I just replaced the $300 3x9 40mm Leupold scope on my Ruger 77/22 with this $67 2x7 32mm CenterPoint illuminated scope. Reason: I just could not see the Leupold cross-hair very well against black targets. Long story short. I was shooting in the 160 to 170 point range out of possible 200 on the NRA A-17 50ft target using the Leupold. I mounted the CenterPoint last night and after sighting it in I did my first scoring run. I shot 180/200. Using the green illumination cross-hair against the black 50 cent piece size target made all the difference in the world. Once I tweak the zero a little more I believe I can start getting in the 190/200 range. We're talking hitting bulls-eye 10 rings the size of a .22 caliber bullet. From my first impression I can say that accuracy, at least indoors, is extremely good. Long term I can't say how well it will hold the zero without adjustment because I've only used it once. As for adjustment, the scope has two very nice knobs with a positive "click" confirmation. The knobs are turned with your fingers and not a nickel, dime , or quarter as on many scopes. I like this feature. The knob caps are precision machined with fine threads. Like most scope caps you have to be very careful putting the cap back on so you don't cross-thread it. The optics are clear and bright. The recticle is mil dot and can go from black to green or red with low or high illumination and anything in between. I set mine on green with just enough power to light up the cross-hair. Worked like champ. The scope comes with 2 batteries but only one is needed to operate. The other is a spare. Nice touch CenterPoint. The batteries ARE included for a change. It also comes with a soft cloth for wiping the lens and a front and back flip style lens covers. The lens covers are worthless in my opinion. The front one works OK but the one for the eye piece keeps popping open by itself. They are just cheap rubber and plastic. You can tell that CenterPoint put their money into the Scope and not the extras in the box. This is good, however, because that's were the money should go, into the scope. You can always get better lens covers or a scope sock later. My Ruger has its own custom scope rings so I can't give any info on how good or bad are the stock rings that came with it. They looked solid from what I could tell by just looking at them. All I can say first hand about them is that a buddy of mine has the same scope mounted on his Ruger 10/22 using the stock rings and he was tearing up the bulls-eye. That is how I found this scope. We shot together the other day and he out scored me. I asked him what the heck are you using for a scope? Well, here we are..... My Leupold came in a nice custom box. The CenterPoint comes in your typical plastic shrink wrap enclosure you have to open with scissors or a knife. Again, they put the money into the scope and not the packaging. Fine with me as long as it works and it did. Flawlessly so far. Bottom line: Great scope, solid construction, clear optics, tremendous value, and the illumination is fantastic! I can honestly say that rarely do I write reviews or use a product that makes me say "OMG" when I first try it out. This scope compelled me to do both. Yeah, it was that good in my opinion. :o) Regards, Avid shooter/NRA Pistol & Rifle instructor.
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