The ed­i­tor looks through an­other long-range op­tion

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Phill Price tries out a long-range scope from Dis­cov­ery - could this be the one for you?

Long-range tar­get shoot­ing can be fas­ci­nat­ing, as you try to ex­plore just what the mod­ern air­gun is ca­pa­ble of. It’s true that the wind has a huge ef­fect on our pel­lets and that once you go be­yond 50 yards there a mas­sive amount of luck in any shot we fire. How­ever, snip­ing inan­i­mate tar­gets at 75 or even 100 yards can be tremen­dous fun, even if you do only hit one out of ten. To hit at such ranges it’s vi­tal to have a scope that’s de­signed to work in that en­vi­ron­ment and the Dis­cov­ery 4-20 x 50 SFIR FPP is just the thing.

The top end of the mag­ni­fi­ca­tion range makes pre­cise aiming pos­si­ble and the high def­i­ni­tion, fully multi- coated lenses of­fer a bright clear im­age to help that, too. Dis­cov­ery fits its DTLW ret­i­cle, which is very fine, again im­por­tant for pre­cise aiming at long range. It’s also loaded with as many aim points as you could ever want to make corrections for el­e­va­tion and wind.


You can also choose to ‘dial’ in your shoot­ing so­lu­tion with the large, ex­posed windage and el­e­va­tion ad­justers, which is what the full bore, long-range types do these days, so it must be the best way. The chunky ad­justers lift up to turn and press down to lock se­curely, of­fer­ing peace of mind that they can­not be ac­ci­den­tally turned. Along­side all these long-range fea­tures I was pleased to see that the side wheel par­al­lax ad­juster di­als down to 10 yards, en­sur­ing that we can be con­fi­dent our short-range needs are prop­erly cov­ered. I also ap­pre­ci­ated that the il­lu­mi­na­tion con­trol dial which sits be­side the par­al­lax ad­juster is much smaller, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to op­er­ate each in­de­pen­dently.

All the con­tact sur­faces have deeply ma­chined grooves that make for a se­cure con­trol whilst adding a touch of style along the way. The screw-in sun­shade also has ma­chined slots which I as­sume are also for style. At £ 339 it’s in the up­per end of air­gun scope price range, but it does have a good solid feel and stacks of the most fash­ion­able fea­tures, all backed up with a life­time war­ranty. If long-range tar­get shoot­ing is your thing, then this in­ter­est­ing new brand is worth a look be­cause you might just dis­cover what you’re look­ing for.

Slots in the screw-in sun­shade match the grooves in the con­trol di­als This must surely of­fer an aim point for any sit­u­a­tion

All the con­trols are big and chunky

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