Budget scope | CVLIFE SCOPE REVIEW | 6-24x50mm

 

Great scope for those looking for something packed with features for a budget-friendly price.

The CVLIFE Optics Hunting Rifle Scope 6-24×50 is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a budget-friendly scope to throw on a lighter caliber rifle. The CVLIFE scope mounts very easily and comes with high rise rings for an AR platform. Sight picture is amazingly clear for this price point. When the parallax is adjusted properly, I was able to see thermals easily.

The 50mm adjustable objective lens provides a bright field of view in lower light situations. This scope is certainly built with the avid hunter in mind. The 11 settings range from either using the standard mil hash reticle or 5 different brightness settings for both the red and green illuminations.

Included with the CVLIFE scope, you will receive the picatinny scope mounts, a clear protective lens cover, the battery and a cleaning kit with a lens cloth. Be careful not to clean your lenses too much, as this will cause micro abrasions. Never use products like Windex on a scope because it will harm the seals keeping everything nicely purged for you.

 

CVLIFE SCOPE FEATURES:

  • Magnification range: 6-24x
  • Objective Diameter: 50mm
  • Field Of View: 28 ft @ 100 yards
  • Click Value: 1/8 inch @ 100 yards
  • Illumination Type: Red and Green
  • Clarity: The lens has a large magnification range that maintains clarity for the price range
  • Waterproof and fog proof: Nitrogen purging makes this scope waterproof and fog proof.
  • Multi-coated optics: These scopes come with a mil-dash etched glass reticle.
  • Solid construction: This scope is solidly built and dependable.

CAPABILITIES OF THE CVLIFE SCOPE

The 6-24×50 CVLIFE scope seems designed for small caliber varmint hunting. With the 6x magnification, the CVLIFE scope works great for squirrels with my 22lr. I also put this scope on my .223 Remington and have no issue out to 400 yards.

The 50mm objective lens gathers enough light to help out during those dawn and dusk hours. The tube is coated aluminum. The nitrogen purge makes this scope fog, water, and shock proof, though maybe not to the extent of their more expensive competitors.

CVLIFE scope with caps removed

HOW ARE THE OPTICS?

For being such a budget-friendly optic, the CVLIFE scope includes a lot of quality pieces. The lenses are coated for light transmission as well as scratch resistance. The nitrogen is great for fogging, and the only issue I’ve found is condensation when you go from out in the cold to inside with a nice warm wood stove. My higher-end optics do that as well, so we can’t take away too many points here.

CVLIFE illuminated reticle

The glass is surprisingly clear for the price point. I was able to read the thermals at range, although there was some aberration at the higher magnifications — not a trait of higher end scopes.

No, it’s not what you want to put on your .300 Win mag to ring steel at 1700 yards, but with my .22lr, my lady was able to ring steel repeatedly at over 200 yards with CCI standard velocity.

The reticle in this scope has mil hash marks for elevation holds as well as wind. At the bottom there is a range estimator. Due to it being a second focal plane scope, these marks are only accurate at a certain magnification. The illumination has 5 settings for each color with 2 off markers so you can be one click away from high or low brightness.

With the 50mm objective lens and the 1” tube diameter, you can get sufficient lighting even at the higher magnification settings.

CVLIFE SCOPE TURRETS AND ADJUSTMENTS

CVLIFE capped turrets

The turrets on this scope are capped and have a nice audible click. They feel very solid and are easy to adjust without worry of bumping them due to the caps. The scope has held zero very well even after hundreds of rounds fired through both of my rifles.

The adjustments are made in 1/8 moa increments, which allow you to fine tune your rifle’s zero location. There is plenty of range for adjustment, although I found that they don’t track very well. I zeroed the rifle at 100 yards at the center of a 5 diamond target.

Using only the dials, I moved my point of impact around the target and returned it to zero. While being within an inch, it was not back to where I had zeroed, even though the dials both said it was. If you plan on dialing up for shots instead of using hold overs, there may be a better route for you to go.

The CVLIFE scope also includes an adjustable objective lens, but not a side parallax. You have to make quite the reach to adjust while shooting. Turns out fine for ringing steel or punching holes in paper, but not exactly the best when we’re talking about fast target changes at different ranges if you like to dial for elevation and hold for wind.

CVLIFE turrets with the caps removed

PROS AND CONS OF THE CVLIFE SCOPE

PROS

  • The CVLIFE scope has a lot of features for the price range, and the quality is surprisingly high
  • You get a 6-24x scope that can really hold it’s own
  • Glass is not what you get in a higher end scope, but it’s probably better than you’re expecting
  • Scope caps prevent accidental adjustments in the field
  • Solid aluminum construction with an etched glass reticle

CONS

  • Turrets have nice audible clicks, but this scope is designed for those looking to do hold overs instead of dialing for different distance engagements
  • The mounts are designed more for an AR platform and will be very high on anything with a lower styling
  • Manual you receive is not the best, and you may have to play with it to make it work

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

I was looking for a scope for the aforementioned .223 and couldn’t help but order one for the price. After purchasing another for my Marlin 22lr, a friend had me put one on his AR-15 and he loves it.

A big reason for my initial purchase was the number of 5 star ratings on Amazon. Any scope over 4 stars with more than 1000 reviews has to be worth a look at this price. As with any scope at this price point, there are some lower reviews as well, but many of them seemed to be expecting a Vortex or Leupold, which just isn’t realistic.

SHOULD YOU BUY A CVLIFE SCOPE?

The CVLIFE 6-24x50mm scope is a great, budget-friendly option for the beginning long range shooter. No, it won’t let you reliably dial out to 1000 yards on your 6.5, and it most likely won’t take the recoil.

CVLIFE scope overview

However, 230 yards with my 22lr and over 400 yards with my .223. With both rifles using hold over, it was very reliable and functioned great every time. Adjustments work pretty well, but don’t trust them with constant dialing. Zero it and forget about it.

Yes, there are scopes out there with better optics. There are scopes with better this or just the right that. And you can pay dearly to have the best of every option you could want. But to have something in this price range that functions for a day is amazing. Mine have lasted at least 2 years of what I’d like to call above average use.

Yes, you’ll be better off with a better scope. ALWAYS spend the most you can on the scope for your rifle. But if you’re looking for a budget option, I haven’t found a better one yet for less than $100.

You can pick up the 6-24x version here, or the 4-16x version here.

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