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Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50mm FFP EBR-1 Scope

After the excellent experience I had with my Zeiss, I went looking for another high-powered tactical variable-power scope. I found what I was looking for in the Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50mm First Focal Plane. Like so many of my optics and accessories, I purchased the Viper PST through Primary Arms.

I’ve used the Viper PST  on a variety of different weapons and barrels. The first was a Ballistic Advantage 16 inch Medium Heavy Rigid barrel. I was so impressed with it that the Viper PST (in an American Defense Recon Mount) became my standard optic for use in evaluating barrel accuracy. The PST is the scope I turned to when testing both the Tactical Government and Pencil profile 14.5 inch middy barrels from Ballistic Advantage.

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Consumer Scope Review: Millett TRS-1 4-16×50

I have this scope mounted on a Savage model 10 precision carbine .308 and am very pleased with the result. The setup I am using allows me to hold 1/2-3/4 moa.  The scope has held a zero very well.  It gets used for precision shooting out to 500m (with enough moa adj using a flat base) as well as hunting deer in the fall.  

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Mueller 1-4×24 Speed Shot review

Photo album link: http://imgur.com/a/qdVrv

Scope just got here, and as far as I know, I’m the first to Mueller’s latest release.

Mueller Speed Shot 1-4×24. I was hesitant to pick this up, especially because it’s just recently been released, and the Primary Arms 1-4 was also in my price range. I found this on Ar15.com for $130 with the Primary Arms mount and figured, “I can sell it if it doesn’t work out.” So, I spent the money and it came just in time for my professors to dump work on me so I can’t go shoot.

The scope, and weird colored lenses. I’ve used shooting glasses with this same color before, and they definitely work for making things easier to see. I don’t know if I could do it if I’m shooting with both eyes open on 1x though. (first picture)

I do like having an illuminated reticle. On this scope, 1 is good enough to be picked up against a bright background (inside with lights on, anyway). 11 is overkill, probably in all situations.

1x with the illumination on 1 (second picture).

4x with illumination on 1 (third).

1x with illumination on 1 (fourth).

1x with illumination on 11 (fifth). Yes, the 11 does “bleed” out a bit. Inside, it’s definitely annoying. Outside it probably won’t be nearly that bad.

I picked up the preproduction model. Mueller says that the only difference between these and the production models is that the white numbering for the magnification is on the front of the ring, rather than the back. You can see how it’s positioned in those pictures above. It was stupid to do it like that, but it’s not a pain in the ass to raise my head and see how magnified I am if I even care enough to do it.

First impression: It’s a high quality scope. The lenses are extremely clear. Maybe not on par with a Leupold, but they’re damn good for the price I paid. The turrets give positive clicks (1 click=1/2 MOA), and the reticle is easy to pick up. I wish I had something like a BDC reticle though, but I’ll be putting a 50 yard zero on it, so it won’t be too bad for the ranges I’m shooting at. The magnification ring is also hard to move, and it has a long distance to travel from 1-4. I’ll be trying to find a cat-tail that will fit to make it a bit easier.

Both eyes open shooting is probably going to be easy, especially with the illuminated reticle.

I’m very impressed with this scope- even more so with the price I paid for it. If you guys are looking for a cheap 1-4, Mueller is running a sale on their preproduction units (the same that I’ve got) until they’re out of stock for $160, which when the Primary Arms is $115, may not be that good of a deal. I wish I had a Primary Arms to compare side-by-side, but I’m sure I’ll eventually get that chance.

Things that don’t really fit in anywhere: It uses standard CR2032 batteries. Close objects are actually magnified a bit, as you can see in some of the pictures. Eye relief is ~3.5in.

We’ll see how it holds up to shooting whenever I get around to it.

By: Daniel Hicks

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Millett 4x16x50 tactical scope w/ lit green reticle review

Just got this rifle scope from opticsplanet.com, and what a deal it was. This scope is $500.00 plus on most websites including from the manufacturer but only $304.00 on opticsplanet.com. It’s not only a good deal, but it’s arguably just as clear and accurate as a leupold. I use it for hog hunting on my AR-15.

Last night was a quarter moon and I could see my target ara through the sites clearly through the generous objective view at very comfortable eye relief. Hands down, after weeks of research did this find really pay off. My friend is now contemplating buying one as well. I put three shots nearly through each other when sighting was done at 125 yards well covered by a quarter. Although the reticule was still too bright for last night’s low light, the mildot crosshairs were still visible.

Very strong pros for this scope, with no cons thus so far. I chose this for the potential quality for the price. At the time, 69 people reviewed this scope on opticsplanet.com with an overall 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Strongly recommend!
By: Evan Ward

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WOTac 4-14×50 review

Wonders Optics 4-14×50

When I began my long range rifle build one of the first things I began looking for was a reliable scope. I know that optics make the rifle and without quality optics I might as well not even start this build. However I did not have the money for a Nightforce or Leupold so I began looking for a rugged and reliable scope that would not break the bank. I settled on the WOTac 4-14×50 scope made by Wonders Optics out of Glenpool OK. I chose this scope it had higher magnification, target knobs, and had a different reticle than just mil-dots. Also I had read many reviews saying it was a great scope and the company had a track record of excellent costumer service.

Specs:

Magnification: 4-14x

Objective: 50mm

Reticle: EPB Reticle

Click Value: 1/4MOA

Elevation: 80+MOA

Wind-age: 60MOA

Weight: 23oz

Second Focal Plane

MSRP: $329

Upon receiving the scope I noticed it was well package so no damage could occur, but more than that I noticed how “hefty” this scope was compared to any other scope I’d ever held. It feels very rugged and durable. The lenses were very bright and had no specs of dirt on them. The target knobs are clearly marked. The elevation knob has nice audible click, however the wind-age knob has much quieter clicks. The side focus was stiff at first but after a few turns it turns smoothly. My first impression of the scope was a very good one. Now time to get it mounted up and see what its made of.

I mounted the scope on my customized Stevens 200 in .308 Winchester. I used TPS low rings and a Weaver 20moa picitinny rail base. With the higher magnification I was easily able to see the bullet holes at 100 yards. The scope tracks great I had no issues with the scope with sighting in or shooting. I never tried the “box test” but had read many reviews of people who had and said it preformed flawlessly. At 100 yards I was able to put 3 shots into a quarter and I’m sure this set up is capable of much smaller groups. I have not been able to shoot it at extended ranges yet but have no doubt that it will do its job out to 1000 yards and beyond as I talked with a guy on a long range forum who said he had shot his out to a mile successfully.

There were a couple of things however that I was not pleased with. The scope did not come with paper work or instructions of any kind, also there was no sun-shade with the scope which it is supposed to have. I emailed the owner of the company he said he would email me the instructions but I have not heard back from him yet. I know these are not big things however I would still like them.

All in all I think this is a fantastic scope for the price. I think anyone looking for a reliable scope that will repeatedly hit targets at a long distance should seriously consider this scope. I have been very pleased with mine and would recommend the Wonders Optics line of scopes to anybody.

By: Ben Youngblood

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Vortex Razor review

Roughly two years ago I traveled up to West Virgina to compete in my first match, I really didn’t have any idea what I was getting into.

I had just picked up a used rifle off a forum and slapped a Nightforce 5-22 on it.  I had been doing long range shooting for just a few months, never done any matches.

After that match i was hooked, i came home and started examining my gear, I knew after that match i needed a new scope.  Not because of reliability, glass, tracking but because i was running MOA my shooting pattern Mils.  I also wanted a different reticle to help with ranging unknown distance targets.  I sold the NSX and picked up a Schmidt and Bender 4-16×50 PMII with a P4f reticle.

Well I was done buying optics and had the pinnacle of long range scopes right?  Sure S&B has the best glass out there and i loved the single 13mil turret but i missed the 22x zoom on my Nightforce.  With talk of a new 3-20 PM II coming out I decided to sell the 4-16.

Well that was over a year ago and the 3-20’s still are not out, so i took a gamble and grabbed a used Vortex Razor with the EBR-2 reticle, for me a bargain.  I figured it would get me buy until the 3-20’s come and then sell to buy the new scope.

I really didn’t expect much with the razor and even considered selling it before i got it up and running, you know only 5 mil turret, horrible eye box, unproven track record.

well that was roughly a year and a half ago and guess what?  I am still running my Razor.

is it the end all be all of scopes?

No, truthfully i don’t think there is one currently out there today.  to me optics are a trade off of many variables they all rank differently with the end user.  the include Optical quality, Zoom, Reticle options, Zero stop, turret orientation and value, aesthetics

to me the Razor is a solid scope especially considering you can easily pick up a used one for under $1800, and Vortex has a great warranty to boot.

What do i most like about the scope?  I simply love the reticle, it has everything i need and want, .2 milling subs-tensions on the horizontal and verticle, Numbered hold offs for shooting without dialing, plus it has windage hold off in what i refer to a Christmas tree pattern similar to the popular Premier GenII XR, again great to shooing without dialing or making quick corrections after a miss, yes when you shut the computer down and shoot you do in fact miss targets.

It has good glass, s&b quality? No but then again for half price i wasn’t expecting it, it has good enough glass to shoot moa and sub moa targets at distance, i have shot mine to 1300yard and i could see the target just fine, not as clear or as bright as my buddies PMII 5-25 but it gets the job done.

so far it has been reliable, ive dropped it out of the truck on concrete and it held zero, shot it over 3 days at a match dialing for almost every stage and it returned to zero

negatives, what don’t i like about the scope?  35mm tube, I feel 30mm and 34mm are proven and out in the market, why not make it 34mm ?  just easier to find rings or use existing rings

make it in black, sure the brownish color is neat but a black option is much needed

other than that to me the razor is what you see what you get, and for right at $2k retail you are getting alot of optic

good shooting

By: benjie bates

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Millet LRS-1 Review

 

Tonite I’m going to go over the Millet LRS-1 tactical rifle scope. I bought one a month or so ago as a cheaper alternative to another Leupold. I don’t remember exactly what I spent but I bought the scope, low mount tactical rings and a 20 MOA Millet base and as I recall it was about $550 to my doorstep. I’ve had the scope on the range probably 10 times this month and have 220 rounds of 308 Federal Gold Medal downrange so far with it.

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