SA Sports 4×32 Illuminated Multi Reticle Crossbow Scope Review
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- Excellent light transmission
- Illuminated reticle with almost perfect brightness levels
- Includes rings and see-through dust covers
- None worth noting
Welcome to our review of the SA Sports 4×32 Illuminated Multi Reticle Crossbow Scope. SA Sports makes some fine crossbows, so I was eager to check out their scope and see how well it performed. This isn’t the least expensive 4×32 scope on the market, but it’s still budget-friendly. Let’s see how it compares with the competition. When you purchase this scope, you can expect to get see-through dust covers, a cleaning cloth, Weaver-style rings, and even a hex key for mounting the scope.
What Are the Dimensions of this Scope?
The scope itself is 8.5 inches long, and weighs a mere 10 ounces. There’s definitely lighter glass out there, but not by much. Eye relief isn’t specified by the manufacturer, but I judge it to be a comfortable three inches, give or take a few centimeters.
How Much Magnification Can I Expect?
This scope’s 32mm objective lens will give you 4X magnification, and it features quite clear and crisp images without much trouble with blurriness or lack of clarity. That scope’s parallax seems to be set at 100 yards, and is non-adjustable. This model’s multi reticle provides you with dots to mark 20, 30, 40, and 50 yards.
How Good Are the Optics on the SA Sports 4×32 Multi Reticle Crossbow Scope?
SA Sports doesn’t indicate what sort of lens coatings are used on this accessory, but judging from its performance I’m assuming (rather pleasantly) them to be fully multicoated. Light transmission is quite good for a scope of this price, even rivaling some of my more expensive scopes.
How Well Does the Scope Gather Light?
Very well, I must say. The scope itself gathers light exceptionally well, and I have been able to easily pick out my target even in extremely low light conditions. The view during early morning and late night hours is still bright and crisp enough to almost make out individual hairs on a buck, and the illuminated reticles make it easy to pick your target spot before firing. You can adjust the illumination between red and green at five rheostat settings each, and the illumination levels are almost perfect.
How Wide is the Field of View?
SA Sports doesn’t provide this information, but I estimate the field of view to be approximately 30 feet from 100 yards. I’ve used scopes with a wider field of view, but this offering is still more than enough to acquire your target before zeroing in for the kill shot.
How Easy is the Optic to Mount?
SA Sports includes a set of Weaver-style rings with the scope, along with an Allen key for mounting the accessory. The rings are very nice, and perfectly suited to just about any crossbow with a Weaver rail. If you know what you’re doing, mounting the scope will be a no-brainer. If you don’t, check out our guide on the topic and we’ll make it a no-brainer for you.
How Easy is It to Sight In?
After you’ve used your laser bore sighting tool to start off the process of sighting in, it’s just a matter of taking a few shots to fine-tune the scope. If you don’t know how to sight in a scope, be sure to check out our helpful article on the best way to do it.
I was able to sight in this scope in just two shots, using the industry standard 1/4" click values at 100 yards. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such an easy sight-in process.
Once you have your glass zeroed, it should hold for months, if not years. My scope has seen some pretty serious use (and abuse), and I’ve never had to adjust it since the initial sight-in.
How Durable is the Scope?
The scope itself is built from aircraft-grade aluminum, and is very sturdily constructed. It’s exceptionally durable, as evidenced by the fact that I’ve dropped my crossbow from a 15-foot tree stand a couple of times and the scope has survived with barely a scratch. The glass is fully waterproof and fogproof, too, so you can rest assured that the lenses are O-ring sealed and the optical chamber is nitrogen-purged. I’ve used the SA Sports 4×32 Crossbow Scope in weather both fair and foul, and it’s never let me down.