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Any Leica scope fans? #7223069 07/12/18 10:57 PM
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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.

An older eland:


A last minute of light kudu:


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Congrats on the win, the glass in those scopes is fantastic

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Love the eland and kudu pics syncerus. Congrats on a great hunt, and winning such an awesome scope.

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I have a 2.5x10 I'm fixing to put on my new APR .22 Creedmoor.

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This is the 1.8-12x50 Leica Magnus next to a tape measure.


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The BDC dial.


Another view.


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All three of my Leicas mounted. From top to bottom, ER5 4-20, ER 2.5-10, Magnus 1.8-12.


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The Magnus mounted on an old Voere 2155 .30-06. The suppressor is a Griffin Armament Sportsman DT.


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Last but far from least, the included Camera Land beverage coozie!


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More seriously, I took the opportunity to look through all three scopes at the same (10x) magnification at the same target and under the same lighting conditions. You know what? Leica makes some really, really clear glass. All three scopes were gorgeous and clear as clear can be. The glass in the Magnus is just absolutely beautiful. I honestly don't know how it could get any better or whether I could see the difference if it could. As I said above, select a reticle that is well-suited to your intended use, and go shooting. Quality glass like this makes range time an absolute pleasure.


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I have the 2 Leica ER scopes i havent used it much but the glass looks great and the price was great as well i just bought a 2nd 3x15 from camera land

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Originally Posted By: syncerus
The BDC dial.


Another view.


That would be 1/10 Mil per click, with F-ed up labeling on the turret.


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