With the scores of happy reviews, I thought I'd give this a try on my .17hmr. It's big, heavy, and I suppose tough, the included weaver mounts are good and strong, they have to be to hold the scope still as one wrestles with the front parallax ring and tries to manipulate the rubber lens covers. I found the included ring mounts excessively high, even higher than the Weaver 'high' mounts sold for 50mm objective scopes, despite this being a 40mm. I found it hard to not have the image blink, eye placement was critical, nearly impossible at higher mags. Compared to even cheaper scopes, I found this one fatiguing and difficult to use at low magnifications, practically useless at higher mags. Any higher than 10x yeilds a poor image, blinky and glare ridden. My example did not focus at infinity setting, infinity was in focus when the front focus ring was closer to the 100yrds marking. Scope for me was useless at full mag; intermittent glimpses of a milky, fuzzy image flashed when I was able to find the image at all amid the abstract glare patterns dancing in the tube. Rough threads with flaking black coating were visible in front of the objective lens, adding to the glare problem with shiny raw metal in what is supposed to be a shade area. There seems to be little or no black flocking or paint inside of the tube at all, contributing further to the glare problem, a shame as the coatings on the glass seem to be good.
The windage control felt flexy and weak, while the elevation knob did feel better, despite clicking with more positive action going up than down.
The turret locks worked, but felt plastic and vague, never really sure which way to lock or unlock.
The illuminated reticle for me was a drawback, looking cheap inside the scope, the LED is clearly visible on the edge of the field of view, illuminating the cross hairs more on one side than the other, and at high intensities, contributing yet more glare! The flip open caps are big, clumsy and crude, the front one is supposed to double as a lens shade, but with proper mounting rings, the hinge of the cap hits the barrel of the gun, preventing the lid from opening, so I guess it's supposed to go on upside down and shade the lens from light rising from a bright white sidewalk? Maybe the included drastically-high mounting rings will bring the scope far enough away from the barrel to allow the half-inch the hinge will need for the lid to open? The 35dollar Tasco 3-9 50 hanging next to it in the Wal-Mart has fewer features, but I find way more useful and, feels and appears a more quality piece. The Tasco has a lesser range of zoom, no external turret adjustments and no batteries, but it did have a consistent clear, bright, sharp image at all settings, while costing half as much and weighing less. The Tasco didn't have rough, sharp peeling threads holding the objective in the tube like the Center Point did. Sadly, the only way to check out these scopes is to buy them and saw open that painful plastic bubble, as they took away the show case, (along with all the Nikons)! The Bushnell and Tasco scopes I got at Walmart are excellent considering what they cost, I have a Bushnell 4x32mm rimfire and the Tasco 3-9 50mm. The Tasco could stand a bit more eye relief, but it's still just fine at all zoom settings, not as good as my Nikon ProStaff, but not that far behind, and it cost a quarter as much. The Bushnell rimfire scope is shockingly good.
This scope cost twice what the Tasco and Bushnell did, but I like it less than half as much. If you need lots of knobs and batteries and switches and twistie bits to feel like you got a good scope, then maybe the Center Point has some merit, but if you want to raise your rifle to your face and quickly see well-defined cross hairs on a clear, bright, stable image of a target to shoot, you might consider something else.
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