I recently took a WOTAC scope in on trade, just like this one, http://swfa.com/Wonders-Optics-4-14x50-Tactical-30mm-Riflescope-P47355.aspx. I had no need for it at the time but thought it was a good time for me to check it out as a budget friendly option. The scope I got was a GenIII, aparently they are now putting out a Gen IV that is suppose to be clearer, and more accurate with its adjustments, you'll see what I mean later. ( i have not confirmed this so do not quote me on this)
I mounted this on a 300 win mag and bore sighted it. First thing I noticed was how mush the turrets felt. Yes you could feel the adjustments but it was not a positive feel. At 100yds with the bolt pulled and looking through scope and bore to adjust for the first shot I could tell right off the glass was not that great. Either way I went on and sighted it in, took 3 shots. Now I had just restocked this gun with a HS precission and installed the CDI bottom metal, a review for another time, so i wasn't sure with the gun not bedded in teh stock how it was going to shoot. It took me three shots to get to the bull at 100yds. I gave the gun about a 30 minute break just because I like to start the test from a cold bore and free from my adjustments. I shot a 5 shot group that measured .48CTC as soon as a started. Not to bad. Glass still wasn't good but I could make out the shoot-n-c targets enough apparently. I'd rate the glass somewhere along the lines of the Millet TRS1 which this scope competes with both in price and features. I didn't think it was a clear as my 16X SS but I didn't have them side by side either just my knowledge of the SS. Well after the 5 shot group i wanted to do a box test again as the first box test I tried with it failed to impress me.
Starting from my confirmed zero I dialed 10MOA up and 10MOA left, still aiming at the bull I shot, then 20MOA right and shot, down 20MOA and shot, left 20MOA and shot, up 20MOA and shot, I did the square adjusting 20MOA in a square so that I had 3 shots at each point then dialed back to the zero and fired again. The first shot and last shot where in the same hole, the bull, it did return to zero perfectly. With a ruler I measured the distance between the center of the 3 shot groups and got an average of 8.89 with the most being 9.3 and the smallest being 8.7. Theoretically it should have been 10" give or take .5", the tracking did not prove to be exactly MOA but it did return to zero like I said. I have the target in an envelope and plan on sending it back to WONDERs to see what they can do about the scope not tracking true. They supposedly have a lifetime warranty and the owner stands behind them 100% so we shall see.
I also checked for a POI change at different powers but it held true from the bottom to the top of the mag range.
Now the big question I always ask myself is woudl i recommend it.... at this time, no. There are better options out there IMO that would prove to be better. IF i get it replaced, repaired I will re-review it but I am not holding out on it. I do have a few pictures I will try to get up later once I find my memory card reader for my camera, its packed up somewhere.
EDIT- I am sending it in because the parallax adjustment broke and it is getting extremely hazy at higher mags, unusable, most likely because of that. The adjustments i can chauk up as cheaper scopes aren't gonna be as accurate, unusable image I can't
Edited by SVT_Tactical - March/30/2011 at 10:17