Options, options and more options…
For the heck of it, I was out shopping this entire week and went to a couple of shops to “touch and feel” the scopes. Here is what I discovered : (personal opinion, for reference to those who are shopping for a multi-gun scope).
Razor HD Gen II 1-6×24
The “highly rated” Razor HD 1-6x scope is a very heavy piece of glass. So much so that it was written off immediately. I am a medium sized guy, and with a relatively lightwweight JP JP-15 match rifle (which is featherweight already), the sudden addition of the Razor just made me “switch off”. I guess one has to be very fit to be able to wield this piece of glass with dexterity on the field.
Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6×24
The Vortex Strike Eagle is currently one of the hottest scopes on the market and at its almost ridiculous price point, this is for those who are on a budget and not wanting to put in too much money into a multigun scope, or just matching an entry level AR.
Leupold VX-6 1-6x24mm (30mm) MultiGun CDS
Leupold joined the 1-6x multi-gun game with their own “Multi-Gun Edition” scope. Looks and feel quite good and it has a great weight balance. Probably one of those to be considered, only thing is if the reticle work for the shooter.
Trijicon VCOG. This is the “tank” of the scope world. It is extremely rugged. But like the Razor, it is a bloody heavy scope and add a lot of weight to the set up. The reticle is super, and is one of the best scopes out there if weight is not the matter.
Nightforce NXS 1-4×24
If 1-4x is acceptable to the shooter (since there aren’t any 600yds shoot in NZ multi-gun matches), the current “king” is Nightforce NXS. I was playing with one today and it was one of the best optics available. CA is well controlled, and at 1x, there is almost no fisheye effect. But at that price point, I would top up a little more money and get the March instead.
March 1-8×24 FFP Tactical
That brings me to the scope that I am eventually getting. March. It is a clear winner with loads of reticles to choose from. The “high end club” has the following members :
Vortex Razor HD 1-6x
Trijicon VCOG 1-6x
Leupold Multi-Gun Edition 1-6x
March 1-8x or 1-10x pending on which reticle one prefers.
(Smidt & Bender has a 1-8x Exos but no one seems to have them in stock so I cannot make any comment on the scope, although I have shot with the PMII and if S&B is consistent across their range, this is a serious contender).
In the mid price club for multigun scopes, I have to mention that the Sightron SIII 1-7x at $1500 is the “in betweener’ that is boasting great optics and superb reach.
At the low end, honestly, the Vortex Strike Eagle owns the market. But note that the illuminated reticle is quite useless in bright lighting, and since it is such a new scope, it has yet to be seen how much abuse can it take.