column By: Patrick Meitin | October, 22
For 2022, Meopta took another track, introducing the all-new Meo-Sport R 3-15x 50 RD SFP under discussion. “Affordable” translates to an MSRP of $449.99, but offering high-end features ideal for long-range shooters or serious big-game hunters. This is a 5x zoom riflescope with a 30mm main tube, side parallax adjustment, exposed 0.1 MIL locking windage and elevation turrets with pop-up zero reset, illuminated 4C reticle and European-quality optics providing 80 percent light transmission for low-light shooting confidence. The 4C reticle offers super-fine center crosshairs with an isolated center dot, which can be illuminated, bracketed to the sides and bottom by beefier subtensions. The second focal plane (SFP) arrangement keeps crosshairs fine throughout the magnification range. It is a simple but effective design measuring 13.31 inches long and weighing about 1.10 pounds/17.6 ounces.
The MeoSport optic is nitrogen purged to prevent fogging in cold or humid conditions, and is fully sealed against exterior moisture, making it 100 percent waterproof. The rugged construction can withstand shock from the largest magnum cartridges or after being dropped while hunting. The scope, like all Meopta optics sold in the U.S., is backed by the company’s Lifetime Transferrable Warranty. The scope also comes with a high-quality, clear-lensed, double rubber band lens covers and a soft cleaning cloth.
The exposed turrets are a locking, pop-up design that makes resetting zero after sight-in fast and easy. Turrets pop-up with a positive “click,” and a feel suggesting rubber O-rings beneath. Like other Meopta scopes I have used, turret movements are positive, producing dull clicks and offering a tactile feel with each movement. Movements are in 1⁄10 MRADs, each click representing 1 centimeter at 100 meters (.39 inch at 1.09 yards, i.e. approximately 1⁄3 inch at 100 yards). Turrets offer 262 centimeters/105.15 inches of travel for both elevation and windage turrets. Inside parallax-ring movement is relatively stiff, but ultimately smooth, running from 10 yards to infinity. This feature would make it compatible with a high-end rimfire more likely to be used for short-range shooting, though this is a serious big-game rifle scope. The ribbed parallax adjustment ring is raised above the illumination ring to avoid confusion. The outside illumination ring is ribbed for a good grip when wet or while wearing gloves. It also has audible/tactile clicks between settings and positive movements. A smaller diameter, aluminum-ribbed screw cap allows access to the battery chamber. Illumination is powered by a common CR2032 lithium coin battery.
One welcome feature is the scope comes with 30mm scope rings with a height measuring 38.1 mm (1½ inches), which corelates to an American “high” ring. These rings proved too high for my bolt rifles, especially those with the added elevation of a Picatinny rail. They proved ideal for a flattop AR-style rifle. They are solid looking four-screw rings, one of them including a white hash mark to be aligned with the white alignment marks etched into the underside of the scope tube to each end of the erector assembly. These hash marks ensure proper alignment/leveling during mounting, a great feature sure to save shooters frustration by automatically eliminating scope cant. My thoughts are that medium-height rings would be more useful to a greater majority of shooters, and that the white hash marks – an otherwise ingenious idea – should be moved to the top of the rings and scope tube for easier viewing access during the mounting process.