MARK 5HD 5-25X56
High-quality optics are worth their weight in gold when you have serious work to do, whether you’re on duty, hunting, or competing. And with the hefty prices of high-end optics, it does seem like they might actually be made of gold. But settle in behind one, and you might be ruined forevermore on anything less. Leupold’s new Mark 5HD 5-25x56 riflescope will do that to you, taking home the top spot in the optics categor y.
The scope offers a wide and versatile zoom range, going from 5x to 25x magnification with a first focal plane reticle and a girthy 35mm tube with 120 MOA of elevation adjustment. Yet at 30 ounces, it occupies the lightweight end of the spectrum compared to other offerings on the market. The turrets feature onetenth mil increments and the M5C3 Zerolock system, which prevents the elevation knob from turning unintentionally while still being easy to adjust. Just depress the lock release button on the turret to turn it; once you move past your zero, you needn’t continue pushing the button. It’s a convenient system that also gives visible and tactile indicators of how many revolutions you’ve turned the dial.
Evaluators lauded the build quality, fit, and finish, as well as the glass and low-light performance. The Zerolock system was a particular favorite. Many felt it was reasonably priced and a good value for ever ything the Mark5HD offers.