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Best Rifle Scope: What The Pros Use 2012

Meet The Pros

2013 Precision Rifle Series LogoThe Precision Rifle Series (PRS) is a championship style point series race based on the best precision rifle matches nationwide. PRS matches are recognized as the major league of sniper-style rifle matches. At the end of each year, the scores from 15 different matches are evaluated and the top 50 shooters nationwide are invited to compete head to head in the PRS Finale Match. The info below is based on the equipment those pros brought with them to the most recent finale. This is a great set of data, because 50 shooters is a significant sample size, and this particular group are also considered experts among experts. Thanks to Rich Emmons for allowing me to share this info. To find out more about the PRS, check out What Is The Precision Rifle Series?

Update: These are the results from a previous PRS finale. To see data based on the more recent PRS finale, click here.

Best Optics For Long Range Shooting

Most Popular Scope Manufacturers  in 2013 Precision Rifle Series PRS

Scopes Used By The Top 20 Shooters Precision Rifle Series PRS

The only optics information gathered from the competitors was scope manufacturer and reticle, but it is pretty easy to infer the scope model from that information in most cases. There are a few that could have been a few different models, but here are some of the most popular scopes most likely topping the pro’s long-range rifles:

Precision Rifle ScopeModel #Street Price*
Schmidt Bender PMII 5-25×56 MSR677-945-842-B2-A8$3,950
Schmidt Bender PMII 3-20×50 H2CMR668-945-942-B2-A8$3,500
Vortex Razor HD 5-20×50 EBR-3 MRADRZR52008$2,000
Bushnell Elite Tactical 3.5-21×50 G2DMRET35215G$1,400
Premier Heritage Tactical 5-25×56 Gen 2 XR09004$3,550
U.S. Optics LR17 3.2-17×44 MPRUR321744-4$2,650
U.S. Optics ER-25 T-PAL 5-25x 58mm MPRER-25xT MKII MPR$3,100

*All prices reflect what you could buy it for from a reputable dealer online as of Sept. 2013.

Most Popular Scope Manufacturers & Reticle  in 2013 Precision Rifle Series PRS

Brand & ReticleMOA/MILImage
Schmidt & Bender MSR
View S&B MSR Reticle Data Sheet
MILSchmidt & Bender MSR Scope Reticle
Schmidt & Bender H2CMR
View S&B H2CMR Reticle Data Sheet
MILSchmidt & Bender H2CMR Scope Reticle
Schmidt & Bender P4L Fine
View S&B P4L Fine Reticle Data Sheet
MILSchmidt & Bender P4L Fine Scope Reticle
Schmidt & Bender Gen 2 Mildot
View S&B Gen 2 Mildot Reticle Data Sheet
MILSchmidt & Bender Gen 2 Mildot Scope Reticle
Schmidt & Bender Gen 2 XR
View Gen 2 XR Reticle Data Sheet
MILPremier Gen 2 XR Scope Reticle
Bushnell G2DMR (aka GAP)
View Bushnell G2DMR Reticle Manual
MILBushnell G2DMR Scope Reticle
Bushnell Horus H59
View Bushnell Horus H59 Reticle Manual
MILBushnell Horus Vision H59 Scope Reticle
Premier Gen 2 XR
View Premier Gen 2 XR Reticle Details
MILPremier Gen 2 XR Scope Reticle
Premier MOA-ER
View Premier MOA-ER Reticle Details
MOAPremier MOA-ER Scope Reticle
Vortex EBR-3
View Vortex EBR-3 mrad Reticle Manual
MILVortex EBR-3 MRAD MIL Scope Reticle
Vortex EBR-2
View Vortex EBR-2 mrad Reticle Manual
MIL or MOAVortex EBR-2 MRAD MIL Scope Reticle
Vortex EBR-1
View Vortex EBR-1 MOA Reticle Manual
MIL or MOAVortex EBR-1 MOA Scope Reticle
US Optics MPR
View US Optics MPR Reticle Details
MILUS Optics MPR Scope Reticle
US Optics GAP
View US Optics GAP Reticle Details
MILUS Optics GAP Scope Reticle
Nightforce MOAR
Nightforce MOAR Reticle Brochure
MOANightforce MOAR Scope Reticle
Nightforce MLR
View Nightforce MLR Reticle Details
MILNightforce MLR Scope Reticle
March FML-1
View March FML-1 Reticle Details
MIL or MOAMarch FML-1 Scope Reticle
Leupold Horus H37
View Leupold Horus H37 Reticle Details
MILLeupold Horus Vision H37 Scope Reticle

MIL vs MOA Scope Reticle Popularity in 2013 Precision Rifle Series PRS

About 94% of these shooters chose a MIL-based scope reticle over MOA. For a thorough comparison of MIL vs MOA and the pros and cons of each, please read MIL vs MOA: An Objective Comparison.

Other “What The Pros Use” Articles

This post was one of a series of posts that look at the equipment the top 50 shooters in the country use. Check out these other posts:

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About Cal

Cal Zant is the shooter/author behind PrecisionRifleBlog.com. Cal is a life-long learner, and loves to help others get into this sport he's so passionate about. His engineering background, unique data-driven approach, and ability to present technical and complex information in a unbiased and straight-forward fashion has quickly caught the attention of the industry. For more info on Cal, check out PrecisionRifleBlog.com/About.

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