Posted 05 October 2008 - 06:28 PM
Well, went to the desert to break in the rifle and also experiment with my buddy's Cabelas Tactical Turret scope. The wind early this morning sucked with crosswinds in the 12-14mph, left to right, with gusts to 18mph but I shot none the less. The scope actually performed better than I expected. Like mentioned earlier-the lock ring for the eye piece kept coming loose so I used some blue Loctite to hold it in place but since it's plastic, I don't know if it will hold long. It was still good to go when I left this afternoon. Just for info, I use Hornady .223 Vmax 55gr bullets. I zeroed it at 100yds with both turrets. I then proceeded to see which turret was the most accurate at distances. The 55gr turret had a bullet speed rating of 3100fps while the 50gr turret had 3200fps. At 220yds as I expected, the 55gr turret dropped bullet impacts almost 3" below bullseye. The 50gr turret was almost dead on at 1/2 inch above bullseye. Not mind you the wind was steady at 12+ mph which caused my shots to be to the right of bullseye but on the same level. I then move out to 301yds and when the wind slowed to 3-4mph moved out to 425yds where I only shot 5 rounds from each turret. I got the same results, only the 12 power (maxed out) is not powerful enough for the longer shots. The 425yd shots were made harder by the amount of bees that swarmed me but didn't sting. They just kept crawling on the scope, spotting scope, rifle and me. Sure is annoying to have bees sucking down sweat from your forehead as you're trying to concentrate on the long shots. I then went back to my 100yd mark, rotated the turrets to 100yds and took another 10 shots. I was amazed to find that it was still set and hitting the bullseye. So, for an inexpensive scope, it worked better than expected. The zero held, the side focus is good but don't use it to judge range by assuming that when your object down range is clear, the marks on the side focus must mean that's the range one should dial in on the turret. You'll miss if you use that feature. The clarity is good-not the best but this is a low budget scope. I would've liked to test it's low light visibility but at 40mm, it's bound to be poor. Now that I'm done with this experiment, I've changed over to my Bushnell 6500 Elite and the dialing in process begins all over again. Yeah!