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A phenomenal scope for the money
on February 22, 2015
There weren't a ton of in depth reviews when I ordered this, but I have been extremely happy with this scope. Below I'm going to outline all the points that I wanted to know at the time, but had trouble tracking down.
- This is a variable 1 to 4 power scope. The 1 power is "very nearly" a true 1 power, meaning that at one power the actual magnification/distortion is virtually nonexistent. This lets you keep both eyes open when looking through the scope at 1 power so you can replicate some of the red dot functionality which is handy for fast acquisition on close targets.
- It has a 30mm tube. I mounted mine using the Burris PEPR mount (reviewed separately) which I have been very happy with. Holds zero and puts the scope right where it needs to be.
- This scope has some fantastic eye relief for the money. If you are new to scopes, eye relief is how much "wiggle room" you have when looking through the scope before you start seeing black around the image -- i.e. if you are too close or too far away. At 1 power this scope is very forgiving and doesn't require you to be exactly at the sweet spot to get a nice clear picture.
- The picture through this scope is really quite fantastic. Clear and bright. Whatever engineering goes into the transmission and clarity of this glass, you're getting a lot of bang for your buck here. I am always pleasantly surprised as I acquire a target through this scope.
- The reticle. It seems to be love it or hate it. Yes, it is a little busy. It has a large and fat ring, with cross hairs in the center, and then the bullet drop compensator dots dropping down below the center point. I don't really mind this. At close range, shooting with both eyes open, that big fat ring (which glows red when illuminated) lets you basically put the circle on the target and pull the trigger. This is a very quick way to acquire targets. For precision shooting, e.g. from a bench rest when zoomed out to 4 power, the cross hairs give you the fine control you need. I haven't tested the bullet drops yet because I usually zero for 50/200 instead of the 100 yard zero you'd need to use the BDC.
- The reticle is etched. That means you can see it even when your battery runs out - big plus compared to most red dots.
- The instructions will give you mildot ratings for various points within the reticle. For example the outside diameter of the large ring is 9 mils. You can use this to help estimate distances. To do this, use the formula (1000 x size of object in yards) / size of object in mildots. For example, if a typical 2 yard tall person completely subtends the large ring, that puts them at about 220 yards. (Note that these ratings are for when the scope is zoomed in to max power, in this case 4 power.)
- The on/off switch is well designed. There is an "off" position between every "on" position as you increase the brightnes, so you can just turn one click to get back to the brightness you were at before.
- Sighting in was fast and easy. Positive clicks on the turrets.
OK, here are a couple of gripes - not dealbreakers for me but you might want to know:
- I am not crazy about the flat lozenge style battery used to power the scope. Seeems typical for these scopes but I would have preferred a standard AA or AAA.
- The zoom ring is very hard to turn, at least initially. It's almost impossible to turn it with one hand while staying on target. Many people, especially 3 gun shooters, seem to put expensive throw levers on their scopes to make zooming faster. I just used a hose clamp (yes, it's kind of ghetto).
- Doesn't come with scope covers. Another reviewer passed along the correct size of Butler Creek covers to get -- I followed their advice and those covers have been working well.
All in all a great scope that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone. Really a great value for the money. I hope this has helped you to make an informed decision.