This is a discussion on New PFI Rapid Reticle scope! within the Optics forums, part of the Gun Forum category; I don't know how many of you are fans of the Pride Fowler Rapid Reticle scopes like I am, but in a recent discussion via ...
I don't know how many of you are fans of the Pride Fowler Rapid Reticle scopes like I am, but in a recent discussion via email with their Vice Pres, he informed me that soon they are coming out with a new line of scopes, and the RR800 series is discontinued....
The new scopes generally follow the expensive mil-spec RR-900 series ($1400), but at a much lower cost. The new scopes, according to Mr. Nguyen, have better glass than the 800 series, 3-12X40, Illuminated reticle, rapid reticle and ranging (brackets subtend at 18") design..... All for $349-$399 retail! He had a sample in his hands as he wrote, and he said he was very pleased with it.This will be perfect for my M1A rig.
I was about to buy a RR800-2 but am glad I wrote to him! I'll give a thorough review of this low cost ballistic-reticle scope when I get my hands on one!
Richard Nguyen is a good guy. He's coming to a long range shoot I'm running at American International Marksmanship Academy in Blakely, GA this weekend. Can't wait to put some of their scopes through their paces.
Well, I couldnt wait for the new PFI offering so I got the RR900-1 (the yards version), and mounted it on a Basset low Picatinny mount, and PFI's own rings. The glass is wonderfully clear, the numbers and the reticle are super sharp. The windage and elevation knobs are very stiff, but have softly audible clicks. The illumination knob for the reticle (on the tip of the parallex knob) turns easier than the parallex knob, allowing brightness to be set or turned on/off without holding the lower part of the knob. A spare battery is stowed in a special compartment in the windage cap. The power ring turns smoothly but it's tight. The "fast-focus" eyepiece is very nice. A simple push or pull of the eyepiece will bring the reticle into focus, but is a little different than most. The eyepiece turns as you pull/push, due to a course thread that it rides on, preventing an accidental bump in the field throwing out of adjustment.
I zeroed the scope using only the 100yd range for now. Zeroing was fast, easy, and uneventful. The scope has 1/2MOA adjustments, and are very repeatable. I found this out by over correcting as I walked the shots into the bull, a couple times! Lol... It has BDC knobs, marked out to 900yds, and a zero-stop ring on the elevation turret, but I won't be using these. The reticle's design of ranging/BDC is the main selling point! Most people who want this scope don't want to mess with the knobs!! I was hoping my rifle liked the 175SMK loads that I loaded, but after firing off the bech, it was immediately apparent that my 1:12 SAK barrel likes my 168SMK loads MUCH better. (1" three shot groups vs. 2" groups!)
All in all I am very pleased with this scope so far. It seems to be very well made, solid, and very clear. The Basset mount held like a champ also. After firing 65 rounds I checked to see if the bolt was still @ 20 inch lbs, and it was. With the right load this rifle was shooting as well as my Rem 5R/ NF combo! I can't wait to stretch its legs at the 600 yd. range!
Last edited by fatelvis; November 29th, 2012 at 07:09 PM.
I have a NF 3.5-15X50 NXS w/NP-R1 ret on another rifle, and I can say that the reticle on the NF is finer. The brightness and clarity are indistinguishable between the two to me. I do like the ease of illumination brightness of the RR900, and the whole reticle simplicity of the RR900. For target work, I would choose the NF, and for real-world spot-and-hit effectiveness, I would choose the RR900. This is only my opinion, based on owning and using these two scopes.