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Sightron 10-50×60 at F-Class World Championships

Category : Competition, Long Range, Optics

 

I have been using a 10-50x60 Sightron for shooting F-class in TR division for the past year, which included shooting at the F-Class World Championships.

I have been using a 10-50×60 Sightron for shooting F-class in TR division for the past year, which included shooting at the F-Class World Championships.

Finding a good quality affordable scope for F-Class shooting is pretty tough but the Sightron 10-50×60 is competitive even with the most expensive scopes at around 1/3 the price.   For the last year I have been using a Sightron 10-50×60 with a MOA reticle.  I shoot F/TR class in which the trend has been going towards higher magnification optics.  I resisted going to a higher power scope for a while and had been using a Sightron 8-32×56 scope with a fine cross hair.  It was and still is a great scope for F-Class, but to compete at the top levels there’s likely an advantage to a scope that can go to 50 power.

The Sightron 10-50 is a big scope with a large objective. The turrets are also large and easy to read which is great for target shooting.

The Sightron 10-50 is a big scope with a large objective. The turrets are also large and easy to read which is great for target shooting.

I know it sounds like a lot of magnification, but in the morning during low wind conditions it really helps get higher scores as I can see right where  I’m aiming and hold off within the X ring, which on an F-Class target is only 5 inches.  For example if my shots are favoring a little high, but not high enough to make a correction on the turret, you can just favor a little low in the X-ring.

The Sighting has the ability to go up to 50 power which is a big asset in the mornings when you can use it to get higher scores in low mirage and wind conditions. It helped me at the F-Class Worlds and to take 2nd at the Rocky Mountain F-Class Regional.

The Sightron has the ability to go up to 50 power which is a big asset in the mornings when you can use it to get higher scores in low mirage and wind conditions. It helped me at the F-Class Worlds and to take 2nd at the Rocky Mountain F-Class Regional.

The other thing that is nice about this scope is the MOA reticle. It is 1 MOA between hash marks at 48 power and 2 MOA at 24.  I like this because I don’t have to dial for wind as much. I usually dial for the predominate condition and then hold off for small changes, this allows me to shoot faster and get more rounds down range before the wind changes.  One other thing to note is that the hash marks equal exactly 1 inch at 100 yards on 50x and 2 inches on 25x.  This is called a shooters inch. I like this because it is still an angular measurement like MOA, but instead of having the 4% error like you do in MOA when you are ranging a target in inches you can just divide the target size by the number of hash marks in the scope the target appears to be and times it by 100.  This will give the range in yards.

For example:

1 shooters inch = 1 inch at 100 yards, 2 inches at 200 yards, 3 inches at 300 yards and so on.

If you have an 18 inch target and it fills 3.5 hash marks on this particular scope when it is on 50x then this is the math:

18/3.5 x 100= 514 yards

This is nice because there are no conversion factors to figure out like when you are using mils or MOA, but if you still want to use MOA you can just by changing the power to 48 or 24. Which is great for windage hold off.

A big reason I didn’t get a higher powered scope sooner  is because of the optics I had seen in other high-powered scopes.  They always appeared dark and the clarity wasn’t very good on the higher powers.  The optics in this scope are great. Even on 50x the target is bright and clear.  The magnification does amplify mirage so if there is a lot of mirage you will see it more on 50x than you will on a lower power.

There where stormy conditions at the World Championships which made it tough to get high scores.

There where stormy conditions at the World Championships at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, NM, which made it tough to get high scores.

When there is a lot of mirage  the target will appear a little sharper on lower powers, but this is only because you are not seeing the mirage, not that the optics on lower power are better.  In the morning when there is no mirage this scope is very clear on 50x.  In windy conditions with a lot of mirage I keep the power down to the point that I can still see a good amount of the range and a couple targets, but high enough to get some mirage. I use the mirage to help see wind changes.  I know that when the scope is focused on the target  I will only see mirage changes at the target, but I feel it gives me one more tool for wind that I might not have had if I couldn’t crank up the scope above 32x.  I don’t change the power through a string of shots unless some major condition change merits it.  Before a string I play with the power a little until I see what I want to see; be it the target next to mine, mirage, wind flags, etc.

On the second day of shooting under fishtail wind condition I only dropped one point.

On the second day of shooting under fishtail wind conditions I only dropped one point.

This scope tracks perfectly.  It has Sightron’s Exact-Track system which means the turrets put equal force on the adjustments no matter how far off-center they are.  If I dialed ¼ MOA then the scope moved exactly that.  It might be nice under some conditions to have ⅛ MOA clicks but I’ve never minded the 1/4 adjustments. The scope has 50 MOA of elevation and windage adjustment, which is limited for long-range shooting. I didn’t have a problem with this though because I use Burris Signature Rings. These allow me to shim the scope up in the rear and down in the front to gain more elevation adjustment.

16 countries were represented at the F-Class World Championships.

16 countries were represented at the F-Class World Championships.

The scope worked great at the F-Class World Championships.  I was able to shoot a 74-7 the second day at 800 yards.  Which means I only dropped one point and hit a 5 inch target 7 times out of 15, the rest of the shots still landed in a 10 inch target.  This scope in no way limited my performance.  I was limited only by my ability to read wind.  There were some very challenging wind conditions.  I was able to finish in the top third out of 180 shooters which was good and I feel like the extra magnification of this scope helped me place higher.

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The turrets on the Sightron have 10 MOA per revolution.

The turrets on the Sightron have 10 MOA per revolution.

 

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