Scopes for a scout rifle have a number of requirements that they need to live up to. Sufficient clearance is required for recoil, there must be better than average field of view, and they need to handle the odd knock or two.
This Burris scope is lightweight and maintains a compact profile capable of meeting scout rifle expectations. It is designed to be mounted in the forward position, keeping the ejection port clear and provides generous eye relief.
So, I decided to take a look at the features, the specifications, as well as how it performs in my in-depth Burris Scout 2-7x32mm Rifle Scope Review.
First Impressions and Design
Even for a scout rifle scope, the first thing I noticed was how lightweight and compact it is. Weighing only 13 ounces (368 grams) and at a length of only 9.7 inches (25 centimeters) confirms my first impressions.
This will certainly make carrying, holding, and aiming my rifle a much easier task. Even with the forward mounting design, I can’t see any balancing issues arising from mounting this scope to my Ruger 6803.
Keeping an eye on the prize…
Burris promises a generous 9.2 to 12 inches (23 to 30 centimeters) of eye relief, allowing you to mount this forward of the ejection port. Peering down the scope from around this distance as a test shows that the claims are accurate.
The image remains clear and focussed with either one eye or both eyes open. Obviously, the idea is that you can keep both eyes open on a scout rifle which helps with both fast target acquisition and for situational awareness.
Built to last…
Despite the slim and lightweight first impressions, after holding onto the scope for a while, something else becomes apparent. This thing feels sturdy and strong. The solid aluminum one-piece 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) outer tube gives no indication of weakness anywhere.
The adjustment dials feel just as solid as the tube itself, performing their movements with purpose and precision. At the same time, they won’t easily be bumped out of position resulting in your favorite settings being lost.
Wearing your glasses…
While all the other features I’ve mentioned so far are important, I haven’t mentioned probably the most important aspect of any scope. What is the vision like? Well, thanks to the high-grade optical glass, this looks fantastic.
Even with my poor aging eyesight and my unwillingness to wear glasses, vision and clarity are great. My first instinct is that the images appear brighter and clearer than those of comparable scopes, so we’re off to a great start.
The Burris scope offers variable power through the 32mm objective lens. Magnification ranges are from x2 to x7, providing versatility and improved accuracy over longer distances.
The versatility and accuracy can be utilized with the generous 9.2 to 12 inches (23 to 30 centimeters) of eye relief. Therefore, as mentioned, the scope can be easily mounted in front of the injection port for both-eyes-open shooting.
Keeping with the sleek style of the scope is low-profile turrets that are finger-adjustable. In order to achieve pinpoint accuracy, the turrets contain indications that reflect the point of impact.
Adjusting the scope is done with steel-on-steel controls. Therefore, every time an adjustment is made, it can be repeated with precision and accuracy. Even though it is quick and easy to make adjustments, they still hold their position in all conditions.
Maintain your settings…
By using a double internal spring tension system, the scope holds its zero no matter what. Additionally, each of the internal assemblies is precision-gauged and hand-fitted. This maintains a consistent point of impact throughout the magnification range.
Not even shock from bumps, high caliber recoil, or persistent vibrations will affect the settings you have dialed in. This is all wrapped inside a 1 inch (2.5 centimeter) aluminum one-piece stress-free and durable tube.
Using high-grade optical glass provides excellent levels of brightness, along with impressive clarity and improved durability. The precision-ground lenses are larger than those on comparable scopes, resulting in improved light transmission.
Even in low-light conditions, Hi-Lume multicoating provides index-matched performance. In fact, this scope can perform in almost any environment and conditions. The tube body is filled with nitrogen to prevent internal fogging in the cold and rain, as well as being waterproof.
I decided that Burris’s innovative and trademarked reticle deserved its own section. Ballistic Plex is a simple, effective, and elegant trajectory compensating reticle that aids greatly in long-range accuracy.
Accurate in any condition…
The uncluttered design makes it quick and easy to line up your shot regardless of wind or distance. It offers greater long-range accuracy with trajectory compensation out to an impressive 500 yards (457 meters).
Mounting The Scope
As with most scopes, the Burris doesn’t come with any mounting hardware. This is because it can vary between firearms, so it’s better to make your own choice. When purchasing the rings, you’ll require 1 inch, and even a low height should still clear the hard sights without the need to remove them.
The scope has been designed to be mounted in a forwards position. If you mount it like a regular scope on a traditional hunting rifle, it not only reduces performance but also creates a risk of injury.
Ensure correct installation…
Mounting the scope further back on the rifle greatly reduces the field of view, and what you see is a tunnel vision effect, almost rendering the scope completely useless. After all, a scoped scout rifle should be able to acquire targets with both eyes open.
If you’re using a high-caliber rifle with the traditional scope mounting position, you also have the risk of being hit by the scope. This is because of the increased recoil produced from a lightweight rifle and scope combination.
Burris Scout 2-7x32mm Rifle Scope Pros & Cons
- Sleek, compact, and lightweight design.
- Generous eye relief provides easy targeting with both eyes open.
- Bright and clear optics with high-quality glass.
- Hand-fitted precision-gauge internal assembly.
- Larger precision ground lenses than comparable scopes.
- Ballistic Plex trajectory compensating reticle.
- Would be good to have a version with illumination.
- No lens caps are included; they must be purchased separately.
- Only available in matte black color with the silver/nickel discontinued.
- Not compatible with sunshades.
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Adding the Burris scope to your scout rifle will definitely give you tighter groupings when hitting targets. Therefore, no matter what you use your rifle for, accuracy will be improved when looking down the glass.
The scope is extremely durable and will work well in even the harshest conditions. The optics are bright and clear, with the adjustments being precise and dependable.
Considering the level of the specifications, the Burris scope gives you a fantastic bang for your buck and is easily one of the best scout scope setups currently on the market.
Happy and safe shooting.