This is a product I’ve seen advertised and was very curious about.
The Burris Eliminator III is a rifle scope that incorporates a laser rangefinder. You tell it something about the rounds you’re shooting (more on this later), lase your target using a button on the left side of the scope, and the scope will report the distance, give you the full wind value, and light up a dot that represents the appropriate elevation adjustment for the measured distance.
I didn’t capture it well (especially the LEDs at the top), but above you can see enough to get the idea.
The system works surprisingly well. It’s advertised to be accurate to 1,200 meters, lists for around $1,500, and mostly works.
When I say mostly, what I mean is that I took one shot at ~ 650 yards in gusting wind, and might have missed the wind call. When holding at the indicated distance, the round impacted about 10′ low. Maybe I lased one target and shot another; maybe I pushed the button and thought I’d taken a new reading but didn’t press hard enough (it was cold enough to not feel fingertips), or maybe it was a problem with the scope. I’m leaning toward user error here, but feel it’s fair to comment that everything wasn’t perfect.
The problems I see with the system are these:
- The ranging button is inconveniently far forward if you’re in a stable prone position. I’d like if if they offered a remote button attachment so it was somewhere around the trigger guard.
- Maximum elevation adjustment is limited by the reticle and magnification. If you need to adjust more than you can see in the scope, then this solution won’t work for you. This makes the scope unusable for some long-range scenarios with (say) a .308.
- I’m not clear on how the ranging software works. I’d personally prefer a system where the user can enter the G7 BC and velocity of the round at ten feet or so and have the internal computer figure it out. Instead there seems to be more complexity here using a G1 model that involves a 700 yard zero and telling the scope the other (closer) distance where the scope is also centered, but I’ll find out more at the SHOT show itself about these details.
Overall, though, you’re looking at an optic that is clear, bright, easy to use, and seems to work acceptably at reasonably long ranges. It’s worth giving a shot.
Filed under: SHOT 2013