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