Simmons 8-Point Truplex 50mm Riflescope Review
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- Tremendous light gathering capabilities
- Excellent contrast and clarity of target image
- Reticle is non-illuminated
- No range compensation markers on reticle
- Fuzzy focus beyond 80 yards
Guides: mounting, sighting-in, maintenance
Welcome to our review of the Simmons 8-Point Truplex Reticle 3-9x50mm Riflescope. This is a monster of a riflescope, with a 50mm objective lens at a price that can’t be beat. Just how good of a value is this scope, though? We’ll find out soon enough!
What Are the Scope’s Dimensions?
First of all, remember that this scope has a 50mm objective lens, so the front of the scope is absolutely huge compared to most riflescopes. The scope weighs in at 13.2 ounces, and is approximately 13.8″ long. It takes a fair bit of room on your rail, and you may find yourself needing high-rise rings to keep the objective lens away from your rail or barrel.
How Much Magnification Do I Get From the Simmons 8-Point Truplex Reticle 3-9x50mm Riflescope?
This scope features variable zoom from 3X to 9X. Resolution is sharp and focused at all magnifications, and the resolution is a bit more than I would expect out of a budget scope. Target images are clear and crisp, but focusing is a bit difficult beyond 80 yards.
How is the Optics Quality on the Riflescope?
The Simmons 8-Point Truplex Reticle 3-9x50mm has fully coated optics for bright, high-contrast target images. You won’t have to worry about reflection or glare, and the scope is waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof. The eye relief on the scope is a bit short, at 3.75″, so you may not want to use this scope with an extremely heavy recoil firearm. I found, though, that the eye relief was fairly comfortable even on my 12-gauge shotgun. The 50mm objective lens has a 16.6-to-5.6mm exit pupil, and the scope has 60″ of adjustment range at 100 yards. The reticle, which Simmons calls their Truplex reticle, is a simple crosshair without any range compensation markers.
What’s the Light Gathering Capability Like on the Scope?
With a 50mm lens, you would expect some fantastic light gathering capability, and this scope delivers it. I don’t have the exact percentage of light transmission, but I will say that I was able to pick out details in the shade of trees that other shooters with smaller scopes simply couldn’t imagine being able to see. My only complaint about the light gathering capability of this scope is that the reticle is not illuminated; with that much capability for low-light shooting, I would have expected an illuminated reticle. Then again, who can complain that much at the price this scope sells for?
How Wide is the Field of View?
Field of view on the Simmons 8-Point Truplex Reticle 3-9x50mm riflescope is a narrow 31.4 feet at 100 yards with 3X magnification, and 10.5′ at 100 yards with 9X magnification. This is a bit narrower than I’m used to, but it’s certainly usable for deer hunting or hunting other medium- to large-sized game. The quick target acquisition (QTA) eyepiece helps you quickly locate and focus on your target at 3X magnification, and then you can zoom in to the full 9X magnification for pinpoint accuracy up close and personal.
How Easy is the Scope to Mount?
The scope does not include rings, so you will have to purchase a set of 1″ rings to mount the scope. The 50mm front objective lens is rather large, so you’ll need a set of high rings to keep the front optical clear of the barrel. Other than that, the scope is very easy to mount and you should be able to have it mounted in seconds.
Any Tricks or Tips About Mounting the Scope?
When you order your scope, be sure to order a set of high rings to go along with it. The scope does not include rings, and anything but high rings will surely lead you to disappointment, because the front optical will touch your rail or barrel, or the scope simply won’t mount level with the barrel.
How Easy is the Simmons 8-Point Truplex Reticle 3-9x50mm to Sight In?
First things first, always use a laser bore sighting tool to start the process of sighting in your scope. This saves time and ammunition, since you can get your scope and rifle on paper before you even fire a single round. The windage and elevation adjustment dials are easy to turn, but not too easy, and do not require tools to adjust. Once I’d bore sighted the scope, getting my groupings down to my typical 1/2″ circle took less than a box of ammunition, so the scope sights in very easily. Once sighted in, the scope held true for several thousand rounds through my AR-15.
How Durable is the Riflescope?
The scope is very durable, and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. You’ll be sure to have a rock solid scope that can handle bumps and falls, and the scope held up to the recoil of both my 12-gauge shotgun and my .50 caliber muzzleloader without any problems. The scope is also O-ring sealed for waterproofing, and nitrogen-charged to keep it fogproof.