NightForce SHV 5-20x56mm Riflescope Review

This durable scope is also great for an unlimited budget. It’s the perfect choice for hunters, law-enforcement personnel, and target shooters because it provides extraordinary precision at extended ranges due to higher magnification and superb clarity, crispness, and color contrast from low to high ranges. The images are clear because of its first class glass. NightForce didn’t sacrifice the quality of glass in this one because even at 20x magnification, you won’t experience having any distortion. It also has a perfect repeatable tracking and eye relief of 3.9 inches. Another great feature worth mentioning is its 56mm objective lens. Turrets are also easily adjustable by a finger because of the click adjustment type. The waterproof, shockproof, and fogproof SHVTM 5-20×56 is a more than capable partner for your next long range shooting adventure thanks to its premium features, 30mm main tube, and multiple reticle and illumination options. With no punches pulled, it’s perfect for all types of weather in any environment.

The only drawback I can see is its price tag. This scope costs around $2,250 to $2,500. But, like I mentioned earlier, the price won’t be a problem if your budget is also not a problem.

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Below are the specifications of the scope:

Magnification Range 5-20x
Focal Plane Second
Exit Pupil 5x: 8.7mm

20x: 2.5mm

Click Value .250 MOA
Tube Diameter – Other 30m/1.18 in.
Objective Lens Diameter 56mm
Internal Adjustment Range (MOA/Mil) e: 80 MOA

w: 50 MOA

e: 21.8 Mil

w: 13.6 Mil

Calibrated Ranging Power 20x
Field of View @100yds/100 meters 5x: 17.9 ft.

20x: 5.0 ft.

5x: 5.46m

20x: 1.52m

Objective Outer Diameter 65 mm
Eyepiece Outer Diameter 43mm
Parallax Adjustment 25 yds. – ∞
Overall Length (inches/mm) 15.2 in./386mm
Weight (ounces/grams) 30.5 oz./865g**
Mounting Length (inches/mm) 6.5 in/165 mm
Front/Rear Mounting Length 2.81 in/2.04 in
PTL (Power Throw Lever) Accessory
Reticles Available IHR™


Elevation Feature ZeroSet™

With 1 MOA elevation and windage markings, .140 MOA lines, more accurate range finding and hold-offs are possible on smaller targets at longer ranges. Combined with a floating center crosshair, this makes the reticle extremely fast and easy to use in the field. All these specifications and features will surely make you wish you had unlimited budget. And if you already do, then go ahead and make that wish come true.

This scope is so great most of its users have lesser time to write long, detailed reviews and instead they just give 5-star reviews immediately so they can get their hands on their awesome NightForce SHV Riflescope again.

Bottom line: This rifle scope is by far the best rifle scope you can ever encounter. Because of their products, Shooter Hunter Varminter (SHV) Product family received the 2015 Award of Excellence in the Optic Product of the Year category from Sporting Classics. And they were awarded because of one reason—EXCELLENCE. Nothing less. Nothing else.


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