Originally Posted By Cartel-:
What are your preferences for 16” 7.62? @Jack_L
All depends on application.
For PRS Gas-Gun, the 4-16x with Tremor 3 was perfect for a 16" 7.62.
I usually had it dialed to somewhere between 10x and 14x, and utilized the reticle for drop and wind, only dialing for movers or single target/single distance/similar drop situations, placing 2nd in the series in Tac Heavy Division, at 99.75% of 1st.
Frankly, any T3 reticled optic with decent glass and repeatable and accurate tracking will do fine in those shooting conditions, though personally I do like a lot about the NF 4-16x over a lot of other options in the class.
I consider this class, which includes pretty much anything that falls into the 3-18x range to be the epitome of the mid-range precision rifle (primary application on torso and smaller targets at 200-800 meters in daylight with overall time of successful engagement being a critical factor) optic, and best supported by a Tremor 3 type of reticle (trajectory agnostic, with gross horizontal references for wind).
For precision tasks that favor greater magnification or parallax range, the NF 7-35x is nothing short of exceptional. Mine currently sits on my 6.5 Creed 24" bolt gun. It would do just fine on any other gun for precision stuff, but nothing else I have does what it can do for that gun's application band.
I think that the 3-18x class really excels in setups that put more items on the gun: gun mounted LRF, offset RDS, IR lasers, inline NV/thermal, etc, due to their generally relatively smaller on-gun footprint, where the 5-35x class show higher return when they are the only mounted optic.
Stepping into the LPVO area, I have been a long-time user and proponent of the Leupold Mk 8 1.1-8x CQBSS. It is still a solid optic, but I would have to say that both the NF 1-8x ATACR and Swarovski 1-8x BRT-i outperform it in most categories.