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Steiner Ranger 4 6-24x56 Rifle Scope

Steiner Ranger 4 6-24x56 Rifle Scope

I have been really impressed with my Steiner Ranger LRF binoculars, with their weatherproofness, and accuracy and clarity of optics to spot, range, and pinpoint game. The same is true of the Steiner Ranger rifle scopes, which have all the attributes of the binocular range but compiled into a precision telescopic sight. You often think of Zeiss, Swarovski, and Kahles as being some of the best European scope makers, but I have shot a lot of deer now using Steiners, and the Ranger 4 6-24x56 on test is a great all-rounder, for only £1,065.
The Ranger 4 models have had improvements made to the optical clarity, illuminated dot, and reliability, including adjustments and keeping zero. You have a nice compact design that’s based around a 30mm tube that houses the high contrast optics with 90%+ light transmission lenses. There is a new finer reticle with 11 brightness settings, an expanded field of view, and 3.5” of eye relief for larger calibre rifles.

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Spec
First up is the build quality, which is everything you want from a European scope. The one-piece 30mm tube shows a good scratch-resistant black anodised finish that’s semi-matte to cut down on reflections. Even with its decent magnification range, the scope measures 14.76” in length and weighs 680-grams, making it a compact addition to your rifle.
As well as the usual fast-focus dioptre correction on the eyepiece, the large objective lens measures 56mm and features a nice recess so that a sunshade can be fitted. The field of view is good and, depending on the magnification setting, you will see 6.7m – 1.7m at 100m, meaning you won’t be hunting for your target in the eyepiece. The magnification ring is very smooth and operates counterclockwise from 6 to 24x magnification, via a slightly raised rubber section and more pronounced ridge at the 11x mag setting.
Adjustment is typically German, with one click equating to 1cm at 100m. On this model, you have the reticle positioned in the second focal plane, with a maximum adjustment for elevation and windage at 100m of +/- 72cm. The elevation turret is segregated into 10 clicks per unit, and you get a total of 60 clicks per rotation, while the windage has the same adjustment range but it has no numbers added. Both are smooth and precise, with well-defined clicks at each point and no backlash.
To the left of the central saddle are the illumination and parallax adjustment turrets. The inner parallax ring focuses down to 50m and up to infinity, with the 100m setting having two raised dots for tactile confirmation. A lower setting, like 20m, for example, would benefit air rifle or rimfire users though.
The illumination is particularly good, with 11 levels. Five of them are designed for day use and are therefore brighter, while the remaining six offer more subdued illumination for night or evening use, so as not to destroy your natural night vision. There are off positions between the levels and after six hours of non-use, there is an auto-off feature.
The reticle is a well-defined 4A-type, with good visible outer stadia leading into the thinning sectors and a floating dot, which is the part that illuminates. I like this arrangement, as it offers high visibility and instinctive use while remaining visible at all light levels and on all terrain backgrounds.
Finally, the optics, which let’s face it are what we all look at in a scope, and these Steiners won’t let you down. You can enjoy high-quality images with over 90% light transmission thanks to the multi-layer-coated ED glass lenses. This maximises and enhances light for good contrast, vivid detail, and excellent low-light capabilities. Also, all optics are fogproof and waterproof and sealed against dust, dirt, and moisture, with an immersion waterproof test to 10m. Integrity is maintained, even under severe shock or vibration.

In the field
I fitted the Ranger 4 to a variety of rifles, from .22LR to .308 Win, and it did not look out of place on any of them. The magnification range is a good blend for close or long-range work, with the higher 24x mag allowing precise shots at longer distances. Also, the reticle is fine enough not to cover too much of the target area. The clarity was excellent from edge to edge, with no aberrations at all, plus the image was well-defined, with good colour rendition. With a clear image and reticle, plus a huge selection of brightness settings, the Ranger showed its worth in low-light conditions. Many Roe and CWD were harvested cleanly.

Conclusion
At about £1000, I think this scope is a bit of a bargain, considering the quality of optics you are buying, and the 6-24x magnification range, precise adjustments, quality illuminated reticle, and side parallax adjustment make this Ranger 4 an all-around scope for any situation.

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  • Name: : Steiner Ranger 4 6-24x56 Rifle Scope
  • Reticle::  4-AI Fibre Dot
  • Weight: : 680-grams
  • Eye Relief: : 90mm
  • Click Values:: 1cm@100m
  • Field of View: : 6.7m - 1.7m (@100m)
  • Body Tube: : 30mm
  • Length: : 375mm
  • Price: : £1065
  • Contact: : GMK Ltd - www.gmk.co.uk
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