This is a discussion on BURRIS Xtreme 1.5-6x40 within the Optics forums, part of the Gun Forum category; Does anyone have one of these?
BURRIS Xtreme 1.5-6x40 Tactical XTR Scope w/Illuminated XTR Ballistic 7.62 Reticle (201908)
I played with one today seemed nice ...
I have not owned that model, but I can tell you that I have owned a Signature Select 3-12x44 that was "Made in the USA." I had this scope on my M1A, and that rifle never saw any conditions other than a bright & sunny shooting range.
That scope leaked moisture into the scope body twice. Both times, Burris fixed it and got it back to me relatively quickly. The problem is, it never should have happened the second time. The second time around, I included a letter detailing my setup, and asking whether or not the Burris scopes could stand up to the task. I also suggested that the scope be replaced, b/c the service guys obviously could not fix this scope's leaking problem. I received a "repaired" scope, but no answers to my concerns.
The good: The scope had GREAT glass, the eye relief was very forgiving (moreso than comparable Leupolds), and the adjustments were repeatable. For those reasons, Burris has gained a good reputation amongst the long range shooters in my area.
Maybe my scope just wasn't built right, I don't know. For a scope that touts "Made in the USA" on it, I expected a scope that could at LEAST hold up to range conditions. I won't buy another Burris scope, that's for sure. Funny enough, I have had great experiences with their 1x red dots, which as I understand it are made overseas.
In my opinion, the Nikons are better offerings than their Burris counterparts, if for nothing else than durability. However, if you have to have an illuminated reticle, I don't think Nikon offers anything in that same zoom range. In that case, I would advise hunting for another scope from another maker with the same or similar features.
Last edited by Rican Havoc; July 8th, 2010 at 07:16 AM.
The Burris 1.5-6 XTR is a good scope. The ret is specifically calibrated for the 7.62. And the 30mm tube is very durable even under the harshest conditions. Buy it, try it out, and if you have any problems, it is covered under one of the best warranties in the business.
In my experiences Burris glass is very clear however I always find a purple-ish tint to the glass and IMHO very dark glass. I don't see any great light transmission through these scopes although they claim some ridiculous figure.
Although the XTR line brings some nice features to the lineup I feel they did little more to their signature line besides adding some mil dots and some tall turrets. BDC's have never really done anything for me. Iether I buy specialty guns that just have weird hold overs or they never seem to give me what I want out of a BDC.
Bushnell has been stepping up their game and the Elite 4200 series has some really nice glass. The warranty service is top notch but I am just not impressed by their ret offerings. For the money companies like Vortex, Hawke, and Sightron seem to offer more.
Lastly if you are looking for a low power optic and may be willing to settle for a 1-4 I would hold your breath because SWFA has one to be introduced in the near future. I always was skeptical about the SS line but I'll be, they are actually really nice.
Are you talking about the "purplish tint" while looking through the scope? If so, they don't use those lenses anymore, and can be replaced with upgraded lenses. The "dark" appearance of the glass looking at the objective lens is the multicoating. Appearing to be dark until you actually look through the scope. And as far as light transmission, what sort of percentage do you consider ridiculous? 95%? Most other scope manufacturers claim the same spec, including Leupold, but only on their higher end scopes. Burris uses that spec on most of their scopes including the lower end Fullfield II. The XTR line is a completely different scope. The main tube is different and so is the guide tube. The lenses are of the same type, just different diameter and thickness. And the Ballistic mil-dot reticle has several different holdover charts for different calibers included with the purchase, and also listed in their catalog.