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Leupold MK6 with Horus H58

I had the opportunity to play around a bit with a Leupold MK6 3-18 with the Horus H58 reticle.  Horus reticles tend to be a polarizing subject as people seem to either love them or hate them.

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I am a big fan of the Leupold MK6 3-18.  I’d take it over a S&B, Nighforce, or other high end scope as I love its compact size, layout , and features.

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Other than the reticle the H58 MK5 is exactly the same as my MK6 with a TMR reticle.  So to get you some size by size pictures, I mounted both optics to my Optic Test Fixture, as shown below.

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At three power the thick outer bars of the TMR reticle makes it east to quickly pick up.

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The H58 has two horizonal bars which are useful for indexing on a target quick at low power.  They appeared to be thicker than the bars on the TMR, but just having two made me feel slower and less intuitive for lining up on a target quick at low power.

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I took many pictures of the Horus reticle at 18 power and this is the only one that turned out anywhere near acceptable.  It does look a good bit better in person.  The horizontal lines above the center of the reticle start at 1 mil and then lower at .1 increments to aid in measuring the height of an object for ranging.  The set of numbers along with those lines are for finding the movement speed of the target in MPH.  Below the center of the reticle is the famous(or infamous) Horus grid.

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Here is the TMR at 18 power.

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The Leupold MK6 has a nice set of features including zero stops, a capped windage know with +- 5 mils of adjustment before hitting the stop, etc.  I think the main benefits of this 3-18 is its large power range in a small size along with excellent glass.

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So after having the chance to use the Horus 58 for a bit, I’m really not sure if I like it or not.  When I have shot at paper targets at known ranges, the Horus reticle appears to be thicker than the TMR and covers more of the point of aim.  The grid can cover a bullet hole in paper making it harder to spot.

The Horus starts to shine at longer distances.  Shooting steel at 600 yards it was easy to see the splash in the dirt from misses and quickly adjust from it.  You really benefit if you shooting a gun where you can spot your own impact and shooting in an area where you can easily see misses.

I’m not quite sure how to put it, but I wouldn’t recommend the Horus reticle to someone.  If you need it you would know.  If you don’t know if you need it or not, you don’t.  I don’t believe it would aid or be more intuitive for a new shooter, however I don’t believe a good scope with a Horus reticle would hurt a novice either.  It is an interesting option, but not a necessity.

Nightforce has a new website.

http://nightforceoptics.com/

NightForce optics has a new web site.  NightForce scopes have been popular in both the tactical and benchrest competition crowd due to their durability and accurate tracking.  I own a NXS 2.5-10×24 and love it.

Now there are tutorial videos on how to set the NF zerostops.  This is an excellent addition because the previous printed instructions of how to set the zero stop on the compact models was not clear.

Optics report from the range.

Saw a Nikon elevation turret break off today.  There was no visible abuse to the scope, and the adjustments appeared to be working previously.   I have never seen a failure like that before, but it reminds me why paying more for some brands is well worth it.

I got to try a Sightron 6-20 power scope today.  The Sightrons are gaining popularity here as a cheaper alternative to Nightforce and Leupold.  I am not sure which model it was I was given the chance to use, but the clarity was great from 6-about 14-16 power.  As the power was brought up to 20x, the picture clarity and crispness declined.  At this point I do not think I would recommend a Sightron for a fighting rifle.  However for a range gun or target/competition rifle, it may be an excellent economical choice.

Update:

I also got to look through an IOR 2-12 power scope.  I believe the model was the Spartan.  What I thought was most interesting was how compact this scope is.  Many tactical scopes end up being large.  A 3-15 or 5-20 tactical scope can be rather large and heavy on a smaller rifle like an AR15.  This smaller scope would be right at home on a smaller lighter rifle.  The power range is also good for closer range work.  I have found that shooters(including my self) are slower at finding close target with 5x and up.  The top end of 12x along with the scopes clarity allowed me to easily find and see 8 and 10 inch steel targets at 1000 yards.  This compact scope appears to be one of the ideal choices for the compact lightweight 5.56 or 7.62 sniper system.