For years I have been looking for the ideal long range hunting scope. The market focus has been toward offering items for tactical shooters and us long range hunters are left compromises. I chose the leupold mk 4 4.5-14×40 LRT as my best long range scope option.
My scope has the optional TMR reticle which is easy and quick to use for fast shots as well as being precise. I also had Leupold remove the windage turret and leave me with only an elevation turret. my long range system is dial for distance and hold for wind. I do this by using the marks on the horizontal crosshair.
The scope gets the job done but currently there isn’t a scope out there with all the features I want. What I would change about the scope, is IMO no turret scope should come without a zero stop. Its crazy optics makers have been so slow to offer this. The FOV on the low end kinda sucks on this model scope. Other companies have 6:1 or more zoom ratios. I see no purpose in needing a windage turret that sticks out the side of the scope and is one more thing to worry about being bumpped off. I see no reason for even tactical shooters to use a big honkin’ windage turret, just hold off for wind and since wind is always changing if you are holding for it a last minute correction is very easy. I would also like to see more adjustment in one turn of my turret, currently I only have 15 moa.
All in all it’s a great scope but it’s lacking comprehensive features that could make it a lot better.
By: steve garrett
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