[Read in the voice of Troy McClure.] Hi, I’m Foghorn’s Weatherby Vanguard! You may remember me from such posts as my review and the 1,000 yard rifle for $500 project. I’m here today to talk about the Konus 4×32 Riflescope, a ~$65 offering from Konus geared towards hunters that Foghorn thinks will improve my accuracy a tad over that Primary Arms scope that recently beat itself to death. But will it fit the bill? Let’s find out… [/Troy]
When you’re looking for a good “budget” scope you have to consider what the manufacturer sacrificed in order to get the price that low. More often than not the answer is “quality,” but to what degree? Let’s compare a “variable” scope (such as the Primary Arms 39×40) and “fixed” scope of equal price for a second.
For a variable scope the manufacturer needs to spend money on the mechanisms to make the scope change magnification based on user preference, and that takes away some money that could be used on nicer glass (or plastic, as the case may be) lenses. Tack on the funky illuminated reticle that Primary Arms adds to their scope and that’s even more money not being spent on making the scope rugged or accurate. The more gubbins you attach to your scope the less money you have available to focus on the scope’s primary function.
A fixed scope doesn’t have those same issues. In theory, anyway. Since the scope stays at one fixed magnification (4x in this case) the manufacturer doesn’t need to spend money on a magnification mechanism and can focus on buying quality hardware and glass.
One thing Konus did decide to drop some dosh on was an adjustable objective lens. Parallax is a gigantic pain in the ass when using scoped rifles, and an adjustable objective lens will reduce some of those issues. For more information, read my Ask Foghorn: Rifle Parallax article. Anyway, not only does Konus make the objective lens adjustable but they also decided to be nice and mark out the position (in meters AND yards) where the scope will be focused for various distances.
While adjustable objectives are nice, the issue is that on this scope it doesn’t really work all that well. Yes, adjusting the parallax is functional and cuts down on how much movement the reticle makes compared to the target, but it doesn’t eliminate that movement. A good consistent cheekweld is required if you want to stretch your rifle’s legs past 300 yards.
The reticle is a plain-Jane crosshair typically called a “duplex crosshair” as there is a thicker bar near the outside and a thinner bar for the center where they cross. This particular style of crosshair, a “30/30″ (which gives the scope part of its designation), also has one interesting trait: the thin bars on the crosshair span exactly 30 MoA (30 inches at 100 yards) which enables some crude range estimation and makes the scope better for long range targets. For my loads, with a 100 yard zero on the scope (to the center cross) the small triangle on top of the bottom black bar is zeroed for just about 550 yards without needing to mess with any of the knobs.
Of course, the true test of a scope is how well it actually works. And to answer that question I headed out to the Clark Brothers range in Warrenton, VA to zero everything in. I usually stick to a 50 yard zero, but Tyler Kee has advised me that a 100 yard zero might work best for hunting and the trip (for the First Time Hunter series) is only a few weeks away so I stretched my target out to the 100 yard post. The results were delightful.
This is the 100 yard target, the center circle is exactly 1 inch across. The first shot was low right in the black, then I over-corrected to the two high left in the black, and then one more turn of the turrets brought me high left on the center circle. Two clicks right and one click down brought me to that one ragged hole high right in the center ring where 10 rounds passed over the course of 2 hours. Yep, a slightly less than 1/2 MoA 10 round group using a rifle that cost just over $500 including a cheap $65 scope. Needless to say I was very pleased.
The Konus scope doesn’t have a “high powered” zoom, doesn’t have an illuminated reticle, and doesn’t have mil-dot like markings on the crosshais. It’s just a simple riflescope designed primarily for hunters and target shooters on a budget, and for that it excels. If you need a cheap optic, give this one a look. Heck, it’s even cheaper than the Primary Arms.
Specifications: Konus Pro Rifle Scope 4x 32mm Adjustable Objective 30-30 Reticle
Weight: 16 oz.
Adjustments: 1/4 MoA
Eye Relief: 3.4″
Ships with Mounting Rings
Ratings (out of five)
All ratings are relative to similar products, final rating is not mathematically derived from the preceding ratings.
Optical Clarity * * *
The picture is a tad cloudy and dull, but for a $65 scope it’s not bad at all.
Feel & Function * * * * *
The scope functions just fine. Clicks seem to be 1/4 MoA, and it holds zero OK.
Overall Quality * * * *
I can’t find many faults with the scope. The tube feels like it could use some TLC and there are a couple rough edges, but overall a very nicely finished product.
Overall Rating * * * *
You really couldn’t ask for a nicer cheap scope.