Review: March-F 3-24 x 42 FFP
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    Senior Member JFComfort's Avatar
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    Las Vegas, NV
    I wanted to re-post this reveiw done by my friend Fireguyty. He is
    running a March scope and we have all been very impressed by it. You
    don't often hear of March scopes out side of the Benchrest world but
    they have some new offerings that are very appealing to precision

    fireguyty- This year at the SHOT show I made a point to stop by
    the Kelbly's booth to check out the March scopes that I have been
    hearing about so much. I spoke with Jim Kelbly about Tactical
    Precision competition and how in the 8 competitions I have shot I have
    seen every high end scope except a March. He stopped me mid sentence
    and said "Well I'll send you one to use for a while, kick some ass,
    and show my scope off". Sounded good to me, and I knew I could do just
    that (well, maybe at least show the scope off).

    Initial impression:
    Three weeks later the March-F 3-24 with the new FML-1 reticle arrived!
    First thing that struck me was how little it was. I did see the scopes
    at Kelbly's booth, but they were all side by side and no other brands
    were around. When I put it next to my SS 5-20 I was shocked at it
    being 2/3 the size. The weight was the same as the size.....small. On
    my wife's high tech $10 food scale it came in a 1 pound, 5.75 ounces,
    WOW. Now I started to worry what I was going to be giving up with such
    a small package, and such a huge range of magnification.

    Other than the size and weight, next what grabbed my attention was the
    turrets. They are a very low profile tactical turret. They stick up
    about half as far as my SS, and about 1/3 as high as a Vortex Razor.
    They are just high enough to be easy to see and turn, but low enough
    to slide into my Eberlestock easily or not get hit when poking the
    rifle through a barricade. The tops of them have nice big extrusions
    to grab on to and twist.

    The clicks themselves are very distinct in position, feel, and sound.
    Very nice. Both elevation and windage have 10 Mil per revolution. When
    mounted with my DTA 30 MOA rings I had 21 mil remaining (that gets me
    to around 2000 yards without holdover with my 338 barrel strapped in).
    The windage knob is marked by direction with both the number and
    letter of direction. Example: 2R is 2 Mil right. Some see this as
    overly bone headed, but I know for a fact that I have jacked up wind
    calls not by how much, but by just being stupid enough to turn the
    dial the wrong way.

    Last but not least is the zero stop. Apparently March subscribes to
    the KISS theory (keep it simple, stupid), because this thing is
    simple. Simply set the elevation turret to anywhere you want (0, or
    maybe +.5, doesn't matter), then get a nickel and turn the coin slot
    on the elevation turret clockwise till it stops. If you prefer to run
    with out the zero stop, simply turn the coin slot 1/4 counter
    clockwise and forget about it.

    What's included:
    With the scope came a 3" sunshade, a set of plastic lens covers, a set
    of very slick leather lens covers, paper work, and an allen wrench for
    zeroing the turrets.

    Looking through the glass:
    Before I get started here, I need to say that I am not a professional
    photographer. I don't know any technical terms concerning glass. The
    other day someone mentioned "chromatic aberration" and I thought it
    was some kind of rash you got from spending to much time with lot
    lizards. Also, people tend to worry a lot about this area and I don't.
    All I care about is if the target is clearly visible. Also I will
    mention certain name brands that I have looked through in comparison.
    This is not to get anyones panties in a bunch.

    Like I said, I was a little concerned about what I was going to be
    getting when I looked through the thing because of the wide range of
    magnification, and relatively small objective size. Those concerns
    were totally unfounded. This thing is clear and bright! I have looked
    through S&B, Premier, USO, and Ziess. This little scope gives nothing
    up to any of those. My father and I were just astonished that we could
    look at a tree at 400 yards and see individual leaves. However, the
    most impressive thing that I saw was while we were doing some extreme
    short range work at a little practice match team Sin City Precision
    put on. We were setting up to shoot at .1" dots at 8 yards. I dropped
    down on my rifle and started laughing when I could focus in at 8 yards
    on 24 power! Everyone on the line had to come over and look. Most were
    seeing double on their lowest magnification, and all of these guys
    were using the top tier brands. One of the guys who's safe holds
    Premier, S&B, and a couple of Nightforce said "I think I might have to
    sell my Schmidt for one of these".

    Eye box:
    The eye box on the March is very good between 3-20 power. You can hop
    down behind it and get a good sight picture easily even while doing
    positional shooting or shooting support side. After 20 power the eye
    box does get a little picky. For prone supported shooting, or bench
    rest paper punching there is absolutely no issue, but I for one would
    not attempt off hand, barricade or obstacle shooting past 20 power
    (with these things I am usually at 12 power anyway). Comparing this
    directly to a S&B 5-25 that I spent some time behind I found the same
    narrow eye box at higher magnification. However, I get no sense of
    tunnel vision on low mag that I did with the Schmidt.

    The reticle in this scope is the FML-1. Its a mil reticle with a
    floating dot. The floating dot has half a mil on either side until the
    reticle starts up. It has numbers a 2,4,6 and so on to keep track. The
    horizontal has 4 mil on either side and the vertical has 15 mil going
    down. At 24 power you can see a little over 6 mil on the vertical, and
    you can see all 15 mil at 11 power. I think that the floating dot is
    an excellent solution for a FFP reticle. On 24 magnification the dot
    is on the target and the rest is out of the way versus some of the
    other FFP reticles who's cross hairs are so large at max magnification
    that they cover up the target.

    Overall impression:
    Often times when you have a product that attempts to cover several
    different fields you get the old "jack of all trades and master of
    none". I think that the March-F manages to cover all the fields as
    well as any of the top tier brands who's scopes are more focused in on
    specifics. It does all of this at just 12" long and only 22 ounces!
    Further the fit and finish of the thing is just flawless.

    My obligation:
    To show this diamond off. I hit almost every monthly Vegas, and
    Phoenix match. Also I will be an RO at this weekends Phoenix TPRC and
    hope to hit NorCal's TBRC (Vu you hearing this). Also I have been
    looking hard at hitting Utah, and SoCal. Please come out and put a
    couple 6.5 pills through my DTA and look through this March! After,
    when you have to have one tell Jim or Ian that Ty sent you.

    Low Power 3x
    High Power 24x
    Effective Lens Diameter 42mm
    Body Tube Diameter 30mm
    Exit Pupil at High power1.75mm
    Field of View (real) degree
    Low 6.67
    High 0.83
    Eye Relief Low 85-100mm
    High 89-96mm
    1 Click Adjustment 0.1Mil
    Elevation Travel 28Mil
    Windage Travel 28Mil
    Focus Side focus
    Distance 10YD-infinity
    Finish Black
    Reticle type FFP
    Reticle FML, FML-1
    Length mm (inch) 409mm (16.1inch)
    Price illuminated $2850
    Non-illuminated $2230

    My pumpkin head behind the March.

    This is at 8 yards on 24 magnification. Those dots under the reticle are .1".

    Here is a terrible picture of the March-F next to my SS 5-20

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    Jul 2010
    south east GA
    been around for a while now and i have never heard nothing but hi marks for the march optics. great always.
    ...kill em all !!!!


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