As I plan what to test in 2018 a few things come to mind.
Generally, I would like to do a careful overview of different 1-8×24 scopes priced in the $1k to $2k, so I will be doing that more or less continuously as I go along. Besides, I do not yet know which scopes I will be able to get my hands on, so I will have to adjust on the fly. This is a market segment I am interested in, so I plan to explore it thoroughly. The products that come to mind right now are as follows (I am itnerested in FFP or DFP 1-824 scopes):
Burris XTR II 1-8×24 (I have this one and I plan to compare it to competition)
Trijicon 1-8×28 (I know where it stands, so I am not sure I will seek one out again)
GPOTAC 1-8×24 (I am very curious what they did with the illumination on this one)
Primary Arms Platinum 1-8×24 (I really liked the Griffin Mil reticle, so I want to test it)
Nightforce NX8 1-8×24 (the compactness of this scope is very appealing)
I know there will be one or two new designs, but I am not sure whether they will be here mid year or for next SHOT, so that remains to be seen. I am comfortable extending this into next year if it means covering more products.
Am I forgetting any interesting offerings in the $1k to $2k range? The only one I can think of is the Bushnell SMRS 1-8.5×24 and I am still a little mixed whether I want to test it or not. It is another scope that has been out for a bit, so I know how it stacks up.
Another question is whether I should consider looking at some of the similarly priced 1-6x scopes out there. When you increase the magnification ratio, one of the things that really has to be looked at carefully is performance at 1x. It is easy to introduce distortion and make eye relief less flexible. I expect that in the over-$1k price range, it is paid attention to, but it may worthwhile to see how performance on 1x compares between similarly priced 1-6x and 1-8x designs.
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