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Overall, the Hensoldt 4-16x56 mm is an excellent scope. It packs very impressive optical capability
in a very compact format - it is smaller than most scopes it competes against. Its image edge
clarity and linearity over the magnification range is unmatched by any of the scopes I tested it
against. However, the Hensoldt is not without criticism: it lacks a true zero stop and older
shooters tended to have a problem with the very fine clicks and hash marks on the elevation knob.
The reticle choices in the Hensoldt are also limited to the basic mil-dot. Many shooters now prefer
mil-based reticles with finer lines and one-half mil features, such as the S&B P4-Fine or the
Premier Reticles Gen-II XR reticles. Market pricing for the Hensoldt 4-16x56 mm is currently about
$3460: 6% more expensive than a comparable S&B PMII, 38% more expensive than the Premier Heritage
One criticism of the Hensoldt was that the knob clicks are very close together and the
hash marks can be hard to read.
Shane Coppinger had to borrow the author's AI the morning of a match - with only a few rounds
to familiarize himself with the rifle and scope, he placed fourth, tagging targets out to 875 yards.
The Hensoldt 4-16x56 mm brings together most of the features that define a best-class
scope for practical long-range shooting.
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