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Very good scope at a very low price.
on November 8, 2010
Pros: Bright, accurate, DOA really works.
Cons:Included lens caps are cool but interfere with adjustments at both ends of scope and with rifle bolt. DOA only works on 12 power unless you remember or write down other settings.
I'm not a real expert when it comes to rifle scopes and long-range shooting. The only other scope I've ever owned is a 3-9 Leupold goldring manufactured in 1982, although I've shot many others. I did a bit of testing when the scope first arrived and it definitely is brighter than the old Leupold in low-light conditions before sun-up. I really love the DOA sight. What prompted me to buy this scope is that I've been shooting with fellows with big rifles and tactical scopes who can hit a coffee can at 1200 yards (depending on favorable winds of course). We were going on an elk hunt where the shots would be between 400 and 1000 yards. We had two large guns in our group for long shots, but I wanted to be able to kill an elk out to 600 yards with my own gun. Well, I'd never sighted my Winchester bolt 30-.06 at more than 200 yards and was skeptical that it would be accurate at much more than 400 yards -- most especially with me shooting it! Imagine my surprise at when, after sighting in the scope at 100 yards, it was actually quite accurate with factory load ammo (Winchester Super-X 150 gr.) on all of the settings out to 600 yards. We experimented with shooting farther using the DOA markings by reducing the the magnification. With factory load ammo this didn't work too well -- at magnification 5 the average of the shots at 850 yards was on the target but the shots were wildly inconsistent. My buddy offered to hand-load some ammo for me with long-range bullet tips and a bit hotter round (only about 100 fps). The upshot is that the gun is still accurate out to 600 yards and shoots moderately accurately (within a foot) at 800 yards by reducing the magnification to 6 and using the 600-yard DOA mark.
There is a feature that is supposed to give you an approximate distance to a an adult deer by aligning marks on the DOA reticle with the ears of the deer. Unfortunately this year I mostly hunted elk so this feature didn't come up very often. During the deer hunt my buddies rangefinder was broken so we couldn't compare the actual distance to the distance suggested by the DOA reticle. I'm hoping someone will post on that since it's potentially a great feature, especially for quick shots. Also I'd like to know if there is a someway to use it on an elk. In other words: are there markings on an elk that tend to be approximately 24 inches apart?
In conclusion I'm thrilled with the scope itself. I worry about longevity, but for now I'm a happy camper.
Included with the scope are some very nice spring-loaded lens caps. The problem is that they interfere with the operation of the scope and the gun. Two minor issues are with the focus adjustment (not a big deal, it shouldn't come up while hunting), and the parallax adjustment (more of a big deal but still only slightly annoying -- if the target is far enough away that a parallax adjustment is necessary you will likely have time to pull the cap assembly off the end of the scope). However, the real annoyance is that several times I jammed the bolt because of the lens cap mechanism. Now it would seem an obvious and easy thing to avoid. However, the problem is that the bolt mechanism just barely grazes the cap and so you don't feel it hitting the cap, what you feel is the gun jamming for some reason, so in the heat of the moment you are a bit confused. This all might come down to having a 50 year-old gun with a bolt mechanism which has had lots use or my inability to remember to position the cap so it won't brush the bolt. Anyway, the scope itself is great so I won't mark it down for issues with free accessories.