Leupold Mark 4 MR/T 1.5 to 5 Power Illuminated CM-R2 Reticle Riflescope

 

by Jeff Quinn

photography by Jeff Quinn & Boge Quinn

October 14th, 2010

 

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Leupold Mark 4 scope with CM-R2 illuminated reticle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leupold Tactical Optics Division of Leupold & Stevens has just introduced a new reticle that is available in the Mark 4 line of riflescopes. Called the CM-R2 reticle, I have been playing with one in a 1.5 to 5 power 30mm Mark 4 Tactical MR/T scope. This particular scope has an elevation turret with the dial calibrated to the trajectory of the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge with a 62 grain bullet. The reticle subtentions are also marked for that same load. This is the US standard military load, and is a good one for use as a general purpose 5.56mm cartridge.

The Mark 4 scopes are built for fighting, but are also my favorite general purpose hunting scopes. I love the 30mm tube and excellent optical quality of these scopes. I have found them to be rugged and reliable, and I have complete confidence in the Leupold Mark 4. Leupold Tactical combined their Special Purpose Reticle (SPR) with the Leupold Circle Dot to create a reticle that is very handy for close range work but still has enough precision for long range shooting:

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The new illuminated CM-R2 reticle just adds to the versatility and usefulness of the Mark 4, especially for a rifle that might be used at armís length or out to several hundred yards. The large five minute-of-angle (MOA) circle is very handy at 1.5 power for use with both eyes open for up close and personal work, such as clearing a room or in the woods. The half-MOA center dot works very well for precision work at longer ranges, allowing a good, clear view of the target. The illumination is powered by a single 2032 battery, and has various intensity levels to work well in any lighting condition. The reticle has marks for leading the target on the horizontal wire to allow for a moving target at various speeds. The reticle also has marks on the vertical wire for range estimation and holdover points out to 900 meters. Unlike some ranging reticles on the market, the CM-R2 is easy and quick to use, even for me. The reticle diagram shows the features better than words can explain. It is obvious that this is a very versatile reticle. The view through the scope is uncomplicated, but having everything necessary for accurate shot placement at close and extended distances.

Leupoldís Mark 4 scopes are battle-proven by the US military in harsh environments. Special units of the military can pretty much buy whatever scope they want for long range precision work, and more than any other brand, they choose Leupold. Leupold Mark 4 Tactical scopes are built with quality components, built with pride, and built in the USA.

Check out the new reticle and Leupoldís extensive line of quality optics online at www.leupold.com.

Jeff Quinn

 

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Illumination of the reticle.