Best $500 List of Shooting Accessories

Bushnell 6x21 G Force DX 1300 Laser Rangefinder

Bushnell 6×21 G Force DX 1300 Laser Rangefinder

When you have $500 to spend on shooting accessories, the products in this list will give you the most value:

  • Red Dot Sights
  • Night Vision Optics with Infrared Illuminators
  • Spotting Scopes
  • Laser Rangefinders

Red Dot Sights

As I mentioned in my prior article, Best List of $250 Shooting Accessories, a red dot sight is one of the best shooting accessories to improve your accuracy and performance in harsh conditions, such as darkness. A red dot sight in the $500 range can offer even more functionality. In this price range, sights are made from lighter materials. Battery free units are also available, further reducing the weight. These battery free units are illuminated by fiber optics and tritium materials, providing you with amazingly effective illumination.

Night Vision Optics with Infrared Illuminators

Sightmark Photon Digital Night Vision Riflescope XT 4.6x42S

Sightmark Photon Digital Night Vision Riflescope XT 4.6x42S

Upgrading to Night Vision optics in this price range offers a built in, infrared illuminator for up to a 750 ft. viewing distance. It offers high definition brightness in the darkest nights. Infrared light is practically indiscernible to the naked eye, but it is highly visible through night vision equipment. This is the perfect addition to your night vision needs for both inside and outside use in dark conditions.

Spotting Scopes

Leupold Gold Ring 15-30x50mm spotting scope

Leupold Gold Ring 15-30x50mm spotting scope

A spotting scope is a versatile optical device. This shooting accessory eliminates the need for any other long-range viewing device. This type of scope offers a more powerful and stable view (with a tripod) than binoculars. A spotting scope can have high magnification, like that of a telescope. A lot of the shooting accessories in the $500 range are made with easy to use focus and zoom features that allow you to make adjustments quickly and easily.  Spotting scopes are indispensable when shooting at the range or even the hunt!

Laser Rangefinders

Once thought of as an “expensive tool”, the new generation of compact laser rangefinders brings this “essential tool” back within the price range of serious shooters.  Today’s rangefinders offer exceptional distance measuring capabilities out to 500 yards using digital readouts with accuracy within 1-3 feet.  Some models come with different modes for either bow hunting or rifle shooting.  With excellent optics and up to 6x magnification a laser rangefinder can replace those bulky binoculars.

Spending more when you are purchasing shooting accessories is smarter, as the initial larger investment you make up front will be well worth it. Higher end equipment can pay off in other ways, with better results and improved accuracy, because you have better tools. It also saves money in the long run, as a less expensive piece of equipment may not fit your needs, making it necessary to buy additional shooting accessories. Making informed choices at the higher end of the price range will pay off in the long run – in time, money and convenience.

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I am a long-time lover of all things outdoors. Whether hunting, shooting, fishing or just hiking and camping, I take every opportunity to enjoy nature and share it with others.

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