Redfield is a classic company that built optics for decades. Redfield was known for their high-quality optics during their day and was one of the most popular optics companies in America. Redfield even built the first general issue scope for Marine Scout Snipers. Unfortunately even though they produced quality optics the company eventually closed its doors. Luckily in 2008 legendary optics company Leupold purchased the company and opened the doors once more. Redfield optics are built in the United States and have been producing optics at a steady rate since 2008.
Redfield optics are generally cheaper than Leupold optics and may be frill-free. The company’s name has not been tarnished, though, since their optics are both made in America, extremely affordable, and often an excellent value. The Redfield Revolution is their flagship series of rifles and is available is a variety of different magnification ranges, and finishes. The model we reviewed is the 3-9 power optic with a 40mm objective lens and uses the Accu Range reticle over the Truplex.
Technical Talk and First Impression
3-9 power is probably the most common magnification for a rifle and is often considered the most versatile for a variety of shooting conditions and ranges. The 40 mm objective lens is completely sufficient for this level of magnification and has the added bonus of being able to utilize the more stable and precise low mounting rings, which is always good.
The scope is nice and light but does not feel or look flimsy or cheap. I personally appreciate a lighter weight scope for shooting, especially when hunting. Lightweight scopes make off shooting easier and more comfortable. The scope itself comes in a simple box and doesn’t include any extra goodies like scope caps, lens clothes, or rings. The reason for this is to keep costs low and put as much money as possible into producing a quality scope. I think this is a good idea, personally, I’ve never purchased an optic due to its scope caps, however I must admit it was pleasant surprise when there were lens caps added to $150 Nikon Prostaff, full review here.
The Revolution is still made from the same 6061 T-6 aluminum that all Leupold optics are made from. You’ll also notice the glass is very clear, and handling it side by side with a Leupold Rifleman I couldn’t tell much of a different in terms of clarity, or light transmission. The Redfield Revolution does lack fingertip adjustable turrets and does require a tool or the rim of a cartridge to make adjustments.
Redfield Peformance On the Range
I mounted using Leupold rings, which I figured was appropriate with the Redfield Revolution. Of course, the traditional styling of the optic makes it easier to mount, and very easy to use. I mounted the optic low on a Savage Axis in 223. The Axis is an excellent example of a well-built budget rifle, so I figured a good budget scope was a good match.
The Redfield Revolution does have a generous level of eye relief, which would make the scope good for uphill hunting, or when using more powerful heavier recoiling round. The eye relief was a little less than four inches, and I found the distance to be comfortable. The Redfield Revolution was very easy to zero, and Redfield includes detailed instructions in the manual with your weapon.
Once the optic was zeroed we went to work on a basic 100 to 500-yard range. The 223 is most effective within 500 yards so to give the scope a proper review I wanted to keep it in the round effective range. As we zeroed the optic it was notable that the clicks in the elevation and windage turrets was audible but barely tactile. You can feel it, but it could easily be missed.
The magnification ring is positioned in front of the rear eyepiece and has a series of serration to create friction. This gives you a sure grip when you begin rotating the dial, regardless of how sweaty your hands are, and even with gloves it would be easy to use the magnification ring. The ring glides as it moves and is ridiculously simple. The magnification rating is written on the scope’s tube in easy to see white lettering.
There is no parallax adjustment knob, and it’s not to be expected in a budget optic, but it’s not really needed unless the scope is ten or more power. The scope is likely parallax free at 150 yards, and most shooters will avoid the issue by exercising the basics of cheek weld and grip.
Clarity and Reticle
The picture through the scope is incredibly clear, and like I said the glass is so similar to Leupold I wouldn’t know the difference without being told previously. The reticle is very simple, a cross hair with a small circle around it, and a small ranging circle underneath.
The crosshair is very thin, and it’s very easy to see your targets at longer ranges. We began shooting small popper targets at 100 yards and were knocking them down with ease, and we could see them clearly, without any reticle obstruction. The same could be said at 500 yards when were striking bowling pin sized targets. We could see them, and we could hit them.
Transitions from targets at different ranges was pretty easy, but even going from 100 to 500 on small targets it was easy. The Accu-Range reticle makes this possible by acting as a bullet drop compensator. The reticle is not designed around 1 simple round but works with over a dozen rounds split into two groups. For the 223, a group 1 cartridge, the center reticle is designed for 200-yard shots, with the bottom of the circle the aiming point for 300 yards, a dot below is for 400 yards, and finally below the dot is a small triangle, the tip of this triangle represents 500 yards.
This may sound complicated, but when you get behind the reticle you’ll understand how simple it really is. Transitions were simple because of this reticle, but understanding it did require us to bring a printed version to make sure we understood how the reticle worked, and to keep track of it. With some time behind the trigger, this wouldn’t be an issue.
Just Can´t Beat The Price
The Redfield Revolution is by far the best budget based optic I have reviewed. It’s so simple and easy to use, but also incredibly versatile. The only downside is the learning curve behind the reticle.