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Review: Nightforce Illuminated Reticle

By on January 29, 2014

Have you ever used the Nightforce Illuminated reticle? If not then you must use it at least once and then decide whether to buy one or not. Only reading the Nightforce illuminated reticles reviews will not help you. Hunters have to face real life challenges. Nothing on earth can prepare you for the dangers you can face in the wild. Yes, there are precautions and equipments to help you but unless you experience it at first hand nothing can prepare you for it. Similarly, your weapon and the rest of the hunting gear are your best friends in this expedition. Trust no review unless you yourself have tested a scope or rifle. Reviews such as mine are only to guide you through. If you ask me, this Nightforce stuff is one of the best things I have used so far. Let me put it in details.

The first thing that caught my fancy was its repeatability, durability and ruggedness. These features are unmatched by any other scope when compared to Nightforce. There are several shooters from all different backgrounds that look to Nightforce when they are looking for consistency, dependability, and reliability.

NXS 5.5-22×56 with the new MOAR reticle was my first Nightforce scope. It had the following features:

  • Illuminated reticle which is turned on/off by manipulating the side focus knob
  • 30mm tube for enhanced tube rigidity and added internal adjustment
  • Some of these are equipped with a mechanical “zero stop” feature
  • The eyepiece of the scope rotates when changing magnification. This will help you to grab more surface area while adjusting the magnification of the scope.
  • Matching turret and reticle
  • Side focus vs Adjustable Objective allows the shooter to more easily adjust for parallax
  • Exposed windage and elevation knobs with 20 MOA per revolution on the elevation knob
  • Available in 50 or 56mm objective

The design of this scope is inspired from the NP-R1 reticle. At least that’s what it seemed to me. However the new Nightforce reticle product is more versatile and dynamic than the other brands. Avid hunters and shooters would definitely love this product. When compared to the traditional reticle scopes from Nightforce, the MOAR has thicker subtensions and this allows the hunters to see through the reticles more smoothly in the dark. This is the best of the illuminated reticle scopes. These things allow to hunt or shoot at night or low light conditions easily as compared to other scopes. With markers at the 10 and 20 MOA marks the reticle, 30 MOA markers in the 3.5-15 and 2.5-10, the reticle is very fast and easy to view in field conditions.

Moreover, the MOA has 1 MOA horizontal spacing as well as the vertical axis so that you can get precise images. These can even be used as birding scopes if you want to view birds at night and with a precision never seen before. Precision laser-etching on the optical glass enables the user to get a distortion free image. A tiny lighting source has been provided to illuminate the reticle so that you can view your target in low light and contrast conditions. you can also adjust the illumination rate as per your comfort.

These Nightforce illuminated reticles are available in both  mil dot and standard crosshair variations. This feature might not be there is every other brand. And when it comes to adjustability and flexibility, the brand takes it very seriously. As a result the Nightforce goes for the gusto with nice, sharp points and deep dimples reminiscent of the aggressive golf balling on some 1911s, and easy to turn turrets.

As an user, such features make the Nightforce reticles quite impressive. Or to say the least, it has definitely impressed me! If you are really looking to replace your scopes or searching for something better, then this is one of the scopes that you must consider! 

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