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Optics Test 2010

Optics Test 2010

This year’s class features a wide variety of budget glass.
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from Diyguy wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Thanks for all the work that went into this comparison. Few of us get the opportunity to put our hands on this much glass side by side. I spent a lot of time looking for a descent spotting scope. The birdwatchers seem to have loads of data on these and it applies very well to shooters. One of the birdwatcher favorites over the years has been the Bushnell Spacemaster 15-45 x 60mm $299. I have one in camo and I am very happy with it. The biggest complaint I hear from people is the rubber front lens cover keeps fliping back up blocking the scope. I discovered that I could turn the cover inside out after flipping it open thus solving this complaint. I consider this an essential piece of gear for sighting in rifles at extended ranges as well as spotting fire for fellow hunters on "Kentucky Windage" adjustments. I'm always amazed at the game that will freze in there tracks when a round slams into the ground next to them providing a few moments for a fatal adjustment.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

At last...opinion based on fact rather than conjecture. A much better test on the glass we want to top our piece, I say that because both the rifle and shotgun tests were all about big $$.

Check it out. Your magazine, which I've read and trusted since Patrick F. came on board has been very good ~ that is up until you started covering subjects other than weapons, ammo, survival, optics and the occassional camping hints.

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from charlie elk wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Information retrieval is easier online rather than having to find the magazine later. I prefer information of all types be stored digitally. When I sit down with a magazine good stories are preferred.
later,
charlie

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from HuntingEditor wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Thanks guys - I anticipate we'll continue to run the comprehensive test results online, but we're looking at paring back the amount of content we publish in the magazine. More than a dozen pages packed with optics information is a lot of space to devote to a single topic if there's only limited interest. That's one reason why I'm asking for feedback. I think it's a great service for readers, but maybe we run just the top few optics in each category in the magazine and run the entire test results online. Would that satisfy you guys?

Andrew McKean

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from MazPower wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Andrew,

I hope I can take the liberty in seconding all of what Kody says. The fact that you guys can take one of everything and put them through the grind side by side for comparison is very valuable to me (I don't think Cabela's would allow me to take one of each scope outside even just to look through).

Admittedly I have my favorites as well as brands I shun, and I like to see your tests agree with my opinion. But all in all it's great to hear the experts opinion, and it helps me narrow the field between my top four pics when it comes time to get another scope.

So thanks again for the test results, and I got to say the last page with all the results side by side is a great reference to have.

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from Kody wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

Andrew,
I believe the chart posted as a quick comparative breakdown is most valuable to me. How could I not approve of your evaluation system as no individual has such resources. So, the info is credible to me and a basis for making purchases. I see products listed with which I am unfamiliar but are of interest and of value. Most people what to know what is new and innovative in the hobby of their choice. The fact that you breakdown the points of the evaluation allows users to choose the aspects that are most important to them. Of course, the best buy or best quality scope you evaluated may have no place on the intended rifle. Nevertheless, your survey provides a basis for making a wise purchase with more confidence than the 'salesman' across the counter can provide. I have seen you fellows give bad reviews to rifles that advertise in your magazine, so I have some confidence in your opinion. There are many variables to consider with each individual's needs, not the least of which is the means to afford the price. I scoped a CZ 550 American in 375 H & H today. Your article forced me out of denial. I had tried to convince myself that these aging eyes could actually see those express leaf sites AND the target at 100 yards. Variables...I have my prejudices regarding types of scopes for specific rifles and specific purposes. You can review various makes and apprise us of their good features but each make has a dozen different models.. so there is only so far the survey can go. There was no 1.5 -5 X 20 MM scope reviewed though I did note the Leopold reviewed. I chose the Leopold VX 111 as the eye relief was good, the length suited the mounting rings and I did not have to lift my cheek from the stock. I am a busy guy Andrew, so I have to make decisions in my personal life almost as quickly as I do in business. Fortunately, I have always had sense enough to listen to people who know more than me. Hell, I pay people to give me those answers so how could I not appreciate your free advice!

P.S. That African rifle may never see that continent but it sure looks good with that new scope!

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from HuntingEditor wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

Thanks Kody - I have a favor to ask: what do you guys find the most valuable, and the least valuable, about this test? Do you use it as a shopping guide? Just to see cool new products? To better understand optics in general? Do you have any questions about our methodology? I'm just curious how we can fine-tune the test in the future to be the most valuable, useful research possible for you guys. So... feedback time!

Andrew McKean

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from Kody wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

I have a couple of rifles lacking scopes these days. Thank you for the optics review, I have bookmarked the chart for future shopping.

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from Kody wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

I have a couple of rifles lacking scopes these days. Thank you for the optics review, I have bookmarked the chart for future shopping.

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from HuntingEditor wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

Thanks Kody - I have a favor to ask: what do you guys find the most valuable, and the least valuable, about this test? Do you use it as a shopping guide? Just to see cool new products? To better understand optics in general? Do you have any questions about our methodology? I'm just curious how we can fine-tune the test in the future to be the most valuable, useful research possible for you guys. So... feedback time!

Andrew McKean

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from Kody wrote 3 years 46 weeks ago

Andrew,
I believe the chart posted as a quick comparative breakdown is most valuable to me. How could I not approve of your evaluation system as no individual has such resources. So, the info is credible to me and a basis for making purchases. I see products listed with which I am unfamiliar but are of interest and of value. Most people what to know what is new and innovative in the hobby of their choice. The fact that you breakdown the points of the evaluation allows users to choose the aspects that are most important to them. Of course, the best buy or best quality scope you evaluated may have no place on the intended rifle. Nevertheless, your survey provides a basis for making a wise purchase with more confidence than the 'salesman' across the counter can provide. I have seen you fellows give bad reviews to rifles that advertise in your magazine, so I have some confidence in your opinion. There are many variables to consider with each individual's needs, not the least of which is the means to afford the price. I scoped a CZ 550 American in 375 H & H today. Your article forced me out of denial. I had tried to convince myself that these aging eyes could actually see those express leaf sites AND the target at 100 yards. Variables...I have my prejudices regarding types of scopes for specific rifles and specific purposes. You can review various makes and apprise us of their good features but each make has a dozen different models.. so there is only so far the survey can go. There was no 1.5 -5 X 20 MM scope reviewed though I did note the Leopold reviewed. I chose the Leopold VX 111 as the eye relief was good, the length suited the mounting rings and I did not have to lift my cheek from the stock. I am a busy guy Andrew, so I have to make decisions in my personal life almost as quickly as I do in business. Fortunately, I have always had sense enough to listen to people who know more than me. Hell, I pay people to give me those answers so how could I not appreciate your free advice!

P.S. That African rifle may never see that continent but it sure looks good with that new scope!

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from MazPower wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Andrew,

I hope I can take the liberty in seconding all of what Kody says. The fact that you guys can take one of everything and put them through the grind side by side for comparison is very valuable to me (I don't think Cabela's would allow me to take one of each scope outside even just to look through).

Admittedly I have my favorites as well as brands I shun, and I like to see your tests agree with my opinion. But all in all it's great to hear the experts opinion, and it helps me narrow the field between my top four pics when it comes time to get another scope.

So thanks again for the test results, and I got to say the last page with all the results side by side is a great reference to have.

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from HuntingEditor wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Thanks guys - I anticipate we'll continue to run the comprehensive test results online, but we're looking at paring back the amount of content we publish in the magazine. More than a dozen pages packed with optics information is a lot of space to devote to a single topic if there's only limited interest. That's one reason why I'm asking for feedback. I think it's a great service for readers, but maybe we run just the top few optics in each category in the magazine and run the entire test results online. Would that satisfy you guys?

Andrew McKean

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from charlie elk wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Information retrieval is easier online rather than having to find the magazine later. I prefer information of all types be stored digitally. When I sit down with a magazine good stories are preferred.
later,
charlie

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 31 weeks ago

At last...opinion based on fact rather than conjecture. A much better test on the glass we want to top our piece, I say that because both the rifle and shotgun tests were all about big $$.

Check it out. Your magazine, which I've read and trusted since Patrick F. came on board has been very good ~ that is up until you started covering subjects other than weapons, ammo, survival, optics and the occassional camping hints.

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from Diyguy wrote 3 years 26 weeks ago

Thanks for all the work that went into this comparison. Few of us get the opportunity to put our hands on this much glass side by side. I spent a lot of time looking for a descent spotting scope. The birdwatchers seem to have loads of data on these and it applies very well to shooters. One of the birdwatcher favorites over the years has been the Bushnell Spacemaster 15-45 x 60mm $299. I have one in camo and I am very happy with it. The biggest complaint I hear from people is the rubber front lens cover keeps fliping back up blocking the scope. I discovered that I could turn the cover inside out after flipping it open thus solving this complaint. I consider this an essential piece of gear for sighting in rifles at extended ranges as well as spotting fire for fellow hunters on "Kentucky Windage" adjustments. I'm always amazed at the game that will freze in there tracks when a round slams into the ground next to them providing a few moments for a fatal adjustment.

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