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Scope review: Optisan HX 4-12×40 AO

PUBLISHED: 14:52 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:52 17 November 2016

As a hunting scope, this has a lot to offer

As a hunting scope, this has a lot to offer

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Optisan is having something of a resurgence in this country, with several new models. I’ve been using this scope’s big brother, the EVX, for a while and have been duly impressed, but the 30mm tube and ‘sniper’ turrets aren’t really my cup of tea on a hunting gun.

That’s why I asked if I could try the HX 4-12×40 AO, which is much slimmer, using a 1” body tube and a great deal lighter.

Although the windage and elevation adjusters have screw-on dust covers, they have raised drums that are easily turned without need of a screwdriver or a coin. The covers sit nice and low and so are unlikely to catch on anything.

The adjuster drums are finger friendly yet low setThe adjuster drums are finger friendly yet low set

The other thing that stands out visually is the fact this scope uses an objective-mounted parallax adjuster. This is becoming more unusual today – as side wheel adjustment becomes more common – but don’t worry, there’s no downside to this position, other than needing to reach a little further forward to make a change.

The upside is the scope can be lighter and cheaper because the mechanism uses fewer lenses than a side wheel version. I’m perfectly happy with either option.

Inside, we find a conventional 30/30 duplex reticle enhanced with mil-dots. I like simple, clean reticles in a hunting scope and this one is right up my street.

The stadia lines are neither too thick nor too thin. There’s a fashion at the moment to use ultra-thin reticles and these are great for precision shooting in good light, but less so for hunting in low light conditions, when they’re easily lost.

Just right for airgun hunting

I feel this scope’s specification is just right for airgun hunting and might well suit hunter field target competitors as well.

I tend to hunt on 7x mag’, but it’s nice to have the extra magnification for times when I’m shooting on paper targets so I can see the group size.

The image quality was good for the price, although unsurprisingly not as clear and bright as the EVX, but then that costs about £200 more. I appreciated the reticle in the field and at no time did I find it difficult to use, and the mil-dots were a useful aid for shooting in the wind.

All in all, this is a smart, lightweight optic, well suited to hunting guns and good value for money too.

SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Optisan

Importer: MTC Optics

Model: HX 4-12 x 40

Length: 330mm

Weight: 550 grammes

RRP: £139.00

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