When it came time for a scope for my Mk14 mod 0 there were several options that I considered. First I will tell you why I picked this one, then I will review its performance. First a pic for your enjoyment:
My wants list was as follows:
Good magnification range
First focal plane
30mm tube w/approximately 40mm objective (for adjustment range and light gathering ability)
Either an illuminated or ballistic compensating reticle
Windage/elevation adjustments that match reticle
Decent quality glass
Price around $600
The three scopes that were my main considerations were:
Vortex Viper PST 2.5-10x424
Leupold VX-R Patrol 3-9x40
Burris Veracity 2-10x42
Of the three, the Leupold had what I believe to be the best glass, but the worst reticle. It was extremely bright (useable in daytime) but bulky and the mil dots can only be used on 9x because it is second focal plane. I did like the low profile turrets however and the Leupold warranty.
The Vortex was a great all around optic with its combination of features and performance, but I finally decided that I would seldom use the illumination. Although I did love the reticle I was once again turned off by the prospect of only being able to use the mil marks accurately on 10x.
I ended up with the Burris. It was the perfect balance of what I needed/wanted in a scope for this rifle. I was able to do a side by side comparison with two other rifle scopes. I had on hand a Nikon M-223 3-12x42 and a Leupold Mark AR 3-9x40 to compare it against. Granted these two scopes are not in the same price range so keep that in mind.
The apparent quality of all three scopes is pretty equal. The Nikon and Burris are both made in the Philippines and the Leupold is made in the USA.
The Leupold didn't come with caps and the Nikon and Burris did. However they aren't very well made and don't seal well so they were switched out for Butler Creek caps.
The Burris actually placed last in this test, but the difference between the three was very subtle and I had to have a neighbor help me to verify that the difference was actually there.
The Burris tied for first in this test with the Leupold. The Nikon was considerably darker than the other two here. For light gathering especially at dusk for a scope of this range, the Burris does very well.
Burris wins here with a very useable 2-10x range. The difference in field of view between the 2x of the Burris and the 3x of the Leupold and Nikon is much more significant than I would have imagined. For fast target acquisition or close up work this is a great asset. Also the power ring on the Burris is nicely textured with a good resistance to it. It moves smoothly without too much effort.
Leupold wins with nice crisp feel and audible clicks. Nikon was second and Burris third. I am not that impressed with the Burris turret performance as they are quiet and kind of mushy, but the saving grace is that once I get my dope on the ballistic reticle, it is not likely that I will use them often. The turrets on the Burris are 1/4 MOA clicks.
Here are what the turrets look like with the caps off:
I am very impressed with the Burris reticle for this scope. It is simple and uncluttered which is something I really like. Since it is first focal plane, the ballistic compensating feature works on any power (although it is tough to see the tick marks below about 4x). There are dots to the side of each tick mark that represent a 5mph wind hold over for that particular range. There are gradations out to 500yds if the scope is zeroed at 100yds. The manual with the scope gives the subtensions for the reticle in MOA.
Here is what the reticle looks like on 2x:
And here it is on 10x:
The rifle is still breaking itself in so hopefully in the next month or so I can do a box test with it and see just how well the turrets return to zero. Also want to get some accurate data on just where the ballistic gradations fall with my particular ammo and gun (Lake City M80 Ball). Hope that gives some of you another scope option to consider with these rifles.