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UPS dropped off a new scope to review yesterday evening and I had a little bit of time to play with it as light faded in the field behind my house.

Leica 3-12x50 ERi with AVS turret and IBS reticle.
My first time with a Leica

Impressions
  • Very nice glass (as expected)
  • The illuminated reticle has a 1 MOA dot that can be set VERY low, they did this right with zero flare.
  • Eye relief is constant and seems like it has a generous eyebox (not mounted yet)
  • The adjustments are in 1 CM, with 9CM of correction available.
  • Has a zero stop
  • Has a lock/unlock ring at the bottom of the turret that is activated by a 1/4 rotation
  • This can be locked in any stage of elevation adjustment.
Will get back with more as time permits..



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I know the non-lit Leica ER scopes are fantastic, and I was impressed by what I saw of the ERi's at the NRA show. So, I'd be shocked if you were anything less than blown away by this scope. I look forward to hearing your conclusions!
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Thanks Ted
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My singular gripe on the previous generation is the ease with which turrets spin on the target turret versions.  Has that been addressed well?
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No experience with the previous versions.
But this one has a locking function
Don't know if the precious versions did.

It feels pretty good, not quite as solid as a good tactical scope but doesn't feel spongey and the détents can be detected easily.

I will test to see if they move too easy on accident.

I was out about 20 minutes ago as it got dark.
VERY clear glass and the illumination lowest settings are fantastic.
It gets dimmer than my SB zenith FD9

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Charles please keep us updated, I've been patiently waiting for SWFA to start selling them.

I purchased the 2.5-10x42 ER (non-illumination) per Ted's recommendation last year and it's served me well, as usual he was spot on!


The only thing I don't like about the scope are the elevation and windage adjustments (turrets) compared to my Swaro, Zeiss and Leupold scopes.
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

My singular gripe on the previous generation is the ease with which turrets spin on the target turret versions.  Has that been addressed well?



Hahaha, just saw this RC....  +100!  If you're not careful they'll spin like a roulette wheel (maybe not that bad).  Big Smile
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I would love to get ahold of that scope.  My 300 WM needs it.  Love my Leica binos.  Would love that scope too I am sure.
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I didn't know these scopes were available yet. A good illumination system on the Leica ER should round out a killer package, IMO.
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Ready to drop the hammer!



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Excellent  Very nice.  Any more thoughts on the scope?  What rifle did you put it on?
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looks like one of those Nosler rifles in the pic. I like those and have read very nice reviews too. I believe the action is very similar to the Howa/Vanguard so a McMillan stock should bolt right up as well . I recently bought a non-illuminated ER from SWFA in 2.5-10 and absolutely love it.
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sorry for the giant pic!
will fix

The TGR comes with a BC Medalist
I like the stock, I added texture to the grip areas and painted with bed liner spray.
Gun shoots one hole groups at 100 and 2.5" at 500, can't see much to improve on :)


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Looks good C.  

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Have you manged to send any more time with the Leica Charles, how well does the illuminated dot work in daylight?
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yes, I have
It is definitely a low light system.
It is in no way a "daytime bright" illumination setup.

It is perfect for low to no light however.
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Thanks  Charles for the price it seems a Fantastic scope, I have not seen any for sale in South Africa yet.
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didnt know they had a 50mm scope. will hafta check into this
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Late post, just found it.

Cooker

What height bases did you have to use to clear that 50 MM scope?

I'm interested in this, but shot a nightforce on a friends savage .243 that was so tall, he had to mount a huge riser on the stock, which made shouldering the weapon feel weird, like you had to turn your head 20° to the right for your eye to find the scope.

I'm wondering about how tall of base ring set you had to use?

I'm looking at putting one on a Winchester Model 70

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I have the ERi 2.5-10 X 42 on a Legendary Arms Works Professional model with Low Talley Lightweight Mounts and with lens caps there is still room. I'd suggest ordering both medium and high and sending the one that doesn't work back. Best guess the medium might work.

There are a number of gents on this forum that are much smarter than I that will probably be able to say the exact one you will need.

You will love the scope.
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Thanks Peddler for the reply.

I'm hoping to hear if that 50 mm is easy or requires High rings that force you to shim up the stock to

reach the scope. I like them as low as I can get them, mediums are ok, but I'm trying to

avoid "high" rings, seems like you are cobbling too much on an elk gun.

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Their customer service is really bad, 18 weeks total when I sent mine back and they could care less.
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What did it have to go back for?
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elevation was off adjustment was way off, sent it to I think NJ then 2weeks later they sent it Germany, no one could tell me where the scope was when I would get it back. It was a real pain.
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rifle dude how does the ER compare to the ERI optically..thanks
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