Kite Optics KSP HD2 1.6-10x42i
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 19/11/2018
If you read last month’s magazine (October 2018) I wrote a test on the Browning Nomad, QD scope mounts. Not an in-house product, instead, bought-in from Dentler of Germany; it’s a smart way for a big manufacturer, like Browning, to get a proven and dedicated accessory. Pre-dating the Nomad, they already had a line on optics and in this case picked Kite Optics as their supplier. Currently the range is small but covers probably what we hunters need: KSP HD2 1-6x24i, KSP HD2 1.6-10x42i, KSP HD2 2-12x50i and KSP HD2 2.5-15X56i.
Browning have kept is simple; as, essentially, all the models use the same design, it’s just specifications, weights and dimensions that differ. All use a 30mm, one-piece body tube, are illuminated with the same reticle in the second focal plane (SFP) turrets are the capped, ‘set & forget’ type, although easy to dial and re-set. The only difference is the new rangefinding reticle – the optional Hunting Ballistic Reticle (HBR) for the KSP HD2 2.5-15X56 to the standard #4-type used by the whole range. It allows you to go out to 500m using a simple, animal-width grid/ladder based on a Roe deer; I’ve not yet used it, but with anything of this nature, you need to know your ballistics and drops before going onto live quarry. Light transmission is quoted at an impressive 93% and all models offer a 6x zoom range, which is smart, as it addresses a system that other major scope manufacturers are already offering. All exterior lens surfaces are treated with PermavisionTM exclusive coating, which is water and fog repellent.
Here’s what Browning say about the individual models: “KSP HD2 2.5-15X56i - HIGH PRECISION FOR DIFFICULT TWILIGHT CONDITIONS. Combining the highest level of light transmission, an extraordinary image performance and a great zoom factor. KSP HD2, 2-12x50i - COMFORTABLE LONG-RANGE HUNTING, The ideal scope for those who find a x56mm objective too wide, but still want to benefit from a high level of light transmission. KSP HD2, 1.6-10x42i - THE PERFECT ALL-ROUNDER - the perfect all-purpose riflescope, comfortable for driven hunt as for stalking game. Its compact design and easy-to-use ergonomics guarantee a great versatility and accuracy in all hunting conditions. KSP HD2 1-6x24i - THE UNCONDITIONAL DRIVEN HUNT PARTNER UNDER ALL WEATHER CONDITIONS. During a driven hunt, every single second counts. The KSP HD2 1-6x24i, with its superior field of view, its wired 4Ai reticle with brilliant and sharp illumination and the clear and bright image rendered, makes moving target acquisition fast, safe and accurate.”
The subject of my attentions is the KSP HD2 1.6 -10x42i, this low to medium specification has proven itself to me on my Swarovski Z6i 1.7-10x42, which I have been using for many years now. So, I was very much in tune with what Browning have achieved here! The build is unremarkable, though nicely presented in semi matte black finish, with all markings picked out in white. At the rear, is a fastfocus type eyepiece, with a deep, slotted magnification ring that shows a raised fin for easier dialling. The movement is smooth and just a tad firm and I used it with a throw lever for added speed of dialling.
The saddle shows two mid-height turrets with removable caps and inside the lift-tozero drums looked very familiar to the ones that Bushnell and others use. Click values are a confusing 7mm @ 100m, also noted as ¼ MOA, by my maths this works out to 6.35mm, so either way a bit of a bastard size, though that probably makes no never mind for a hunting scope of this type!
A single turn is divided into 18-sections sub-divided into four; so, you get 72-clicks @ 7mm = 20” with 5.75 rotations in both elevation and windage. On the left of the saddle, is the drum-type, 11-position rheostat, with switch off points between the numbers, which is always good, as you can dial up to a setting you might need, then quickly switch to it. Optical quality appears very good, with a crisp and bright image, although I did find the inner arms of the reticle a tad slim!
And on that matter, Browning describe the pattern as 4Ai, which is your standard 4A with three thick outer arms at 3, 6 and 9 O’clock and three thinner inners at 3, 12 and 9 O’clock, culminating in a small dot in the centre cross. Illumination quality is excellent, with a perfect round red dot, even at maximum power. At 1.26 lbs and 12.5” long, it’s a light and handy package that will not overpower any rifle it’s put on. It worked well with my 30-06 Browning Maral Big Game in a Nomad single mount with the minimum mag of 1.6x being good for driven work and up at 10x maximum for longer range hunting.
For someone like me, who shoots driven game of all types in Europe, this is a good bet for an all-round specification, no matter what rifle you put it on. For the UK, if you shoot both woodland and open fields, again, a great choice! Price-wise, I think it’s a little high, given the competitive nature of the rifle scope market in the UK and amount of makes and models on offer at less money.
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