Simmons 8-Point Truplex 3-9-40 Riflescope Review
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- Budget-friendly and powerful scope
- Great light-gathering capabilities
- Excellent contrast and clarity of target image
- Short eye relief
- Not air rifle friendly
- Simple reticle with no range compensation markers
Welcome to our review of the Simmons 8-Point Truplex 3-9-40 Riflescope. This is a budget-friendly scope with magnification from 3 to 9X. The scope is designed for rifles, shotguns, and even pistols, but how well does it truly perform? That’s what we’re setting out to learn!
What Are the Scope’s Dimensions?
The Simmons 8-Point Truplex 3-9-40 is 13″ long and weighs 10.8 ounces, so it’s fairly lightweight for such a powerful scope. It fits comfortably on all of my firearms with standard 1″ rings, but the eye relief is a bit short at just 3.75″. Even with the short eye relief, though, I’m able to get a full picture through the scope without too much worry of the scope banging me in the eye when I fire.
How Powerful Is the Simmons 8-Point Truplex 3-9-40 Riflescope?
This scope zooms from 3X to 9X with ease, allowing you to get a bead on your target at a comfortable 3X magnification and then zoom in to 9X for true precision shooting. Contrast, clarity, and resolution are fantastic at all zoom levels, and the zoom wheel moves smoothly and consistently.
How Good Are the Optics on the Simmons 8-Point Truplex 3-9-40?
The optics on this scope are fully coated, providing you with optics that are anti-glare, anti-reflective, and cause the rain droplet to bead up and roll to the sides to keep you shooting even in inclement weather.
This scope features a 40mm objective lens with a 10.7″ exit pupil. The reticle is a simple Truplex reticle, without any range compensation markers, unfortunately. It is important to note that this scope is not designed to withstand the recoil of high powered air rifles; it is designed for shotguns and rifles, but not of the air variety. I’ve seen instances where the reticle rotated and came apart after being used with high-powered air rifles, so I cannot recommend this scope for use on an air rifle.
How Good Is Light Gathering On This Riflescope?
Simmons Optics does not advertise just how much light the scope transmits, but my comparison of this scope to another scope with advertised light transmission leads me to believe it is somewhere in the range of 90-93%. In real world terms, this scope is able to make out the head of a groundhog in the shade of trees from 75 yards, and then zoom in to take the little rodent’s head clean off. In other words, the scope has fantastic light transmission capabilities, and works wonderfully in medium to low lighting conditions. My only complaint is the lack of illuminated reticles, which might lead to skipping this scope for another one if you know you’ll be hunting in the early morning or late evening hours.
How Wide is the Field of View?
From a hundred yards, this scope presents you with a field of view that is 31.4′ wide with 3X zoom, and 10.5′ wide at maximum magnification. This is a generous field of view, and it allows you to easily locate your target and then zoom in tight without worrying about losing your target, even if it moves a bit.
How Easy is the Scope to Mount?
The Simmons 8-Point Truplex 3-9-40 riflescope does not come with rings, so you need to be sure to have a set of 1″ rings on hand when you get your scope. Once you have the rings, the scope mounts in seconds, without any muss or fuss. The rubber-coated tube allows for a secure fit in the rings, as well as easy adjustment of the scope to get your eye relief just right.
Any Tricks or Tips About Mounting the Scope?
No tips or tricks really necessary here, folks. Just make sure you have a set of 1″ rings, and you should be good to go.
How Easy is the Simmons 8-Point Truplex 3-9-40 to Sight In?
I always start sighting in a scope using a laser bore sighter, and I recommend the same for you. This saves time as well as ammunition, allowing you to get your scope on paper before you ever fire a shot. The audible clicks of the adjustment wheels for windage and elevation are a bit soft, so you’ll have to pay careful attention as you turn the wheel for the sound and feel of the click. Once you’ve got it down, though, you can sight this scope in easily. Each click moves the aiming point .25″ at 100 yards, and the adjustment range for this scope is 60″ at 100 yards. I was able to sight in the scope to dead zero within 50 rounds, and the scope has held true through thousands of rounds shot.
How Durable is the Riflescope?
The Simmons 8-Point Truplex 3-9-40 riflescope is made from a single piece of machined aircraft-grade aluminum, and is coated with rubber armor to protect it from drops and bumps. The scope is quite rugged, as well as being waterproof (thanks to O-ring sealed lenses) and fogproof (thanks to the barrel being nitrogen-filled). As previously mentioned, the scope won’t stand up to the special recoil of a high-powered air rifle, but it stands up to the shock and recoil of powerful rifles and shotguns with ease.