I have both of these scopes, the 3-9 with the Duplex reticle and the 4-12 with the Accu-Range reticle and I love them. I would recommend any of the Redfields. First a little background. Redfields were a fine American scope and were a household name for the better part of the 20th century. Late in the 1990s the company closed its Denver, CO doors and the Redfield name suffered as management of the corporate assets passed hands several times. In 2008, Leupold & Stevens, Inc purchased the name and intellectual rights and resurrected this fine scope line. Now Redfield Scopes are being made by Leupold at their Oregon factory and they are covered by a full lifetime warranty…regardless if you are the original owner or not.
Bottom line is these are basic American made scopes and represent probably the best value on the market for an entry level American scope. The glass is very good with vapor deposition multi-coated surfaces, 1/4 MOA finger click adjustments, and brightness is comparable to a similar Leupold VX-1. You can have your choice of finish as long as it’s matt black. Eye relief is very good on these scopes and not as critical as my Weaver V-series scopes (not a slam on Weavers, I own several and they are fine scopes too). Both reticles are well designed and are a good balance with heavy weight posts and fine centers. I haven’t shot beyond 200 yards with the Accu-Range reticle so I can’t comment on its accuracy but I’m confident you’ll have no problems as long as you know your load ballistics. The zoom ring is smooth and easy to turn, and the adjustment and zoom markings are clear. I love these scopes, so far they have held their zeros and performed very well in hot and cold weather, on 4 wheelers, and on my back. I’ll now buy Redfields instead of VX- 1s because they are every bit as good plus you get click adjustments on the Redfield…you have to go up to a VX-II for clicks on a Leupold.
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