Many of the optics in this year’s test bear familiar names, like Bushnell’s Elite, and Leupold’s Golden Ring. In order to qualify for our test, we require an optic to be substantially new–cosmetic alterations of existing products don’t make the cut–but original products are the exception this year. With that said, we still found some great new features added to the old stand-bys. Here’s a breakdown of the scopes we tested ranked from strongest to weakest.
Find More Results from Outdoor Life’s Guns and Optics Tests:
Photos: The Best New Rifles of 2011
Photos: The Best New Shotguns of 2011
Photos: The Best New Binoculars of 2011
Photos: The Best New Rifle Scopes of 2011
Photos: The Best New Spotting Scopes of 2011 Video: Outdoor Life’s 2011 Optics Test Overview
Video: OL 2011 Shotgun Test: The Results Are In!
Video: How to Test the Quality of Optics with a Flashlight
Video: How to Measure an Optic’s True Objective

2011 is a year for affordable quality scopes and Bushnell and Burris took home top honors from our Optics Test.