Maven RS.5 scope Review

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We got our hands on a new Maven RS.5. First impressions are great. Ask questions here. We will get a review out as soon as we feel we have enough data and experience.
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UPDATE: MAVEN RS5 REVIEW




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Would like to hear your thoughts on this maven rs5 versus NF nx8 2.5-20 SFP scope. I need to order scope soon and these are top contenders.
 

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Agree with the previous post but more so with the nx8 4-32 for me( so far I’m very happy with that scope). I really didn’t like mavens answer to the zero stop on the rs3, but it looks as though they are now using something very similar to the nightforce one. At 25oz with a good reticle and good magnification range… this could be a home run if it tracks reliably!
 

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Anyone have any insight for tracking/reliability of maven scopes? That’s my only concern otherwise looks like a great scope.
 

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Anyone have any insight for tracking/reliability of maven scopes? That’s my only concern otherwise looks like a great scope.
We have a review on the RS.3 on our YouTube channel.
 

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We have a review on the RS.3 on our YouTube channel.
One question for you. Did you feel like it was easy to lose sight of the center dot. It’s pretty open looking around the dot itself and website doesn’t state size of dot. Most center dots the two axis kind of encroach onto the dot and don’t end at first subtension like this one.
 

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One question for you. Did you feel like it was easy to lose sight of the center dot. It’s pretty open looking around the dot itself and website doesn’t state size of dot. Most center dots the two axis kind of encroach onto the dot and don’t end at first subtension like this one.
I prefer a floating dot.
 

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Same here..The zeiss v4 6x24x50 just keeps impressing us for the money and repeatability.
 

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Nice review, sounds like a great scope at that price. Was just considering this scope as a contender for my build but now not so sure after reading the review done on Rokslide about its durability or holding zero after getting smacked. A lot of mixed reviews actually. Some people say they have 100 hiking miles on it and no issues holding zero and then someone actually doing the drop tests make it sound like the complete opposite.

And @FURMAN another well thought and nice review. I would say try to get yourself into the sun a bit next time so we could see the scope better while you’re messing with it turning knobs and dialing. Did you personally have anything happen to it during your testing where you’d say the durability is better then the Rokslide review?
 

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Nice review, sounds like a great scope at that price. Was just considering this scope as a contender for my build but now not so sure after reading the review done on Rokslide about its durability or holding zero after getting smacked. A lot of mixed reviews actually. Some people say they have 100 hiking miles on it and no issues holding zero and then someone actually doing the drop tests make it sound like the complete opposite.

And @FURMAN another well thought and nice review. I would say try to get yourself into the sun a bit next time so we could see the scope better while you’re messing with it turning knobs and dialing. Did you personally have anything happen to it during your testing where you’d say the durability is better then the Rokslide review?
I test every scope we do a review on for durability. I don’t agree with testing a scope while attached to a rifle because you can’t confirm whether the issue is with the scope or the mounting system. That’s all I’m gonna say about that. I have only had one scope fail to hold zero in all of my testing and that was a leupold.
 

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I test every scope we do a review on for durability. I don’t agree with testing a scope while attached to a rifle because you can’t confirm whether the issue is with the scope or the mounting system. That’s all I’m gonna say about that. I have only had one scope fail to hold zero in all of my testing and that was a leupold.
Thanks. That’s actually a good point about the mounting system. Was that the Mark5 you had the issue with?
 

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In my humble opinion. Those drop testes are not conclusive. As Ryan pointed out there is a very high percentage of possibility the loss of zero was in mounting. As far as I am concerned, a drop test is only good to show that the scope will still function after a drop. Too many variables to be conclusive.
 

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So I’ve read some of the things about Leupolds tracking being off but any comparisons on this vs the 4-24 VX6HD? The Mavens are obviously not in stores to check out or look through before purchasing
 

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I would not put a leupold on one of my hunting rifles if you paid me. I don’t know what else I can tell you. I don’t trust them at all.
 

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I would not put a leupold on one of my hunting rifles if you paid me. I don’t know what else I can tell you. I don’t trust them at all.
Wow, I guess that sums that up lol
 

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Whoa. Great review. I have a long tall hill ahead of me. I have not tried a Maven and maybe I should. Thanks for taking the time to put this together, it is a lot of work.
 

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Great review and great job highlighting all the important features. A bit shorter and definitely lighter than my Vortex Viper PST gen 2. I like the simplicity of the recticle and the floating dot in the center is awesome which my Vortex also has. Nice review.
 

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In my humble opinion. Those drop testes are not conclusive. As Ryan pointed out there is a very high percentage of possibility the loss of zero was in mounting. As far as I am concerned, a drop test is only good to show that the scope will still function after a drop. Too many variables to be conclusive.
I think that’s totally fair.

But something for consideration: when the testing process is replicated enough to prove mounting etc isn’t causing a shift, then that variable is somewhat mitigated (at least in my mind). But it isn’t entirely mitigated, so there’s always a chance it isn’t the scope.

I got freaked out when the RS.5 “failed” and didn’t pick one up…..I think I put too much stock in those drop test when I made that decision, because like you say, lots going on to influence that.

Ryan (Broz, heck anyone jump in here) I’m curious (sorry if you’ve said this already in the past) when you’re testing a scope, is it tracking/RTZ etc or do you get into any physical “abuse” testing? I keep reading about people snacking the scope with rubber mallets, and similar. Just curious what you’re perspective is on reasonable durability testing, given the current trend of just dropping them to see what comes if it? Thanks!
 

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I know Ryan has been doing impact testing. I will allow him to elaborate of his current process.

About all I do is bang the recoil pad of the rifle on the ground or garage floor. This also tests my trigger and safety and in my mind is a decent replication of rifle recoil. Then I use the crap out of turrets and I am not gentle. I check all my zero's often. The proof is in the pudding.
 

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I do tracking test and so-called abuse test. It involves a rubber mallet. I think the most important thing to know is when you find a scope that does not return to zero the method used to arrive at that determination is very important. If you haven’t isolated the failure to the scope then I will never believe that you have done a full test. If you’re doing drop test with the entire system as a whole and it passes then I do believe that the system is good to go. If you’re doing drop test and something fails then I think you have more testing to do to isolate the actual cause. This is a simple scientific method. My testing method isolates the scope as best as I have been able to come up with yet. I am still working on better ways to test. I’m gonna repeat it here because it’s very noteworthy. most scopes whether they’re good or bad reputations have earned those reputations. Nightforces work. Leupolds aren’t trustworthy. Many other scopes in between and new scopes especially will just take time and more testing. Scopes are no different than anything else in a production setting. There will be acceptable failure rates for each manufacture. Often those are masked with marketing ploy such as very very good warranties. In these cases testing one or two scopes isn’t going to point out which ones are better than others.
 

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I’m going to add that my scope reviews take quite a long time because I don’t feel like you can put it through one test or put it through all the testing it needs to be put through in one week. I like to use it dialing it over and over and over. I have found that overtime you’re more likely to weed out the good from the bad as opposed to a single one day or two days of testing.
 

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Great Review, I have CA 300 prc i am going to try that scope on. What do u think of that stock? Thanks Bill
 

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Great Review, I have CA 300 prc i am going to try that scope on. What do u think of that stock? Thanks Bill
Which stock? The Grayboe Terrain? It is not something I would put on a rifle. I do love the Koda and it shoots extremely well but I would choose a different stock for a build.
 

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Scopes are weird. They all have problems. Some just more the others. I am a fanboy of none. I like and trust some more then others. I own a little of everything. The nicest being a NF Atacr. I’ve personally only witnessed a few failures. One was a vortex razor that cost me a bull 5 years ago. Wont own another one from them as it killed my faith in the brand The other was a friends Atacr but I still believe NF is about as good as it comes in their price range. Obviously can go nicer but $3500+ scopes aren’t for me at this point in my life. People rip on leupold. If you dial and who on here doesnt, The only ones I trust from them are the mark5’s. Are they perfect? Probably not. I know there’s been failures. I own 6 of them and have ran them really really hard for the last 3 years with zero issues. Also have friends who compete with them and have no problems. Not sponsored and have no skin in the game. I have 2 new builds in the works. They will either wear nx8’s (wish they weren’t foreign) or mark5’s. Like things from both and trust them. Back to the thread that this is in - the maven rs5. It’s been on my list as well. I was really tempted to pick one up. Still might. The form review on the drop test caught my attention and is concerning but idk how much value it really holds. The NF’s did pass…. Maven is knew but I personally think all the Low factory stuff is the pretty much the same… just rebranded with little tweaks. I also like that people are testing these optics more. We need reliable scopes that are sub 2500 and even better sub 1500. Are these tests perfect probably not. Is there variable’s that are hard to control, absolutely. You kinda have to take them with a grain of salt. But I still think they are valuable.
 
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Are low products about the same? I've had a few scopes made at LOW; none of them even compare to my ATCAR.
 

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LOW makes scopes to a spec provided by a client.
 

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I would not put a leupold on one of my hunting rifles if you paid me. I don’t know what else I can tell you. I don’t trust them at all.
I've bought 2 leupold products. Both did not function properly. Maybe I just have bad luck. But I will never by another leupold anything again.
 

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Hey @FURMAN, leaving cost out of it, only considering features and reliability, what would you personally go with for a hunting rifle: maven rs5 or Zeiss V6 5-30
 

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Hey @FURMAN, leaving cost out of it, only considering features and reliability, what would you personally go with for a hunting rifle: maven rs5 or Zeiss V6 5-30
I’m very particular with my scopes as they are usually what let’s us down. I know you didn’t give the option but my choice would be an nx8. The two options given make a tough choice. I have far more time with the Zeiss so trust is higher.

 

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