Redfield Revolution Rifle Scope Review

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The Redfield brand has a long history with the North American hunter. The Redfield Gun Sight Company produced a variety of rifle scopes for the American sportsman until its closing in 1998. Today its not unusual to see hunters in the field still using various Redfield scopes produced in the 60's, 70's, and 80's. Leupold and Stevens purchased the right to the Redfield brand and intellectual property in 2008 and began producing new Redfield scopes a few years ago. For this review we will be taking a look at the Redfield Revolution 4-12x40mm scope with Accu-Range reticle.

The Redfield Revolution scope line up comprises only four scopes: 2-7x33mm, 3-9x40mm, 3-9x50mm, and our review model the 4-12x40mm. Each scope is available in either a 4-Plex reticle or the Accu-Range reticle. The 4-plex is nothing spectacular and is similar to nearly any other duplex reticle on the market. The Accu-Range reticle is a more interesting ballistic reticle that can be used for a variety of bullet drop holds for magnum and non-magnum cartridges.


The Redfield Revolution 4-12x40mm Rifle Scope.

The Accu-Range reticle can accommodate two groups of cartridges based on their muzzle-velocity and trajectories. For most magnums, the center cross-hair will be used with a 300 yard zero and with most non-magnums the center cross-hair will be used with a 200 yard zero. Each mark below the cross-hair will be an additional 100 yards giving a total variation of up to 300 yards. Leupold has placed a chart for the various cartridges on the Redfield website available here: http://www.redfield.com/riflescopes/redfield-accu-range-cartridge-groups. Overall the Accu-Range is on the basic side of entry level ballistic reticles; however having any ballistic reticle options at all at this price point is a plus.

Our review model has excellent eye relief with at least 3 inches or more of relief even at the highest power. On the low power setting the eye relief is considerably more than 3 inches, which is excellent for those that are concerned about crowding the scope. Usually, with entry level scopes, the eye relief can be quite short and it is nice to have the full eye relief of a higher end scope in an entry level offering.


The power ring is separate from the eye piece.

Optical quality is very good with a crisp clear image that is similar to the view through a Leupold VX-I. Low light clarity is good and there does not appear to be any edge or rim aberrations in the optical image.

Adjustments to the reticle are made by turning the windage and elevation turrets which are click adjustable. The turrets are solid with knurled edges that can be quickly adjusted without the use of a coin or screw driver. Seeing and feeling the click of the adjustment also helps when sighting in a rifle.


The turrets can be adjusted without a coin or screw driver in quarter MOA clicks.

There are a couple of rather minor downsides to the Redfield scopes. First, they use a rather rough matte finish and there are no other finish options in the lineup. While optically the Revolution may be very similar to a Leupold VX-I, the finish is considerably rougher than anything in the Leupold VX lineup. Second, there is no included lens covers or even something simple to cover the scope. Granted, scope manufactures are not required to provide anything to protect the scope at the time of purchase, but it seems to be par for course to have at least a basic lens cover included with the scope. The lack of a scope cover is a small additional cost that you may want to factor into your purchase of a Redfield.

The Redfield Revolution scopes are a strong offering in the entry level scope category. Our review model comes in at $219 with some Redfield scopes starting at around $150. Considering the good optical properties and the backing of Leupold's full lifetime warranty, the Redfield scopes are worth considering if you are in the market for a new rifle scope this fall.

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Comments

redfield scope

i hunt deer in the north east

this is the first scope i spent over 150 dollars on what constiutes a "high end scope "

i thought this product has all the features i was looking for and made in the USA

i do see a difference from my older scopes and this one as far as light trans mission and workmanship

what else could i have looked for

thanks

Bush Boy's picture

Redfield 3-9x50

I'm very happy with my 3-9x50 Revolution. Yes, for $900 more I could have even better low-light performance - although I'm astonished how good this scope is in near-dark conditions - and some scopes $1000+ can be ranged for my T/C Encore Pro Hunter's 270Win... and yes, lense covers would be nice too... but at $160 including taxes etc Redfield have made a terrific scope!

It works beautifully, it looks perfect, the Accu-Range recticle is the envy of many other brands including their owners Leupold, and the bright- and low-light images are clear!

If you want gold trimmings and signatures and camo and and and... don't go with a Redfield, but if you hunt and like gear you learn to love then find a Redfield seller now!

hunter25's picture

Great review on an old name

Great review on an old name in scopes. Years ago when I was younger they were a very respected company and I still use and hunt with one today on my sons 22-250. The eye relief was a little short on a 3x9 Tracker and you would get hit every time if used on anything harder kicking than that. I remember when everything started going bad for them in Denver and before I knew it they were gone. It's great a company like Leupold picked up the name as they haev the respect needed to bring them back from where they ended up. Like the others I'm not in real need of a scope now but will definately look at these models in the future when or if I'm in need of a new one.

 

numbnutz's picture

Great review. Like CA_ I'm

Great review. Like CA_ I'm not in the market for a scope but a I am in need of some new Bino's. I have never seen or used the ooold Redfield scopes but my good friend has one and still uses it today. I have looked at Redfields new stuff since being bought by Leupold and they make some good stuff. One think I like is Leupold and Redfield products are made right here in Portland ( I drive by their plant every week). The warranty on both lines is unmatched in the industry. The next time I'm in the market for a scope I have already decided on looking in to the Redfield line of stuff. Leupold in my opion makes the best scopes out there and the warranty can't be beat. The customer service is excellent. My buddy had an issue with his scope he made one call they said bring it in to the factory and they switched it out with out any questions. CA- I have heard their rangefinders are really good too. I have a Bushnell scout arc 100 and love it and will not switch.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, I have seen Redfield

Well, I have seen Redfield becoming a little more popular lately, so this is a timely article on their scope.  Good review.  However, I am not in the market for a scope, but I have been looking at rangefinders, and I have looked into getting a Redfield.  I would like to see some reviews of that.  It's one of the cheaper optics you can get, in price, but hopefully the quality is not "cheap".  If the rangefinders can get a good review like their scope does here, it may be worth lookig at.

The best thing about it is that it's now under the "leupold" umbrella of products, so I can't imagine them putting out an inferior product.  That makes me a little more serious about trying this product.

Thanks for the write-up.

Retired2hunt's picture

  Dad owns an old Redfield

 

Dad owns an old Redfield scope and still swears by it to this day.

For an entry level scope it appears to be a fairly decent bargain.  There is a $10 difference in the 4-plex regular crosshair reticle and the Accu-Range reticle - additional money that I think is well worth it it the field or woods.

It is a nitrogen filled scope for water proofing and fog proofing.  Their $150 model has the nitrogen as internal weather protection as well.  Finer scopes use argon or an argon/krypton mix which performs better according to what I have read thus far.

However the scope appears to be a 1 inch tube so less optic strength and adjustment capability than the 30mm tube scopes.

The scope does have Leupold's lifetime warranty and that is (a wise person once told me) one feature that you need to have and a sign of a better product/manufacturer.

My one son is in the market for an entry level scope.  I'll share this scope's specs and features with him.

 

 

 

ShortBus's picture

3-9x40

I use the 3-9x40 with the accurange reticle and I love the scope. It is super clear and does very well in low light.