Arken SH4 6-24X50 GEN2 FFP MOA

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  • trickg

    Guns 'n Drums
    Jul 22, 2008
    11,939
    Glen Burnie
    Just got this email from Arken: 30% Off all In-Stock:

    Code is: SAVE30%

    Seems like a good deal . . . ?

    EXAMPLE:
    SH4 Gen2 6-24x50
    $464.99

    ***30% OFF = $325.49***
    That's an incredible deal...so good I might order an SH4 too. I don't "need" it, but dang - seems hard to pass on.
     

    JB62

    Active Member
    Mar 5, 2013
    1,484
    Annapolis
    Thanks !

    Had had my eye on the SH4 4-16, with that pricing could not hold off any longer. This site gets me into trouble….
     

    km04

    Get crackin you muggs!!!!
    Jul 12, 2010
    3,704
    Harford Co.
    Just got this email from Arken: 30% Off all In-Stock:

    Code is: SAVE30%

    Seems like a good deal . . . ?

    EXAMPLE:
    SH4 Gen2 6-24x50
    $464.99

    ***30% OFF = $325.49***
    Damn you Arken...looks like I might be getting another one...
     

    km04

    Get crackin you muggs!!!!
    Jul 12, 2010
    3,704
    Harford Co.
    UPDATE: Just got back from the range and things are looking very good. The scope is dialed in and working just fine. Today my best group at 100yds was 5 rounds all touching, though it was in a line, not the clover leaf I was looking for. 30 minutes in and my first group on the second target was wide open, all my doing. At this point I stopped shooting, as I tend to let the previous group get in my head and affect future shots. No need to get more worked up and waste good ammo. Tomorrow I'll take the wife out for some shotgun shooting and just have fun. More to come later.
     

    trickg

    Guns 'n Drums
    Jul 22, 2008
    11,939
    Glen Burnie
    I thought I'd jump back into the fray on this.

    I have an EP5 on order, but Arken was offering the SH4s with a 30% coupon code, and although I tried to resist, I couldn't and I succumbed to the pressure of getting that scope for such a deal. Part of it was that even though I've been told that I should have my EP5 in hand before the end of June, the 4-6 week lead time seems like it's closer to 8-12 from what I've seen on the Arken pages on FB, and I wanted to make sure I had a good scope that I was familiar with on my bolt gun before my trip out to Nebraska next month where I plan to spend a day or two in a prairie dog town.

    The truth is, even the SH4 is probably too much scope for me - I don't "need" all of the features it packs into the package, but I appreciate it for what it is. The glass is clear edge to edge, seems to have an excellent field of view, even at full power, and from what I can see, it tracks well, although I doubt I'll have much use for what it really has to offer unless I decide to get into trying to reach out to longer distances.

    I got the scope zeroed at 50 yards a week or so ago, and I was creating a single raggedy hole that calculated out to about .25 MOA, although that's as much due to the rifle and load I'm using as the scope. With that said, as one of my friends here on MDS has pointed out to me, "you can't hit what you can't see." With the glass being as clear as it is, I could clearly see my bullet holes at 50 yards, and I have no doubt I'll be able to see them at 100 yards - don't know about further than that. Seeing a 22 caliber hole at that distance is a bit of a challenge, especially for my eyes.

    Part of why I chose the EP5 initially was because of this video:



    This video shows the EP5 with glass that is pretty clearly better, and it seemingly has a more forgiving eyebox - I'm curious to see just how good it is when it finally gets here. When it does, I'll move the SH4 to my 18" AR.

    There are a lot of other videos pitting both the EP5 and SH4 against the Vortex Venom, and the Arkens do seem to edge out the Vortex, although frankly, I'm quite certain I'd have been happy with the Venom.

    Something I did want to point out is the side focus. I do some dry firing with snap caps from inside the house, scoping on things out the window, and from what I can tell, the side focus is pretty accurate on distance. There's a small object about 150-180 yards out by my estimation, and it comes into focus beautifully when the knob is just a hair over 150 between the 150 and 200 marking on the scope. I hope my EP5 is just as accurate.
     

    KRC

    Member
    Sep 30, 2018
    423
    Cecil County MD
    How "accurate" the focus distance (parallax) on your scope will be relative to the etched numbers will depend upon how your eyepiece is adjusted to achieve a clear reticle with your individual eyesight. My eyesight is very poor, I wear contacts to shoot, and my "focus" distance numbers are usually off quite a bit. Not a big deal, even in timed competition when various distances are shot within a single stage.
     

    trickg

    Guns 'n Drums
    Jul 22, 2008
    11,939
    Glen Burnie
    I've read that as well, that a person's eyes can affect how well a scope focuses based on the numbers on the side focus/parallax dial. My eyes are only ok these days - I'm old enough that my eyes just aren't what they once were, but I still don't wear corrective lenses regularly, although maybe I should, just to clear up things a bit at distance. But with that said, my numbers seem to be pretty close to the mark. I'd say that if the numbers are off, it's by less than 20 yards.
     

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