2018 SHOT Show: New Hunting Optics

The author tested one of the first handful of Simmons Whitetail Classic Scopes off the assembly line on a recent hunt in South Texas. The new 2-7×32 riflescope performed flawlessly over several days of rainy weather.

Good, quality optics come in handy for so many different deer hunting situations, that it’s pretty tough to imagine hunting without them. Whether checking out distant rubs when scouting in the spring, or glassing alfalfa fields for velvet bucks in the summer, ranging a feeding doe from a bowhunting stand in October, or placing the crosshairs of a riflescope on the chest of a nice buck in late November, using optics has become second nature for many of us. 

The hunting optics industry has responded by making better and more precise glass for every deer hunting need, in every size, shape, capability and price level. Here is a sample of what was offered for deer hunters at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.


Simmons Whitetail Classic Scope

• High-quality optics for value-minded deer hunters.

• Configurations designed specifically for deer hunting in every environment.

• Classic BlackGranite™, rugged texturing.

• Fully multi-coated optics for incredible brightness in all lighting conditions.

• Large field of view and generous eye relief for extremely comfortable shooting.

• Waterproof, fogproof and shockproof for the utmost in reliability and durability.

• Truplex reticle ensures accuracy.

• Available in six time-tested deer hunting configurations for short- and long-range enthusiasts.


Nikon Monarch 3000 Stabilized Rangefinder

• 3,000 yard fast-ranging capability.

• Optical stabilization system in the reduces viewfinder vibrations by approximately 80 percent while simultaneously aligning the viewed image with the laser.

• Variable intensity, crisp, red OLED reticle display provides either automatic or five selectable brightness levels for maximum contrast against most targets and backgrounds

• 6x monocular view features bright, fully multi-coated optics, 18mm of eye relief and a wide 7.5-degree field of view for fast target acquisition.

• HYPER READ technology displays all measurements in less than 0.3 seconds – regardless of the distance.

• ID (incline/decline) Technology to take the angle out of your shooting equation, First Target Priority Mode and Distant Target Priority Mode.

• Compact, lightweight at only 6.3 ounces, it is also IPX4 waterproof and backed by Nikon’s 5-Year Warranty.

Swarovski CL Companion Binoculars

• Available in 8×30 and 10×30 models.

• Rugged, solid magnesium housing.

• Adjustable eye relief.

• SWAROBRIGHT optical coatings for the ultimate in light transmission performance.

• Compact, lightweight, ergonomic design makes them easy to travel with in any situation.

• Balanced optics concept utilizes a large eye box to provide high-contrast images that are razor-sharp and color-true.

• Anthracite or green models with several carrying case choices.


Trijicon AccuPoint 4-16×50 Riflescope

• Advanced fiber-optic and tritium illuminated reticle that speeds target acquisition and extends available shooting time.

• Battery-free, dual-illumination system automatically adjusts the aiming-point brightness to existing lighting conditions. Shooters can also easily control the brightness of the reticle with Trijicon’s unique manual brightness override feature.

• Multi-coated broadband anti-reflective glass.

• Rugged, aircraft-quality, hard-anodized 30mm aluminum body offers all-weather protection.

• 50mm objective lens provides optimal height above bore and affords generous eye relief.

• Capped turret controls offer precise windage and elevation adjustment. Graduated in .25 MOA or 0.1 mils. Side parallax control.

• Available in six of the most popular AccuPoint reticles, including the classic duplex crosshair (green), MOA-dot crosshair (green), MIL-dot crosshair (green), and triangle post (red, green, or amber). 

TRUGLO Intercept Scope

• Illuminated reticle.

• Available in 3-9×42 and 4-12×44 models, with two reticle choices.

• Ultra-high contrast, high resolution mechanical and optical design.

• Side parallax adjustment feature. 

• Mates with ballistic app for maximum cartridge accuracy.


Leupold VX-Freedom Scope 

• Eight configurations to fit the needs of rimfires, shotguns, muzzleloaders and centerfire rifles.

• Feature-laden design at budget-friendly prices.

• Five reticle choices. 1/4 MOA finger clicks.

• Twilight Light Management System for low-light clarity.

• Waterproof and fogproof.

• 6061-T6 Aircraft quality aluminum construction. Scratch-resistant lenses.


Leica Sport Optics CRF Rangemaster 2700-B Rangefinder 

• Lightweight, ergonomic design.

• Precise distance measurements out to 2,700 yards.

• Pinpoint distance accuracy to the nearest 0.1 yard, out to 200 yards.

• Optimized, intuitive digital display with automatic brightness adjustment.

• MicroSD card slot allows hunters to input custom ballistic data to work with built-in calculator.

• 0.5-second or less range determination.