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Old 01-07-2013, 01:25 PM
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Anybody using a Centerpoint 4 to 16x Scope?

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Just put a CenterPoint 4x to 16x scope with lighted reticle and paralax adjustment on my Rug 77 Hawkeye in .270 caliber. Doing this for fun. If it doesn't work out I burned through $70 and can go back to one of my higher end scopes.

The reviews on the scope are excellent and I have become more and more interested in long range shooting (300 to 600 yards) and I figured this inexpensive mil dot scope would be a good way to start and have some fun without breaking the bank.

Mounted it to the rifle last night and it looks great. Optics are plenty sharp at 4x and 12x with the paralax adjustment. So far I'm very impressed. Now I have to zero it at the range and see if it will hold up to the pounding and hold zero.

Has anybody else been using this particular CenterPoint scope for a while? If you have I'd be interested to hear the good, bad and ugly!

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Old 01-07-2013, 06:19 PM
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Think it was the first year my local Wal-Mart began selling your 4-16 centerpoint when I bought mine. Was on way home from a gunshow where I'd bought a bubba done sporterized mauser that needed an inexpensive scope. Remember first time I took rifle to range to zero the scope and came home really disappointed in its optics. Still have the Center Point scope. Its been on maybe 10 different rifles and presently is on a 30-06. While I have lots of scopes with better optics than my Center Point, can't complain about its adjustments or its durability. It serves as kinda my backup scope for a new rifle. Use it while I leasurely shop around for another scope.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:19 PM
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I have 3 of these scopes. They are definitely not a high quality scope but they are a decent scope for the money. I have one on a 25-06, one on my .25WSSM, and one on my 10/22 target gun. The finger turrets work great on my .22 and make it easy to adjust out to 100 yds. The glass is better than I would expect for the price but doesnt.gather light at early/late like my Nikon's or Redfield's. Definitely good enough for 90% of my shooting applications. It is a big scope but not oversized for a full size rifle. Not my favorite scope but it does what I need.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:00 PM
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Took a picture of my Centerpoint 4x to 16x that's mounted on my Ruger Hawkeye in .270 Caliber. I'm setting this rifle up as my long range shooter (100 yards to 350 yards for me) for deer hunting in wide open spaces in Potter County, PA.

So far, so good. Took it to the range last weekend and got it on paper at 100 yards. Today I had a chance to dial it in perfectly at 100 yards and match the rifle and scope combo to some different combinations of ammo.

* Fusion 130 grain pills were consistently tight and the recoil was comfortable. By the end of the day I sent an entire box of Fusion 130s through this rig and based on accuracy decided this will be my long range deer hunting load. I decided to sight in about 3.5 inches high at 100 so I can shoot out to 350 yards or so without having to adjust much for hold over/under.

*Fusion 150 grains shot to the same point of aim as the 130s but hit .5" low at 100 yards so if I use 150 grain bullets I'm basically shooting right to the bullseye which is a nice option.

*Partisan 150 grain bullets shot slightly to the right of the Fusions and shot the most consistently tight three shot groups. I'm going to pick up a couple of boxes of 130 grain Partisans and if they shoot as tight as the 150s I will dial the rig in for the Partisan 130s rather than the Fusion 130s. The Fusion 130s were good enough...maybe 1.75" on average for a three shot group. The Partisan's were better shooting minute of angle more often than not. If I could get that kind of accuracy with the reduced recoil of the Partisan 130s that would be my load.

*Winchester Silvertip 130s shot consistently tight groups. The rifle likes this ammo nearly as much as the Partisan 150s but I'm not a fan of the construction of the Silvertip bullet. I shot a 170ish live weight 7 point buck at 225 yards with a rest with a 130gr. silvertip and the buck went down like it was struck by lightning! Fantastic! However upon inspection the bullet fragmented like a grenade, destroyed some meat and there wasn't enough of it left to make an exit wound. I know it's a matter of preference but I'm an exit wound guy so this bullet doesn't do it for me.

*Winchester Powerpoint 150 grain bullets...the Ruger Hawkeye hated these bullets! Sprayed them around. I think a 4" group was about he best I could do in four tries. Don't really want to shoot the 150s anyway so nothing lost in that regard but good to know I need not buy PowerPoints in 130 grain assuming they would perform similarly and since I already have a couple of good options.

Really liking the way the Centerpoint optics are performing. The images are clear enough and the scope is held Zero with about 70 rounds through it today. I tried the lighted reticle during daylight conditions and it did nothing for me. I figured it was for low light only conditions and today pretty much confirmed that unless I'm doing something wrong. The Ruger rings are tight and seem to be holding the scope tube in place firmly and remaining tight on the rifle as well.

The eye relief adjustment and parallax adjustment do exactly what they are supposed to do. The mil dot reticle is nice though I didn't actually attempt to use it since I was only shooting at 100 yards. The rifle is balanced nicely with the scope. It's heavier than it was when I had a Bushnell 3 to 9 on it but that's to be expected and so far I think this is a better scope for longer range shooting.

Can't wait to take it to Potter County next year with my shooting stick and try and drop a nice buck at a range of 200 or 300 yards. If we get a skiff of snow again like we had this past year it would not be hard to do.
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:22 PM
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Glad you like your scope. For the price it is a decent scope. I also have one of their red dot scopes mounted on my Hi-Point .45 Carbine.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:06 PM
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My experience with Centerpoint scopes and red dots has been hit-and-miss. It seems that if I get a good one, it's a good one; if I get a bad one, it's junk. Getting a scope for half the cost of a better brand is fun, but I am always aware I may end up paying twice.
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