by Dr. Jim and Mary Clary
Product review and range report of MeoPro 6.5-20×50 Riflescope.
United States -(AmmoLand.com)- There are a lot of high quality precision scopes available for target shooters and even long range shooters; however, virtually all of them are woefully inadequate under low light conditions at dawn or dusk.
We have shot most of them…. from our Nightforce NXS 12-42×56 to a wide variety of Leopolds and Redfields. Now, don’t get us wrong, these are fine, very well-made scopes for precision and/or long range shooting…. BUT, under low light conditions, most leave a lot to be desired…. as do virtually all riflescopes on the market.
The reason is that their optical glass is only capable of transmitting around 92% of the light received. As such, in the early morning hours or just before dark, when a lot of our quarry are active, one is hard pressed to get on target. Because of that, we had just about given up on trying to find that one scope that was great for precision bench rest shooting as well as long range hunting for antelope and coyotes.
MeoPro 6.5-20×50 Riflescope
That all changed when we had the opportunity to try out this scope. Reinhard Seipp, the COO of Meopta told us at the SHOT Show that this scope was what we were looking for. He informed us that it used the same high quality glass as his MeoPro 3-9×50 scope (and we already knew that was great for low light conditions). Meopta refers to these optics as the TO2 (Twilight Optimized Optics) system. It is guaranteed to deliver the highest light transmission possible in the low light of dawn and dusk. As such, we had to get one of these and give it a try. .
Looking through the eyepiece of this scope was as though you were right in front of the target. The clarity was almost unbelievable. We took it outside at dusk and scanned our herd of animals at over 100 yards…. you could almost count the eyelashes on our llamas. We compared the Meopta to several other high power target scopes and ….. well, you could see the outline of the animals’ heads and that was about it.
After mounting the MeoPro 6.5-20×50 Riflescope on Mary’s Remington M700 .22-250, we headed out to the mesa for some prairie dog hunting. The resolution, lack of distortion and positive tracking of the controls were perfect. We selected the hunting version for out tests with capped turrets, however, there is also a version with exposed turrets for those who will use this scope primarily for precision target shooting (HTR – which stands for Hunt /Tactical /Range). We had no problem targeting prairie dogs with this scope on our gun. In fact, it almost seemed unfair as they couldn’t hide,
Four different reticle options are offered to meet a variety of shooters’ needs: Z-Plex, BDC, McWhorter HV and Windmax 8. These second focal plane reticles are non-magnifying thereby covering less of the target as power is increased. That is a very valuable feature to have, whether you are engaged in precision target shooting or long range hunting. We selected the Z-Plex reticle for our scope, it is very similar to the reticles in our regular target scopes and virtually identical to our hunting scope reticles. It was the ideal “compromise” for a dual-purpose scope.
There are several other features of the MeoPro 6.5-20×50 Riflescope that set it apart from the “pack”:
- The ELOX anodized hard coating on the main tube which makes it almost impervious to scratching or marring.
- The MB5501 proprietary anti-reflective coatings on the optics are the best in the industry. Several companies have been trying to duplicate the MB5501 coating, to no avail.
- The windage/elevation turrets provide a tactile “feedback” when you adjust them. Yes, you can actually feel the adjustments, no more straining to hear the clicks or wondering if you actually got it right.
- Proprietary ion assisted lens coatings. MeoBright coating eliminates glare and reflections and delivers incredibly bright (99.7% transmission per lens surface) and sharp images across the field of view. MeoShield coating protects external lens surfaces from abrasions and scratches.
- MeoTrak RZ Turrets:
- Hunting Turret: Resettable zero, posi-click, finger-adjustable windage and elevation turrets ensure maximum adjustment range and instant re-zeroing. The turret dials can be quickly repositioned without changing the adjustment setting of the scope, allowing the shooter to accurately reset to the original zero of the scope if further adjustments are required.
- MeoTrak TRZ Turrets:
- Target Turrets: Oversized, resettable zero, posi-click, finger-adjustable windage and elevation target turrets ensure maximum adjustment range and reliable re-zeroing. The precise, numerically indexed, oversized turret dials can be quickly repositioned without changing the adjustment setting of the scope, allowing the shooter to accurately reset to the original zero of the rifle if further adjustments are required.
- MeoQuick fast-focus eyepiece rapidly brings targets into sharp focus and provides extra diopter travel to accommodate a wider range of visual acuity variations.
MeoPro 6.5-20×50 Riflescope Specifications:
- Magnification: 6.5 – 20.0x
- Objective lens diameter: 50 mm
- Main tube diameter: 1″ Matte black
- Aerospace aluminum chassis with ELOX anodized hard coat
- Exit pupil: 7.7 mm – 2.5 mm exit pupil
- Fast focus eyepiece with -3 to +2 diopter correction
- MeoShield® abrasion resistant multicoating on exposed lens surfaces
- Nitrogen-filled fogproof & waterproof
- Fully multicoated optics, MeoBright® proprietary MB5501 anti-reflective coatings
- Z-Reticle: Etched second plane
- Adjustment graduation: 1/4 MOA
- Elevation Adjustment Range: 45.4 MOA
- Windage Adjustment Range: 28.8 MOA
- Turrets with tactile feedback (MeoTrack II®)
- Field of view at 100 yards: 17.7 ft – 5.7 ft
- Parallax Free (yds): 50 yds to infinity
- Eye relief: 3.5″
- Percent Light Transmission: 99.7% per lens surface
- Length: 15.6″
- Weight: 21.83 oz
- Optical Components: Czechoslovakia
- Assembly: USA
- North American Lifetime Transferable Warranty.
- 2016 MSRP: $1,092.49 (HTR – $1,149.99)
The elevation adjustment of 45 MOA is more than adequate for long range hunting and most precision target shooting. If you feel you need more, you can add a 20 MOA picatinny rail, which most target shooters already have installed on their guns and you have 65 MOA of elevation adjustment… plenty for out to even 800 yards.
There is a reason why the Meopta scopes are so superior. Reinhard Seipp is also a world-class hunter, having spent many hours in the forests and mountains of Europe and the U.S. Unlike a lot of executives who simply run their companies, he developed his products to perform under the variety of the conditions that he experienced. He would not accept anything except the best for his personal use AND did not expect his customers to accept anything less either. As such, his line of riflescopes and binoculars are, in our opinion, among the best (if not the best) on the market today.
Mary summed up our experience with MeoPro scopes better than I can ever hope to. The fast-focus eyepiece makes it possible to rapidly adjust the target image for perfect edge-to-edge sharpness.
There is absolutely no distortion. In her words, you do not “feel” like you are looking through any glass or optical system…. it is though you simply have IMPROVED VISION.
About Jim and Mary Clary:
Jim and Mary Clary have co-authored over three hundred and fifty articles, (and counting) on shooting and hunting. You can read many of them on AmmoLand News.