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Burris Fullfield E1 Ballistic Plex Scope

July 12, 2012
Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

When writing a review on Savage's new Lightweight Hunter, several factors were considered in deciding which scope to mount. The primary factor was weight; I didn't want to mount a heavy scope when the objective is to keep the weight down. Secondly, I wanted to keep the scope length as short as possible. Affordable pricing, good clarity, variable magnification (3-9x40 was suitable) and a good warranty were also considered. Having talked with the staff from Burris at the NRA Convention in Pittsburgh, I decided on their new Fullfield E1 with a matte finish.

The Burris Fullfield E1 is the next generation in the Fullfield line. They started with a really good scope and made it even better. Some of the enhancements include:

* upgraded windage and elevation knobs

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Burris Fullfield E1

* double internal springs to secure the internal tube

* positive steel-on-steel adjustments with audible clicks

* HiLume multi-coated lenses for maximum clarity and light transmission (99.5% each lens)

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* filled with laboratory-grade dry nitrogen and sealed with Burris-exclusive quad seals

* the power adjustment ring is aggressively knurled making adjustments easy even with gloves on

The most noticeable enhancement is the new Ballistic Plex E1 etched reticle. Like the original Fullfield II, the Ballistic Plex reticle incorporates a series of hash marks under the center of the crosshair allowing the shooter to compensate for bullet drop at longer distances (200, 300, 400 yards for most centerfire rifles). In addition, the Fullfield E1 reticle is further enhanced with a series of cascading dots to the left and right of the crosshair to compensate for crosswinds.

For example, assume the Fullfield E1 is sighted in for 100 yards, center of reticle. The first hash mark down would be for 200 yards, the second hash mark down is for 300 yards, etc. The dots then allow for the necessary hold off assuming a 10 mph crosswind. For a 5 mph crosswind, halve the distance; for a 20 mph crosswind, double the distance.

The reticle is also different in that it does not extend from top to bottom and left to right. The crosshairs only cover about 1/3 of the view in the center. This gives a nice uncluttered view of the target and the surroundings. The crosshairs are duplex styling (thin in the middle and heavy on the ends).

Field of View at 100 yards: 33 ft. (3x) to 13 ft. (9x)

Maximum Adjustment at 100 yards: 50 inches

Eye Relief: 3.8 inches (3x) to 3.1 inches (9x)

Length: 12.2 inches

Weight: 13 oz.

All Fullfield E1 scopes come with Burris' Forever Warranty which "protects Burris products from any defects in materials or workmanship - even if you are not the original owner. Burris will, at its option, repair or replace the item at no charge."

The Fullfield E1 is available in 2-7x35, 3-9x40, 3-9x50 and 4.5-14x42. The MSRP ranges from $266 to $518 with the 3-9x40 Fullfield E1 coming in at $295. Typical street price for the 3-9x40 will run between $200 to $250. High quality scopes in the $200 to $300 range and becoming fewer and fewer; Burris has been able to control rising production costs making the Fullfield line a good buy.

First Published October 2011



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