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Alan

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New FFP Scope on the way
« on: May 19, 2018, 04:45:48 PM »
I bought this (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AB2VXIO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) scope as my first foray into FFP. Its reticle is marked in MOA, also a first for me. I printed out a home-made range card in case I get confused. It is red/green lighted too, but personally I find that a distraction.

This scope is going to replace a Hammers which has developed a problem. Somehow, the reticle carrier has rotated. At first, I thought I might be getting a dose of macular degeneration, but today it moved (rotated) when I was moving the vertical axis knob. Now it's evident why I've been missing some shots I should have easily made! I can't complain too much, as I didn't end up paying for it (that's a long story too!).

Once I get it mounted, and sighted in, I'll post an update.


First update-5/22/18

At first blush, the crosshairs look REALLY small at 6 power. Once I got the scope focused, it was easy enough to see. Obviously, the real test is broad daylight.

The controls are a bit different. To unlock them takes a goodly amount of force, but once unlocked, they're easy to adjust with very positive licks. Snapping them down to lock them is a bit of a chore. I suspect things will loosen up as time goes by. Incidentally, they are resettable to zero as most scope are.

The honeycomb sun shade isn't unique by any means, but it remains to be seen if they (the honeycomb matrix) lessen sharpness, remains to be seen.

The reticle is lighted, and one button controls everything—red/green/intensity. It doesn't say how many intensity levels there are, but it is just four. I don't use lighten reticles much, even though every scope I own, save one, has them. In this case, when on, thee is a bit of color aberration as your eye moves across the scope's centerline. That may not be an issue, as I haven't mounted or tested the scope in daylight.

The Hammers scope I have been using weighs almost 3 pounds (!), and this one just under two pounds.

The rings are high-mount picatinny, and like most picatinny rings, they will not fit combination receivers (11 and 22 mm like the WAR line).

Fit and finish wise, you can't bet it. It may sound like a stretch, but it looks are good as the new VR3 Leupold I recently bought for my big bore 9 mm.

More later.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2018, 06:50:36 PM by Alan »


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Re: New FFP Scope on the way
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2018, 01:07:58 PM »
Final report? I sent it back to Amazon. There were several issues once I got a chance to try it in full daylight. Not good, as the FFP reticle has aberrations (fuzzy edges) at high power, unless your eye was dead center. If my guesstimate was close, you could easily miss a 75 yard shot because of the aberrations.

What I want now is, a 3x9 (40?) FFP with a decent MOA reticle. I can have it made, but the cost would be more than the Cobra I want to use it on. Oh Well!
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Re: New FFP Scope on the way
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2018, 04:39:45 PM »
Check out the SWFA line, a lot of scope for the money.
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Re: New FFP Scope on the way
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 06:02:25 PM »
Well, I looked at those, and I looked at the Leupold VX-Freedom. But I bought this: 1.5-6x44mm Level Rifle Scope by Barska.

What I am trying to do, is use an FFP scope, that I don't have to set at high power to clearly see the reticle. The above mentioned scope was fine (a bit too heavy), but at the lowest power, the reticle was easily masked by even a small bird, especially an HOSP. You can turn on the illumination, but then the crosshairs looked fuzzy unless you were dead center of the eye relief.

The Barska (mentioned) is not an FFP, but it is MOA. This fact (over the MIL dot) makes more sense for me, considering the ranges I shoot at (≤150 yards). Barska does make several FFP with MOZ reticles, but they'e all high power stuff. And my think is, why carry around that extra weight when it is never used?

We shall see.
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Re: New FFP Scope on the way
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2018, 08:59:01 AM »
I'm playing with a Monstrum 4X14X44 FFP scope. There is a definite thing about eye placement, that I notice, but I think I like the scope.....more to come ::)
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Re: New FFP Scope on the way
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2018, 10:44:05 PM »
I switched over to FFP scopes last year mainly for shooting ground squirrels. I use mildot scopes and found that using the same holdovers at different magnififcations made life so much easier. Most of the shooting is from 40 - 110 yards. It's the only type of hunting that I have done and I find it to be fun and a challenge. I'm using Athlon 4-14 and 6-24 FFP scopes and have been very happy with them.
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Re: New FFP Scope on the way
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2018, 12:14:59 AM »

That said I quite like my https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/DISCOVERY-Hunting-Riflescope-VT-T-4-5-18X44SFVF-FFP-With-Rangefinder-Reticl-Special-Phone-Mount-For/1923286_32727380225.html?spm=2114.12010612.0.0.22aa20caaeuKHF

Really solid so far, its my first FFP and I bought it mainly because I wanted to try one.
Another cheapo chinesium scope thats ok in my book is the tac vector ones. Im using the 10x44 on my vulcan and its great. Mushy turrets on both of them would be their main flaws.
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