Kicking the preverbal tires on a NEW Optic from LUCID Optics. I was able to get my hands on the NEW for 2017 LUCID Optics MLX rifle scope recently. After receiving the package that came a few days earlier than expected I found what seemed to be a very well built and thought out rifle scope in my hands. The NEW MLX from LUCID Optics is a (4.5x - 18x44) Mil Based, First focal plane rifle scope that is compact in size at just a little under 14” long and weighing in at a well balanced 26oz. The MLX is built on a one piece, 30mm tube, a fast focus 34mm ocular and a 44mm objective. In my first look through this glass I noticed that the image is incredibly clear and showed outstanding color accuracy and bright sharp resolution through out the entire magnification range. Now, the MLX is a front focal plane optic so it has a clean and nicely designed reticle that does grow and shrinking in tandem with the magnification changes made. There is a parallax adjustment on the left side providing an adjustment in the ranges of 15yds to infinity. I also noticed that the eye relief on this optic was quite generous, maybe that was the way I was holding it, as the optic had not been mounted to the test platform firearm just yet. I was simply to excited to wait to look through it. So, attempting to remain objective, I set the optic down even though I did not want to, and gathered my mounting system and test fire arm on the bench and began the process of setting the optic on the firearm. All in all, the MLX appears to be well thought out and has a LOT of features that I am sure will prove themselves on the range in the coming days. Mounted and Finally Range Day with the LUCID Optics MLX With the NEW MLX 4.5x - 18x44 from LUCID Optics mounted on the test platform firearm, for this I use a Savage 10 Action, Chambered in 6.5 Creedmor set in a MPA Chassis with a Schillen Barrel. Finally it was time to send some projectiles down range and see just how the LUCID Optics MLX performs. With a really easy zero it was time to go to work, the optic was only off 3/10’s of a Mil in windage and 7/10 of a Mil in elevation. I found the turrets a bit different, they lift up, for access to making the adjustment and lift even further to re-zero the markings on the turret with the index dots on the scope body. I like this feature, just new to me. With any First Focal Plane optic designed specifically for the PRS market, the acid test in precision is a “box test”. Does the optic track properly? I like to do these at 50 yards as this provides the most travel requirements from a normal sized target and eliminates most of the “shooter error”, that can be introduced at further distances.
Judging by the target, I mean, see for your self LUCID Optics MLX performed Very Well. In this review the MLX seemed to take ALL I could dish out and smile. Any of the anomalies in shot placement are obvious shooter error, no complaints from me on the performance of the MLX so far. Once through the Box test and with a confirmed re-zero at 100yds, I wanted to run the reticle out a bit and see where it actually held in contrast to my proven ballistic data. So I referenced my ballistic app, STRELOK and set the reticle on the 600yd target with the magnification on 18x, held the 4MIL line and squeezed. The strike on the steel was unmistakable. So I backed the magnification off to 10x and sent another. It stacked right on top of the previous one. No shift in magnification and the reticle is measured properly. I could not help myself I engaged steel out to 1200yds and as close as 100yds. The crystal clear performance of the LUCID Optics MLX made it almost like cheating. Time spent with this optic was an absolute pleasure. Final Thoughts Ok, I have to be honest, I am truly impressed especially since this thing has a MSRP of $649. If you are looking for a high quality glass with more features and benefits than many other optics out there, well over $1000 more,, get your hands on one of the LUCID Optics MLX 4.518x44, and use the left over budget for ammo. Now the only issue I have is finding out what it is going to take to get the good folks at LUCID Optics to let me keep this one. - Dee Zimmerman Avid Shooter
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