New for 2015 is the long-range Swarovski X5 scope, which comes in both an illuminated and non-illuminated version, as well as 1/4 and 1/8 MOA models.
The X5 is built upon Swarovski’s new spring retention system, with twin turrets for elevation and windage, as well as a SubZero function that allows shooters to engage targets closer than the zeroed-in range (10 MOA down from zero). The spring retention system exerts equal pressure on both turrets regardless of position, which provides maximal accuracy shot after shot.
I had the opportunity to field test the new X5 3.5-18×50 ¼ MOA in South Dakota this summer along with H-S Precision rifles. Paired with a custom rifle from H-S chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor—and more than a little help from my spotter, Josh—I was able to knock down a prairie dog at 803 yards. I barely missed an opportunity at just past 1,100 yards before the rain set in, but the X5 impressed nonetheless.
Used in conjunction with Swarovski’s ballistic app and STR 80 spotting scope with MOA reticle, it was incredibly easy to get the X5 dialed in, even out to extreme ranges. Whether you’re engaging targets at 120 or 1,100 yards, the X5 adjusts quickly and retains phenomenal accuracy. The X5 should be available this fall.
This brief appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.
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