Mark Camoccio tries a fixed power scope that has HFT written all over it
Mark Camoccio reviews the VT2 10x44 SF from Discovery Optics
Discovery Optics is a fairly new brand, imported into the UK by Sureshot Airguns, but what gives them a level of credibility from the outset is the fact that their products are manufactured in a factory founded in 2014, by an ex- designer of Vortex. The range of scopes on offer is slowly expanding, and each model seems packed with features for very reasonable money.
On test here is the brand new VT-2 10x44SF model, and whilst its fixed power specification seems ideal for Hunter Field Target ( HFT), with a side- focus facility, it would double nicely as a hunting tool. At £129.99, this VT-2 seems great value, so let’s take a closer look and see how it shapes up.
Magnification is a fixed 10x, and the front objective lens is 44mm. The ‘SF’ in the name denotes Side Focus, and the design incorporates tactical- style, lockable turrets. The VT2 10x44SF sports a single- piece 30mm body tube, constructed from aircraft- grade aluminium alloy, and even comes fitted with reasonable quality, flip- up lens caps. There’s the usual fast -focus ring at the rear, and the reticle fitted is Discovery’s HML design. Oh, and it comes complete with a set of ring mounts.
On the subject of mounts; the ones that come in the box are perfectly usable, but they are fairly cheap, and also have that infuriating sticky padding inside, which whilst intended to protect the scope just adds glue to the body tube for the foreseeable future. My advice would be to throw them in a drawer somewhere, and splash out the princely sum of not much at all on some super- precise Sportsmatch rings. You really won’t regret it!
With the scope in place, I set about zeroing, and here, the target turrets are clearly marked 0 through to 14, keeping things simple. Whilst they are high- profile target turrets, they are less chunky than some, so will not play havoc in a padded hard case for being too wide – a problem that does happen. Pull the turret to open the mechanism, adjust as required, and then push to lock. In use, the turret movement was just a little vague, but careful movement keeps a precise track. Clicks are quarter- inch at 100 yards, which I have always found ideal, personally.
On the subject of the fixed power, this does mean that there are fewer moving parts inside, which can only be an advantage where optical instruments are concerned. The left dial is to adjust the distance at which the scope is parallax corrected, and it’s neatly marked up from a minimum distance of 10 yards, then 25, 50, 100, 200 and infinity. On test, I found that the actual minimum distance where the target became clear was 17 yards, despite being marked up as 10 yards, but this in itself isn’t a problem – many scopes, certainly at
the cheaper end of the market, have printed ranges on the parallax dial, that don’t actually tally up.
I set the dial to a point between the 10- yard and 25- yard marks, and this was clarity- checked at around 23 yards. With that left alone, all the usual ranges through an HFT course were shootable. Clarity from around 18 yards was almost clear, and 35 yards through to 45 yards was perfectly clear. Bear in mind the ‘no adjustment’ rule for HFT, and this VT-2 passes the test on that score.
Discovery fits this model with the HML reticle, and this stands for Half- Mil Line. It’s a bold design, as a cross with an extended down axis, 5- mil line values up, and on each side, then 9- mil lines down. Each small dash is a half- mil segment, so there’s a host of proportional aim points, making it an ideal tool to tackle those knock- down targets.
Lenses used throughout are specified as fully multi- coated, with anti-reflective compounds used. As for the image, edge-to- edge clarity and brightness are commendable, with no detectable aberrations or distortions. The scope body tube is nitrogen- gas purged with full ‘O’ ring seals, so is waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof, as we would expect these days.
So, quite a capable scope for the money, that would be equally home on an HFT course, or in the field in a hunting situation, where much the same requirements exist. The image is crisp, and that positive reticle a major asset. Factor in the Discovery Lifetime Warranty, and the asking price of £129.99 including those mounts, and it begins to look like a great deal all round.
ABOVE: The Discovery VT-2 10x44SF
LEFT: The push- pull lockable turrets aren’t excessively wide
ABOVE: The HML HalfMil Line reticle is very usable