Nikon Introduces Buckmasters II Riflescope – Feature-Packed, Budget – Oriented

Nathan S
by Nathan S

Ooo… Aaaa… Another rifle-scope for budget-oriented shooters. Snark aside, Nikon has announced the release of the Buckmasters II series of rifle-scopes. Problem is, the scopes look to be great value, especially for those who like BDC reticles. I have the same reticle in my rimfire optics and have come to love them (in no wind conditions).

The updated optics include a bevy of features not commonly found at the sub $150 retail environment. 1/4 MOA Clicks, instant zero-reset turrets, and the BDC reticle featuring circular drop marks (so you can actually see your target) instead of common hashes.

Outside of the base features, the scopes are fixed at the common 100-yard parallax. The Buckmaster II will be available in 3-9×40 and 4-12×40 settings. Retail is $129.95 and $149.95, respectively.

Full Press Release Below:

For more than a decade, Nikon’s Buckmasters line of riflescopes has been the trusted optic for avid American deer hunters. Now, the tradition continues with the announcement of the new Buckmasters II riflescopes – two well-equipped additions to the Buckmasters line-up that will be favorite among the next generation of deer hunters.

The Buckmasters II riflescope comes in either 3-9×40 or 4-12×40 with matte black finish.

Each model offers users the brightness and clarity of Nikon’s Fully Multicoated lenses. Sight-in is made easy with precise ¼-inch @ 100 yards reticle adjustments and thanks to Spring-Loaded Instant Zero-Reset turrets, the turrets can be returned to the zero-mark after sighting in to make in-the-field adjustments incredibly simple. The Buckmasters II also has a 100-yard parallax setting, generous eye relief and is waterproof, fogproof and shockproof


Each model in the Buckmasters II line features Nikon’s popular BDC reticle, which utilizesa unique set of circles as aiming points for various ranges to compensate for bullet drop. The BDC reticle is most effective when used with Nikon’s Spot On™ Ballistic Match Technology.


Hunters throughout the world have been using the Spot On program to compensate for bullet drop at extended ranges. The Spot On program provides users with exact aiming points on the BDC reticle for any load or ammunition at a specified range. It contains the ballistic information for more than 5,000 different loads and can even be used with custom handloads. With more than one million registered users, Spot On has become the number one choice for hunters and shooters throughout the world and is available as an app for iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ and is also available for free at


Like all Nikon riflescopes, the Buckmasters II line is backed by Nikon’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

The suggested retail price for the Buckmasters II 3-9×40 BDC is $129.95 and for the 4-12×40 BDC is $149.95.

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

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  • Gunsandrockets Gunsandrockets on Aug 10, 2015

    Very interesting. Seems like a good value.

  • Borekfk Borekfk on Aug 10, 2015

    That's technology and the market making quality optics more affordable. I have one of their BDC scopes on a .22 LR rifle and it's a pretty nice piece.