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Minox ZA5 HD 2-10x40 Rifle Scope BDC 600 Reticle 66411

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Data sheet

Magnification: 2x - 10x
Objective diameter: 40 mm
Eye relief: 4 inches
Glass type High Definition
Tube diameter: 1 inch
Click value: 1/4 inch @ 100 yards (1/4 MOA)
Lens coatings: Fully multi-coated
Body: One piece anodized aluminum
Waterproof: Yes
Nitrogen purged: Yes

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Minox ZA5 HD 2-10x40 Rifle Scope Review

The Minox ZA5 HD 2-10x40 HD is the next generation of the original Minox ZA5 2-10x40, with several updates that should make this scope a contender for 2014.  A fully waterproof and fogproof body (one inch main tube diameter) manufactured from a single piece of lightweight aluminum houses premium HD glass.  The glass quality on this scope far surpass that of the original ZA5 scopes, and are a definite step above the popular Minox ZV3 rifle scopes.

Construction quality is good, with some tight tolerances.  The moving parts of this scope (focus ring, magnification ring, turrets) are all a step above the previous generation of the Minox ZA5.  The ZA5 HD 2-10x40's eyepiece and focus ring are both rubber.  This is (in our opinion) an upgrade from the Minox ZV3's metal magnification ring, which can present some problems when wearing glvoes in cold weather.  The rubber is much more usable.  The turrets have also been upgraded from the previous generation, and are much lower and tighter than the high profile turrets on the old ZA5.  Clicks are audible and tactile, and the return to zero feature has stayed, which is nice.  

Optically, we have no complaints.  The clarity and sharpness is a noticable improvement both over the old ZA5 as well as the over-preforming ZV3.  The ZV3 3-9x40 was a very impressive release in 2013 as far as optical quality vs. price is concerned, and the ZA5 HD 2-10x40 does slow a slight edge in performance.  In additon, the ZA5 HD 2-10x40 also seems to have overcome its predecessor's biggest weakness, which is the rolling ball/field curvature effect seen when looking through the eyepiece.  Minox has done a good job of toning it down with this rifle scope, although there is still some slight distortion, especially if the eyepiece is not properly focused.  

We have written a more comprehensive review of the Minox ZA5 HD 2-10x40, you can check it out here: Minox ZA5 HD 2-10x40

OpticsCamp.com is an authorized Minox Dealer, so your Minox ZA5 HD 2-10x40 is protected by the Minox lifetime warranty.  The ZA5 HD 2-10x40 includes owner's manual, cleaning cloth, allen key, and Minox scopecoat.

Care and Feeding of your Minox ZA5 HD 2-10x40

Minox engineers extraordinary durability into every rifle scope they build.  However, they are still precision optical instruments and reasonable care should be taken to ensure long-term operational performance.  Do not disassemble the scope in any way, as this may damage the seals that make the Minox ZA5 HD fogproof and waterproof.  Transport the scope (and firearm, if attached) in a padded case and prevent the scope from experiencing any excessive impact.  When cleaning your firearm, be sure to cover the lenses of your Minox ZA5 HD to prevent cleaning agents from contacting and possibly damaging lens coatings.  Clean the scope periodically by wiping the body with a soft, lint-free cloth.  The objective ocular and objective lenses can be carefully cleaned by brushing away dust and dirt with a soft brush (such as a LensPen).  For heavy smudges or spots, a small amount of alcohol or lens cleaner can be utilized.  The scope's moving parts have been lubricated at the factor, and no further lubrication should be needed.

 

Using the Minox BDC 600 Reticle

Several Minox ZA5 HD rifle scopes are available with the Minox BDC 600 reticle. This reticle is designed for shooting at extended ranges, and utilizing additional reticle hashes depending on distance.

Minox BDC 600 ReticleThe BDC 600 reticle as designed on the Remington 7mm Magnum utilizing 150gr bullets at 3,100 feet per second. Depending on your caliber, results may vary - you will have to put in some range time to determine exactly what distance the BDC hash marks represent with your caliber and load.

The crosshair on the Minox BDC 600 reticle should be zeroed to your rifle at 200 yards. Once zeroed, the first hash mark on the BDC 800 reticle represents approximately 300 yards, the second represents approximately 400 yards, the third represents approximately 500 yards, and the fourth hash mark (the last hash mark, it rests on the thick vertical portion of the bottom crosshair post) represents approximately 600 yards.

Keep in mind that this calculation is based on the test caliber. Your ranges may vary depending on load and caliber. Test your reticle at the range so you're prepared for the hunt.

Because the rifle scopes utilizing the Minox BDC 600 reticle are second focal plane reticles, the ranging capabilities are only accurate when the scope is adjusted to maximum magnification. This hold true for ALL BDC-reticle equipped rifle scopes with second focal plane reticles.


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