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Burris XTR II 1-8x24mm

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In recent times, the level of flexibility of modern scopes has expanded far beyond what was once considered possible. With an incredible 1-8 range of magnification, the Burris XTR II 1-8x24 is not only a marvel of optical engineering, it’s one of the most versatile scopes ever made. At its lowest magnification level, it offers an unobstructed view for high-speed shooting. At the maximum setting, it provides enough magnification for serious long-range shooting with a precision rifle. It’s offered in both first and second focal plane and features Zero Click Stop technology that allows the user to set a stop at the short-range elevation zero. This allows clicking down to the stop to re-establish the short-range zero without having to count back down. Hi-Lume® multi-coated lenses provide better contrast, resolution, and low-light performance. For better reliability and repeatability, the internal adjustment assemblies are triple spring tensioned. Covered by the Burris Forever Warranty, MSRP is a remarkable $1,199. (

Expanding technology has allowed changes in optics that could only have been dreamed about just a few years ago, and the options and features continue to expand. New coatings, resistant to scratches and abrasions, make optics more durable. Better science in lens coatings continues to increase light transmission levels, and features like zero stop prevent the long-range shooter from losing the short-range zero of his riflescope.

Imagine a spotting scope that allows comfortable high resolution far past the time when earlier scopes were unusable, or a riflescope that allows a wide field of view for fast moving targets, but at the twist of a lever, transforms into a scope suitable for precision long-range shooting. There’s no longer a need to wish for such features—they’re here.

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Winter 2016 edition of Gun Digest the Magazine.


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