The 1000 yard line is kind of the holy grail of long range target shooting. It’s a hard mark to hit, and you’ll need a specialized optic to get consistent performance at this distance.
So, if you’re on the market for a 1000 yard optic, you should be prepared to shell out a few bucks to get an optic that might be less than ideal in short distance shooting contexts.
That’s your warning. Keep reading to find out which scopes will do the most work at 1000 yards.
For those who are in a rush: the Nikon Black FX1000 6-24x50SF will give you the most performance per dollar, so check that one out first.
Nikon’s Black series of rifle scopes is a fairly new addition to their lineup. Nikon Black models are specifically designed for the rigors of extreme long range shooting, with an emphasis on image quality and reticle function. The Nikon Black FX1000 6-24x50SF is the most powerful Nikon Black, and will help you push the limits of your shooting.
Nikon scopes are known for their glass clarity, and the FX1000 upholds, and even improves on Nikon’s stellar track record in this area. The FX1000 is built with Nikon’s proprietary high density, low dispersion glass, and fully multi-coated lenses for nearly perfect light transmission. The FX1000 provides a bright, sharp image at all magnifications, and delivers the clarity you need for 1000-yard precision.
To ensure that you always have enough light, no matter what the conditions are, the FX1000 uses a 50mm objective lens for light collection. This brings in enough light for target acquisition in shaded areas, or during dawn or dusk shooting.
To help you get the ultimate bead on small targets, the FX1000 uses a 6-24x magnification range. This is powerful enough for extreme long range precision, and versatile enough for intermediate shots.
Where Nikon really adds performance to the FX1000 is the reticle. While most Nikon models employ the Nikon BDC reticle, the FX1000 uses a Nikon’s proprietary FX-MRAD reticle. The FX-MRAD reticle is designed with markings specifically for making windage and elevation estimations and corrections at extreme long ranges.
Additionally, the FX1000 is a first focal plane scope. The reticle retains its proportions at all magnifications, so you can make accurate calculations no matter what distance you’re shooting at.
The reticle is fully illuminated with 10 brightness settings, so you can always see both your reticle and your target.
Naturally, the FX1000 is purged and sealed so it’s waterproof, fog-proof, and shock-proof. Hopefully you’re nice to this one, but it won't break even if you’re not.
Overall, the FX1000 delivers competition grade performance at a less than astronomical price, which is a winning combination every time.
The Viper lineup is Vortex Optics’ high end series of scopes, designed to help extreme long range shooters get the hits they need. The Vortex Optics Viper PST Gen II 5-25x50 is the highest magnification configuration, built for shooters who need precision at the most extreme distances.
Vortex Optics produces competition-winning lenses. The Viper is equipped with the same ultra-clear glass and light transmitting full multi-coating that has made Vortex Optics a favorite among competition shooters. The Viper delivers the image clarity that you need for tight groupings and repeatable accuracy at the 1000-yard line.
For image brightness, the Viper has a 50mm objective lens that collects enough light to pick out targets at dawn or dusk, in overcast weather, or when shooting at shaded targets from a sunned out position.
The Viper sports a 5-25x magnification range. This power range is enough to make small targets manageable at long ranges, but isn’t inconvenient when you need to take short shots.
Vortex Optics changed out their standard Dead Hold BDC reticle for their proprietary ERB-2C reticle on the Viper. The ERB-2C reticle provides precise markings to help you make calculations and corrections for long-range shots, without cluttering your field of view.
To ensure that it’s always useful, the reticle is set on the first focal plane, so the proportions are always right for making calculations, no matter what magnification you’re using.
The reticle is etched and illuminated for crisp aiming points in all light conditions, and the illumination has 10 intensity levels so it’s never too bright.
Vortex Optics included the standard durability features: waterproofing, fog-proofing, and shock-proofing. Additionally, the lenses are coated with the proprietary Armortek coating that improves scratch resistance.
All in all, the Viper is an outstanding optic, designed for the tactical long-long range shooter. However, any competition shooter would be happy to have this scope in their kit.
Nightforce is renowned for their benchrest performance, and is quite popular on the competition circuit. Nightforce NXS units are built to give shooters ultimate precision at extreme long ranges. The Nightforce Optics NXS 8-32x56 is the most powerful NXS scope. It’s the sort of optic you need for hitting competition targets at competition distances.
Nightforce lenses are some of the greatest in the industry. The NXS lenses and full multi-coatings maximize light transmission so you get a clear image even at high magnifications in poor atmospheric conditions.
The objective lens comes in at 56mm, which is one of the largest on the market. The NXS collects a ton of light, so your target is bright and clear, even in cloudy environments or when shooting into shaded target areas.
To help you see detail on your target, the magnification range is 8-32x, which is high enough for controlled shot placement at the 1000-yard line. This power range is fairly versatile. However, some shooters may find that 8x is more than they need for short range shooting.
The NXS is a second focal plane scope, so the reticle doesn’t retain it’s proportions at all magnifications. However, this scope is purpose built for accuracy at maximum ranges, so you’ll likely spend most of your time with the magnification maxed out.
Speaking of the reticle, the NXS comes in a variety of reticle options. One of the most popular is Nightforce’s MOAR reticle, which has markings to help you make dialed calculations and corrections.
The reticle is illuminated for shooting in all light conditions, at any time of day.
Of course, the NXS is waterproof, fog-proof, and shock-proof to help protect your investment.
The NXS is not a budget optic. However, it’s an incredibly capable competition scope that will get you on target at maximum range. Shooters looking for a versatile scope may want to look elsewhere, as this is a very specialized long range optic.
Those looking for the ultimate scope they can get without breaking the bank should have a look at the Nikon Black FX1000 6-24x50. It’s affordable and high performance. You can’t go wrong.
Now that you know which optics will help you reach out to a thousand yards, get an optic and step up to the bench!