Well, as luck would have it, I was the winner of last month's CameraLandNY drawing:http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbth...ng_#Post7216519
True to his word, Doug mailed the scope promptly and I received the unit in today's mail. Doug also mentioned in passing that both he and Leica would appreciate it if I posted a review of the scope. I'm glad to do so, as I'm already something of a modest Leica fan. I already owned an ER 2.5-10x42 IBS and an ER 5 4-20 Plex, so the new Magnus 1.8-12x50 is my third Leica scope. Without being a true connoisseur of alpha glass, over the years I've assembled a decent collection of good glass, meaning I bought the best that I could afford without having my wife divorce me. For example, in binoculars, I own two porro-prism (read: really heavy) Docter Optik with beautiful glass and a non-current 8x42 Zeiss Victory with excellent roof prism glass. In rifle scopes, I own a Vortex Razor HD Gen 2, Sig Sauer Tango6, a Leupold LPS, a Vortex LH, and a couple of Meopta Meostar R1s. All nice stuff, but not at the Leica Magnus level, to be sure.
As soon as I get a chance, I intend to take all three of the Leica scopes to the range for a review, focusing on the new Magnus, of course. I can probably summarize the review in advance: stunning glass with some curious reticle options. If I had to offer any advice on buying Leica rifle scopes it would be this: make sure you select a reticle suitable for your use, as I'm inclined to believe that some were designed with the European market in mind.
I suppose that no review would be complete without a field test of some sort. I used my ER 2.5-10x42 in Namibia with great satisfaction under some quite trying conditions; my expectation is that the Magnus will be even better.
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