During recent times, many English shooters have discovered the clarity and brightness of these Optisan EVX 6-24x56i riflescopes, binoculars and spotting scopes to rival that of the European and American offerings but at a much more affordable price.
Personally, I have been so impressed with the range of riflescopes that all of my own personal rifles now have them mounted on them. I have sold my older scopes to finance the change and have no regrets about doing so.
However, Optisan is not one to rest on its laurels and has produced an entirely new range of scopes, the EVX series, which is what I am testing in this review.
The EVX series comes in quite a few different models and magnifications from a 10x fixed-magnification model, variable magnification models and even a first focal plane option.
The version I was sent for review is the EVX 6-24x56i, this being a second focal plane type with an illuminated reticle. It came supplied in a well-protected box and included a screw-on sunshade extension, a 3″ sidewheel for the parallax adjustment and tools to adjust the position of the flip-up covers.
This model seems to me to be aimed squarely at long-range rifle shooting disciplines, although it could certainly double as a varmint scope or even a precision air rifle scope.
Optisan’s engineers have trimmed down the design of their premier EVX 6-24x56i scope to a sleek yet functional target scope.
Its high target-style lockable turrets and ability to easily adjust point of impact for different ranges would be a huge asset to F Class shooters. Optisan has made some definitive changes to this range of scopes as opposed to its older models.
Some alterations are obvious, some not so much, but a few I noted were the 0.1 Mrad adjustments, a new reticle (the SFPMH10X version), a new sleek body, the relocation of the illumination controls (including every second position being in the ‘off’ position) and revised alloy flip-up scope covers (they now flip open further, making them lie flat on the scope body).
To break all this down further, the new 0.1-Mrad-per-click turrets make changing the point of impact adjustments at different ranges a breeze. Simply put, each click is equal to 1cm at 100m or 2cm at 200m, 3cm at 300m and so on. They are still pull to adjust and push to lock, as with the older Optisan Viper series.
Therefore, if you know the ballistics of your rifle and ammunition (and you should for serious long-range shooting), you can easily calculate in your head how many clicks you will need when changing range distances. The Optisan EVX 6-24x56i turrets are also zero resettable without tools to make this function even easier.
The left-hand turret provides adjustable parallax as well as adjustment of reticle illumination. Elevation and windage are 0.1 Mrad per ‘click’.
The new SFPMH10X reticle seems to be an updated version of the older SCB reticle used on the earlier Optisan scopes but is less ‘busy’ in appearance and more suited to long-range applications. Mil-dot and half-mil-dot holdovers are provided for, as well as windage compensation for shooting in high wind conditions.
The new body design is sleeker than older versions with changes to the magnification and turret controls. These are not massive differences but are certainly noticeable. The 30mm tube of the Optisan Viper and Mamba series remains to allow for a wide range of adjustment and light transmission.
In the EVX, the illumination control is located on the left turret on top of the parallax adjustment, which as mentioned, every second position turns the illumination off, making it easier to switch your preferred illumination level of brightness on or off straight away without having to cycle through all the six levels available.
The alloy flip-open covers, which I’m a fan of on my existing Optisan scopes, also remain with their O-ring seals to keep out dust and moisture, but are still easy to flip open when needed.
The changes to the angle these open to mean they now lie flat against the scope body to keep them from being in the way or snagging on anything during use. After looking at all the updates and features, I decided to try the EVX scope on the range.
I easily fitted it to my .223-calibre rifle using a set of the excellent Optisan quick release mounts and set to work sighting-in the rifle. As with all the Optisan scopes I own, the point of impact changes were effective immediately upon adjustment.
No settling shots were needed. This speeds up the sighting-in procedure immensely, with the added bonus of less ammunition needed to complete the task. Once happy with the sighting-in at 100m, I decided to try a simple box test with the adjustments.
I quickly and easily set the turrets to zero and fired three shots then adjusted 10 clicks to the right, fired three shots, 10 clicks up, fired three shots, 10 clicks left, fired three shots, 10 clicks down and fired a final three shots. This bought me back to zero on both turrets and as the target shows, back to my zero point.
All of the three-shot groups fired while adjusting put the point of impact almost exactly 10cm from the previous group, which is precisely what the 0.1-Mrad graduation is supposed to do with 10 clicks of adjustment.
I am sure any target shooter would appreciate this predictable EVX 6-24x56i accuracy of adjustment as switching for different ranges or windage at the range would be so much easier and simple to calculate in your head to the exact amount of adjustment needed to score those elusive bullseyes.
The Optisan EVX scopes are budget-friendly target scopes, designed to handle heavy recoil such as that up to .338 Lapua Magnum and include a lifetime warranty (five years on electronics).
So if you are looking to build a precision target rifle for long-range shooting, the EVX 6-24x56i options should definitely be on your shopping list.
|Optisan EVX 6-24x56i Rifle Scope Specification|
|Magnification||6 to 24x (adjustable)|
|Field of View||5.91 to 701m at 90m|
|Eye-relief||96mm at minimum magnification, 89mm at maximum magnification|
|Finish||Matte finish, black hard anodised|