GREAT BUY Nikon FX1000

Outdoor Life - - GEAR -

• 6–24x50 • $800 • Il­lu­mi­nated 1st plane MRAD ret­i­cle

By de­liv­er­ing its sturdy, ver­sa­tile, and fea­turerich FX1000 for about $800, Nikon has taken away the best ex­cuse to not par­tic­i­pate at a high level in the boom­ing field of long-dis­tance tar­get shoot­ing: ex­pense. And this ri­fle­scope isn’t lim­ited to tar­gets at the range; it’s light and durable enough for most hunting ri­fles. The front-plane il­lu­mi­nated FX-MRAD ret­i­cle is the heart of the scope. Its sub­ten­tions are spot-on, and we es­pe­cially liked the .2-mil gaps in the etched sta­dia that are ex­tremely use­ful for rang­ing tar­gets. The ret­i­cle is easy to read at lower mag­ni­fi­ca­tions and very crisp and clear at higher pow­ers. The sim­ple and ef­fec­tive zero-stop is easy to set in the field, and the tur­rets are big and turn smartly, en­abling about 1,000 yards of ad­just­ment for ev­ery rev­o­lu­tion of the el­e­va­tion knob. We ex­pected a lit­tle more from Nikon’s glass, and the tur­rets could use a spot more pos­i­tiv­ity, but over­all this is an ex­cel­lent value in a dex­ter­ous op­tic.

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