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It was also the first to water proof a scope via the use of O-rings. They obviously have the experience to make outstanding rifle scopes. I have never used a Kahles scope, so when the opportunity to test one came up I jumped at the chance.
When the box arrived I wasted no time getting it open. Clicks for both elevation and windage have an extremely solid feel. The adjustment knobs are rather large in diameter. Of course the first thing I did when I picked it up was look through the scope at the reticle, more about that later. The second thing was human nature; I had to turn the adjustment knobs. They moved with a good deal of force and have a very distinct feel to them. The scope comes with an elastic cover which can be used to protect the scope while it is mounted on your rifle, but ships with no sun shade or eye piece cap.
Since I am primarily an F-Open competition shooter this review will be from that point of view. Eye relief rated at 3. When I mounted the scope I placed the eyepiece at the same distance as my usual scope and had no problems.
To double check the weights I used my home scale. On it, the Kahles showed The scope is The MOAK refers to the installed reticle which has a fine crosshair with numbered hash marks. This scope will also focus down to 8 meters which is quite close for a high power scope. All were impressed with the look and feel of the scope. Everyone felt it had brighter, clearer optics than the Nightforce x BR scope, but judged it to be a bit below the Nightforce x Competition sitting beside it.
Of course the clarity and brightness of a scope is not everything to a competitive shooter. Reliable adjustments, ease of use and the ability to hold point of aim mean much more to us. Most everyone liked the hashmark reticle with its floating dot in the center. The hashmarks are calibrated at 40X. Each hashmark is one MOA minute of angle. The lines making up the reticle are thick 0. The center dot measures 0.
Everyone felt the clicks in both elevation and windage had an extremely solid feel. To further checkout the Kahles, I hot footed to my Rod and Gun Club yard range as soon as the winds were predicted to moderate below a full gale. For reference, one MOA is equal to 1.
The MOAK reticle has a fine crosshair with numbered hash marks. To test this I first zeroed the scope at yards and then clicked in 26 minutes of elevation clicks. This should move the group impact up The actual impact was I next clicked 5 MOA 40 clicks left. The group center moved 5.
This compares to the calculated 5. I then clicked down 26 MOA and again the group center moved down To finalize the test I clicked back to the original position by clicking 5 MOA right. The group over lapped the original one. So we can say the scope tracks very well but the adjustments figured out to be a skooch more than one minute of angle. Of course this might be due to trigger puller error or wind changes. The scope has 55 MOA of elevation and You can zero the knob by loosening two set screws and slipping the knob.
The elevation knob can be zeroed the same way. The elevation knob however is a bit different from the norm! It has three rows of numbers, one above the other. This sounds strange but when you see it, it will become much clearer. To tell which line of numbers you should be looking at as you crank up or down elevation, there is a small red pin on the knob top.
If it is flush you should look at the bottom line. If it is sticking up about one mm you should look at the middle row. The pin is quite noticeable in movement as you jack up the elevation.
Parallax adjustment is done with the wheel below the elevation knob. One of the things that really caught my eye was the parallax adjustment—it is below the elevation knob. This is a very handy place for a competitive shooter like me. I am left handed and shoot from that shoulder. To adjust the parallax on a front adjustment I would have to get out of position and adjust the objective lens.
On a scope with a left knob for parallax, I would have to use my left hand to adjust, which is a stretch. With the Kahles Kx56, all I have to do is reach up with my right hand and turn the wheel below the elevation knob while looking through the scope. I love this feature. I turned both the elevation and windage knobs a half dozen or more times from one limit to the other while checking out this scope with no ill effects and then shot a number of pretty small groups while putting in large adjustments.
After all my abuse I feel this is a welcome addition to the small group of top quality high power variable target scopes on market. I would be happy to use one. May all your shots be in the center and very close together!
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