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DOPE BAG

MEOPTA MEOPRO 6X 42 MM
E

ven in the 21st century some
hunters prefer fixed-power
riflescopes. Variable-power
scopes were supposedly perfected
50 years ago, but the design still
requires the erector tube to slide
lengthwise inside the scope. A
fixed-power scope doesn't need
those moving parts, making malfunctions less likely. In addition, a
"ballistic" reticle in a fixed scope
always subtends the same amount,
unlike the second-focal-plane
reticles in most variables.
Many hunters choose 6X
because the field of view at 25 yds.
is more than 4 ft., enough to see all
of an average deer, yet animals at
400 yds. appear only 75 yds. away.
Less than a century ago most hunters routinely shot big-game animals
at 75 yds. without a scope. Fans of
6X scopes are numerous enough to
support a small but steady market,
and one recent entry is Meopta's
MeoPro 6X 42 mm.
Before being formally tested,
the sample scope had already
been mounted on a .300 Win. Mag.
and performed flawlessly during
100 rounds of shooting, which is
enough shooting to find problems
in many scopes. For this test, the
Meopta was mounted on a lightweight .338 Win. Mag., a rifle that's
broken many scopes, including the
previous two tested.
The MeoPro is slightly heavier
than most other 6X scopes; however, even when mounted in
Weaver rings the rifle still weighed
an ounce shy of 8 lbs. The handload
used combined the 200-gr. Nosler
Ballistic Silvertip and 66.0 grs. of
Alliant Reloder 15, which averages

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1.12" for five-shot groups at 100
yds., making it easy to see when
something's wrong with a scope.
The first shot on a 100-yd. target
landed 5" to the right of the bullseye. The square was then shot
with 6" of adjustment (24 clicks)
between each corner. After four
repetitions, the resulting groups
ranged from 0.69" to 1.56", averaging 1.12", and the distances
between group centers averaged
6.06". Eye relief was also spot-on.
In a flashlight test it measured 3.7",
Meopta's exact specification.
The optics were tested at night on
a chart with black-and-white lines
starting at 1" at the top and shrinking
to 1/16" at the bottom, illuminated
from 25 yds. by a 100-watt incandescent lightbulb. In this test, scopes are
set on 6X and rated by the smallest
line visible from 25 yds. The MeoPro
rated 7+, and the only scopes to rate
8 have cost more than $1,000.
The scope was then frozen
overnight at minus 10º F. The next
morning the turret caps were
removed and the scope dunked in
110° F water. This expands the gas
inside the scope, with any leaks
appearing as streams of bubbles.
The scope didn't
bubble, and developed only a normal

The Meopta MeoPro 6X 42 mm is a
little heavier than some other 6Xs,
but the test rifle still weighed less
than 8 lbs. with scope and mounts.

MEOPTA MEOPRO 6X 42 MM
IMPORTER: MEOPTA USA (DEPT. AR),

50 DAVIDS DRIVE, HAUPPAUGE,
NY 11788; (800) 828-8928;
MEOPTASPORTSOPTICS.COM

MAGNIFICATION AND OBJECTIVE:

6X 42 MM

FINISH: MATTE BLACK
EYE RELIEF: 3.7"
CLICK VALUE: 1/4"
RETICLE: ZPLEX

(NO. 1 AND NO. 4 AVAILABLE)
LENGTH: 12.4"
WEIGHT: 15 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: FLIP-UP LENS COVERS
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $689

amount of interior fogging, which
dissipated quickly.
The only minor fault was the
adjustment dials. Both are marked
U/R, instead of only "Up" or
"Right," and the tiny letters are
partially hidden under the bar
used to turn the knob. This caused
some incorrect adjustments.
The MeoPro 6X 42 mm is an
outstanding scope, and should be
very welcome among fans of highquality fixed-power optics.

AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG/MEOPTASTORY
The American Rifleman has used the phrase "Dope Bag" since at least 1921, when Col. Townsend
Whelen first titled his column with it. Even then, it had been in use for years, referring to a sack used
by target shooters to hold ammunition and accessories on the firing line. "Sight dope" also was a
traditional marksman's term for sight-adjustment information, while judging wind speed and direction
was called "doping the wind."
WARNING: Technical data and information contained herein are intended to provide information based
on the limited experience of individuals under specific conditions and circumstances. They do not detail
the comprehensive training procedures, techniques and safety precautions absolutely necessary to
properly carry on similar activity. Read the notice and disclaimer on the contents page. Always consult
comprehensive reference manuals and bulletins for details of proper training requirements, procedures,
techniques and safety precautions before attempting any similar activity.


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