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Simmons Prohunter Prodiamond Shotgun Riflescope (1.5-5X32, Matte)
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- Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
- 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
- Beautiful design and durability built to last
- Shotgun riflescope with 5x magnification and 32mm objective lens
- Multi-coated optics and high-quality optical glass produce sharp, clear images
- TrueZero windage and elevation adjustment system stays locked tight to zero
- Quick Target Acquisition (QTA) eyepiece with 4 inches of eye relief
- ProDiamond reticle; waterproof, fogproof housing; weighs 8.6 ounces
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Rifle, handgun, or shotgun? Simmons® ProHunter scopes deliver the clearest, brightest images to meet the demands of any serious hunter. ProHunter offers the ideal combination of superior, multi-coated optics and rugged reliability. Features include our TrueZero™ windage and elevation adjustment system and a QTA™ (Quick Target Acquisition) eyepiece that delivers at least 3.75” of eye relief throughout the entire magnification range. So, no matter what you hunt for – or hunt with – there’s a Simmons ProHunter scope that’s clearly right for you.
Established in 1983, Simmons Optics offers a wide range of innovative, value-priced riflescopes and binoculars for hunting and other outdoor pursuits.
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Regardless, I've been a Simmons fan ever since I acquired a classic single shot .223 break-action with a bull barrel bedded to a hand made cherry stock with birdseye maple highlights from my Grand father several years back. "All it needs is a scope.." I told him. Couple days later I go to pick the rifle up and to my bewilderment, he had installed a Simmons 3-9x40 scope on it. "Um, Grandpa, I would of paid for a _real_ scope" I told him, semi-disappointed and genuinely confused that this Life-Long & Veteran gunsmith had installed some "k-mart crap" on my rifle.. With a smile and a wink, he handed me the rifle and said: "Trust me, you won't be disappointed.." Long story short, it's still on that rifle today, has slain many o' deer from dusk to dawn at ridiculously wooded 100-200 yd shots. Yeah, it changed my tune towards Simmons Optics.
So in this review, after several conversations with colleagues of "why do you build bad @#S rigs and throw junk optics on them.."
I decided to hold a 2 series 3 scope "blind" challenge. Both series contain 1 Simmons scope and for the first series this Simmons Master Series ProDiamond Shotgun Scope 1.5-5x32MM optic made the list. For the record, this was not directed towards Simmons specifically, but simply to compare glass, features, general quality and ultimately price points against the outcomes.
Base rig was a built AR-15 M4 Variant, ammo was Hornady's .223 REM 55 gr V-MAX #8327 through the entire series. Scope mounts were the GDT 1 piece cantilever mount, lapped to each scope. Zero'ing process was omitted from from results and target distance for entire series was conducted at 65 meters.
All 3 scopes were scuffed and shot with ceramic, badges were pulled on the Simmons, sanded off on the Nikon & Leupold, turret caps were removed with generics used to help mask identities. On that note, while I was removing the Simmons badge from the side of this optic, I noticed that it was horribly "glued" on, which made me sad. Granted the glue was a royal pain to remove, to the point that I ended up filling the machined relief that the badge sets into with an epoxy, sanded and ceramic filled in any imperfections.
By the end, unless you are one of us that can identify optics by the magnification adjustment ring, you had no idea what you were cheaking up to.
Other scopes in this series were the Nikon 2-7x32 ProStaff w/Nikoplex (twice the paypoint @150 USD), which for me was the "glass" winner, and has slowly been becoming my Go-To brand for mid-priced, top tier optics and absolutely loving their BDC technology.
Followed by a Leupold VX-1 2-7x33 w/Heavy Duplex which for me was added for the "general quality" choice and coming in at the highest price point of almost 3x the cost.
Shots were spread over the variable magnification on all 3 scopes and eye relief was confirmed on all 3 scopes as 3.75" which was bad marks for the Simmons and Nikon. The Leupold had a true variable eye relief as advertised of 4.20" @ low - 3.75" @ high, so the VX-1 took the "features" slot from the group. For a "shotgun" scope it was disappointing of how fixed the eye relief was on this Simmons scope. It was forgiving at 1.5x, but compared to the Leupold it was obviously a concern for Eye Relief conscious operators.
All 3 were described by the group as "quality optics" with good glass. The Nikon slightly observed as "the better of the 3" in this department because of the appearance of the main objective lens was more appealing. Light collection was virtually identical ranging from morning hours with partial clouds to a full sun, clear afternoon of shooting.. Eyepiece adjustment on the Simmons was smooth with rapid adjustments. The Nikon as described later with the variable magnification adjustment was hard and resistant to the point of wondering if we'd damage the optic or if it had an adjustable eyepiece at all!
The Leupold had its conventional eyebox adjustment, where the retaining ring is loosened and the entire eyepiece adjusts. Because of ease of use and quality, the Simmons took the lead before the first shots were fired.
It was voted that the ProDiamond reticule of the Simmons was ideal for quick acquisition compared to the conventional crosshair of the Nikoplex and the least favorable Heavy Duplex of the VX-1 that was described as "unnecessarily filling the view"..
The Simmons gained points with it's magnification adjustment being smooth and firm right out of the box. The Nikon was rough to rotate for the first few hundred rounds, to the point that two of the operators felt they were going to break it and that "_this_ MUST be the cheapy!". The Leupold VX-1 was as smooth and well machined as the Simmons in this department except it had a very slight slop at both ends of the magnification.. Upsetting at this price point and hopefully able to be tightened out after the challenge.
By the end of the first round, 100 rounds were shot from each optic and from each operator. The Simmons was in the lead with the VX-1 and Nikon basically tied for second.
Then we conducted the drop test. The unloaded rig was dropped on its side (ejection port up) at a distance of 2 meters with the optics mounted. Rig was immediately recovered, magazine loaded and an entire 30 round magazine shot rapidly @ 65 meters from barrier.
Rig was inspected, barrel snaked and fully cooled between operators. This test was conducted a total of 9 times (3 scopes with 3 operators).
The Nikon sadly did not enjoy being dropped. About half way through, the Elevation Turret simply sheered off... We aren't certain if during the drop it rotated ever so slightly to make direct contact on the turret when it landed, but it was the only catastrophic event from the drop test. This did effect points rallied from the target afterwards, zero was lost. Windage held true to its zeroing, but the elevation jumped by 12 inches @ 65 meters which seemed excessive to us. Thank god for BUIS right?
The Simmons ended up with a bent objective, rolling in at the bell, luckily not damaging the glass. Zero was maintained through each drop and the optic performed flawlessly.
The VX-1 sustained dropping like a champ (as I would expect from Leupold). No exterior damage was noted, zero was maintained however we observed towards the end of the drop testing of the VX-1 that the magnification ring slop had worsened & some type of black debris was found clinging to the interior of the glass within the scope..
In conclusion it was voted that the Simmons had won the challenge. Oddly enough the deciding factor between the VX-1 and the Simmons came down to a strange conversation over the reticule with the ProDiamond favorable & the slop in the VX-1 and strange debris not acceptable.
No one even commented on the variable magnification discrepancy between the 1.5-5x on the Simmons and the others being 2-7x.. (If I could of found a 2-7x Simmons for this test, I would of used that instead.)
Lastly was the unveiling, where brands and price points were compared against the results of the challenge.
I'm with out a doubt certain that two of the operators (and 3 spectators) lost sleep that night discovering that a 75 USD optic won the challenge. Then again, it could of been the fact that conducted a second time, they'd denominate the same result.
Would I recommend this scope to others? Absolutely. I have since moved this scope to a Remington 870 Slug gun and it is still holding up like a pro. Zero issues from another fine Simmons scope in my book & flip-ups covering my dented bell, what drop test?! ;) Off to prepare for the second series! *grin*