When it comes to good cartridges to hunt with an AR rifle, there are quite a few around. The 6.8 SPC made a name for it in hunting. The cartridge is surprisingly good at hunting. It’s a very popular alternative to AR hunters in states where 223/5.56 is banned.
The 6.8 SPC packs enough power for massive game-hunting prey as well. For example, wild hogs are known to be invasive and destructive. They are also known for being delicious if you know how to cook them right.
Anyway, let’s not get sidetracked. The reason why you and I are here today is simple. Finding the best scope for 6.8 SPC. Finding an AR riflescope for hunting is quite easy. But when you talk about specific cartridges, the talk shifts a bit. So, let’s not waste any more time and get started.
How To Choose A Scope For 6.8 SPC?
You might have thought that this post would have only one scope and explain why it’s the very best for 6.8 SPC. But as you can tell, it’s not really fair for other sights that I also featured who are equally good for 6.8 SPC. So, finding out the best just became a bit harder, no?
Wrong. It just became easier. As there are so many options to choose from, you are not going to get a dupe or bad scope from the list. Whatever you choose based on your needs and budget, you are bound to get a scope that will satisfy all of your 6.8 SPC needs.
Best Scope For 6.8 SPC [Editor’s Picks]
1. NIGHTFORCE SHV 4-14x50mm F1 Hunting Scope
Nightforce SHV series of scope is a versatile lineup of scope. They rock a great number of magnifications and are durable enough to last you a lifetime. The scope is lightweight and sturdy. While the scope is not suitable for tactical assault, it does great in tactical recreational shooting and hunting.
The scope is made out of aluminum completely. The turrets are open designed and they are adjustable through your finger. They hold onto the readings well and will allow you to hunt with the same adjustment for as long as you want it to.
The scope tube is also fog, shock, and waterproof.
The lenses are stunningly beautiful. They are fully multi-coated and they are aberration free. They are also good at spotting enemies from afar and stalk them if need be.
The lenses won’t fatigue your eye or force you to look closely into them. The eye-relief is quite generous and it’s good enough for glasses users.
Is the reticle illuminated?
Yes, it is. Its available center illumination and analog illumination reticles. Go for the one you are familiar with.
What kind of ring do I need for this scope?
As the tube is 30mm, you will need scope rings that are 30 mm in diameter. The 1” scopes won’t support them.
Does this scope have any warranty?
The SHV series is underneath the transferable limited lifetime warranty that Nightforce provides.
2. Trijicon Acog 4X32 Dual Illuminated Scope
Even though 6.8 SPC is great at hunting, the main purpose of that caliber lies in recreational tactical shooting. And who’s better at tactical shooting than ACOG? The Trijicon ACOG is famous for being used by the militaries and private security farms.
The scope itself is made out of extremely rigid aluminum. The look of the scope can be a bit deceiving. Don’t let the appearance fool you, it’s dead accurate at medium-range like it’s intended to be.
The dual illuminated reticle of this scope offers you battery free illumination for a long time. The scope uses a tritium fiber optic system to illuminate the reticle lamp.
The reticle of this scope is the Chevron .223 Ballistic Reticle. While the scope is adjusted for the .223 ballistic, you can change the adjustment of the scopes through the turret clicks.
Where is this scope made?
The scope is made in the USA. From designing to machining and assembling, all of that is done entirely inside the USA.
Is ACOG a good scope for hunting?
Depends on what you are hunting. If you are hunting animals that require a range beyond 400+ yards, then you will struggle to hunt with this scope. But if you are hunting below 300-400 yards and close-range even, then this scope is plenty enough.
Can I adjust the brightness of this optic?
No, you can’t. The brightness is completely automatic and depends on how much the tritium fiber can get.
3. Burris Xtreme Tactical XTR II 5-25x50mm Precision Scope
You might know Burris for their lower-end scopes that are excellent for the money. But they also make good scopes that can go toe to toe with brands like Leupold and Vortex.
The XTR II is a tactical and sporting hunting scope made by Burris. The scope has 25x maximum magnification and it has a 50mm objective lens.
The lenses of this optic are fully multi-coated. They are extremely bright and clear. They don’t suffer from any lens glare issues or color fading out issues. The magnifying experience is smooth and flawless.
No distortion or visual noise is present on the optic. The scope also features some hand turnable turrets with zero click stop adjustment.
The body of the scope is made from CNC aluminum. It’s extremely durable and suitable for harsh weather in the north or middle-east. Even if you want to take it into an area filled with moisture, you can take it and you will return with great hunts.
What kind of mounting rings should I use with this?
As the scope tube is 34mm, people often buy the wrong diameter ring and find out the hard way. Don’t be like that. Buy a pair of Vortex precision matched rings. They are available in 34mm and different heights.
Is Burris made in China?
No, it never was. Burris is an American company and they build their scope right here in the USA. A lot of their scopes are built in the Philippines. But none of them are made in China.
Does Burris provide any warranty?
Yes, they do. They offer an unlimited lifetime warranty with their products. Burris is quite well-known for providing good customer service.
4. Vortex Optics Viper HS 4-12×50 SFP Riflescope
The Viper series of scope from Vortex has always been a good one for the money. The Viper HS scope is a second focal plane reticle offering from Vortex. The scope is available in tons of different magnifications and reticles.
Depending on the range you shoot your 6.8 SPC at, your magnification needs will vary highly. If you are okay with short to medium-range, then buying the 2.5-10×44 is enough.
But if that’s not enough for you, then you already know that you can just get 6-24×50 instead.
The lenses of the scope are fully multi-coated and they are extremely bright. They gather a ton of light to work with and their visual queue is stunning.
With minimal to no motion blur, the magnification experience is flawless as well. As there is no color alteration or such issue involved in the scope, it’s a very nice one to use for hunting.
What kind of rings do I need with this scope?
You will need 30mm rings with this scope. Vortex makes a lot of 30mm rings. The pro series is a notable one.
Does this optic also have an unconditional warranty?
It does. The unconditional, no questions asked, lifetime warranty of Vortex is kind of a trademark. They provide that warranty with all of their optics.
Does this scope come with a sunshade?
Yes, it does come with a sunshade. The included sunshade is quite good and plenty enough for long-time shooting during the day.
5. Leupold VX-Freedom 4-12x50mm Riflescope
VX-Freedom is a close to medium-range hunting scope that is often paired with an AR rifle. The VX-Freedom is not as expensive as other offerings from Leupold.
Yet, it retains some of the best features Leupold is known for. Starting with the strong and durable chassis that makes Leupold scope last long.
The chassis is made out of aluminum. It’s not too heavy and not too light either. The turrets are finger adjustable and they are not capped. They don’t require tools to adjust either.
The inside of the scope is also purged with nitrogen to make it immune to any kind of fogging.
The lenses are fully multi-coated. While it may not feature the twilight light management system, it still features a light management system developed by Leupold to improve low-light performance.
Thanks to that, the scope does excellent in hunting. Without a doubt, one of the best scopes for 6.8 SPC.
What kind of warranty does this include?
The scope comes with a lifetime guarantee. If you have a Leupold product, then you can ask for a warranty at any time. Leupold is here to maintain a healthy relationship.
What kind of reticle does this have?
The reticle on this scope is a Duplex CDS. It’s not illuminated nor is it in FFP.
Where is this scope made?
Just like all other Leupold products, this one is also 100% manufactured in the USA. From designing to assembly, everything is done in Beaverton Oregon USA.
6. Burris Optics Fullfield E1 4.5-14x42mm Riflescope
Burris is mostly known for making killer hunting scopes. Now what caliber do you pair them with, Burris doesn’t usually care. The Fullfield E1 is a versatile scope that can be paired with the 6.8 SPC cartridge if you want to.
The scope is made out of durable aluminum. The aluminum is lightweight and extremely durable. All that while still being shock, water, and fogproof.
To ensure the inside of the optic and lenses stays protected, they purged the internal tube with nitrogen. Nitrogen molecules take care of all residue moisture that was built up from CNC machining.
The lenses are fully multi-coated. For a good hunting scope, coated lenses are a must. Otherwise, the scope won’t perform as well as it sounds on paper. Lucky for you, Burris isn’t someone who only boasts about performance on paper.
The Fullfield 2 is used by professional hunters all around the world and they seem to love it as well. The optical performance is flawless and the reticle is perfect for tactical shooting or hunting.
Does the optic come with any sunshade?
Unfortunately, no. They don’t come with any sunshade. But the scope has threading for you to install the sunshade. Furthermore, it doesn’t come with any bikini style lens covers either.
Will this scope use 30mm rings or 1”?
This scope will require you to use 1” rings. You won’t be able to install 30mm rings as they won’t fit the tube.
Does this scope come with a Burris forever warranty as well?
Yes, it does. It’s a feature that Burris has been providing for years now. And I firmly believe they will continue to do so. Their commitment and after-sales service is excellent.
7. UTG 4-16X44 30mm AO 36-color Mil-dot Scope
The last scope I want to recommend to you guys for the SPC is the budget scope from UTG. As you know already, UTG is a part of Leaper now and UTG features more of a budget focused scope compared to Leaper. This scope from UTG comes with a 16x maximum magnification.
The scope uses aluminum as the material for housing and glass for the lenses. The scope is water, fog, and shockproof. It can withstand the recoil of a 6.8 SPC firing gun with relative ease.
The lenses are quite good and they are sharp under sunlight. They don’t have any issues related to glare coming from sunlight. They don’t suffer badly from chromatic aberration either. All in all, pretty solid choice for whatever you may want to shoot at with this.
Does this optic come with mounting rings?
Yes, it does. It comes with a pair of Picatinny/weaver mounting rails with twist lock technology. The height of the rings are medium.
Does this optic have any lens covers?
Also yes. It comes with a flip-open lens cap that can protect your lens from harm’s way while you are not using it.
Does this optic have any warranty?
Yes, it does. It has the same warranty Leaper does. The never rest lifetime warranty.
It really doesn’t matter which scope from the list you end up with. You will be happy with the performance of that scope regardless. As they are all quite good and they occupy different budget sectors, depending on how much you are willing to spend behind one, stick to that.
That’s all for now. I hope you found this read useful. I will be back with more like this soon. Till then, take care and have fun.