I’ve spent a lot of time researching and testing the new Revic scope for a few days. So far I have taken it out to 1747 yards. I’m not going to go over each and every little feature of the scope, just the more practical and functional aspects.
1747 yards. Dialed up to account for BC error
First impressions were good. It’s a very solid and well designed scope. The electronic controls are intuitive and well placed and the turret feel is excellent. The latter is very important to me since it’s the main avenue for tactile feedback from the scope. Nothing lowers my confidence in a scope more than mushy clicks that seem to wander back and forth.
The “no tool” system for slipping the turrets is pretty nice too. Push a bullet into a little indentation on the top and rotate slightly to unlock. Turn turret to zero and rotate the little indentation back and you are done. Much easier than the clutch system on Nightforce and just as solid.
It is a bit heavy weighing at 47oz but just do a few extra squats and burpees and you should be able to easily carry the extra pound or so.
The glass is nice and clear and the first focal MOA illuminated reticle is relatively clean, easy and quick to read. The illuminated part is not so important to me, but maybe after using it for a while I may change my mind.
1200 YARDS looking through MOA reticle
The HUD is easy to see and the angle is adjustable. This is a pretty slick feature since people have varied cheek welds and you can shift it a bit to be more comfortable.
So now to shooting with it.
I mounted it in Seekins rings on a 28 Nosler with 30MOA rail. I’ve developed loads for the Nosler with 195 Grain Berger EOL bullets and Retumbo powder that have been stable and accurate. After zeroing the scope at 200 yards and then zeroing out the HUD I initially walked it out from 200 to 1200 yards.
NOTE: On the initial zero procedure. Once you zero the HUD and then either adjust the turret up or turn the HUD off and then back on you may notice the display will not show exactly 200 yards when you go back to zero. The reason for this is that there are multiple sensors within each click (If you are reading this Bill Davidson that means increment). It’s obviously necessary for accuracy, but since the sensors are so close together a very slight deviation in the zero stop can cause it to show this way. Once I talked to them and just confirmed the turret was zeroed out this seemed to make no difference at all in the function.
After downloading my information through Bluetooth and going from 200 through 700 it seemed to impact a little high. Then at 1000 – 1200 it was either just a little low or dead on. Going from 1010 to 1747 this showed even more. After I massage the velocity and BC a bit this went away. I was dealing with some pretty nasty wind conditions, but was still able to get dialed in to the longer ranges well enough to get some decent photos.
500 Before adjusting BC
Cold bore and follow up at 505 yards after adjusting BC
Actually 1010 yards
1747 yards after adjusting BC
The windage function on the scope is also pretty interesting. First you choose your wind angle and speed with the side controls. It’s a one button affair to get the wind display up. After entering your info the display shows a wind hold for your chosen elevation. I tested this by waiting until the wind was in a push, then lining up on the left or right edge of the target. I would fire a couple shots and confirm the readout with the reticle. If my wind call was off I would just dial the wind function up by one mph increments and reconfirm. Wind calling is obviously an imperfect art, but the readout was really close to what I was seeing on the target.
Battery life seems ok. I’ve used it quite a bit since I got it and so far the little AAA battery is still going strong. The good thing is that even if the battery dies the scope will still work as a normal 4.5-28 first focal plane scope. For me this is important because I’m not a big fan of things that are one hundred percent dependent on electronics or batteries.
There is a learning curve to using equipment like this, but it’s not hard to get used to. It’s definitely more complex than using a normal scope, but a little training or personal study will pay off.
Windy work days
Tested the Reaper Shooting Platform from Kopfjager Industries today out to one mile.
I found the setup to be very stable as long as you have a quality tripod attached. So stable that I decided to become a dealer.
It’s designed to level itself by tightening a handle which does work. But since my manfrotto tripod is doubling for my spotting scope I just combined the manfrotto trigger and went with it.
Build quality is extremely good. The whole system with tripod is not small, but the advantage of being able to shoot from a standing position with this much stability has to be taken into account.
Kopfjager Industries Reaper system
Lloyds Inc. 28 Nosler
Huskemaw 5-30 scope
SilencerCo Omega silencer
Hornady 175 ELD-x bullet
And Bullseye Camera System to give instant proof of impacts at one mile.
So I thought it would be a good idea to try some shot placement with a suppressed 22LR on hogs.
Ivan and Gabe both said they would participate so last night we went at it.
We detected a good heard at about 1700 yards with my Trijicon ReapIR thermal and. drove up to within about 500 yards with red lights in the wagon.
We slithered up to about 40 yards down wind of them and I got the one at the top of the page with a headshot….. and a couple more to encourage a swift demise.
And the good thing.. is we didn’t end up buried up to our axles in a hole at 0200 in the morning.
Next project is with a little breakdown and a single shot.
I’m very happy to announce that we will be starting reloading/shooting classes at Champion Ranch in Brady Texas. Joel and I had been discussing it for a while so he decided to build a multi level multi station building for reloading complete with indoor shooting platforms. We will be able to reload Ammo and literally walk two steps and shoot out to 1200 yards from an air conditioned building. The range also has cameras so you will be able to view hits from a big screen TV. If you would like to test your shotgun skills there is an Olympic certified 5 stand skeet and trap range as well.
In addition to reloading and long range and shotgun sports you will also be able to take part in engagements in very realistic hunting conditions.
Check out the facilities at http://www.championranch.com/
The scope is actually spelled REAP IR, but Reaper sounds more “skeery”. So after stuffing myself with Sable meat last night I decided to go out to see what was moving ar0und. Stumbled on this guy here at 320 yards. The rest is history.
P.S. For all you guys that know me personally, No, I don’t eat coyotes.
Recipe for coyote disaster:
Stiller Action, Proof Research carbon barrel, IR Defense REAP IR Thermal Scope (set at 2x magnification), SilencerCo Omega suppressor, MagPul stock, Timney Calvin Elite trigger, 143gr Hornady ELD-X factory ammo.
Just installed the new Radius rangefinder from SilencerCo on my 6.5 Creedmoor. Co-witnessed with the IR Defense MK3-60 for shooting critters in the dark. As anyone can tell you one of the hardest parts of hunting at night is difficulty ranging. This setup may be just what I needed.
Stand by for updates.
I will be the first to say that I do NOT like super/ultra magnum cartridges. I find them to be more temperamental, and not as consistent as regular say 7mm or 300 winmags. However, when something works it works. And from everything I’m seeing the Nosler works. From now on I will just refer to the 28 Nosler as either “the Nosler” or “Nosler” because I believe it will eventually become one of those ubiquitous terms, like “Cher”.
I originally tested it with the 195 Bergers and it was impressive. Now because I will need to do more common loads for the 9 twist barrel that most are being made with I decided to test some of the new 175 grain ELD-Xs from Hornady. I got some of the bullet, looked at some manuals for a safe load, and made a hypothesis on what it should shoot relatively accurately (took a wild ass guess).
Below are some pictures of my initial test with the new bullets. It is limited, but because the rifle has behaved much the same way with the 195s I see no reason to think I will suddenly decide ” I don’t like these bullets any longer” and start spitting them hither and yon.
Cold fouled bore at 500 yards. About 5mph right to left wind.
Took one shot at 700 yards.
I only loaded five rounds initially to see what it would do.
Last one was at 1000 yards.
I went and loaded some more rounds just to see if it would repeat….. Yep.
This was a pic a friend sent me of a boar He shot. He hit it in the shoulder with one of the 195s and this is where it found it’s way out. He said that gash is about 10″ long and 6″ wide.
Wait for it…..
Looks cool but it was actually pretty boring because there was nearly no wind, and big old bullet is so fast.