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the follow-up shot. A tool like this can be
instrumental for teaching new shooters how
to reach out and touch a far-off target.
Opting for the expedited production,
after two weeks the optic in hand. My first
impression of the RS.4 was that it was far
shorter than I imagined. At 12.79 inches
long, it's among the shortest in its class. This
compact design places more weight over the
balance point of the rifle, making it easier to
brace atop a barricade or tripod or even shoot
offhand if that should be your application.
The only downside of the short main tube
is that you have to carefully select your
mounting hardware, especially if it is going
on a long action. Those considering twopiece rings should be warned there won't be
much fore and aft adjustment, unless you
also use a one-piece rail for your installation.
For testing, I chose a classic action in
a classic cartridge, the Remington 700 in
.220 Swift, along with Warne's new Skyline
Aluminum bases. With the help of the
new Real Avid Smart Torq, I wrapped up
a trouble-free installation in only a few

minutes. Something to note-because of
its compact nature, the objective bell sits
over the thicker portion of a tapered barrel.
As such, I used higher rings than I typically
would to ensure clearance. After the
installation, I hit the road for a long trip to
my favorite 1,000-yard range.
At the range, cursory glances at a few
targets sitting at various distances, as well as
some of the vegetation, provided a glimpse
of how the glass performed. It was relatively
clear for a product with this magnification
range at an $1,800 price point. The color
transmission was close to true, with just a bit
of washout. Another interesting aspect was
that the eye box was completely unforgiving,
meaning that if you plop your head on the
stock in an unconventional or inexperienced
manner, certain targets are going to have a
slight keystone to them. If you know how to
properly mount a rifle, this is of little concern.
The instructor in me likes optics that function
in this manner, because it helps me to drive
home the importance of a proper cheek weld.
A slight chromatic aberration was noticed
Turrets are mechanical
zero-stop and can be reset
without the use of tools.

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