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A Close Look – Nightforce SHV 4-14×56 Review

The Nightforce SHV riflescope is built in a single piece scope body, with a 30mm main tube, 56mm objective lens, a magnification range of 4-14x, has ¼ MOA click adjustments for both elevation and windage control with a total of 100 MOA of elevation and 70 MOA of windage available. All these come in 14.8” long package that weighs either 26.9oz for the non-illuminated model or, 28.5oz with illumination. Two second focal plane reticle choices are offered with quite high quality MOAR or, new IHR reticle. These specifications spell out a successful package. The 30mm main tube allows Nightforce to provide a generous amount of internal elevation and windage adjustment.

Designing the scope with a 56mm objective lens will surely please the big game hunting crowd as more amount of light will be made available during those dawn or, dusk moments when these creatures are more active and the shooters take the chance.

Nightforce-shv-4-14x56-riflescope-reviewThe magnification range of 4-14x are ideally suited for this. The low end of the magnification is ideal for hunting in deep forest and in the areas of low river bottom as it provides a maximum field of view to the hunters. The SHV has approximately 4” of eye relief at 14x.For a scope designed to suit a very wide range of end users, this scope has the specifications to deliver on all levels.  The high end of magnification is perfect for long range of shooting, allowing precise holds on the target or, game. These scopes are not cheap, the quality of the material used therein, the precise tolerance level, the skilled workmanship and the need to withstand a lifetime of recoil make it physically impossible to build a world class riflescope that is cheap! It was manufactured in a bit more affordable manner. It has simpler controls and a less complex manufacturing process, retaining the quality of Nightforce SHV 4-14×56. It really can outshine other riflescope in its price range.

Nightforce SHV 4-14x56 rifle scope

The Nightforce SHV was mounted on top of a custom built rifle using a Nightforce SHV Ultra-light medium height rings. The rifle has a standard target contour barrel from a premier barrel manufacturer and uses a Remington M 700 receiver. This particular rifle was selected to test and evaluate the scope/ optic as the rifle was built for use as a coyote rifle and has seen uses in the precision rifle competition throughout the United States. The accuracy of the rifle is superb and the bullet placement was extremely high, allowing concentrating on making sure the scope was working perfectly.The purpose of the rifle fit the intended use of the scope as well since the scope is designed to be used in multitude of roles. This combination of rifle and scope seems to be a perfect unison of machine and functionality. The Nightforce SHV rings are first mounted to the scope base and torqued down to 65”l. After setting the scope in the lower half of the ring, getting the correct eye relief and ensuring the scope was level with the action of the rifle, the top half of the rings were torqued down to 15”lbs.

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About Mark Griffin

Hi, This is Mark Griffin, a professional camp instructor, a passionate hunter and wildlife enthusiast. I like to travel & participate in hunting events across the country and abroad. I have been reloading, shooting and hunting for over 15 years now. Beside, a professional Camp Instructor, I am an avid blogger and freelance writer. Plenty of my blogs/articles have been featured on popular hunting forums and web magazines. When not hunting, photographing, writing, or spending time with my 'kiddos', I usually try to master wildlife painting!
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