The Burris is an interesting company that produces a wide variety of different optics that range from long range killers like the Burris XTR ll and Eliminator to red dots designed for handguns like the Burris Fastfire. They aren’t a company most people recognize by name like Leupold, Trijicon, or Aimpoint, but they do produce quality optics that are often priced a little below market standard.
Burris isn’t the ‘budget’ option by any means, but comparing their optics to brands like Leupold and Trijicon you see that they are a bit cheaper than their competitors. The Burris XTR ll is designed for long range shooting, in the thousand yard ranges. There are several models available with a variety of different magnification options, which range from 4 to 20 power, all the way to our testing sample, the 8 to 40 power.
The Burris XTR ll is well priced for its power range, and the number of features packed into it, often retailing around a thousand dollars. At this price range it may not appeal to folks with Accuracy Internal rifles, but for the shooter with the accurate and customized Remington 700 the Burris comes in at that perfect price point.
What’s interesting about the Burris is the fact it is not manufactured by Burris, but by an overseas firm. Specifically, the optic is built in the Philippines. While the Philippines do not have a bad reputation for optics they simply have no reputation that I know of, or could find. The Philippines does have a pretty decent reputation for producing clone firearms, though, and I was hoping they’d put the same quality in this optic.
Out Of The Box
The Burris XTR ll comes in the standard gray Burris box with the manual and the usual boring stuff. You do get a pair of flip scope caps, a sunshade, and a little wrench that the manual states is for changing the zero stop. Good news abounds when an optic has a zero stop. The optic has a very serious, tactical look to it. The finish in nice, and the scope certainly feels solid, and beefy, at over 31 ounces it is no bantamweight. The tube itself is clearly a single piece which is good for precision and durability.
The scope features an aggressively textured magnification ring that grips nice and easy, even if one was using gloves the aggressive texture would be noticeable. You also get a fast focus eye box and a rear adjustment ring. The turrets are also aggressively checkered and easy to grip, but they are quite stiff. You can easily overturn the turret when trying to get a simple click. The reticle is illuminated and has eleven different settings.
One feature I absolutely love is the power saver position between illumination levels. Essentially if I like setting 5 as my brightness setting I can move the illumination dial forward one position and the illumination turns off. When I go to shoot I simply dial the switch back one position and the illumination is set at 5 again. The illumination setting has an auto off after three hours according to the manual, a nice feature if you forget to turn off the optic.
How XTR II Performs On Range?
Zeroing is as simple as you’d imagine and is pretty standard for a rifle scope. The turrets were still stiff and care had to be applied to make sure the scope only clicked once. Other than that it’s easy. Mounting was done with a set of Leupold rings on a bull barrel Remington 700. This is a thousand yard scope, it’s immensely powerful with its 40 power magnification. To be honest, I’m not a thousand yard shooter, I’m not that skilled, and I don’t have a thousand yard range within driving distance. I went a 600-yard range and decided to use smaller targets to test precision. These targets was a 12-inch gong and we also set a man sized target up just in case our skills were not to par.
The optic has the reticle in the first focal plane, and the first focal plane is by far the most precise option. The Burris is priced at around the same as the Zeiss Conquest, but the Conquest is in the second focal plane. At this focal plane, the reticle stays the same as you zoom, making the MOA marks useful for scaling at any range.
Speaking of the reticle it’s great, it’s a MOA reticle, with 0.5-MOA grid design. It also has a secondary offset crosshair that allows additional 20 MOA adjustments with horizontal wind hold-off references. This makes aiming very precise. This reticle is known as the F-Class MOA, and it’s an awesome all around long range reticle optimized for a XTR II 8-40×50 model.
I used this MOA scale to guide my shots into the gong and reliably measure bullet drop for accurate compensation. This is how I was able to get on target in three rounds and ring that 12-inch gong over and over. As the wind picked up we used the scale at the secondary horizontal crosshair and used it to accurately compensate for any wind.
The optic was nice and clear in the center of the scope. This made finding the target very simplistic and it made the simple gray target stand out nicely against the background. Around the edges of the scope, I noticed some odd flaws. I’m not sure what caused this, but it’s almost as if the lens coating was applied wrong. It’s not a major deal since I’m not using the edge of the scope to aim, but at a 1k price range, I feel some refinement is needed.
Striking the gong was easy enough at six hundred yards. The illuminated center dots and fine MOA marks made compensation easy and zooming in and out didn’t require much change since the reticle stays the same size. First focal plane is the way to go for long range shooting.
The Burris XTR ll with the G28 mil dot reticle is extremely accurate, precise, and clear. Optical quality is top notch, and the optic itself is rugged and simple. The Burris XTR ll is an excellent option for a long range scope at the thousand dollar price, but it does lack some simple refinement I’d prefer if I was spending a grand on an optic. If Burris can clean up the coating, and smooth out the turrets you have a ridiculously good optic at a fair price point.
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