Nikon Releases New P-308 Scope


Nikon has proven that not everything in the .308 or larger caliber world has to be that expensive. They have just released their P-308 riflescope, a dedicated BDC-reticle optic with 4-12x zoom and a 40mm objective lens. The BDC-800 reticle is specifically set-up for the .308 WIN 168-grain HBT Match bullet at 2,680 fps.

The optic also features exposed, “Zero-Reset” spring-loaded turrets. The system allows shooters to set turrets easily back to zero. As with most optics, the scope is waterproof, fogproof, and shock-proof (though no word if nitrogen-purged).

The reticle is set up for easy ranging with other loads using Nikon’s Spot On program available online.  MSRP is set at $249.95. The optic is already available from major online stores like Midway (who provided the title photo and specs). 

Full Press Release Below:

Nikon Introduces the P-308 Riflescope

Nikon has expanded its line-up of precision .308 WIN riflescopes with the introduction of the all-new P-308 4-12×40 BDC 800. The new P-308 riflescope provides shooters with everything they need to hit their target, including a 4-12 magnification, a 40mm objective and fully multicoated lenses to ensure a clear view.

The P-308 features Nikon’s popular BDC 800 reticle – a reticle specifically engineered for the .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO round with 168-grain HBT Match bullet at 2,680 fps.

The P-308 is also fitted with exposed, spring-loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets with easy-grip course knurling, which make in-field adjustments easier by allowing shooters to reset their turrets back to zero after sighting-in. This new riflescope offering is waterproof, fogproof and shockproof.

The P-308 is also optimized for use with Spot On™ Ballistic Match Technology. The Spot On program provides users with the exact aiming points on any BDC reticle for any load or ammunition at a specific range. Spot On is free online at nikonsportoptics.com/SpotOn, and is now free for mobile devices including iPad®, iPhone® and Android™ platforms.

The suggested retail price of the P-308 4-12×40 BDC 800 is $249.95.

Like all Nikon riflescopes, the P-308 is backed by Nikon’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Nikon is dedicated to quality, performance and total customer satisfaction. If your Nikon Binocular, Riflescope, or Fieldscope requires service or repair not covered by our Limited Lifetime Warranty, just send it to us and Nikon will repair or replace it.

* Excludes products with electric components, lost or stolen products and intentionally caused damage.

Specifications:

Features:

  • Fully multicoated optical system
  • Caliber-specific technology
  • Precision reticle adjustments with spring-loaded zero-reset turrets
  • Trajectory-compensating reticle
  • Constant, generous eye relief
  • Interchangeable turret technology
  • Waterproof/fogproof/shockproof
  • 100 yd parallax setting
  • Quick focus eyepiece
  • 3x zoom
  • Compatible with spot on custom turrets
  • BDC 800 reticle

 

The P-308 riflescope provides shooters with everything they need to hit their target, including a 4-12 magnification, a 40mm objective, fully multicoated lenses to ensure a clear view, and Nikon’s popular BDC 800 reticle – a reticle specifically engineered for the .308 Winchester/7.62x51mm NATO round with 168-grain HBT Match bullet at 2,680 fps.

 

The P-308 is also fitted with exposed, spring-loaded Instant Zero-Reset Turrets with easy-grip course knurling, which make in-field adjustments easier by allowing shooters to reset their turrets back to zero after sighting-in. This riflescope offering is waterproof, fogproof and shockproof.

 

The P-308 is also optimized for use with Spot On Ballistic Match Technology. The Spot On program provides users with the exact aiming points on any BDC reticle for any load or ammunition at a specific range. Spot On is free online at nikonsportoptics.com/SpotOn, but is also available for mobile devices and can be purchased for iPad, iPhone and Android platforms.

 

Technical Information

Tube Diameter: 1″

Adjustment Click Value: 1/4″

Adjustment Type: Click

Exposed Turrets: Yes

Finger Adjustable Turrets: Yes

Turrets Resettable to Zero: Yes

Zero Stop: Yes

Turret Height: Medium

Fast Focus Eyepiece: Yes

Lens Coating: Fully multicoated

Warranty: Nikon No Fault Policy and Limited Lifetime Warranty

Rings Included: No

Sunshade Included: No

Lens Covers Included: No

Power Variability: Variable

Min Power: 4

Max Power: 12

Reticle Construction: Wire

Illuminated Reticle: No

Reticle Focal Plane: Second

Parallax Adjustment: No

Finish: Matte

Water/Fogproof: Yes

Shockproof: Yes

Objective Bell Diameter: 40mm

Ocular Bell Diameter: 44mm

Eye Relief: 3.7″

Exit Pupil Diameter: 3.3mm @ 12x

Weight: 17.5 oz

Max Internal Adjustment:

  • Windage: 60 MOA
  • Elevation: 60 MOA

Field of View at 100 Yards:

  • 23.6′ @ 4x
  • 7.9′ @ 12x


Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • iksnilol

    Cue JumpInIfNotZero complaining about BDC reticles.

    • Kelly Jackson

      He’s down at the mall picking up the latest copy of Solider of Fortune and a new pair of 5.11 pants to wear to Wal-Mart later.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        A lot of high value targets in Target.

  • Paul White

    I don’t get the fascination with scopes geared at a single caliber? What’s the advantage?

    • Kelly Jackson

      Because they allow indexing marks at known ranges with a known caliber.

      If you’ve ever used an ACOG you’d see the advantage.

      • Martin Grønsdal

        will that work if you change barrel length?

      • Vitsaus

        Known caliber and specific load. Its advantage is also its disadvantage. A typical (Hornady manual) loading of say a 110 grain .308 vs a 168 grain will have a much different point of impact than one another. Powder can change that too. With the ACOG its great because the ammuntion that is issued will be the same, mostly. For the average Joe, he’s got to stick to the load that Nikon used.

        • Kelly Jackson

          Generally speaking the type of person whose going to buy something like this is always going to use it on the same rifle with the same load.

          According to Nikon it’s specked for 168-grain HBT Match bullet at 2,680 fps which is a pretty common loading for .308 rifles.

        • RICH

          You use the load that gives you the most accuracy in your particular rifle and set your scope accordingly. If you follow that logic you will know where your bullet will hit at various distances. With this knowledge all you need is a good rangefinder and read the wind, elevation and humidity.

  • KestrelBike

    Slight tangent: anyone think the Nikon 300blk is decent for a casual shooter scope?

  • haj

    And still the company won’t sponsor a shooting team. WTH?

  • Budogunner

    Way, way down at the bottom in the spec listing it says the reticle is in the 2nd focal plane. That means the BDC feature is worthless unless you are at exactly one, specific zoom level. Presumably 4x.

    It isn’t an expensive optic, so it has that going for it.

  • jp2336

    As a former Nikon dealer (up until about 4 wks ago), we had multiple brand new Nikon scopes that were broke. Now as a dealer you would think they would WANT to assist ASAP.

    Mmmmmmm……not so much. NIKON Sport Optics/ SCOPE CUSTOMER SERVICE IS NEARLY NONEXISTANT. 5 MONTHS OF EMAILS AND CALLS TO GET “APPROVAL AFTER ESCALATING THE CASE” FOR AN M-308 WITH A BAD RETICLE was just 1 case. REALLY??? Your scope was broken right out of the box?!?!

    Stay away from Nikon. Vortex sent us a new Viper in 3 days and THEN said once the new one was rec’vd to send the defective one. Similar to SWFA, AWESOME customer service like others. …..just do yourself a favor and dont buy Nikon lest yours is defective and they try to give YOU, the end user, the run around or tell you to pound sand.