Every long range hunter has their own style of shooting and gear they like to use. Personally I prefer a scope with capped windage and exposed elevation turret with a FFP reticle that has 1 moa windage hash marks for holding windage. I was very intrigued by the Nightforce SHV F1 4-14×50 at SHOT show as it had everything I want in a scope for my hunting rifles. When Jeff called and asked if I wanted to review one I jumped at the opportunity.
The Nightforce “SHV” Shooter, Hunter, Varminter, name speaks of the wide range of applications this scope was built for. The scope weighs 30oz and is 14.8 inches long. The 4-14x is a good magnification range for a wide range of shooting scenarios. The 50mm obj lets in plenty of light while still allowing the shooter to mount the scope low enough to get a solid cheek weld.
It has an exposed elevation turret with ZeroSet and capped windage turret with 90moa elevation and 70 moa windage adjustment (E 26.2mil, W 20.4mil). The turrets are 10moa per revolution, while I prefer turrets with more adjustment per revolution 10 is a quick and easy number to add on, the turrets have a solid detent and very audible. Easy to grip and dial even with gloves on. I really like the peace of mind of the capped windage turret. It also seems to slim scopes up making them more user friendly in scabbards.
The power adjustment ring and parallax adjustment where very user friendly both with and without gloves, even in the cold they were smooth and easy to adjust.
The scope has 2 reticle options, MOAR and MIL-R, scope tested is the MOAR model. I really like this reticle it’s simple, clean and very easy to use. FFP reticles are a big debate, seems people either love them or hate them, for my style of shooting I like to dial the elevation turret and use the reticle for windage holds, for this type of shooting the FFP is ideal because you don’t have to worry about what power the scope is on, the sub tension will always be the same. The reticle is illuminated, FFP are sometimes harder to see on the lower power range, in low light the illumination was very useful in this scope. It has 12 brightness settings.
The scope showed up just in time to start load development on my new Tikka 260. First time I looked through the scope I was shocked with how bright and clear it was. Everyone that has shot this rifle has also commented on the brightness and clarity. After a few trips to the range I finally found a load and was ready to start shooting some distance.
Now that the gun had a load it liked I was ready to zero the turret and set the ZeroSet. I’ve used serval different scopes with some sort of zero stop features over the years and this setup is by far the most simple user friendly setup I’ve seen, the turret has 2 screws you loosen, spin the turret tell it’s zeroed. The turret has a spring that pushes it up, once you have the scope zeroed push down on the turret and tighten the 2 screws, the ZeroSet in now set, it’s that easy. It does not stop exactly on your zero, it will go 1-2 clicks below it. (see attached video for instrustions)
Over the past few months I’ve put over 300 rounds through my 260 with this scope on top shooting coyotes, rock chucks and a lot of rock from ranges of 100 to 1400+ yards. The scopes tracking is spot on and has always returned back to zero, even after a few hundred miles of bouncing around in my RZR and a couple slips and falls on it.
I never thought I’d see Nightforce make a budget minded scope, they defiantly didn’t cut corners to build this scope. For people looking for a scope in this price range ($1250 street price) I think this scope would be hard to beat.
Below is Jordan’s Video review at the range with the NightForce SHV F1
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