The slogan of Wyoming-primarily based Lucid Optics is “on target below spending budget.” That can be a tall order exactly where complete-featured extended variety scopes are concerned. In the planet of precision shooting, the baseline of expectations is rather higher. But Lucid managed to verify all the correct boxes with the MLX four.5x-18×44, at the moment the company’s only very first focal plane scope.
With specs selected with an ear toward extended-variety hunters’ and precision shooters’ most frequent requests, the very first focal plane, mil-primarily based reticle is just the starting of this complete-featured scope. Windage and elevation controls are constructed with 1/10 mil clicks. Zero-cease adjustment is constructed in for rapidly and intuitive adjustments.
The scope is housed in a a single-piece 30mm 6063 aluminum tube which is shock-proof in chamberings up to .338 Lapua. It is mobile among rifles when paired with the company’s QD cantilever mount. There are six inches of obtainable mounting space. It is large adequate to be beneficial at properly beyond 1,000 yards however compact adequate to take afield. It has a 44mm objective lens and 34mm ocular lens. It is 13.89 inches extended and weighs 26 ounces. It is also waterproof.
Lucid’s consideration to detail in glass top quality is above expectations for the price tag variety. Lenses are FBMC multi-coated with 92 % light transmission. The scope has parallax adjustment that is powerful at eliminating distortions at any of its magnification levels. There is no illumination, although.
Field and tactical use are enhanced with Lucid’s screw-on sunshade and filter which does not obscure clarity but does eradicate glare. The company’s sunshade might or might not be compatible with other brands, based on thread pitch.
The etched reticle characteristics 10 mils of hold-more than and 5 mils of hold-below in the field of view. At four.5x, the field of view is 25.five feet, decreasing to eight.five feet at the maximum magnification of 18x.
At the 2019 Ballistic Summit, a writer’s conference sponsored by Lucid Optics, I had the chance to run the MLX on a higher-finish rifle, the Cadex Guardian Lite chambered in six.five Creedmoor. The scope’s ladder-style reticle has a clear center that does not obscure the target. With hold-overs established and recorded for a variety of distances, it was quick to clean a row of steel plates progressing from 400+ to more than 1,000 yards in speedy succession. The scope has fantastic clarity. It functioned properly for hours with a quantity of occasion participants ranging in age from 13 to gray-haired all enjoyed speedy accomplishment when employing pre-determined holdovers.
The only difficulty in employing the scope was when they all get challenging—at longer distances in the wind. Holding windage as properly as substantial elevation forces the shooter to draw an imaginary x/y axis intersection and hold there—but even so, it is far improved than some pricier hunting scopes.
Adjusting elevation and windage was quick. The turrets are developed to lift, turn, and then set back down to lock in the adjustment. Clicks are palpable and gently audible. Even generating a new “true zero” is quick and tool-cost-free merely lift the knob greater so it’ll spin with out clicking, and press all the way down to set zero. The only possible fault with this program is the modest possibility it could catch on gear and adjustments could be created inadvertently, although this is not most likely if the rifle and optic are handled with care.
MSRP on the MLX riflescope is $719, but they can be located on the internet for $507. Hugely advised for hunting in the Western states exactly where distances are longer, or as an entry level extended variety precision optic.