The fullfield II line of scopes is Burris' mainstream line of scopes. The
Signature series is their flagship/high end line of scopes. If you go straight
off the spec sheet, the Fullfield II line of scopes appears to be a bargain.
They claim 95% light transmission, Nitrogen filled (purged and filled 24
times), lifetime (forever) warranty, and "quad seals" vs. O-rings. I'm not
sure if quad rings is better then O-rings, or if purging and filling the tube
24 times makes a difference, but what I do know is that the quality of glass
that I look through with this scope is excellent!
First, the optics. The actual clarity of the scope and light transmission is
on par with scopes of much higher price. Comparing directly with a Leupold Mk4
M3 10x, the clarity is not quite as good across the whole spectrum, but it is not far
behind either. It is much better than other $200-$300 scopes. The light gathering
is excellent, the specs say it has 95% light transmission with these
lenses, and to get to that level with other manufacturers, you have to bump
up to their top of the line scopes. During an early morning evaluation (hour
before sun up) I compared it again side by side with the Leupold Mk4. The light
gathering was nearly on par with the top of the line leupold. Both were excellent
and the slightly better clarity of the leupold seemed to help the perception
of light gathering to put it ahead of the burris. In terms of optics
quality, the Burris performed very well.
The Fullfield II comes with lens caps, but its a single unit that covers both
lenses (see picture above). Its adequate for storage, but I would rather have
Butler Creek flip ups, and I will be getting some soon.
The windage and elevation adjustments are hand turnable, but are not target
knobs. They are designed so they can be read while behind the scope, which is
nice, but I have yet to find a way to "slip" the turrets once zeroed, which
is preferred for tactical use. The adjustments are crisp with both feel and
audio clicks. I have yet to have any problems with the adjustments, I just
wish they were more of a target turret style, even a low profile design would
work. Combined with the ballistic plex, the adjustments work well enough. These
adjustments are steel on steel, which is by far the preferred way. Some manufactures
use brass or nylon, and these softer materials wear out and the adjustments
lose their precision over time. Steel lasts much better.
I specifically chose the ballistic plex reticule in order to test the feasibility
of using this reticule in a tactical environment. The idea of the reticule is
simple. Simply create marks that represent bullet path at 100,200,300,400 and
500 yards. The hard part is picking WHICH bullet path to match! Burris has
selected a path that gets close to as many loads as possible. For serious long
range shooting, one would have to then record the exact differences your
particular load would have vs. the reticule. i.e. At 200 yards you may have to
go up 1 click, at 300 up 4 clicks at 400 only up 2 clicks. Etc. Is it ideal?
No, it is not, but it drastically reduces your comeup adjustments, and in a
pinch, just shooting at the proper tick mark will get you pretty dang close
on the target for your chosen load. I mounted the scope on a .223, and I chose the standard
55gr FMJ-BT bullet (M193) and the reticule matches the flight very well, and
this held up in long-range trials. Of course, the reticule only adjusts you
out to 500 yards. Beyond that, no joy. This fits the .223 very well, as it
is no good beyond 500 anyway. My overall impression is that this reticule
is ideally suited to law enforcement use, where typical shots are sub 100 yards
where you could zero the scope as you would normally, but yet the reticule
would be useful in those rare occasions where you would need to engage
further out, beyond where you normally practice.
To conclude, I am impressed with the Fullfield II 3-9 scope, and I plan to
further try out some other models in the future. I have no reservations
recommending this scope for use. I'd prefer target knobs, and one nice thing
about Burris, is you can send in your scope and $80 and they will put
target knobs on it. This is possible with any of the Burris scopes.
I may yet end up doing this with this scope. The
optical quality was a pleasant surprise and the scopes are well made.