Nikon M-308

The new M-308 riflescope represents Nikon’s Precision AR Optic technology, which is designed for use in heavier caliber AR platform rifles. Designed for extreme sighting speed and superior long-range accuracy with .308 Caliber AR platform rifles, the new M-308 4-16x42 is available with the all-new BDC 800 reticle or Nikoplex reticle with Rapid Action Turrets.

By SI Staff (RSS)
January 24, 2012

The high magnification range zoom makes it the ideal optic for AR10 platforms.

Developed specifically for the trajectory of the .308 Winchester/7.62×51 NATO round with 168-grain hollow point boat-tail Match bullet, the new BDC 800 reticle offers shooters unique open circles, dots and hash marks from 100 to 800 yards.

The M-308 4-16×42 Nikoplex with Rapid Action Turret technology is an incredible new system based on the .308 Winchester/7.62×51 NATO round. It simply and effectively allows the shooter to dial-in elevation anywhere from 100 to 800 yards away in less than one revolution. Now it’s possible to aim directly at the targets, eliminating the need to holdover by changing distances with a quick turn of the turret.

Included with either model is the new M-308 one-piece scope mount. With built-in 20 MOA slope, the M-308 mount enables extreme long-range shooting by adding 20 moa elevation adjustment to the overall system. Like all Nikon AR riflescopes, the M-308 is optimized for use with Nikon Spot OnTM Ballistic Match Technology. Spot On allows you to discover all of the exact aiming points on the BDC 800 reticle for your exact ammunition and load.

The Nikon M-308 4-16×42 also includes the following features:

Ultra ClearCoat optical system
Nikon has engineered the entire optical system to provide the shooter with a bright, sharp, incredibly flat sight picture and light transmission up to its theoretical maximum—95%.
Eye Box technology
Every model features an impressive 4-time zoom range and up to four inches of non-critical eye relief. A massive ocular lens delivers a huge, exceptionally bright, high-resolution sight picture.
Smooth zoom control
Magnification reference numbers are viewable from the shooter’s position.
Enhanced mount ring spacing
Provides greater mounting versatility.
One-piece main body tube
For minimum weight and maximum strength and durability.
Waterproof, fogproof, shockproof
Nitrogen-filled and O-ring sealed.
Locking side focus parallax adjustment
Nikon’s easy-to-reach dial allows you to quickly focus from a shooting position.

Check out this video interview with a representative of Nikon at the SHOT Show for more details.

Nikon Inc. is the distributor of Nikon sports and recreational optics, world-renowned Nikon 35mm cameras, digital cameras, speedlights and accessories, Nikkor lenses and electronic imaging products.

For more information on Nikon’s full line of riflescopes, binoculars, Fieldscopes and laser rangefinders, please contact: Nikon Sport Optics, 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747-3064, or call 1-800-645-6687.

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21 Responses to Nikon M-308

  1. jeremy says:

    Where can i get this bad boy and how much? Are they going to offer spot on for droid? Will this work with my Savage fcpk. 308 as well as with hotter loads and heavier bullets?

  2. eric tilley says:

    Will this work for a remington vtr in 308? When and where can I get it?

    • Tim says:

      Eric, I put the M-308 on my VTR with fantastic results! .25-.30 group at 100 yards with my first use. I just ordered a Timney trigger and a B&C stock to maintain my accuracy at range.

  3. william kroth says:

    i would love to do a review with one of these on my savage model 10. how can i get one of them,and what is the price????

  4. michael says:

    Talked to Nikon today. Said it is scheduled to go on sale in July.

  5. Stephen says:

    JULY!!!!! I want one now

  6. Pablo Cruz says:

    Will it work well with a M1A

  7. Rick says:

    I have nikon spot-on, on both my pc,iPad and IPhone. The m-308 is not on there yet. I have been shooting 308 for 38 year I’m excited to try the scope, but let’s face it, the proof will be how it performs out past 400 YRDS.

  8. John Dash says:

    They are on back order now 5/21/2012 on This scope will be on my STG 58.

    Yes! It will work for any .308 cal/ 7.62X51 rifle.

  9. Mike says:

    SpotOn is on Droid. Latest update includes all the latest scopes. While reading the app description, the 2012 updates included the M-308, M-223, P-223, etc.

  10. chris says:

    So it doesn’t say what velocity the BDC reticle is calibrated for. Nor does it give any indication on what velocity the turret is calibrated for.

    If my rife is not getting the pre-calibrated velocity, I wonder if they will make a new turret for me?

  11. Edward Alger says:

    this scope BDC is set for the 165 gr round.

  12. Jim says:

    It’s good at 200 yds federal premium 165 grain game king 308 win. 3/4 in groups.

    Model 11 Hog Hunter Savage 20″ barrel.

    Also it is minute of buck, 75 yds dropped him in his tracks, shot by my 16 year old.

    All my hunting buddies love this scope.


  13. Gordon says:

    How can I obtain one of these in Australia
    From who
    Would it be shipped whith out drama?

  14. DDearborn says:


    What good is any scope that works well at 200 yards. Even in my fifties I can still consistly hit pie plates at 200 yards with open sights. How well does it actually work past 300 yards? And just how hard is it to calculate distance with this reticle. The best BDC reticle in the world isn’t worth squat if you can’t range the target.

    • jimmyjames8 says:

      One thing to note about the M-308 scope(s), the Nikoplex reticle M308 comes with an elevation turret with 0 to 850 yds gradations. The BDC reticle M308 comes with an elevation turret with numbers corresponding to minutes or mils or inches(?) The idea with the BDC reticle is to zero your scope/rifle at some known distance and then use the Spot On program to identify what the BDC hold over marks are in yds. Can’t really see the point of this scope with BDC reticle since you can get the same scope for $275 in the Buckmaster line.

  15. JJrey says:

    Will the m308 and the mount that comes with it work with a Rem. 700?

  16. chas v says:

    100 yds? 200yds? How does it do past 500, or 800what is the question? These scopes are designed for LONG RANGE target acquisition, 100-200 should be same hole[(]1/4moa[)] with 168 grainBTHP that it’s made for. Can anyone speak to it’s performance at Long RANGE? You people shooting at a 100yds-200 yds don’t waste your money buy some cheap Redfield, besides if you are confused by this reticle or the turrets u probably should stick to air rifles anyway.

  17. Steve says:

    Jan 2014 I’ve had the M308-RAT on my highly modified full sized M1A, its a real good scope at the price point. NEG- is lack of brightness & clarity , specially at full 16 power so do NOT compare it to a $1,500, to $3000 scope .or You will be disappointed In the $500 range is rocks . POS+ solid and repeatable, ART is fast to acquire target range-elevations. Parallax adjustment is good , field of view is good, eye releaf is real real good , turrets are solid and pop up ad down secure. Has held zero for about 1000 rounds.

  18. Robert guy says:

    Any improvements in 2015 and when will the 2015 inventory hit the shelves

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