Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8x ($799)

There is little question we’re living in the salad days of low-power-variable optics (LPVO). The choices are broad, the glass is good, and the near and far performance gives you the best of all worlds for your general-use platform of damn-near any caliber and style.

Vortex Optics’ new Strike Eagle 1-8x24mm LPVO provides an incredible level of performance, and it does it without breaking the bank. With a suggested retail price of a hair under $800, this scope brings a ton of value for the money, and if you shop around, chances are you’ll find it for even less. We like the EBR-8 MOA first-focal-plane, glass-etched illuminated reticle. This reticle provides rapid shooting from point-blank range out to 600 yards with popular .223/5.56mm and .308/7.62mm loads. This reticle can also be used with a wide variety of other calibers and loads using the BDC hashmarks; simply plug your data into a ballistic calculator, and presto — easy and effective holdovers. For more information, contact Vortex Optics; Tel.: (800) 4-VORTEX; Web: www.vortexoptics.com.