THE 2018 OPTICS TEST
Death of the duplex? New riflescopes are high on tech but low on basic functionality and affordability
These precision scopes feature chubby 34mm tubes, computerdrafted first-plane reticles, and turrets with seemingly miles of internal adjustment. They typically weigh about 3 pounds and cost $1,900 on average.
But one victim of all of this innovation is convention. As optics makers focus on new technology, the venerable 3-to-9variable-power scope with a duplex reticle and ¼-inch click values has become a quaint throwback, replaced with purposebuilt optics that have gee-whiz capability but limited versatility. Another victim is restraint. The capability of these scopes is remarkable, but we hope manufacturers put as much emphasis on coaching customers to shoot (and hunt) within their abilities as they do on promoting the bells, whistles, and milliradian reticles of their new products.