In-depth review of the Redfield Battlezone Scopes 3-9x42mm and 6-18x44mm
Redfield BATTLEZONE Optics – High quality, full featured, precision line of rifle scopes absolutely perfect for the Modern Sporting Rifle.
- High Quality Fully Multi-Coated Lens System – allows bright, crisp view in any lighting condition.
- 2 MSR Models – 3-9x42mm, and 6-18x44mm (there is also a TAC.22 2-7x34mm for rimfire rifles)
- Redfield is owned by Leupold!
- Great Reticle – TAC-MOA with each marking on the horizontal and vertical posts in two minute of angle (MOA) increments 3-9x42mm and one MOA increments on the 6-18x44mm, allowing quick windage and elevation compensation.
- Tactical Turrets for Windage and Elevation – These scopes have the tactical or long range “high turret” design for windage and elevation adjustment with audible clicks, with each being ¼ MOA and are easily reset to zero.
- Bullet Drop Compensation – 3-9x42mm comes with 2 turrets (.223/55 grain at 3100 fps, .308/168 grain at 2650 fps), and 6-18x44mm comes with 3 turrets (.223 and .308, as well as a standard MOA turret)
- 100% Waterproof, Fogproof, and Shockproof
- GREAT Warranty! – Redfield has a “No Excuses” 100% warranty. They will make it right with no hassle, and no excuses.
When I was looking for a precision “tactical” rifle scope for my new AR-15 build, I looked at what seemed to be hundreds of different scope offerings that ranged in price from $500-$2500 or more. On one of my trips to one of the local gun shops the Redfield BATTLEZONE caught my attention. After playing with it, and doing some additional research online, I decided to go ahead and give the 3-9x42mm a try. After all, it was only $199, and I knew Redfield had a really good reputation as well as having been acquired by Leupold. After a week of playing with the scope, and a trip to the 600yd range, I immediately purchased the big brother 6-18x44mm… and couldn’t be more pleased.
To begin with, let me tell you a little about my needs… I have both an AR-15 and an AR-10 precision Modern Sporting Rifles (MSR’s). I built both rifles, and while they are built for long distance accuracy, I would prefer not to have optics that are so expensive they give me high blood pressure when I am rolling around in the mud and the muck after game. I wanted a reticle allowing quick holdover adjustments if necessary, but also wanted the tactical style elevation and windage turret adjustments. Quality glass, that is 100% waterproof/fogproof/shockproof was also very important to me… and of course having manufacturer support and warranty coverage was also a big consideration.
The BATTLEZONE Scopes fit my bill perfectly!
High Quality Fully Multi-Coated Lens System
Few rifle scopes in the BATTLEZONE price range have Fully Multi-Coated Lenses. Fully Multi-Coated Lenses have demonstrable advantages in reducing glare and lens flare, and in increasing light transmission.
2 MSR Models, and 1 Rimfire Model
The BATTLEZONE line includes a 3-9x42mm and a 6-18x44mm designed for the AR, Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR) or precision bolt action rifles, and a 2-7x34mm designed for Rimfire rifles.
To begin with, the Objective Bells on the BATTLEZONE models is perfect for my intended uses… Predator/Varmint hunting with the .223, and medium sized game hunting with the .308. 42mm and 44mm are the perfect size. Typically the larger the objective the more light is allowed into the scope. That said, you have to balance the benefits of more light with the detriment of a larger objective bell. The larger the objective bell, the farther from the axis of the bore the scope will need to be mounted which presents decreasing accuracy as well as the challenge of getting a reasonable and repeatable cheek weld. In my opinion, a scope with an objective more than 42-44mm has disadvantages that start to outway the advantages. You get better strength, lower weight, greater depth of field, and less parallax with a 42-44mm objective then even with a 50mm, as well as more then adequate light transmission especially considering that the human eye is not the best at detecting technical light transmission.
The two power offerings are also perfect for my uses at 3-9x and 6-18x. At the 600 yard range I shot 10 out of 10 rounds hitting steel with both the .223 and the .308.
TAC-MOA Reticle, Tactical style turrets, and Bullet Drop Compensation (BDC).
BATTLEZONE scopes are designed for quick windage and elevation adjustments, an ideal design for tactical or hunting applications. The 3-9x42mm comes with two BDC turrets; one calibrated for .223/5.56mm NATO set for 55 grain bullets at 3,100 Feet Per Second (FPS), and a second calibrated for .308/7.62mm NATO 168 grain bullets at 2,650 FPS. (Each dial is marked in 50-yard increments.) The 6-18x44mm comes with both the dials that the 3-9x42mm comes with as well as a standard MOA dial. All the dials are interchangeable between both scope models, and all the dials can be purchased separately from Redfield. For either scope I feel the MOA dial is a great addition in case you want to chamber your MSR in an alternate caliber like 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 SPC, 300 Blackout, 6.5 Creedmore, or 7mm-08 to name a few options that are gaining popularity. In addition to the Tactical style turrets with BDC dials, the TAC-MOA Reticle with stadia lines on the horizontal and vertical crosshairs allows for quick holdover compensating for wind or bullet drop when necessary, as well as range estimation on objects of known size. The 3-9x42mm has lines at 2 MOA increments, and the 6-18x44mm has lines a 1 MOA increments.
100% Waterproof, Fogproof, and shockproof
The BATTLEZONE’s, like all Redfield riflescopes, are Nitrogen filled for a lifetime of waterproof, fogproof, and shockproof performance. Obviously this is ideal for a hunting scope. I have had them in temperatures ranging from the high 20’s F, to low 90’s in the same day… as well as rain and fog. Never did they fog up at all. I plan on keeping the scopes, so didn’t test the shockproof performance, but will take their word for it… and if there is a problem, the BATTLEZONE’s are covered by Redfields’ “No Excuses” lifetime warranty.
I believe there is no better scope offering then the Redfield BATTLEZONE scopes, especially in the sub $300 price range. If you are looking for a great scope for your MSR, whether hunting, or just wanting to stretch your AR’s legs a little at the range, the BATTLEZONE is a perfect solution!
A little about Redfield…(*1)
Based in Oregon, Redfield has the motto: “no-nonsense optics for everyone”. They maintain a focus of quality optical equipment that doesn’t break the bank. Founded in 1909 by John Hill Redfield, the Redfield Gun Sight Company manufactured a growing product line starting with an innovative line of open sites evolving to include rifle scopes, mounts, binoculars, rangefinders, and spotting scopes. In 1998, Redfield closed its doors with the name changing hands several times before finally landing squarely in April of 2008 with the purchase of the name and all intellectual property associated with Redfield Optics by Leupold & Stevens, Inc. Leupold is arguably the top manufacturer of sporting optics.
For more than 100 years, Redfield® has built an American hunting legacy. Now, as part of the Leupold® family, this American legend is looking to another century of hunting.
*1 – Source – THE REDFIELD STORY http://redfield.com/redfield-story/
3-9x42mm – http://www.redfield.com/_media/downloads/Battlezone_3-9x42mm.pdf
6-18x44mm – http://www.redfield.com/_media/downloads/Battlezone_6-18x44mm.pdf
TAC.22 2-7x34mm – http://www.redfield.com/_media/downloads/BattleZone_TAC22_2_7x34.pdf