From the outset it was obvious that this scope is indeed a better fit for the tactical role
than its larger brother was. The smaller dimensions help with a bit less weight and all of the
same high quality is present on this scope that is present on the larger 6-24x50mm. It has all
of the same features including the one piece tube and nice matte finish. The packaging pretty
much is the same with the same information and basic booklets available in the packaging.
There is a stretching rubber lens cover that slips onto both ends of the scope to protect the lens
when not in use.
The single piece aluminum tube is 1" in diameter and is nitrogen filled. Like the 6-24, this scope
has the nice matte finish and everything appears to be well sorted and designed. The smaller 42mm objective,
vs. the 50mm on the larger scope, gives the scope nicer proportions and better overall appearance
in my eye.
The eye piece is a fast focus eyepiece design with a generous amount of adjustment range
for the dioptre adjustment, for those that
do not have perfect eyes and elect to shoot without corrective eyewear. It was easy to get a nice
sharp view of the reticle. The power ring adjustment has some fairly aggressive serrations on it to
aide in gripping the power ring to zoom in and out. The force to move the power ring is
high enough to keep it from moving accidentally while the operator is going about business, and
it does move smoothly throughout the zoom range. The zoom range is a full 4x range like the larger
6-24, but this time going from
4-16x. The mildots on this scope are calibrated to be accurate at 10x and it is a 2nd focal plane
reticle meaning its size does not change when zooming in and/or out. So you will need to be sure you
have the scope set on 10x when doing your range estimations. One trick that you are able to do
with a variable power
scope that has the mildots set for 10x is that if you are ranging a 6 foot tall object, say a man,
you can zoom in until the target takes up exactly 2 mils, then read the power ring, which is the range
in hundreds of yards. I.e. you zoom in until a 6 foot tall target is 2 mils in your scope, then if
the power is set on 6.5 the target is 650 yards away. You can do the same with a 3 ft target
and 1 mil.
The adjustment knobs on the scope are the same as the 6-24x model and quite nice.
They are a larger knob, but yet they have full
dust covers that fit over them. The knobs themselves have serrations at the top for gripping as
well as being nice and tall with clear marks and numbering indicting the amount of travel. One big
difference with the 4-16x vs. the 6-24x is that the adjustments are 1/4 MOA per click instead of the
1/8's on the larger scope. This is one of the differences that, in our eyes, make this a better
scope for a tactical rifle. The knobs have a full 18 MOA of adjustment per revolution which allows most
308 rifle/ammo combos to go from 100-1000 yards in only 2 revolutions of the knob.
There is a tad over 5 total revolutions in the
elevation knob giving a total of 77 MOA of vertical adjustment in this particular sample that we had here
The advertised number is 80 MOA and this particular scope was just a tad under that.
I like to see
at least 60 MOA for a .308 rifle and with a 15 or 20 MOA tapered base this scope has plenty
of elevation for long range shooting. The elevation knob does have horizontal hash marks
under it to give you a
reference point on how many revolutions you have gone up or down. The combination of nicely designed
knobs, 18 MOA per revolution and 80MOA of adjustment makes for a nice package, and all with a 1"
The windage knob does count up in both directions which I am a fan of, with the numbers
overlapping at 9 MOA, which will get you through some decent crosswinds without overlapping
the numbers on the windage knob. This is a big improvement over the 4.5 overlap on
the 6-24 with its 1/8 clicks.
On both the windage and elevation knobs, the clicks are very nice with a good and solid
audible and tactile click with no mushiness; there is no doubt when a click has been made.
The amount of force to get a click is just about right. The side focus knob is also nice
and smooth to adjust throughout its range. The focus knob on this scope does not seem to have
the frictional muted clicks like on the 6-24, or at least it is not as pronounced, but it is still
very nice. The focus range gets a bit tight at long ranges jumping from 500 to infinity in just
one mark on the knob and I would like see a bit larger amount of adjustment range
at the higher end of the focus knob, but it did function as it should.
We mounted the scope on our Remington 700 mule tactical rifle with a pair of Burris XTR
The scope zeroed without problems and we shot the scope through the box without any issues.
The plain mildots were very nice to use and always a welcomed reticle here at SC with
its uncluttered simplicity.
We noticed that on this 4-16 scope that the indicator mark extends all the way to bottom of
the turret making it much easier to pick out when compared to the 6-24x50mm scope. We had problems
on that larger scope knowing exactly where the mark was, but that is not the case on the 4-16.
The direction indicator is printed
on the top of the knob on a slightly slanted portion and as long as those marks are facing the
shooter they can be read from behind the scope, but if rotated half a turn you cannot see them.
The scope has a nice generous eye relief of almost 4" which is more than most scopes and makes
this scope a good candidate for magnum rifles. I would also like to comment about the quality of
the optics, as to my eyes it appears to be very high quality. I have said it before, judging
optical quality is extremely difficult and we are working on developing a quantifiable way of
comparing optics, but had not perfected it yet for this review. But
when comparing this scope next to Ziess, Leupold Mk4's and other high end scopes, it compared
very favorably. The brightness and clarity of the optics is excellent and there appeared to be
less color distortion then just about any scope compared next to it. They have really done a
great job with the optics on these scopes.
Overall the scope is very nice and with the larger adjustment range, 1/4 MOA clicks, and lower
power range, this scope is a better choice, in our opinion, for a tactical rifle than is the
larger 6-24x50mm. The scope, primarily due to its lower magnification range, has a better field of
view and larger exit pupil than the 6-24x as well. The only real thing that I was not that fond of
was that the scope is only minimally cheaper than the 6-24, about $30. I personally would still
take this scope over the 6-24 as I feel it is a better match for tactical shooting. Our overall rating
for the scope is very good.