GREAT BUY Nikon FX1000
• 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.