Well……..I put this request in months ago to Santa (aka…myself - no the wife doesn’t deserve or get any credit for this
) as I knew it could be a potential long delay in making it over to the states given our current environment. I first looked at March 2 years ago at the last Shot Show right before COVID when I was trying to find a low powered scope fro my 375 H&H. I knew very little about the brand and the fact that they got relegated to the basement floor of the convention maybe gave me a inaccurate sense that they were an “up and coming brand” but hadn’t “made it” if you will to the big leagues. I guess marketing and advertisement does make a difference as far as initial impression go but I couldn’t have been more inaccurate in my assumptions.
I chose a different brand for the 375 but after placing an order for a 6.5 PRC, I was on the hunt again for a lighter weight alpha glass or close to it, reliable scope. I have a NF NX8 on my 28 Nosler, it’s not alpha glass but it’s indestructible and I really like it. The two main knocks on it are a very tight eye box and the glass clarity is……okay but nothing like their ATACR series or other German competitors. Having said that, I was still considering the NX8 but was hoping to find something else that was not any heavier than the NX8 but maybe better. I like magnification and I will “ MAGNIFY BEYOND MY MEANS” every single time. Leupold has a couple scopes that sneak in under the weight of the NF, but IMO, there are better options out there. Simply not a Leupold fan. Vortex…..uh, I need reliability, no thanks.
I came across a great review in Snipers Hide where one of the highly esteemed optics members ran it against a Tanget Theta. Obviously the TT came out on top, but each category they tested was way closer than he or anyone else would have ever expected. It even won a few categories. With that, I decided to take the plunge. Sure, the price penalty is quite a bit more than the NF, but I wanted to try something different.
Out of the box the differences are noticeable compared to the NF. Even free hand I can find the sweet spot at full magnification. The edge to edge clairty is noticeable as well. Turret clicks feel crisp and distinct. Not a real difference from the NF but still welcoming. I give up about 4x magnification action on the top end but gain 2mm of objective diameter all at a slight weight loss compared to the NF. I think I am going to be a happy camper.
Just got to keep on waiting for the rifle to show up…………………………