Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow Scope Review


  • Excellent, 3.4” eye relief
  • Zero-reset sighting turrets


  • No horizontal sighting lines, just dots, which are hard to see
  • No illuminated reticles
  • No included scope rings

Welcome to our review of the Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow Scope ( price). This black matte non-illuminated crossbow scope is waterproof, shockproof, and fog-proof. Read on to see how well it performs in the archery field.


How Much Magnification Do I Get From the Nikon Bolt XR?

The Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow scope offers 3x magnification, allowing you to zero in on your target from up to 60 yards away. The BDC 60 reticle provides precise aiming points out to 60 yards.

How is the Optics Quality on the Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow Scope?

The optics on the Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow Scope are crisp and clear, and you can easily see your clear target even beyond 60 yards. I’ve harvested deer using this scope out to 72 yards, and the deer was as clear in the scope as if he was right in front of me.

The fogproof and weatherproof design of the Nikon Bolt XR makes the scope very nice to use in poor weather conditions, like when it is quite cold. I’ve never had to treat the optics with any fogproof coating, and still my scope stays clear of any fogginess.

What’s the Light Gathering Capability Like on the Nikon Bolt XR Scope?

bolt3This scope lacks illuminated reticles, but it transmits up to 92% of the available light for brightness and contrast. I wouldn’t recommend using this scope in very dark conditions, but it is more than adequate for use at normal hunting hours, like right after dusk.

How Wide is the Field of View?

Nikon advertises the field of view as 35.6 at 100 yards, and I’d say that is pretty accurate. I can easily focus in on a large space of the landscape from my normal 60 yard shooting range, making it easy to zero in on a target quickly and easily.

How Easy is the Nikon Bolt XR Scope to Mount?

Unfortunately, the Nikon Bolt XR Scope does not include scope rings, so if you don’t have those…you’ll have to buy them extra. This is a disappointment, but not a deal-breaker, since the rings from other scopes will work just fine for the Bolt XR. Once you have the rings, the scope mounts in seconds, leaving you ready to sight in and test your accuracy.

How Easy is the Nikon Bolt XR to Sight In?

bolt2As long as your crossbow shoots at less than 350 FPS, the Bolt XR is extremely easy to sight in. The zero-reset turret adjustments make it easy to remember your sight-in point, since you can just lift the spring-loaded adjustment knob and rotate it to your “zero.” The scope is shockproof, and holds zero for months on end without any problems.

The only drawback to sighting in this scope comes if your crossbow shoots faster than 350 FPS. The scope was designed for 305 FPS, but stays relatively true out to 350 FPS. Beyond that, you’ll have to mentally adjust your range according to the BDC 60 reticles, since they won’t be exactly 30, 40, 50, and 60 yards for your crossbow.

Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow Scope Summary
The Nikon Bolt XR Crossbow is an excellent crossbow scope, and definitely an upgrade over most included scopes. It holds zero well, has fantastic light-gathering capabilities, and features clear, crisp, fog-proof optics. Check today’s price on

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