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Optisan EVX 6-24x56i Review

Optisan EVX 6-24x56i Review

Optisan EVX 6-24x56i

For approximately 2 years now, Hermann’s Sporting Guns in Mirboo North have been importing the Optisan range of optics into Australia. During this time, many Aussie shooters have discovered the clarity and brightness of these rifle scopes, binoculars and spotting scopes to rival that of the European offerings but at a much more affordable price.
Personally I have been so impressed with their range of rifle scopes that all of my own personal rifles now have them mounted on them, I have sold my older scopes to finance the change and have no regrets about doing so!
Optisan however, are not one to rest on their laurels and have produced an entirely new range of scopes, the EVX series, and this is what I’m testing in this review.
The EVX series come in quite a few different models and magnifications from a 10 times fixed magnification model, variable magnification models and even a first focal plane variant.

The model I was sent for review is the EVX 6-24 x 56i, this being a second focal plane type with illuminated reticule, it came supplied in a very well protected box and included a screw on sunshade extension, a 3 inch sidewheel for the parallax adjustment and tools to adjust the position of the flip up covers.

This model seems to me to be aimed squarely at long range rifle disciplines, although it could certainly double as a varmint scope or even a precision air rifle scope, with high target style lockable turrets and its ability to easily adjust point of impact for different ranges would be a huge asset to F class shooters, something I will cover a bit more later.
Optisan have made some definitive changes to this range of scopes as opposed to the older models, some are obvious, some not so much but a few I noted were: 0.1 Mrad adjustments, a new reticule (the SFPMH10X version), new sleek body, relocation of the illumination controls (including every second position being in the “off” position), revised alloy flip up scope covers (they now flip open further, making them lie flat on the scope body).

To break all this down further, the new 0.1 Mrad per click turrets making changing point of impact adjustments at different ranges a breeze, simply put, each click is equal to 1cm at 100 meters or 2 cm at 200 meters, 3 cm at 300 meters and so on…. They are still pull to adjust and push to lock as with the older viper series.
Therefore, if you know the ballistics of your rifle and ammunition (and you should for serious long range shooting), you can easily calculate in your head how many “clicks” you will need when changing range distances, the turrets are also zero re-settable without tools to make this function even easier.
The new SFPMH10X reticule seems to be an updated version of the older SCB reticule used on the older Optisan scopes but is less ”busy”  in appearance and more suited to long range applications, mildot and half mildot holdovers are provided for as well as windage compensation for shooting in high wind conditions.

The new body design is sleeker then older versions with changes to the magnification and turret controls, not massive differences but certainly noticeable, the 30mm tube of the mamba and viper series remains to allow for a wide range of adjustment and light transmission. The illumination control is located on the left turret on top of the parallax adjustment which, as mentioned earlier, every second position turning the illumination off, making it easier to switch your preferred illumination level of brightness on or off straight away without having to cycle through all the 6  levels available.
The alloy flip open covers which I’m a fan of on my existing Optisan scopes also remain with their o-ring seals to keep out dust and moisture, but are still easy to flip to their open when needed, the changes to the angle these open to mean they now lie flat against the scope body to keep them from getting in the way or snagging on anything during use.

After looking at all the updates and features I decided to try it on the range, I easily fitted the scope to my 223 using a set of the excellent Optisan quick release mounts and set to work sighting the rifle in.
As with all the Optisan scopes I own, the point of impact changes were effective immediately upon adjustment, no settling shots were needed, this speeds up the sighting in procedure immensely with the added bonus of less ammunition needed to complete the task.

Once happy with the sighting in at 100 meters, I decided to try a simple “box” test with the adjustments.
I quickly and easily set the turrets to zero and fired 3 shots, then adjusted 10 clicks to the right, fired 3 shots, 10 clicks up, fired 3 shots, 10 clicks left, fired 3 shots, 10 clicks down and fired a final 3 shots.
This bought me back to zero on both turrets and as the target shows, back to my zero point.
All of the 3 shot groups fired while adjusting put the point of impact almost exactly 10cm from the previous group which is exactly what the 0.1 mrad graduation is supposed to do with 10 clicks of adjustment.
I’m sure any target shooter would appreciate this predictable accuracy of adjustment as adjusting for different ranges or windage at the range would be so much easier and easy to calculate in your head to exact amount of adjustment needed to score those elusive bullseyes!

These are very budget friendly target scopes, designed to handle heavy recoil up to 338 lapua magnum and include a lifetime warranty (5 years on electronics), so if you’re looking to build a precision target rifle for long range shooting, these should definitely be on your shopping list!

Optisan EVX 6-24x56i

Review by Neil Wheatley

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