoint. With a premium quality lens that has been multi-coated with an anti-reflective material, it perfectly disperses light for amazing picture quality in any light or at any magnification level.
Even the reticle is illuminated giving you the freedom to hunt in the evening, early morning, and other low light conditions. And even though brightness can be adjusted manually between 6 levels, the reticle does most of the adjustments itself making usage truly effortless,
That’s because it has a special tritium/fiber optic illuminated reticle.
Another thing I love about this illuminated reticle is battery-free usage that takes the pain out of using the scope as you do not have to worry about charging or carrying additional battery packs even if you use the illumination for long hours.
Furthermore, the great optics are backed by functionality. Thanks to the reticle’s ability to compensate for bullet drop and holdover, long-distance shooting is easier than ever (no more wasting ammo, you’ll hit the bull’s eye 9 times out of 10).
And that’s true even if you were to shoot with both eyes open. Trijicon uses the Bindon Aiming Concept that allows you to shoot accurately with both eyes open.
Oh, and did I tell you it has a 3x magnification making? This makes it the ideal scope for distances of about 600-800 yards.
The only drawback with this scope is its price tag. But if you want something durable enough to last you a lifetime and guarantee you almost 100% accuracy, this one is worth every penny.
- Trijicon is trusted by the US Army and the Police
- Ideal for distances of 600-800 yards
- The illuminated reticle has a battery-less operation
- The tritium/fiber optic reticle adjusts brightness by itself
- It gives bullet drop and holdover readings for accuracy
- Nitrogen purging prevents fog build-up on the lens
- It has passed the military drop test
- Can be submerged in water and used in minus temperatures
- Backed by a lifetime warranty
- Costs on the higher side but worth it
2. EOTECH XPS2
If you do not want to spend big just yet, the EOTECH XPS2 is my next favorite scope, and there’s plenty to love about it as well.
The XPS2 has been tailor-made for .300 Blackout rounds and its .300 Blackout reticle is the perfect example of it.
You want excellent accuracy irrespective of the distance, and the reticle focuses on just that whether you are using subsonic and supersonic projectiles as it gives bullet drop compensation for both.
How? Well, thanks to the two 1 MOA dots in the center of the 68 MOA reticle (100 yards or 300 yards, with this scope, no distance is too far).
Even with all that, the reticle manages to remain neat and tidy so you won’t have any confusion between the 2 dots even if you are a newbie. And that remains true even in low light as well.
With a whopping 20 brightness settings, you can see the circles and targets far out crystal clear even if the weather is cloudy or you are hunting at dusk or dawn.
Also, by leaving additional space on the rail, EOTECH gives you the freedom to use magnifiers or even iron sights based on your preference. But I’d suggest using magnifiers as aiming at distances of 300+ yards becomes a breeze.
Talking about the build, this one can take a beating. With an aluminum hood, it is well protected against any bumps. Plus, it is water-resistant, so even if it were to rain out of the blue, it doesn’t hamper the performance or durability of the scope. In fact, it can even be left submerged in 10.ft of water.
And even if you were to face any issues, it is backed by an amazing 10-year warranty where you won’t have to pay a dime for repairs and replacements.
It is also one of the most compact and lightweight scopes you will come across as it weighs a mere 9 oz making it easier to carry whether it is in a bag or mounted on a rifle.
On the downside, the battery life is a bit of a bummer. Even at low to medium settings, it gives only 1000 hours but you can always carry additional battery packs. Changing batteries is easy and takes less than a minute.
- The Reticle is ideal for both subsonic and supersonic projectiles
- Comes with 20 brightness settings for low light
- Aluminum hooding makes it rock-solid
- Can remain submerged in 10. Ft of water
- Compact and lightweight (weighs just 9 oz)
- Rail has ample space for magnifiers or iron sights
- Backed by a 10-year warranty
- Changing batteries is easy
- Low battery life
- Magnifier needs to be purchased separately
3. Lucid Prismatic Weapon Scope (Budget 300 Blackout Scope)
If you are on a tight budget and need something quality on the cheap, the Lucid Prismatic Weapon Scope is just what the doctor ordered, and here’s why.
One of the standout features of the scope apart from its pocket-friendly price is the P7 reticle. It is very versatile as it can be used with a wide range of rounds. That is because it allows you to set holdover increments based on your preferred distance.
Yes, you’ll need ballistic knowledge of the rounds for it or you can just go the newbie way and learn it by shooting at the range.
Another plus point about the reticle is the illumination as not many low-costing scopes come with an illuminated reticle. This gives you better visuals in low light.
And while there are 10 levels to choose from, you won’t have to waste too much time making adjustments or take your hands off the trigger even for a second. The auto-brightness sensor does the job for you.
Battery life is average but thankfully, you aren’t over-reliant on it. That’s because the reticle has been etched onto the glass, so even if the illumination were to turn off, it has decent visibility in low light.
Durability is another strong suit of the scope which is quite surprising considering the low price. The metallic build means it can handle the odd bump and can even be submerged in water.
Even the optics were a pleasant surprise. Yes, it isn’t at par with the Trijicon ACOG or the EOTECH mentioned above, but head and shoulders above most others in the price range. The lens is multi-coated for better light transmission and protection from dust and dirt.
I also love the fact that the turrets are numbered and have good audibility for precise adjustments in any situation. Plus, they are perfectly smooth so turning them requires minimal force.
- Comes with 4x magnification (ideal for 300-400 yards)
- Though cheaper, the reticle is illuminated for low light
- Comes with an automatic reticle brightness sensor
- There 10 brightness levels to choose from
- The reticle is etched on the glass for clarity without illumination
- Works with a wide range of rounds
- Get holdover and bullet drop estimations for accuracy
- Turrets are numbered and smooth for easy adjustments
- Excellent durability considering the price
- It is waterproof
- Costs less than $500
- Slight blurring at full magnification
- Poor battery life
- You’ll need to know round ballistics to set holdover
4. Nikon P-Tactical .223 3×32 Matte BDC Carbine
From cameras to scopes, if you want good optics, a Nikon is never too far away, and their P-Tactical is another great scope for anyone on a budget. In fact, it costs less than $250.
Here’s all you need to know about it before buying one.
Nikon is known for optics quality and the scope lives up to the reputation. The multi-coated lens won’t outperform the Trijicon or XPS2 but compared to other scopes around the $250 to $350 price range, the optics quality is commendable.
That means even at 9x magnification, there’s little blurring on the sides making it ideal for distances of 400-500 yards.
I also love the numbered turrets as they make adjustments easier (something that’s a rarity with low-priced scopes). Plus, they are spring-loaded, which means they rest to zero almost instantly. They are also tall for a good grip while the audibility and smoothness further add to the ease of adjusting them.
Another thing I like about them is that they held position well even with the constant mounting/detaching and rocky rides in my car (it is pretty much a set it and forget it scope)
I also like how solid it is. While you wouldn’t want to drop it, it sure can handle a bump or to thanks to the aluminum build. Plus, it can be submerged in water so using it rain shouldn’t be an issue.
Furthermore making it weather-resistant is the nitrogen purging that keeps the lens from becoming foggy.
Even the shock-resistance was good so even with all that recoil, it will last you for years to come.
Irrespective of the price range, a scope shouldn’t be compromising with accuracy and durability. While durability is top-notch, the BDC reticle doesn’t lag too far behind.
It isn’t illuminated so usage is restricted to days when lighting is good, but it does have a BDC reticle which gives you bullet drop and holdover estimates.
Plus, you can further optimize the reticle with Spot On Ballistic Technology ensuring you no longer are wasting ammo by missing your aim (its accuracy is unmatched amongst cheaper scopes).
It also has a longer than usual eye-relief that further adds to the comfort of using the scope as your eyes are well protected against recoil. This in tandem with the quick-focus eyepiece makes acquiring even moving targets quick and easy.
Lastly, included in the package are scope caps that keep the lenses on both sides protected from dust, dirt, and oil so they continue to perform just as well as new even 2-3 years later.
- Excellent durability and water-resistance
- Good image clarity even at 9x magnification
- Longer eye relief for comfortable usage
- Quick-focus eyepiece for quick acquisition of moving targets
- The reticle gives holdover and bullet drop estimates
- Optimize the reticle further with Nikon’s Spot On Ballistic Technology
- Nitrogen purge keeps the lens fog-free
- Turrets are numbered, smooth, and tall for quick adjustments
- Ideal for 400-500 yards
- Costs less than $250
- Lens caps keep the lenses protected from dust and dirt
- The reticle doesn’t have illumination
Well, those are my favorite 300 Blackout scopes for 2022. If you are in the market for a top-notch scope, the Trijicon ACOG and XPS2 are the scopes for you but if you are on a budget, the Lucid or Nikon scopes will serve you well.
So what do you think about my top picks? Have you used any of these scopes before? If yes, feel free to drop your experience with the scopes in the comments as it will help others make better decisions.
You can also send in your questions about these and other scopes, and I’ll get back to you within 24-hours with detailed solutions.