TenPoint Rangemaster Pro 1.5 Review
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- Variable zoom setting
- Great light transmission
- Fantastic illumination brightness on reticle
- Some fisheye distortion
- Some units reported with bleed-through illumination
- More expensive than most of the competition
Welcome to our review of the TenPoint Rangemaster Pro 1.5–5x30mm Crossbow Scope. TenPoint is best known for their crossbows, but they also manufacture scopes to go along with their (and other) x-bows. How well does this one stack up? Let’s check it out.
The TenPoint Rangemaster Pro features an illuminated reticle with five brightness settings of red or green. It consists of a 30mm objective lens, which will provide you magnification from 1.5X to 5X.
What Are the Dimensions of the Crossbow Scope?
This scope is the standard one-inch tube diameter with a 30mm lens diameter. It is 8.25 inches long, and fits well on any crossbow rail with a Picatinny or Weaver rail. It weighs in at 15.4 ounces, so it will add just under a pound to the overall weight of your crossbow. I’ve dealth with lighter scopes, but I’ve also contended with much heavier ones; this one is average size and weight.
TenPoint doesn’t tell what the eye relief is for this scope, but I found it to be quite comfortable to see through from a generous 3.5 inches.
How Much Magnification Do I Get From the Rangemaster Pro?
With its 30mm objective lens, the Rangemaster Pro offers variable magnification from 1.5X to 5X. Even at maximum magnification, the image resolution remains very crisp and lifelike, but there is some fisheye distortion around the edges of the view. Some users have expressed that the variable zoom is actually the speed setting, but that was not my experience at all.
How is the Optics Quality on the Crossbow Scope?
The TenPoint Rangemaster Pro features fully multi-coated optics and offers very good light transmission. The reticle provides three lines for 20, 30, and 40 yards, along with two freestanding dots for 50 and 60 yard shots.
Since the scope includes a speed setting (more on that later), you can configure it to be accurate down to the yard no matter what your crossbow’s velocity might be.
Image resolution is exceptionally crisp and clear, and I’ve been able to spot deer bedded down in tall grass with ease. I’ve used this scope for several kill shots, and it’s never let me down.
What’s the Light Gathering Capability Like on the Scope?
Light transmittance on this bow is quite good, allowing fantastic sights of animals during the early morning hours. The illuminated reticles can switch between red and green, with almost perfect brightness settings. I’ve heard and seen reports of the light bleeding through the business end of the scope, though, so you should check your particular glass before you go transmit your location to the deer in the early hours.
How Wide is the Field of View?
TenPoint doesn’t advertise the field of view on this particular scope, but it seems to be roughly average. At 1.5X magnification, I would estimate it to be approximately 50 feet at 100 yards, and about 25 feet of terrain with maximum magnification. It’s a quite generous field of view, allowing you a simple task of acquiring your target and then zooming in on the animal before taking your shot.
How Easy is the Scope to Mount?
If you follow the correct procedure, this scope is quite easy to mount. You’ll find a set of rings for a standard Picatinny or Weaver rail included with the scope, and there aren’t any special tips or tricks required to get this scope installed on any of the crossbows in my collection. Of course, if your crossbow has a dovetail mount instead of a Weaver/Picatinny, you’ll need a separate set of rings for that rail.
How Easy is the Rangemaster Pro to Sight In?
Once again, it’s all about doing the job right. The one difference you’ll find between this scopes and other scopes is that it features a speed setting for matching the scope to your crossbow’s velocity. After you mount the scope, just turn the speed setting dial to your scope’s advertised velocity, and sight in at 20 yards. Once you’ve got your 20 yard sight-in done, move back to 40 yards and test the accuracy. If your crossbow shoots high at the 40 or 50 yard markings, you should adjust the speed dial to a higher setting. Conversely, if you shoot low, you should adjust the speed dial to a lower setting.
Once you’ve got this set, you should be good to go for months upon years of shooting. In fact, in more than two years of shooting with this scope, I’ve never had to touch the windage or elevation settings since sighting in.
How Durable is the Scope?
The TenPoint Rangemaster Pro is waterproof and fogproof, but it isn’t advertised as being shockproof. With that being said, this particular scope has suffered a few falls without any ill effects, so I’d call it relatively shockproof. This crossbow scope passes my clumsiness test, so I’d call it fairly durable.
Crossbow Scope Summary
Thanks for reading my review of the TenPoint Rangemaster Pro scope. This is an excellent choice, and performs very well in the field. The only real downside to this scope is the price, which is considerably more than most of its close competitors. This is a great scope to have bundled with your crossbow, but unless you’re a TenPoint fan and want to stick solely with their gear, I’d probably choose a less expensive but equally high quality scope for a different brand of x-bow.