Rifle: McMillan M1A Tactical Scout
Tested on same rifle: Leupold Mk4 LRT 3.5-10x M3 Illum MLR, Aimpoint Micro H1, Leupold FXII 2.5x Scout
Note: Installed by Smith Enterprise using SEI M21 mount and SEI rings
- Clarity: glass is more clear and colors are more vivid than both Leupolds
- Build: it is 19oz (compared to 20oz Mk4) with smaller ojective (32mm vs 40mm), so something felt 'more' solid--and I also already consider the Mk4 solid
- Zoom range: 2.5-10x compares to Mk4's 2.5-8x or 3.5-10x. Next step up is USO 1.8-10x
- Reticle: NPR2 reticle floats cleanly as it is finely etched. I chose NPR2 b/c I thought NPR1 seemed a little busy after using the Mk4 MLR reticle. I'm 50/50 here because at 100 yards, the NPR2 still feels a touch busy. If this sounds like you, I highly suggest going Mil Dot, but take into account regular knobs are MOA only. The zero stop turrents are available in Mils.
Size: the smaller objective looks more balanced and mounted with lowest height rings. Aesthetically, it is a cleaner profile and the scope zeroed without needing shims. The tradeoff, of course, being field of vision.
Adjustments: very distinct 'click' feel on the turrets--the Mk4 are slightly squishy.
Turret caps: protective caps cover the turrets and prevent accidental turns when the gun is stored/transported. Tradeoff is smaller turrents.
Weight: mounting this on an already heavy rifle added 2 lbs (mount, rings, scope). This is the side effect of the solid build.