If you do a lot of long-distance shooting, either at the shooting range or while out hunting, there may come a time when you decide to upgrade your equipment with a high-quality spotting scope with a Mil-Dot reticle that helps you to see a way out there better. A Mil-Dot reticle will help you to gauge the distance better and improve your accuracy.

What is a Mil-Dot Reticle?

A Mil-Dot reticle refers to dots or lines on the scope’s crosshairs. The distance between each dot is one milliradian (hence the name “Mil-Dot”), and by using a simple formula or consulting charts until it becomes second nature, the number of dots a target takes up is taken into effect, as well as the size of the target, to tell you the range. This can afford you greatly increased accuracy and may become your surefire secret out in the bush.

Our Pick: Kruger 7-25x50mm LYNX Spotting Scope

This American made and designed tactical spotting scope comes with the ruggedness and versatility you need most out in the field. This scope has an illuminated Mil-Dot ranging reticle with ten distinct illumination settings, all with single push-button control that allows you to turn off the Mil-Dot for an unobstructed view of your target.

While this spotting scope has a tripod mount along the bottom, it was designed for hand-held use. This means it features comfortable ambidextrous ergonomics and a hand strap with a thumb grip on both sides.

The Lynx is waterproof, fog-proof, and shockproof, thanks to a nitrogen fill process and fully multi-coated and AR-coated optics. The Lynx features a magnification range of 7-25X, a decent-sized 50mm objective lens, and a BAK-4 prism. While it also has a long eye relief that allows for clear viewing when wearing glasses and even goggles.

The Lynx Mil-Dot spotting scope is only 11 inches long and weighs just over 4 pounds. This makes this a compact and lightweight spotting scope despite its durable construction and advanced electronics.

Runner-Up: Barska WP AD11430 Tactical Spotting Scope

This compact and lightweight spotting scope was designed for both tactical and hunting use, so you know it has the durability and ruggedness that field use demands. Featuring an O-ring sealed, nitrogen-purged, and shockproof rubber housing, this powerful little scope is fully waterproof, fog-proof, and able to withstand bumps and bangs.

It has a magnification range of 11-33X with a close focus of 16.4 feet and an objective lens size of 50mm with a Mil-Dot reticle to help you determine how far out your target is.

The fully multi-coated optics provide bright, clear images throughout the magnification range. Other features include an angled eyepiece and side focus knob with a ribbed rubber grip that makes it easy to adjust the focus even during inclement weather.

At just under ten inches long and weighing only three pounds, this is one of the lightest Mil-Dot spotting scopes you’ll find, making it a lightweight addition to your gear that still packs a lot of features and quality performance. Backed with a limited lifetime warranty, this spotting scope also comes with a soft carrying case, lens cloth, and table-top pan head tripod.

Also Great: Leupold Mark 4 110825 Spotting Scopes With Reticle

This high-end spotting scope has a magnification range of 20-60X with a large 80mm objective lens. With Leupold’s commitment to delivering high-quality spotting scopes (watch the video below) with the durability and ruggedness you can count on when you’re out hunting, this scope can easily withstand the rigors of trekking through the forested mountains or hiking across the flat open plains.

It also features premium optics to provide crystal clear images throughout its wide magnification range with true colors and edge-to-edge detail. And with that large 80mm objective lens, you can be sure you’ll still be able to see those long-distance shots out at the shooting range when the sun is either just coming up or is starting to set.

At about eighteen and a half inches long and weighing only 4 pounds, this powerful spotting scope with Mil-Dot reticle won’t take up too much room or weigh you down.

Honorable Mention: Newcon Optik Spotter With Mil-dot Reticle Spotting Scope

This scope has what it takes to withstand the changing and often variable weather conditions that come with hunting outdoors. This Mil-Dot spotting scope features a polycarbonate rubber armored body to provide shock protection.

It is also fully waterproof and fog-proof due to being nitrogen filled. The 20-60X magnification range provides plenty of power when either hunting or at the shooting range.

The large 85mm objective lens features ED (extra-low dispersion) glass that provides bright, true colors and clear outlines. The lenses are also fully multi-coated to protect against dust and scratches. This Mil-Dot reticle spotting scope also features an angled eyepiece, which is useful for shorter tripods.

Weighing just over seven and a half pounds, this scope also comes with a convenient dew shield that reduces glare and provides additional water protection when the weather turns sour.

What is the Best Spotting Scope With Mil Dot Reticle 2024?

The spotting scope with Mil-Dot reticle may vary in features according to brand and model, so it is important to consider how exactly you plan on using your optics to choose the scope that will best perform in your unique situations.

These are some of the best Mil-Dot spotting scopes, making choosing our pick difficult. But, in the end, the Kruger Tactical Spotting Scope’s handheld versatility, great optics, and rugged construction won out, as it is clearly a great scope for use when hunting and tracking your next trophy.

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